“Over the last decade, Nina Surel has been developing a unique series of mixed media portrait-landscapes that offers a vivid portrayal of what it means to be a modern woman, in a way that is witty, provocative and honest. Ironically enough, she uses the visual language of early feminist literature and the aesthetics of 19th Century Romanticism to make statements about repressed desires, complicated lives, and the interactions of women with their own selves and their surroundings, that are absolutely modern and of-our-time. They are scenes that can only happen deep in the understory of the most primeval of forests, under cover of the bountiful canopy, and they have their genesis even further below, where the oldest roots of these trees are.
Surel employs a wide range of media, such as photography, painting, collage and assemblage. The conceptual underpinnings of the work are in Surel’s own childhood stories, fairytales, and romantic literature.” – from the artist’s website
We’re eagerly waiting the release of Zach Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL. After loving his take on the WATCHMEN and being blown away by the epic cinematography of 300, this version of Super Man promises to be equally grandiose. After watching the trailer Snyder’s take on the MAN OF STEEL feels darker, gritty and more natural than its predecessors. In WATCHMEN Snyder showed us the dark side of super heroes and how they reveled in their flawed humanity. Snyder seems to be sending Clark Kent down a lonely road where he’ll wrestle with who he is and his home on Earth. We’re all ready for the sweeping camera shots, flying scenes and all around badassery that this MAN OF STEEL has to offer. I think this is the vision of Super Man we’ve been waiting for. Fingers crossed! MAN OF STEEL is out June 14th 2013. Get ready.
The work of photographer Stefano Bellamoli seems at once terrestrial and alien, ancient and futuristic. These images were captured in the dark marble mines of Verona, Italy. Bellamoli needed to make use of a long exposure time in order to work in the black surroundings. With a handheld light and the long exposures added ‘light sculptures’ to the eerie landscapes. Spheres of light seem to float over the stone, the single light sources in the tunnels.
Rarely does advertising serve up such a smart, practical use of media like the new IBM campaign (designed by Ogilvy France). The intriguing billboards incorporate flat design in a 3-Dimensional capacity, building benches, awnings and helpful ramps to make the urban landscape a little bit “smarter.” By rethinking this simple medium, their message links the tech giant with innovation, intelligence and ingenuity in the physical world—a major feat of creative strategy. [via]
Watch a video of the billboards in action after the jump.
Sarah Sze’s installations incorporate everyday items from toothpicks to light bulbs, and “Triple Point,” her most recent endeavor at the Venice Biennale, is no different. Ladders, paper scraps, aluminum rods, sleeping bags, and other finely scavenged items collect and assemble to create a whole new type of machinery: a thinking one that has to do with re-assessing value and investigating the romanticism of objects at play with one another in this never-ending Milky Way of constructs.
According to The New York Times, Sze “wanted the installation to bleed out into the environment.’’ This is relevant to not only the pavilion itself, where the bulk of her work sprawls from room to room and outward onto the exterior landscaping, but also the neighboring community.
Blazing a cryptic trail, before the opening, Sze deposited a series of fake rocks (aluminum structures wrapped in photographs of rocks) sporadically in unexpected places, sometimes, with local businesses, who now house them in unconventional spaces, often along with their own imaginative origin stories. The intention is to lead patrons into the exhibit slowly, almost subconsciously, as though foraging their own trail into the surprising wilderness of Sze’s art.
More images of the installation and a video after the jump.
Son / Father: Nathan, 7 & Ulric, 29
Cousins: Justine, 29 & Ulric, 29
Brothers: Christophe, 30 & Ulric, 29
The series Genetic Portraits almost works as a casual study. Quebec based photographer Ulric Collette seamlessly blends the faces of two relatives to create one portrait that is hard to look away from. The resulting photographs highlight the differences an emphasize the similarities between siblings, children, parents, and cousins. It is nearly as if the images are a visualization of the genetic traits traveling between generations. Genetic Portraits is also an absorbing record of time’s effect on physical appearance. Eye s, for example, appear to be near exact copies between father and son, separated only by the wear of thirty years.
Beautiful/Decay and premiere website building platform Made With Color have joined forces once again 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. This week we’re excited to bring you the mind-altering and dreamlike music video by Brian Irving.
“Eyes Wide” is the new single and video from Brian Irving, aka Brian Brater, the co-founder of the legendary Rawkus Records (Black Star, Talib Kweli, Pharoah Monch, Company Flow, Big L and more) and responsible for developing artists like Frank Ocean collaborator Om’mas Keith, Dr. Luke and for starting the media network and website Uproxx.com.
Irving’s first release is a lush conscious neo-psychedelic experience, drawing comparisons to Tame Impala and Pink Floyd. His debut album Radiant Things is set for a July 16 release date featuring cover art by one of our favorite painters Wendell Gladstone. The video, produced by Los Angeles design agency Something In The Universe is inspired by the psychedelic energy of Captain Murphy and Tampa Impala videos as well as the imagery and style of assume vivid astro focus and London’s 14 Hour Technicolor Dream.
Irving has to say this about his new video, “The ‘Eyes Wide’ animation and drawings have a beautiful lucid dream-like quality, like an amazing planetarium light show, or an assume vivid astro focus video or installation. The song beautifully complements the video: both the imagery and music are soaked with delays and reverb-like quality – the symbolic imagery of open spaces, one-eyed fantasy, and psychedelic big fish perfectly reflect the “wet” yet dynamic sound of my guitar/synth processing and pulsing electric bass lines.”
Rosa Verloop creates sculptures out of nylons. Eerie and captivating these malleable forms capture the density and lumpiness of a fleshy existence. They’re soft and cuddly and evoke a tangibility. These malformed sculptures speak to bodily fear and vulnerability and what we perceive as normal and abnormal. Nylons are supposed to cover skin, creating a smoothness that Verloop undermines by twisting and stuffing these nylons into bulky lumps.