British sculptor Mark Coreth was sponsored by the WWF to create awareness on the subject of human impact on climate. The hunting polar bear has been standing standing proud in the Trafalgar Square’s Northern Terrace in London since last Friday the 11th. He will melt over the next 10 days, leaving a bronze skeleton, a pool of water and a powerful environmental message. If you’re in the area, please give Mr. Bear a sympathetic pet on the head. If you’re not in the area, you can watch his slow watery demise on a live feed (not completely sure if this works or not since everytime I’ve tried I’ve encountered technical difficulties.) Check out some not real-time vids of the sculptor and Mr. Bear’s daddy carving him out in the square after the jump.
Detective Jason Harvey, a forensic sketch artist who has worked for the NYPD for over 10 years, draws fun and flamboyant portraits using the same techniques as he employs in his police work. His drawings might be recognizable to some New Yorkers, as it they are featured on “wanted” posters hung all around the city. However, Harvey has been given the opportunity for his work to be seen in a new light. Adam Shopkorn, owner of Fort Gansevoort Gallery, noticed Harvey’s work on the NYCAlerts Twitter and wanted to put it on display, allowing Harvey to jump from detective to artist. The NYPD wouldn’t consent to showing the actual sketches (as they are criminal evidence), so instead, Harvey has created a series he calls Fantasy Composites. Within this body of work, Harvey uses the same renderings and facial feature creation process as he would sketching up potential criminals, yet this time he is depicting imagined faces. Harvey explains the difference between this body of work compared to his detective sketches; he states, “when I’m interviewing an eyewitness and drawing from their memory, I have to strictly adhere to what they’re telling me about the person’s face.” He notes that the forensic work is “not creative at all.” Nonetheless, his imagined series is full of creativity and exuberance. Each work truly has it’s own character — there is a real sense that Harvey has seen it all. Nothing is too obscure or obscene, every portrait seems absolutely genuine, if not almost recognizable. The caricature quality adds a playful element to his work, allowing them to exist between the realms of cartoon and reality, between satire and actuality. (via booooooom)
New York-based designer Ji Lee brings humor to mainstream street ads in NYC’s subway stations by covering the actors/models in the ad with removable stickers that look like red clown noses.
“Ads are definitely more fun with clowns in them, I believe everyone wins with this, especially the advertisers, because now they will get more looks to their ads than before.”
Lee looks to create temporary marks on these temporary public images. He takes on the job of ‘enhancing’ instead of ‘subtracting’ or ‘erasing’ the original image, which is by nature, a bit different than most types of vandalism.
“I live in NYC and I walk, bicycle or ride the subway everyday. There are lots of ads everywhere, so I wondered how I can make my commute little bit more fun for me and for everyone around by simply transforming these ads that have become so ubiquitous. When I place these stickers, people often laugh and give me a ‘thumb up’. I think people enjoy them.”
This isn’t Lee’s first foray into the world of creative street art projects. He’s also the brain behind “Mysterabbit,” the adorable urban invention that brought miniature rabbit statues to the streets of cities across the world. To check out more of Lee’s work, check out his site.(via HuffPost)
Common movie scenes are showing us police mug shots, incognito faces in crowds and wanted killer posters. None of these seem unnatural or chocking anymore, we are tamed by cyberculture and technology. We could not imagine having to go through an identity check other than with our passport, signature or a police officer physically present in front of us. Yet, we’ve already left those ancient methods and engaged with facial, retina and odour recognition; fingerprints and hand geometry. We’ve entered the biometric data era. Not always conscious of how fast the world evolves around us, Tony Oursler has set a mission to “invite the viewer to glimpse themselves from another perspective that of the machines we have recently created”. He has been exploring the link between the growth of our technological dependance and its effect on our psychology.
The artist has created magnified face images, some of them coated with a stainless steel panel embeded with video screens and others marked with geometric patterns of algorythmic facial recognition mapping. He is embarking us with a dash of humor into the disturbing technology’s effect on the human mind. Tony Oursler plays with the face. Starting with the eyes and going down into the neck, he is suggesting that technology will use every bit of skin and organ to study the daily behavior, emotions and rituals of humans in order to categorize them. The viewer when facing those giant profiles is left with the strange feeling of being watched. The artist wants to highlight how uncanny is the process of teaching machines how to observe only the external appareance and to pretend, from there, to understand human’s true nature.
One of my favorite artists Ai Kijima will be having a solo show at 212 Gallery in Aspen August 1st. More info about the show after the jump and if you love Ai’s work you can still get a copy of Beautiful/Decay Issue: R which features a full length interview with Ai about her pop culture infused works that are painstakingly sewn together from various fabrics.
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!
Ludovic Florent‘s new photoseries Poussières d’étoiles (which translating as Stardust) features the natural beauty of the human body in motion, capturing dancer’s poses in moments of ecstasy, distress and grace. Each photograph is highlighted by the staging, a chalk and sand floor which enhances each movement, with dust clouds mirroring the appendage’s motions to create a dramatic physical presence of their own. Florent says, “In our changing society, my photographic work is guided by a humanistic look, willingness to foreground the natural beauty of the body, free to express his grace and personality.”
The Metz, France-based Florent created Poussières d’étoiles for Gallery HEGOA, and in anticipation for the European Festival of Nude Photography in Arles, France in May, 2014. The photographer further explains his work, “‘Behind every carnal envelope hides a soul that is both sensitive and flamboyant as I try to capture in each of my photographs.’ We certainly enjoy his work guided by a humanistic look, finding expression in a series that is both, sensitive and vivid.” (via ignant)