Works Of Art That Are Too Weird For This World

I think that art is at its best when it shocks and perplexes. When it evokes an immediate emotional reaction but is also impossible to pin down — that’s when you know you’ve got something good. All of the works of art on this list fall under that category.

Keep reading to see the coolest paintings, sculptures, and installations on the internet. Although they look like objects from another world, they were all created by very talented people who live right here on planet earth.

The Melted Cassette Tape Skeletons Of Brian Dettmer

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Brian Dettmer is an American artist who is mostly known for his work with carved books. Those books are amazing and definitely worth checking out.

In 2007 he made a bunch of skulls and skeletons out of melted cassette tapes. He made a bird, an antelope, and a full-size human skeleton.

Rooster Zebra Contemplating Grilled Cheese By Matt Forderer

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Matt Forderer is a San Diego based artist. According to the bio on his website, he likes to mix up outer space with inner space; undersea and above the sea, collage elements and patterns. It’s nature with a psychedelic tint.

This painting makes me way too happy.

Bubblegum By Liam Peters

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Liam Peters is an illustrator from Brisbane, Australia. He makes digital art on Photoshop that pushes the limits of reality.

He moved to the U.S. in 2008 to work as a freelance artist. Everything about this digital painting is mindblowing. I don’t know how he managed to get that bubblegum to look so realistic.

Lisa Needs Braces By Reiko Gross

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Reiko Gross is a German concept artist and visual developer. This hyperreal digital portrait of Lisa Simpson is pretty disturbing, but somehow, it’s impossible to look away from.

This picture makes me never want to go to the dentist again. Lisa needs more than braces.

The Favorite By Omar Rayyan

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After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Omar Rayyan settled on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his wife. Watercolor is his medium of choice.

He’s done artwork for Magic The Gathering cards, and he created the look for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie.

Self By Marc Quinn

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This is a sculpture by Marc Quinn who, over a period of time, took 8 pints of blood from his own body to put in this sculpture. Just for reference, there are about 8 pints of blood in an average human body, so there is as much blood in this head as there is in your veins right now.

He made a mold of his head, and gradually filled it with blood, keeping it frozen when he wasn’t working on it.

The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living By Damien Hirst

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Damien Hirst is one of the most famous artists alive today. In 1991, he preserved a tiger shark in formaldehyde and put it in a glass tank. The piece is now considered iconic ’90s Britart.

In 2006, the shark had to be replaced with a new shark because it had degraded too much.

Love Lost By Damien Hirst

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According to Damien Hirst’s website, ‘Love Lost’ and ‘Lost Love’ were made as a pair for the exhibition ‘Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings’ at Gagosian Gallery, New York (2000).

The submerged gynecologist’s office in ‘Lost Love’ houses shoals of African river fish whilst ‘Love Lost’ by way of contrast, holds large black carp. While the works deal with surrealism, they also contain a ‘hugely sexual element’ which Hirst describes as: “Pretty direct. There’s something really simple [about them]. If you’ve got a gynecologist’s office under water with fish swimming about, then there’s something fishy going on.”

The Little Mermaid By Nychos

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This dissected mermaid is so trippy to look at. I like that she looks happy even though she’s all split apart.

I never knew how much I truly wanted to understand mermaid anatomy until this moment. Mermaid anatomy is way better than human anatomy. If you like this mermaid, wait until you see what Banksy has in store.

“Unlikely” The Improbable Objects of Giuseppe Colarusso

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Giuseppe Colarusso has a whole series of these bizarre objects (I’ve included one more on the following slide for your viewing pleasure).

Some of the pieces are actually made and then photographed, and some are created in Photoshop. I’m not sure what good a square rolling pin would do, but it’s definitely fun to look at.

“Unlikely” The Improbable Objects of Giuseppe Colarusso (Part 2)

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Ok, one more, just for fun, just because I love these pictures so much. For some reason, I’m drawn towards the ones that are food related. Maybe I’m hungry.

I wouldn’t like to eat lunch with cutlery like that, although it would be fun to watch me try.

Banksy’s Dismaland

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Dismalandwas a temporary art project organized by Banksy, the most famous street artist (and artist-artist) of our time. This sinister twist on Disneyland was set up in Somerset, England in 2015.

It was only functional for a month, and it featured the work of 58 different artists. 4,000 admission tickets were available for purchase per day, priced at £3 each.

More Dismaland

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Dismaland was full of interactive installations. In this exhibit, visitors fish rubber ducks out of a barrel of oil.

This is about as dismal as it gets. It’s visually appealing, sharp social commentary. All the things that art should be. There’s a reason why Banksy’s number one.

Shamu In Bankey’s Dismaland

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This sculpture is another element of Banksy’s “bemusement park.” I think it’s the size of this piece that’s most impressive.

Also, what’s a better comment on the state of animals in amusement parks than a killer whale jumping from a toilet into a kiddie pool through a hoop that’s too small?

Cinderella In Dismaland

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This installation looks like a scene out of The Great Gatsby. Like the classic novel, it seems to be commenting on people’s carelessness in modern times.

Everything about this piece is super impactful. I guess that’s what happens when you take a beloved princess and put her in a carriage wreck.

Pigeons In Dismaland

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This sculpture of a woman being attacked by pigeons was fixed to a bench in Dismaland.

I wonder if real pigeons saw this and got confused. Maybe they even joined in on the action. Keep reading for an artist whose life was as grim as his art.

The Index By David Altmejd

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David Altmejd is a Canadian sculptor who now lives in New York. He uses all kinds of materials to construct huge surreal installations.

The Index is my favorite of his projects. It features bird heads on man bodies, an exploded wolf full of crystals, and birds with hands for wings. It’s so full of mirrors that it’s almost impossible to properly photograph. You really need to see it in person to appreciate it.

Toothchild By Tenille Shockey

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This tooth suit isn’t made out of real teeth. The teeth are made out of silicone. Makeup artist Tenille Shockey meticulously crafted each tooth for a character on the Syfy channel.

This looks super cool, but it also looks like it took a very very long time to make.

The Works Of Zdzisław Beksiński

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Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism. His paintings are all super detailed and intricate.

Beksiński’s life was full of tragedy. He lost both his wife and his son before he was stabbed to death in his apartment in February 2005 by a teenager who he wouldn’t lend money to.

Lobster Telephone By Salvador Dali

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And so we arrive at the master himself, the most famous maker of weird art of all time. Salvador Dali was a surrealist pioneer.

His “Persistence of Memory” painting (the one with the melting clocks) is his most famous work, but I’m particularly partial to “Lobster Telephone.”