I’m not very knowledgeable in the field of commercial photography, but there’s something subtly funny about many of Bryce Duffy’s photographs. In fact, it seems a bit stupid to even call it “commercial” photography vs. just plain old photography. I guess the difference is that you can hire Duffy to create his artwork for you to particular ends. However, in most of his work there’s a sort of looming 70’s kitsch hilarity lurking just under the surface. Burt Reynolds photographed under a giant painting of himself? Genius!
Summer’s really come to a close now, so if you find yourself yearning for those last licks of outdoor time, look no further than Danna Ray‘s ethereal illustration work. Each piece, with its washed out application of paint, is like a huge sigh. Somehow the delicate, minimalistic elements that make up each one contribute to a subliminal impression that’s actually pretty large. Each image finds a way to communicate a lot of space, and no space all at once. Such a dynamic allows you to briefly posses each as your own personal refuge. The artist’s restraint in creating these really pays off and I find myself returning to them again and again.
Greek artist Hara Katsiki’s Portrait series delves into the subconscious with highly stylized renderings on top of vintage photography.
“I’m extremely fascinated by old pictures. Especially from the Victorian era. With an almost automatic drawing i transform them in a strange and surreal world of a fusion of clandestine Voodoo, ancestral memory, and personal revelation. I give them life again through my imagination.
I’m like a medium. I allow my hand to move randomly ,expressing the subconscious so that the final result may reveal something of the psyche. I do not always look to tell a story or create meaning.
Sometimes by looking deeper you can find your own.”
High end fashion made out of Beef Gelatine and agar-agar sea vegetables might not hit the runways just yet but kuddos to Emily Crane for being at the forefront of high tech kitchen couture (who knew there was such a thing). Read more and watch a video after the jump and see how glycerine, fatty acids, and even bubbles are turned into fashion.
Director David Wilson along with Colonel Blimp and Andres Guzman created this trippy and colorful music video for the Australian band Tame Impala. It is a trippy sensory overload ride through a young man’s fantastical desire to forego a sexual escapade with his teacher. This video thoroughly illustrates “Mind Mischief” with a youthful and coming of age sensibility.
To view more about the project and to view a making of “Mind Mischief” video, visit here.
Microbiologist Christina Agapakis and scent artist Sissel Tolaas‘ science-meets-art project “Self Made” seeks to challenge the way we think about microbes, scent, and the nature of disgust. Most cheese is made by taking milk and spoiling it with the bacteria, Lactobacillus. This bacteria transform milk sugars into acid, causing it to coagulate. The chunks are removed from the liquid and aged with specific yeast that creates specific cheeses. Lactobacillus and yeast can be found all around us, including our own skin. Agapakis and Tolaas take microbes from people’s skin – like Michael Pollan’s belly button or artist Olafur Eliasson’s tears – and add them to milk in order to create a human microbial cheese portrait (a cheese selfie?).
“The idea was to recognize, how do we get grossed out? Then to think about it and move beyond that initial idea of disgust,” Agapakis says. “Why are we more uncomfortable with bacteria on the body than we are with bacteria in cheese?”
From the artists’ statement, “Many of the stinkiest cheeses are hosts to species of bacteria closely related to the bacteria responsible for the characteristic smells of human armpits or feet. Can knowledge and tolerance of bacterial cultures in our food improve tolerance of the bacteria on our bodies? How do humans cultivate and value bacterial cultures on cheeses and fermented foods? How will synthetic biology change with a better understanding of how species of bacteria work together in nature as opposed to the pure cultures of the lab?”
“Self Made” is currently on view (and smell – the project is for thinking, not eating) at Gallery Science in Dublin until January 2014 as part of the “Grow Your Own” exhibition along with other synthetic biology projects including a mouse cloned from Elvis Presley’s DNA, a yogurt drink that yields disease-diagnosing feces, and a project that proposes a future in which humans could give birth to endangered species. (via huffington post, npr, and la times).
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.