A simple piece of software got us through the dark ages of computing before the Internet allowed us to waste company time more effectively. Now you can reconnect with this old friend on the other side of the computer screen. Solitaire.exe is a physical pixel-for-pixel recreation of the massively popular computer card game included in the Windows 98 operating system.
Created by Evan Roth (co-founder of Graffiti Research Lab) this signed and numbered edition of 500 decks was created exclusively for The Cooper-Hewitt. These official Bicycle® Playing Cards are printed on linen by The United States Playing Card Company. Unfortunately they are already sold out but I’m sure they will eventually show up on eBay. (via)
French artist Michael Schouflikir’s work revolves the daily struggles we have with technology & modern human condition. Basically, the condition of our machines and nature that becomes more and more machine-like. We’re beat out and attacked by overgrown plants, take escalators towards our certain future of decapitation, and develop USB flash drives as bones. But don’t we kind of like it?
Lee Misenheimer’s work uses very basic media– a lead pencil or ball point pen and off white paper– but he creates awesome illustrations with intense detail. He derives inspiration from Japanese art as well as organic textures, mushrooms, air, and wind. He has openly admitted to have repetitive line syndrome and after a long break from art, he’s back!
Kinetic art features movement that is dependent on motion for its effect. It comes in multiple mediums including mobiles, machines and virtual movement or canvases that extend the viewer’s perspective. Wind, a motor or the viewer generally drive moving parts or dynamic perception.
Kinetic Art has origins dating back to the late 1800s where Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet were the first to experiment with emphasizing the movement of the human figure on canvas. In the early to mid 1900s artists began to create mobiles and other new forms of variable sculpture. Individuals such as Max Bill, Alexander Rodchenko and Alexander Calder solidified and defined the style.
Today artists all over the world create kinetic art and sculpture. Latin American artists Jesus Rafael Soto and Luis Tomasello both explore illusion, space and perception. French artist Laurent Debraux experiments with magnets, metallic objects and other elements to create works dealing with surreal imagery. South Korean artist U-Ram Choe likes to make kinetic works that mimic forms and motions found in nature. Bob Potts creates sculptures that gracefully recreate the movement of flight or boats. Anthony Howe employs wind to bring life to his massive sculptures.
Whether independently mobile, or reliant on a viewer’s perception to create an optical illusion, each of these artists and their works are inspired by a unique fascination with perception, movement and dynamism.
I have so many photos from my Italy trip that I’m having a hard time categorizing them into different posts. Hence, here is a post with a mix of a lil bit of everything from me tossing up the devil horns in the house of God to Venice flooding at high tide. It’s a tourist photo album but on crack!
Compressed is a series of video work from artist Kim Pimmel. The videos all utilize macro lenses, time lapse photography, and magnetism. However, for Compressed 02 we find Pimmel’s mix as liquid. The video is filled with a simple landscape of soap bubbles and punctuated with red dye. A strange black liquid seems to navigate the network bubbles of its own accord, like black blood travelling through invisible capillaries. This black liquid is an exotic ferrofluid – a magnetic liquid. The ferrofluid travels the most efficient paths through the field of bubbles toward its invisible magnetic attraction.
Photographer Alison Scarpulla understands the strange power and intriguing beauty of decay. She transforms her already beautiful photographs into even more striking images not by Photoshop, but by her own unorthodox sorcery. In order to achieve a desired effect, Scarpulla sometimes uses expired film, while at other times she smears her lens with dirt. Additionally, she has been known to blow smoke on or drip everything from water to acid on negatives. Her unusual experiments make for excitingly unique and especially beautiful images of all things odd and occult.
Premiere website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay team up each week to bring you some of the best contemporary artists and designers using Made With Color to build their sleek websites. Made With Color helps artists create well-designed and mobile/tablet responsive websites in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are excited to share the work of Zidekahedron who created his portfolio site on the Made With Color platform.
The intricate drawings and illustrations of North Carolina based Chris Zidek A.K.A Zidekahedron are ultra-detailed explorations into the unknown. Rather than looking at art history or pop culture for inspiration, the majority of Zidekahedron’s inspiration results from reading non-fiction. Quantum physics, sacred geometry, astrophysics, cosmology, ancient forbidden archaeology, and theories of an advanced human past all come together and collide in his stippled and patterned worlds that live within the pages of his sketchbook.
Expanding about his work he states:
I’ve been creating my own mythology based on these studies, specifically focused on how creation functions on a macro and micro level, how pyramids were constructed, and how life is truly created, usually with sacred geometry acting as the underlying blueprint. My demigod characters act as the answer to most of the oldest questions we have. They range from the size of a subatomic particle, to 150 foot tall pyramid construction workers, to 50,000 mile high planetary architects/demolishers.