Looking like a scene from Lord of the Rings, the Ice Castles of Lincoln, New Hampshire are the result of some very talented artists. Their work has been captured by Filmmaker Julian Tryba in collaboration with time lapse artist Michael Sutton in a new documentary called Frozen Fortress. The film features not only the amazing work of the ice sculptures but an innovative technology which captures the activity in a sped up time lapse format. In the film, we first witness the ice castles at dawn sparkling like gigantic petrified crystals. Once night falls and under multi-colored lights, the glass-like structures change dramatically. The hyper lapse technology enables us to see the same environment come alive as ravers flock to the scene at dusk to experience the castles’ unique beauty in a club-like setting.
Each winter, thousands of icicles are grown and carved into amazing sculptures. Through a process which sprays water on metal, the frozen material is transported daily to build the magnificent site-specific collection of motifs, paths and caves. Artists continue building on the structure during the run and ultimately create an incredible Matterhorn-like structure. The scope is deceiving and in Tryba’s film takes on a much grander scale.
The castles are visited daily by hundreds of people during the winter months in four U.S. states (New Hampshire, Vermont, Utah and Minnesota). They have been the unique setting for music videos and now a well made documentary. (via creators project)
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UK based designer & illustrator Tom Hovey infuses his work with a lively quality and a sense of humor. Tom works freelance and his artwork has been featured in a variety of magazines and exhibitions – to name just a few of his drawing outlets. Tom keeps his work fresh through his daily sketchbook blog, which I highly recommend checking out – it may just put a smile on your face, like it did on mine!
Aysha Bano‘s images are a mash-up of sexual energy meets Hardy Boy murder mysteries. I can’t tell if the women in her photos are sex crazed perverts or plotting an evil scheme filled with violent murder and sinful secrets.
Panni Malekzadeh’s paintings of young girls juxtaposed with sex store neon signage deal with human vulnerability, boredom, fragility and the imprisonment of oneself. Her work has always been about things in herself that she felt incredibly uncomfortable and embarrassed by. Suggesting ideas of beauty vs. despair, shame, embarrassment and vulnerability that woman many times experience in their lives, Malekzadeh exploits what’s dangerous and what scares her about herself.
Working with only “earth, fire and emotions,” Kathy Ruttenberg’s fairytale-like ceramic sculptures create a world that is immediately captivating, but the viewer might be surprised by what’s down the rabbit hole. Her violent and devastating visions are disturbingly peaceful, idyllic and sustainable. Erasing the boundary of the metaphorical and the literal, Ruttenberg’s world is filled with lush foliage, woodland creatures and puzzling, slightly grim yet open-ended reveries of gender relations. Men are always portrayed as animals in gentlemen’s clothing, and women are always well-groomed and dressed in rounded skirts. On one hand, men are literally animal-like savages, but at the same time they are native creatures of the woodlands and the earth itself, whereas the female figures are the outsiders, if not intruders. It is hard to tell if they are men masquerading as animals, or vice versa. Death, in works such as “The Moment After”, is the stark aftermath of failed love, but also an opportunity to blossom imaginatively and become one with earth.
See Kathy’s work in person in NYC at STUX gallery on view now until May 5th.