Underwater Turntable

Artist Brian Lilla enjoys unusual turntables — here is one he made, almost entirely submerged under water.

That the movement leaves the label uncovered is amazing; that the needle stays in the groove, against the outward movement of water even moreso.  On one hand, this is entirely possible: turntables are amazingly low-tech; the only reason for a plug-in is to make the platter spin, the needle produces it’s own ‘electricity’ and stays in place based on friction between the needle and the groove.   On the other hand, it looks too good to be true; water is dense, causes friction in bad ways and lubricates in worse ways.   Any which way, it’s hypnotic to watch.  Via.

Gross Porcelain

Artist Evelyn Bracklow, known on Etsy as LaPhilie, is a master in painting porcelain.  While in the old tradition people painted flowers and other beautiful things,  LaPhilie paints tiny, tiny ants.

I looked at the picture before reading what it was, and I was disgusted by the ants and intrigued by the beautiful photography, only to find out that the bugs are art, too.   The artist will be exhibiting her work in a few different places over the next month, if you’re interested in seeing these first-hand.