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Artist holds exhibition inside an ear

A US artist is holding his new exhibition inside a gallery owner’s ear. Joe Sola’s latest paintings will only be viewable by approaching Tig Sigfrids’s head and peering into her ear canal.

Six tiny oil paintings, which the artist says are “around 4/64 by 5/64 inches”, have been mounted on tiny white gallery walls.

They are so small that Sola had to use a 12-millimetre acupuncture needle to paint them.

When visitors enter the gallery in Los Angeles for the show, Portraits: An Exhibition Inside Tif Sigfrids’ Ear, they will find Ms Sigrid seated in the middle of the space.

Joe Sola told Art in America: “The gallerist is very physically involved in the work, and I like this idea of (it being) inward-looking. It’s as if you have to look into the head (mind) of the gallerist to see/experience the art.” The artist says his paintings are so small they had to be composed from tiny granules of pigment.

Even a single bristle of a normal paintbrush was too large, so Sola fashioned a self-built brush from the smallest acupuncture needle available. He then used a stereo microscope to see what he was painting.

Portraits: An Exhibition Inside Tif Sigfrids’ Ear runs from 12 October to 9 November.

‘Telekinetic’ prank shocks customers

A prank video of a woman apparently demonstrating telekinetic powers in a coffee shop is going viral.

More than 3.7 million people have watched the clip in just one day after it was uploaded onto YouTube. A woman is seen seemingly throwing a man up against a wall – without touching him -after he spills her coffee.

She also moves tables and chairs around the cafe and throws books from shelves apparently using only her mind as the other customers look on in horror.

But it was all just an elaborate stunt designed to promote the upcoming remake of the Carrie movie due to hit cinemas later this year.

The video shows how a combination of special effects and actors created the convincing stunt, scaring genuine customers witless in the process.

Indonesia’s window cleaning Spiderman

An Indonesian window cleaner scales tower blocks up to 1,600ft tall while wearing a Spiderman costume. Using safety ropes to climb up and down, he puts on his distinctive costume and heads out to clean the city’s high-rises each morning.

Sardi, 35, known only by his first name, is a professional window cleaner based in the city of Solo near central Java.

He says he took up the job because he felt challenged to conquer the heights and says wearing the Spiderman costume gives him an unparalleled feeling of “being in control”.

Sardi has been cleaning windows for nearly three years, cleaning thwe windows of buildings up to 78 floors high, and charging up to £700 per building.

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