Saturday, March 1, 2014

Monotone Symphony


I'd normally categorize this as one of those bullshit nudity/performance wastes of life akin to breaking down art, but this actually seems to have at least a seed of inspiration.

"Monotone Symphony," shot by Phil Poynter, is a performance piece inspired by Yves Klein "Anthropom√©tries" of the Blue Period, 1960. That performance in all of it's black-and-white glory, can be seen here:



Now I'm not usually one for gratuitous nudity unless it's Caturday and I'm on a pornhub spree, but, this is one of those weird occurrences akin to the bass player from Pitchshifter playing a bass with a Dead Kennedys sticker on it; the band may be a flash-in-the-pan studio band but, they are proud of their influences by historic and iconic musicians and display that for other, future artists to learn from and aspire to.






That being said, this has all of the appearances of an excuse to get a cheap thrill from models Sophia Lie, Emily Senko and Julia Dunstall writhing around naked while smearing blue paint on their bodies, but the very fact that it came from something I had never seen before made it worth while.

The cinematography of this piece is great, of course. The music is...typical. The art? It exists. Here, and in Klein's original. What matters the most is that it sparks conversation based on something other than blue tits and boring music.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

bookswemade | Books from Munich

Very short update to bring to light an amazing design firm from Munich that has churned out some of the most inventive and captivating book designs I've seen in quite some time. Every book has it's own unique personality tailored to the content and realized in beautiful photography and intricately developed typography. Below are only a few examples of what can be seen on their ever-evolving site.








Again, many more to be seen on bookswemade.com, and their facebook page.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Oscar Niemeyer

Countless books, articles, documentaries and dedications have been made to the master of architecture Oscar Niemeyer. Today marks the one-year anniversary of his passing, and this entire blog would be remiss if there were no mention of the man responsible for some of the most amazing structures on the planet.








I don't quite remember exactly when I learned of the name responsible for these buildings but I DO remember being aware of them for many years in my teens. Each structure is so futuristic in an inspirational manner of intrigue; they all have characteristics of past, present and future dreams.

Niemeyer was born in 1907 and lived 104 years. His structures will continue to serve as inspiration to me as a symbol of forward thinking and never settling for the status quo. For more information and images, visit this great article, or the wiki about the man himself.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lonely Window

Julien Mauve is a photographer based out of Paris who has created a short series that truly hits the crossroads of one of the most intimate, technical and emotional art forms.

The notion here that connection to anything real is continuously replaced by technology and with that, disconnection from that relationship, is very well captured. We see the world through our eyes and process with our minds but what is becoming more common is to experience the world through ever-shrinking devices.

Through solitude we view the world through a long hallway with a small window at the end of it, isolated but not alone. We see and learn everything we want to, alone. We communicate without speaking to potentially hundreds of people, alone. We find ourselves, more and more, alone.

Julien Mauve's photography here, a mixture of still life and portrait and lit by the the windows to the universe, evokes the mood of loneliness and illumination of a world just out of reach, yet entirely accessible.

One can hear the deafness of silence and the stillness of emptiness.








Many more projects, information and wonderful photos can be seen at Julien's website.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Visarute Angkatavanich - Phish Fotos

Short and sweet post to recognize Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich. He is virtually invisible on social media side from his 500px site, and I actually kind of love that. These photos make these Siamese fighting fish look almost like statues that have been posed for the camera, frozen in space and time, floating in black and white voids.








Check out the rest of the set.

Monday, November 11, 2013

BRDG


From what I have been able to decipher, two things are absolute: BRDG is an audio/visual production house based in Tokyo, and their output of experimental animations continue to amaze and push boundaries while keeping feet firmly planted on the foundations of earlier work inspired by the polygons underneath even the smoothest shadows.

(note: all videos are best experienced with really good headphones/speakers)


What strikes me about the above piece, EVE, with it's Venus de Milo muse, is how patient it is while embracing the frenetic and seemingly chaotic music it dances to. As the music itself is glitchy, it is also very structured and calculated in execution. The statue here, with the gas mask doubling as music interface (she appears to be literally breathing music), moves with the music to it's own pace while she is being overcome with the vibrations and effects. The end result is almost a piece of exciting indifference; the environment may change but the subject remains the same.

SyncBody was the first piece that I ever saw from BRDG and felt needed recognition from more than the editors at Vimeo. It feels a bit like the evolution of Virtua Racing, as well as the visual expression of ANAMORPH. Once again with frenetic music, this one seems to embrace it more as the mannequins move in strict accordance to Yaporigami's music and are slaves to it.


maigo is probably the calmest piece in the collection released so far, and it of course features amazing sound (this by Shunsuke Watanabe), and visuals that resemble the digital brainwaves of the computers generating it. This is another example of the patience I spoke to earlier; even the most frenetic videos by BRDG have a sense of extreme patience despite the intense urgency of what they suggest. amigo takes it to completion, as the soft beats and mellow rhythm float over gentle waves of color and ambiguous shapes.


Exit Through takes all of the above and mixes it together in a beautifully typographed, designed and scored milkshake. Not a moment too long or short, it is two minutes of pure abstract inspiration.


There is a lot more to BRDG than these short animations, and they are worth investigating. As most digital art can go, this is one of those rare collections that may simply exist for the sake of existing. And for that, I am grateful.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Batman: Arkham City Identity Package

With the announcement of Batman: Arkham Origins this week from E3, I thought I'd revisit something I was completely enamored with two years ago and never quite got around to blogging. 



Obviously beautiful, this identity package developed by Trailer Park straddles the line between pretension and art. Which, although hard to distinguish most of the time, is here very clearly drawn. 

Extending the audience for this open-world game would need a completely fresh take on things, and here it was a case of reversing the color schemes the world has known to be quintessentially essential Batman. Black is now white and silver. The highlights of green and blue in villains perfectly cast in the stark renderings, while the only color in images featuring Batman himself is red (either in his own blood, or as a color in an ally or foe). Although it feels like too much emotion and meaning for a game featuring a billionaire psychopath cracking skulls dressed in armor with bat-ears, it actually does have relevance to the undercurrents of social outcasts without a conventional method of releasing anguish and not finding solace in any attempt. The representation of Batman and his enemies of crime and love in a pure, un-tampered vision of mere suggestion does convey a feeling of newness; a fresh beginning, an open world of possibilities to repeat old mistakes or reinterpret old conflicts. 

The game itself won several well-deserved awards and sold like gangbusters. Having been released more than a few years ago, it is easily found for $20 or less now, removing all reason to not own the game in a collection. And although it undoubtedly would have sold several million dollars worth of units regardless of the marketing material, I love that  this campaign was developed in such a truly artistic and original vision. There will be more Batman games, and I hope that with them, just as imaginative and compelling visual identity material.