Jay Schmidt is one of the more perplexing guys I’ve met, because he appears like a very clean cut, normal guy in his fifties (slacks and a dress shirt) – but there is something right under the surface that you can’t put your finger on. I am hesitant to say madness, but maybe what passes for madness in a consumer culture. Once you see his paintings it comes into focus, they present a parody of the world in a queasy wobbling, agitated, cartoonish iconography that lets you know exactly what he is thinking!
Jim Darling’s paintings use tromp-l’oeil airplane windows to frame picturesque though abstracted landscapes. The windows create a consistent context for the imagery, which otherwise might not be as recognizable. I’d hazard to say many of the people reading this article have had the compulsion when on a plane to take a photo of the view below, but rarely if ever does it turn out as what you see. Darling’s paintings manage to maintain the feeling of what you’re seeing out your window. They are abstracted views of farmland divided into squares and circles by roads, or blocks of suburban houses with pools and green yards of grass.
It’s especially interesting to see the very realistic rendering of the window beside the loose and impressionistic landscapes. Each window responds to the painting within it. The windown accompanying the New York skyline, depicted in sandier colours, maintains the same colour themes and scratchy technique, but still appears much more meticulously realistic than the loose style the city is painted in.
These paintings are rather subdued in contrast to some of Jim Darling’s other works. Recently he’s been creating large-scale installations and even what you could call sculpted paintings. His installations are made of discarded items and junk to create a giant yellow robot, or a curved X in the middle of a church in Detroit. For his painted sculpture he made a head puking water with a motorboat riding through it, all out of wood and painted in simple colours. Check it out on his website. (Via I Need A Guide)
In 2009, Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo created 1000 men and women figurines made out of ice for the completion of her Public art installation, The Minimum Monument (Melting Men). Throughout its life in the outdoor space, the ice figurines slowly melted until their disappearance. Originally placed in Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt Square, the piece was to bring awareness of Global Warming. Minimum Monument was then installed in Ireland as part of the Festival of Queens; there, the artist, recreated the original in order to visually remind people of the melting ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica. Since then, the installation has travelled to many cities around the world and it remains internationally known as ‘climate-change art’.
For the second year in a row our friends at Bombay Sapphire are launching the Imagination Series: Film competion in association with the Tribeca Film Festival. The competition offers the chance for filmmakers to have their short films made through interpreting a script written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher.
To enter the competiton all you have to do is visit the Imagination Series website to view Fletcher’s script and submit your concept based on the script. The most imaginative films will be selected by Fletcher, guest judge/actor Adrien Brody and a panel of Experts from the Tribeca Film Festival for a short list of the top four films. These four films will go into production. The panel will also shortlist another five concepts to go to a public vote with the winner also going into production. All five films will then be premiered in Tribeca the following year.The deadline for this competiion is August 4th 2013 so get to it now for your chance to see your vision on the big screen.
Two of our favorite films from last years winners appear above.
Steingrim Veum’s ultra detailed orgy drawings are funny, delicate, playful, and full of amazing scenes that will blow your mind.
Heavily inspired by the relationship between nature vs. artificial, artist Steve Newberry attempts to explore the questions of our society’s relationship with nature, and what our true intentions are in our attempt to replicate nature.
Madrid based artist Javier Aguilera’s sculptures are brutally realistic. Check out some more of his work after the jump!
Eighteen year old photographer Lucie Malbéqui uses her camera to capture slices of time. She emphasizes her youth and its brevity by using film to record “a piece of atmosphere, a piece of time.” Malbéqui feels that with film, she eliminates some of the artificial elements that are nearly always present in digital photos, instead favoring the raw and imperfect images she can create by allowing the sun’s light to preserve a moment.