The Atheist’s Nightmare, an argument that design of banana is a testament to God’s existence showed up on the Christian answer to YouTube recently, GodTube. Representing what has to be the greatest waste of breath I have seen in a long time, (and thereby naturally appealing to us,) the infomercial like video explains the genius of God’s banana. “The maker of the banana, Almighty God, has made it with a non-slip surface” and “as with soda can makers they place a tab at the top, so God has placed a tab at the top.” Youtube hosts a rather predictable response, though I notice that remarkably no one has made reference to the fifteen different sexual jokes that immediately pop to mind when watching this.
Link via Kriston Capps et al.
It’s always annoyed me that posters of this Bellmer inspired series are not available. Copyright Cindy Sherman.
In a tenuously related search, the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes based on the number of times an artist has their work reproduced in textbooks that history judges Cindy Sherman to be the greatest woman artist of the twentieth century, followed in order by Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Frida Kahlo. I’m fascinated by the methods used to draw these conclusions, particularly as they seem to have no bearing on reality. Rather than take on the discussion of who should be on this list and in what order though, I would note that photography reproduces better than any other medium, and probably has some effect on the choice of image that are reproduced in textbooks. So beware Marisa Olson: if you start making scads of animated gifs studies like this will screw you out of your rightful place in art history.