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We’ve all procrastinated at times and it’s easy to get distracted or even sidetrack yourself deliberately. Let’s face it, art and expression can be a lot of work. Still, we all need to find ways to remind ourselves to get back to the job at hand.

That’s where these “motivational” mugs come in handy. Not only will they hold whatever caffeinated beverage you hold dear, but they’ll flat out tell you to f*cking get on with your creative process.

They come in a full swearing version and a more PG version, but they all make themselves perfectly clear.

Maybe someone should send one of these to George R.R. Martin.

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Artist Yulia Brodskaya recently liberated empty pizza boxes from their nearly unbreakable association with filthy cars / bachelor pads by transforming one into a quilled paper butterfly. The corrugated masterpiece was created for Thuisbezorgd.nl (a Dutch online food ordering site) and, if actually used, will probably be as big a hit with ants as with art lovers.

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In addition to being an excellent source of vitamin B6, the perfect instrument to show scale, and innuendo’s best friend, the humble banana is also a blank canvas for biodegradable art. Artist Stephan Brusche has created a series of creative banana works that range from the lighthearted to the downright impressive.

Check out some additional examples after the jump.

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Once the lid is removed from a Japanese ice cream called “Panapp”, you are greeted with four indentations where the product was infused with sauce. Occasionally, the process leaves a smiley face shape that ice cream artists have been transforming into grotesque scowls that only get more menacing as melting begins.

As seen in the examples after the jump, the faces will likely reflect your moods as you work your way closer and closer to the bottom of the container.

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Instagram user @archehemmingway posted a whole bunch of pics of quirky pop culture donuts (like the one above), and Albotas tracked down the baker, Timmy Hanno, who said the following:

I work at a little bakery in the south burbs of Chicago called Tuzik’s Bakery. Mostly I’m the night guy, getting things ready for the morning and decorating cakes, cookies, and donuts when needed. Half the time I know which character I’m doing that night and half the time I see a donut that reminds me of a character and I go from there. I use long johns mostly that turned out too big or I’ll make turnovers I cut into shape. I never went to culinary school, I just lucked into a job at a bakery and happen to be a decent artist.

Check out more of your favorite characters as donuts after the break…

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Sculptor Ronit Baranga has reimagined the dining room table as a freakshow of fingers and mouths protruding from everyday tableware in the name of art. Although we may chalk this up to an artistic case of “why the hell not?”, there is actually a purpose to the weirdness. Baranga’s intention is to blur the boundaries between the “alive” and the “still” and, for some reason, change the way we observe useful tableware:

The useful, passive, tableware can now be perceived as an active object, aware of itself and its surroundings – responding to it. It does not allow to be taken for granted, to be used. It decides on its own how to behave in the situation.

Indeed. So now we can all imagine dinner conversation with a plate and getting flipped off by a teacup.

Check out some additional examples after the jump.

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As the story goes, a barista found this cup during his shift. As in, some customer drew a wonderfully detailed map of Middle Earth on a Starbucks cup and just left it there. Seems a little suspect.

The Redditor behind the pics insists that he’s just a barista, and not part of the Starbucks marketing team—but that hardly matters. Starbucks should have officially worked this out for all the cups as part of a Hobbit-themed promotion.

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These fun photos are the work of Rebecca Rütten who is a German photographer. She took photos of people with modern-day fast food posed to look like paintings straight out of the Renaissance. She calls them Contemporary Pieces and explains them thusly:

During the conception of “Contemporary Pieces, “I became enamored with the eroticism, presentation and charisma of paintings from the Renaissance Period. In the Late Renaissance, Italian and Dutch painters dealt with the middle and lower classes. In my opinion, Fast Food Culture represents these two social classes in the United States today. To eat healthy is expensive. However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast food restaurant for a comparatively low price.

Tacos and donuts have never looked so elegant.

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Professional artists and photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman don’t just play with their food–they make art with it. In their latest photo series, titled “Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape,” the duo created miniature landscapes using a whole mess of junk food. The landscapes are inspired by the works of Carleton Watkins, a 19th century photographer who specialized in documenting the western United States.

In fact, Watkins’ pics of Yosemite helped to expose the valley’s natural beauty to the broader public, which in turn helped the region eventually become a National Park. However, as an interesting aside, Watkins was also commissioned by various corporate entities as well (especially those with ties in the rail, mining, lumber and milling industries). Ciurej and Lochman wrote on their website that “[Watkins’] commissions served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West.”

Their junk food art serves as a commentary on that idea of blending modernism and natural beauty, or what they refer to as “the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology.”

“As we move further away from the sources of our food,” said Curej and Lochman on their site, “we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.”

Take a look at some more examples after the break…

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When the chefs at Jurassic Park stocked the freezer with ice cream, I’m hoping they considered something like this fictional Jurassic Sweet dessert line. Artist Alejo Malia took the dinos from Jurassic Park and mixed them with Ben & Jerry’s fun naming conventions and came up with concoctions such as Donutsaurus Rex, Oreosaurus, Cookieraptor, and Wafflesaurus. If this concept was ever made into a real product line, I’d buy it all just because of the names and illustrations. I’m a sucker like that.

More of the prehistoric dessert art after the break.

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