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In Warner Bro. Pictures and Legendary Pictures new movie Pacific Rim, Director Guillermo del Toro, takes us to a future where mankind is on the brink of extinction at the hands of a race of monstrous creatures called the Kaiju. Millions of humans have lost their lives to these monsters and humandkind is embroiled in a mounting apocalypse. Legions of monstrous kaiju came from the sea, starting a war that would consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.The fate of the world rests on two unlikely heroes who will man a super-robot weapon and try to tip the scale back into humankind’s favor.
The Pacific Rim trailer is chock full of enough giant man-made weaponized robots and Godzilla-inspired monsters to thrill any action adventure science-fiction fan.
Alana Dee Haynes has taken the doodles that most of us do while we’re talking on the phone to new heights. Creating detailed repetitive patterns on top of photographs for a wide assortment of magazines, Haynes has transformed these striking photographs into psychedelic and psychological images that haunt and intrigue. It would be interesting to see how this work progresses in the future as setting up her own shoots and fully creating a new world for her images surely would be the next logical evolution . We’re excited to see where Alana Dee Haynes goes next!
It’s Tuesday and time once again for our exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website building platform Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most compelling artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and elegant websites. MWC is helping artists everywhere build beautiful looking websites without any coding, helping every artist get the maximum exposure for their work. This week we are happy to share the film noir influenced paintings of Frank Ryan.
Most of us walk past billboards, drive through city tunnels on our way to work, and don’t think twice about our messy bed that we just can’t seem to make in the morning. However Los Angeles based painter Frank Ryan see’s these mundane scenes as incredible moments to freeze in time through the magic of painting.
Focusing on the everyday, Ryan wields his brush and elevates the mundane to new heights in his psychologically charged and sometimes somber images. Using a direct style of painting Ryan’s process is economical, maximizing the effect of each brush stroke to create dreamlike states for us to get lost in and contemplate.
For the second year in a row our friends at Bombay Sapphire are launching the Imagination Series: Film competion in association with the Tribeca Film Festival. The competition offers the chance for filmmakers to have their short films made through interpreting a script written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher.
To enter the competiton all you have to do is visit the Imagination Series website to view Fletcher’s script and submit your concept based on the script. The most imaginative films will be selected by Fletcher, guest judge/actor Adrien Brody and a panel of Experts from the Tribeca Film Festival for a short list of the top four films. These four films will go into production. The panel will also shortlist another five concepts to go to a public vote with the winner also going into production. All five films will then be premiered in Tribeca the following year.The deadline for this competiion is August 4th 2013 so get to it now for your chance to see your vision on the big screen.
Two of our favorite films from last years winners appear above.
Alexandra Pacula’s work may look like blurry photographs taken after a wild night out in the city but they are in fact hyperrealistic paintings. These paintings investigate a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife. She is fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities. The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation. The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.
In our seemingly content society there is a struggle to achieve greater levels of enjoyment. We explore various environments and activities in search of pleasure. Extravagant lights of night environments seduce us to participate in curious events, enticing us to experience new forms of satisfaction.
Discussing her work she states: “I recreate the feeling of dizziness and confusion by letting the paint blur and allowing shapes to dissolve. I suggest motion in order to slow down the scene and capture the fleeting moments, which tend to be forgotten. The sense of motion is intensified with the use of quick vigorous lines and sharp perspectives. By interpreting lights in graphic or painterly ways, I create a sense of space, alluding to a hallucinogenic experience. I want the viewer’s eye to travel within my composition and experience a familiar, exhilarating event of an actual nightly excursion.” (via)
Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color helps artists create gorgeous websites without any coding. This week we’re excited to bring you the work and website of Los Angeles painter Justin Waugh.
With a desire to break painting down to its fundemental components of color, line, form, and surface, Justin Waugh creates a restrictive set of criteria that has a rich dialogue with minimalism and post minimal abstraction. Using those movements as a starting point, Waugh working to engage the language of minimalism with a contemporary sensibility that is both familiar yet subversively fresh. Justin had this to say about this series:
“This series began as paintings that address the repetitive horizontal grid, a hallmark of minimalism, and the use of industrial materials. Instead of a consistent, mechanized application of paint there is evidence of a hand painted surface; the use of oil paint and graphite, traditional painting materials; and a bold use of color. As the series progressed I began working on handmade paper, further giving the work an organic quality that created an interesting tension with the rigidity of the pattern. I am also interested in the overall compositions being made up of repetitions of two inch bands of color, rendering them in a sense without focal point, and egalitarian in composition. I’m fascinated by the use of repeated forms and patterns, and how one can take a very simple gesture and scale it up into something greater than the sum of its parts. “
Although relatively abstract, Anderson’s paintings have their origins in representational imagery. This dependence on the objective along with his overall motivations put him in dialogue with early Modern art movements, particularly Dada, Surrealism, and Cubism. Scott Anderson is interested in the continuation of this art historical conversation as a means to change the rules of the game as it were. Where Modernists of all stripes were largely interested in winning the game by ending it (to paraphrase the critic, Jan Verwoert), Anderson sees this mode of objective / non-objective hybridity as one way among many in which to view the world.