Staring at the solid blocks of color, the light shifts and patches of bright light begin to pull forward from the wall—where works by artist Jay Shinn exists with perfect geometric precision. Angular and illuminated by a small overhead projector, the pieces seem to float just above the surface of the wall, feeling simultaneously tangible and ethereal with their reflective, neon-like rays. Shinn has previously worked with elements of symmetry, suspended light, and illusion with his varied serial investigations in mirror, pencil-on-paper, neon and paint. He experiments with placement, perception and disorientation in these works, paying careful attention to color selection, form and relative scale. The result is slightly mesmerizing, if not entirely hypnotic.
There is something fantastically unworldly yet alluringly familiar about Amy Joy Watson’s bright sculptures. Whether it’s a drooping bow or a glitter-filled orb, this Australian’s artful structures feel like a 1986 birthday party, translated or abstracted by a video game of that same era: there are no soft edges, only the disjointed illusion of it.
To make each piece, Watson stitches or glues together watercolor-stained balsa wood, occasionally adding a tasteful Gobstopper here, or helium balloon there, to garnish her own primal sense of whimsy and sacred geometry, resulting in a somewhat spiritual monument to another imaginative age and time.
Sound artist Zimoun creates simple but arresting sound art installations. His stark installations use common objects to noise atmospheres. Zimoun often uses small DC motors with small cotton ball mallets in his work. His newest piece using the motors may be his largest yet. Utilizing over 300 motors, Zimoun neatly installed his piece inside an abandoned chemical tank. The drone of the cotton balls and the echo within the tank produces a hypnotic hum. Check out the video of Zimoun’s installation in action after the jump. [via]
Practically everyone can remember a time in his or her childhood when they got to eat a Cornetto ice cream cone, it starts out with an ice cream and topping swirl and ends in a tasty burst of chocolate. Cornetto took the same approach in creating their new series of short films called Cupidity. Each film is highly cinematic and like the Cornetto cones themselves, reveal something new in every act. The films take us around the globe in Istanbul, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles, showing off a beautifully filmed vignette showcasing each city.
The Cupidity series of short films Cornetto created are tales of love from a teenager’s perspective- a time when love is grandiose and mysterious, the stuff of fairy tales. The film featured here is called Kismet Diner and is set in a cozy, fifties style diner. The story revolves around Laura, the adorably shy waitress with a gift for singing. The story reveals itself in four acts, each act getting the viewer closer to the “choclately burst” at the end. The whimsical story and storybook setting calls to mind the charm of movies like Amelie.
Cupidity is an interesting project for an ice cream company to take on and certainly one that is blurring the lines between advertising and content. We solute Cornetto for pushing the boundaries of their ad campaigns and adding a creative bend to how they market their brand.
This post is sponsored by Cornetto
The team behind Atelier Ted Noten blend design and art so well, it can be difficult to unravel. They explore issues usually relegated to art such as violence, beauty, private and public life through design. Ice picks and cocaine are sunk into acrylic and transformed into designer bags. Perfume sprays down the barrel of a gun, its silencer concealing nail polish. The atelier’s design seems to at once celebrate and chastise high fashion’s excesses. Its bold design sensibility and irresistible ambiguity make their pieces difficult to turn aside from.
These amazing sculptures are unbelievably crafted entirely out of wood, then painted. Tom Eckert uses traditional processes to create these works, mostly out of basswood, linden, and limewood, then applies waterborne lacquer using paint brushes and spray guns. Concealment and mystery form a large part of his work, indicated by his portrayal of shrouded items. Eckert: “Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction.”
Trixie Whitley who’s husky, but soft spoken voice turns into quite a powerful instrument when she starts to sing played to an intimate audience the other night at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA. Playing songs from her debut LP Fourth Corner (released independently earlier this year on Strong Blood Records), Trixie showed us why musicians like Daniel Lanois, Marianne Faithfull, and Robert Plant have collaborated with her. Backed by a keyboardist and drummer, she played both electric and acoustic guitar and even sat at the Wurlitzer for a few songs ending the show with a stirring version of her single, “Breath You In My Dreams”. She came back onstage to play one of the first songs she ever wrote, “Strong Blood” which I’ve heard her in the past dedicate to her father, the late blues singer/guitarist, Chris Whitley.
Trixie’s currently on a West Coast tour which will find her at the Troubadour in West Hollywood tomorrow night, Friday May 31st and at San Francisco’s The Chapel on Saturday, June 1st. She’ll also be performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN on June 14th. Check out her new video for, “Breathe You In My Dreams” that premiered the other day on Vogue.com and definitely try to catch her perform live to hear her incredible voice.
NYC-based artist Jon Widman really pays attention to surface quality in his seemingly mundane, photo-realistic paintings of papery things. Record sleeves, paperback novels and cardboard boxes are rendered in careful detail, but with the faintest trace of the painter’s hand in the tiny, graphic details. In some pieces, small, industrious rodents make an appearance, hinting at Widman’s sense of humor as they climb and hide among stacks of antiquated media. The subject matter would usually leave the viewer with a trace of nostalgia, but his color palettes and intriguing compilations keep the work feeling fresh and vibrant.