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Daria Marchik

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Moscow based artist Daria Marchik enjoys exploring eccentric non-comformity through her work. She dabbles in many fields, which includes art directing, photography, performance, etc. I love her simple, yet powerfully striking costumes that are so full of humor.

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Light Art Performance Photography

Light Art Performance PhotographyLAPP-PRO, headed by Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza, brings the concept of light painting to another level. The situations captured in the photos seem to have broken any holds tethering them to reality. LAPP claim that “the pictures are one single photo, not a result of working on the computer.” Not to dispute the validity of their procedures or anything, but the photos so good that they stopped looking real. I’ve seen some cool light graffiti, but LAPP just brings the art form to a whooole other level. Maybe it’s because they look like characters from X-men battling evil at the cusp of apocalypse? Take a look and decide for yourself!

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Ben Sandler’s Humorous Freeze Frames

Paris based photographer Ben Sandler’s photography series feel like small freeze frame shots of instantaneous events. I love the architectural detail of each shot, its environment holding just as much weight as it’s action, and the humor behind the predicaments of each character.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Playtime

Sunday is a day of rest but if you’re like me you can’t sit still for 5 seconds. So lets kick off the day right with a fun action packed music video for B. Fleischmann created by Saman Keshavarz. Watch the full video filled with lo-fi stunts, animation, and stop motion goodness after the jump.

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Hiroshi Watanabe’s Sex Dolls

Hiroshi Watanabe‘s photographs of fantasy sex dolls are an erie reminder of how detached some of us have become from reality and the great lenghts that we go to satisfy our deepest desires.

If you happen to be in LA you can meet the artist at a special reception and book signing at Kopeikin Gallery on Saturday February 19th from 6-8pm.

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90034

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Your Favorite Movie’s Film Frames Compressed To Create Colorful Movie Barcodes

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin (1992)

West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story (1961)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

For a few years, MovieBarcode has been compressing each frame of entire films into pixel-wide, chronological bars, creating a unique color palette barcode for each movie. Color is used in film to set moods, evoke particular feelings, or to intensify plot and characters. While examining the barcodes of familiar movies, particular colors may stand out, or remind you of specific scenes or characters that you’re drawn to. MovieBarcodes allow a film lover an opportunity to view movies from a macro, bird’s eye view. It’s as close as you can get to seeing the entirety of a movie all in one glance. The person behind MovieBarcode wishes to remain anonymous, but told wired.co.uk that movies are chosen based on runtime and the quality of the outcome and that the biggest challenge is “[s]taying within the concept and not getting carried away by technical possibilities, some of which are planned to be published in a not too distant, not too busy future.” If you’re curious if a particular film has been compressed, or you just want to peruse titles, you can find an index of all the films that have been compressed here. If you like these, be sure to check out Redbubble, where some of the MovieBarcode prints are available for purchase.

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The Romantic Melancholia Of Katie Eleanor’s Elegant, Historically-Influenced Photography

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Katie Eleanor is a London-based photographic artist who creates visions of Victorianesque romance and melancholia. Complete with elaborate costumes and set designs, her works have a theatrical presence; serene-faced maidens wearing gowns—or in various states of undress—pose in dimly-lit rooms, often with esoteric props, such as a magpie, a fox, and a white crown. Mixing sensuality with darkness, the chill of death creeps in on the periphery, taking the form of dead branches, wilted leaves, and a shroud. There are signs of injury and endurance; one woman leans on crutches, while another stoically leaks blood from her eyes.

In a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay, Eleanor talks about her work. “My style is fictional and narrative based, away from the confines of our shared earth,” she writes. “I am influenced most heavily by the past, [. . .] as I am intrigued by both its links and disconnect from the way we function in the present.” Her influences arise from several creative sources, such as books, performance, Victorian illustration, and costume collectors. As a visual storyteller, set design is integral to conveying her meaning and absorbing the viewer into her ethereal dreamscapes; narrative and emotions speak through the costumes and staging. In addition to this complex process, each image is hand-colored, which allows her to “push more of [herself] into [her] works” by incorporating more of her physical being.

Be sure to visit Eleanor’s website, Facebook page, and blog and follow her work. She also creates haunting videos, which can be viewed here.

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João Ruas Paints Arcane Scenes Of Dark Mythology And Mysterious Symbols

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João Ruas is a Brazilian visual artist who paints esoteric scenes of ghostly bodies and mysterious symbols. Each image appears to be filled with a chiaroscuro-like fog that dissolves form into shadow. Recurring motifs include animal skulls, red tattoos, and medieval weapons that drift amongst hooded figures and undead dogs. There is a sense of arcane mythology mixed with everyday banality, for intermingling with strange and ancient-looking objects are scissors, helmets, and electrical cords.

By unfolding layers of time and myth, Ruas’ paintings emit a deep emotional timbre, unsettling the soul with their dark scenes. A boy with what appears to be animal ears growing down his face evokes something akin to despair and alienation, while a blindfolded woman on the back of a red horse (a reference to Lady Godiva) emanates with vulnerability, fear, and strength. With mystifying combinations of symbols, Ruas’ paintings function like open tomes that can be inscribed with the viewer’s own imagination and spiritual significance.

Visit Ruas’ website, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook page to learn more. Click here to view a timelapse video of his painting “Escudo” (2014).

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