Just a few motion graphic pieces that have come across lately that I found to be inspiring in all the ways I find fulfilling in light, color and shape. The mood of the first few are very much greyscale/über-2010's, which I'm still totally fine with as long as the compositions are not too self-congratulatory. The scores are also top notch, all around, so blast those headphones or speakers.
Something that I never thought about until years later was how well designed Wes Anderson movies are. Feats of artistic compositions that lend every story a unique and unified look abound in every production, but none more so than The Royal Tenenbaums.
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 "Anthropométries" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.