July 20th, 2014
Another item for the list of artworks that I'd really like to see some day: The Monolith at the Vigeland Sculpture park in Oslo.
On the highest point of the park, on the Monolith Plateau, rise circular stairs towards the Monolith. The figural part, with 121 figures, is 14.12 m and the total height, including the plinth, is 17.3 m high. The Monolith was carved from one single granite block, hence the name (mono: one, litho: stone). Whereas the melancholy theme in the fountain is the eternal life cycle, the column gives room to a totally different interpretation: Man's longing and yearning for the spiritual and divine. Is the column to be understood as man's resurrection? The people are drawn towards heaven, not only characterised by sadness and controlled despair, but also delight and hope, next to a feeling of togetherness, carefully holding one another tight in this strange sense of salvation.
Not just for the Monolith itself, but for the surrounding figures.
May 22nd, 2014
It's not entirely clear whether it was a design exercise or a cover that was actually published, but either way I have to admire the simplicity and elegance of Tom Lenartowicz's cover for Peter Benchley's Jaws:
March 9th, 2014
Meet Čumil the Peeper:
His name is Čumil and he is either resting after cleaning the sewer or is looking under women's skirts. […]
[Prompted by the header image of this New Statesman article about Slovakia]
February 22nd, 2014
Candid superhero moments by Phil Noto:
Nothing shows off Phil Noto's ability to place characters in the decade of his choosing better than his candid Marvel sketches. Emulating vintage color pallettes and film stock, each moment is infused with a small slice of Americana. [...]
Some gorgeous work on that page. My favourite has to be the last:
[Via zombieflanders, commenting at MetaFilter]
January 22nd, 2014
Dresden Codak artist Aaron Diaz has a new side project, designing the characters for a (sadly nonexistent) cartoon adaptation of The Silmarillion. If you're partial to his style (as I am) this is pure eye candy.
Take, for example, this illustration of Melkor and Ungoliant looking down on Telperion and Laurelin, the Two Trees that lit the Land of the Valar:
Silmarillion Chapter 8: Of The Darkening of Valinor
But now on the mountain-top dark Ungoliant lay; and she made a ladder of woven ropes and cast it down, and Melkor climbed upon it and came to that high place, and stood beside her, looking down upon the Guarded Realm.
…Then Melkor laughed aloud, and leapt swiftly, and leapt swiftly down the western slopes; and Ungoliant was at his side, and her darkness covered them.
Lovely work, best viewed full size at the the author's site.
August 14th, 2013
Watching this Chocolate Mill in action, I was delighted at the variety and complexity of the patterns revealed as layer after layer was scraped away. I was also really peckish by the end of the video.
June 22nd, 2013
For some reason I find this wonky electrical pylon immensely appealing:
Artists have reimagined a power pylon as an electrified dancing silhouette for a summer exhibition in Germany's Ruhr region. Through an optical illusion the art work "Zauberlehrling" (sorcerer's apprentice), by the art collective Inges Idee, seems to dance as the viewer approaches.
May 10th, 2013
Artist Patricia Piccinini has created a hot air balloon she's christened The Skywhale, in honour of the centenary of the founding of Canberra:
Artist Patricia Piccinini says her inspiration came from the wonder of nature.
"My question is what if evolution went a different way and instead of going back into the sea, from which they came originally, they went into the air and we evolved a nature that could fly instead of swim," she said. [...]
Me, I think it looks pretty great. It's partly that goofy grin it has, and partly the sheer incongruity of glancing up and seeing something this strange go by:
March 2nd, 2013
Also on an astronomical topic (sort of), Dark Flight: Meteorwrongs by Ryan Thompson…
Within one of the most well-known collections of meteorites in the world, at the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University, is a collection of rocks of mistaken identity. Once identified by professional and amateur meteorite hunters as meteorites, they were later proven to be of terrestrial origin. 'Dark Flight: Meteorwrongs' is a series of photographs of 21 of these false positives. They range in size from just a few inches to more than one foot in diameter and they all have one thing in common–they are not meteorites. The collection stands as a testament to the evolution of the science of meteoritics and to the limits of human knowledge.
February 10th, 2013
David Byrne's account of a recent visit to the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania included an interesting account of the way the museum supplies information about the collection to visitors:
There are no wall labels. None. One is provided with an iPod touch on entry that, via a kind of Mona GPS, can tell where you are. You then tap on a thumbnail of a piece if you want to know more about the art in front of you. "Know more" is divided into various subcategories. Ideas is a sentence or two about the work beyond who made it. Artwank, is, as you might expect, some scholarly essay on the piece or the artist – the symbol for this category is a cock and balls. The Gonzo button usually led to a more personal reaction to the piece from [NOMA founder David Walsh] or Elizabeth Mead, who helped in collecting a lot of the stuff. It might be a poem, an amusing anecdote or something that seems almost completely off topic – like trouble with a boyfriend. Lastly there is Media, which often consists of a casual audio interview with the artist, but sometimes could be something else entirely. [...] If you offer up your email address, the thing will track your visit via GPS and then send you a link to a website showing you what you saw. Here's mine:
You can also find out from this site what you missed – I think I saw most of it.
I think that if I'd travelled all the way back to the UK only to be told by MONA's web site/app that I'd missed out on some exhibit that would have made my visit then I'd be less than thrilled. Best not use that feature unless you're in a position to make a quick return visit, I think.
Other than that, it sounds like a neat app.
February 6th, 2013
Artist Jim Kazanjian produced a series of photographs of imaginary houses, carefully assembled by matching up snippets of images of real houses to make something much weirder.
There are definitely untold stories behind those houses. Perhaps best left untold in some cases.
[Via Colossal, via MetaFilter]
January 27th, 2013
A tribute to the ZX Spectrum and the albums of Kate Bush:
(In fairness, I should note that the copy above is at 50% of the size of the original, which serves to mask some of the rough edges. Follow the link to see the album covers in all their pixillated, colour-clashing glory.)
Nice work. It's surprising how nicely some of them turned out.
The Sensual World and 50 Words for Snow benefit from being essentially black and white images in the first place, so the dithering doesn't fall foul of the limitations of the Spectrum's graphics display, but some of the more colourful later albums like Aerial and Director's Cut look pretty damned fine all things considered. The run of albums from Lionheart to Hounds of Love is another matter entirely…
One last thought: we should all be eternally grateful that the creator of these tribute images didn't accompany them with reproductions of Kate's music created using a Spectrum's sound chip.
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June 23rd, 2012
Some of kelseymichele's designs for gowns inspired by The Avengers are gorgeous. The Thor one is particularly stunning.
[Via io9, via Alyssa Rosenberg]
May 27th, 2012
Frank Frazetta's illustrations for 'The Lord of the Rings' are – and it really is the only appropriate description – awesome.
May 27th, 2012
A light show projects actual sails onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
I'll grant you that the part where the 'sails' appear to collapse is spectacular (as are the bits with the dancers), but I liked it best when the sails seemed to have unfurled, and were fluttering in the breeze as if the opera house was making sail. I think they should keep that portion of the light show up permanently.
March 23rd, 2012
Dain Fagerholm's Stereographic Drawings are strikingly colourful and more than a bit hypnotic. Especially this guy…
[Via BERG Blog]
March 4th, 2012
Kim Pimmel's video Light Drive is positively hypnotic, especially when viewed in full screen mode.
Pimmel also made Compressed 02, which I linked to a few months ago.
[Via swiss miss]