A few months back one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles was closed down so that a bridge could be taken down. The entire city was in a panic dubbing the weekend of closed freeway access Carmageddon. Luckily the traffic wasn’t too bad but I always wished I could see the process of taking down such a large bridge in just a few days. Filmmaker James Miller recently heard about a similar situation in the UK and jumped on the chance to videotape the process. Shot in gorgeous time lapse you can now witness what it’s like to take down a major bridge in just 24 hours. Watch James’ video after the jump.
Graham Little’s delicately rendered color pencil drawings bring together a mix of the baroque, surrealism, and high fashion.
Catherine Jacobi takes everyday materials such as bike tire tubing (pictured above), discarded newspapers, roof shingles and other debris and creates sculptures that use the histories of the materials they are built with as a conceptual and narrative starting point.
Swedish illustrator Niklas Lundberg AKA Diftype creates dense digital collages that transport you to another world where everyone and everything is constantly changing, morphing, and manipulating. His alternate digital worlds are so convincing that I wonder if even his business cards shape shift once they exchange hands. Guess I’ll have to go to Sweden to find out.
Art can be made with anything. You can use a stick, the back of a napkin or a Roomba vacuum can be used to create new imagery. This series of photos were made by artists from all over the world who attached various lights on top of the saucer shaped vacuums, set up a camera at a long exposure and let the good times roll. The result is a series of light drawings that are straight out of your favorite laser tag session or Tron. There’s even a Flickr image pool where you can upload your own Roomba art and join the new vacuum art movement!
As a kid, I lived in a Seattle suburb for a year. We could see Mt. Baker out the living room window – the whole, majestic mountain was right there, nearly always in plain view. Before that, my family had lived in Chicago and Minneapolis, where there are hills and “bluffs” but no real mountains. When I told the other kids this, that I’d come from a place without mountains, most thought I was pulling one over. I remember, when the dad of one disbelieving six-year-old got transferred to Minnesota, thinking, “now he’ll see.”
Probably, I’d seen mountains in picture books before I had Mt. Baker constantly in my line of site, but even if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have doubted the existence mountains. But I guess it’s easier to believe in what you haven’t seen than to believe that, somewhere else, what you have seen doesn’t exist.
Tyler MFA student Erica Prince’s work shows an exploration of alchemy, scientific thought, and creation of intricate worlds. In a recent interview she did with Masters of the Visual Universe, she describes her work as “focused around the idea of the Utopian society”. Her newer work bridges between installation and drawings, where some of the spaces she creates in 2D also have a 3D counterpart. Her work is strong and well researched both visually and philosophically. Each one brings you deeper and deeper into her own visual Utopia.
Aakash Nihalani’s outdoor geometric tape installations highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city.