Usually construction tunnels in the US are boring structures made out off steel bars and decaying plywood. But in France designer Miguel Chevalier, design firm Trafik and musical composer Michel Redolfi have come together to collaborate on a temporary tunnel between Forum Des Halles and the place carrée that will send you into sensory overload! Using LED technology “The Pixels Crossing 2012” is a sensory installation that features successive graphics and psychedelic colors all set to the music of Michel Redolfi. The result is the fantastical transformation of a regularly forgotten space that will make you rethink the drab and mundane corners of the city that we all walk by during our daily commute. ( via designboom)
New Zealander Lance Abernethy has managed to build his own dream, quite literally. He has managed to take his fascination for “small things” beyond the imaginary and into his hands. With the help of a 3D printer, patience, and intense precision, Abernethy has succeeded in building a miniature drill that actually works. After basing his project on a life size drill, and converting his measurements to millimeters, he says he spent about three hours connecting headphone wiring to a hearing aid battery.
The fascinating aspect of what he has done lies not only in the idea itself, but also in the fact that he actually created a working tool. The combination of imagination and 3D printer technology has yielded results that could be multiplied and used for an entire toolkit. Abernethy himself says he has the intention of creating an even smaller drill and that he has already found the appropriate battery for it. Imagine a box of tools so small they fit in your pocket. Tools this small would allow you to fix your glasses, watch and maybe even your phone or laptop on the spot, provided you know what needs to be done.
The beauty of Abernethy’s creation lies not only in the concept but in the process of taking an idea and translating it into something tangible. His project reflects both the advancement of technology and our fascination with making our tools smaller than their predecessors.
Bayo’s work depicts cheerless and melancholic worlds, where the main character is the psyque, as an epicenter of implosion and confrontation among the diverse layers of the subconscious level. Sometimes euphoric, sometimes epic, sometimes psychotic, his draw denotes such a trajectory where we are constantly infected with the deepest anxiety. His characters tend to avoid frontal sight, just like whoever notices contact as a mere exposition of his/her own fragility. Just as much as the arbitrariness of his forms allow us to see that he pays no devotion to the statutes of reason. His pieces travel throughout the harshness of obsessive details, the vagueness of repetition, and the sudden outbreak of movement. All of this in order to express the architecture of his emotions, with such a complexity that can”t be put as subtle.”
Patty Carroll photographs women who hide behind fabric. In her series, Anonymous Women: Draped, she features figures sitting and standing, all shrouded in luscious fabrics, rugs, and more. These women are invisible, meant to convey the idea that as we perfect the space of our home, it can fuse with our identity. Carroll’s choice in fabrics harkens another era, and look like they could be in the house of a grandparent. The Nuclear family of the 1950’s and 1960’s comes to mind in her work, when women’s roles were often domestically confined. Carroll writes about the series and the inspiration and implications behind it, stating:
I am addressing the double edge of domesticity; the home as a place of comfort, or conversely, a place where decoration camouflages one’s individuality to the point of claustrophobia. The draperies in these photographs act as both a visual cue as well as a literal interpretation of over-identification/obsession! While my direct sources for this series come from furnishing a home, as well as remembering the nuns in their habits while growing up, this series also references draped statues from the Renaissance, women wearing the burka, the Virgin Mary, ancient Greek and Roman dress, priests’ and judges’ robes, among others. I believe everyone has a hidden identity formed by personal traditions, memories, and ideas that are cloaked from the outer world. Cultivating these inner psychological, emotional and intellectual worlds is perhaps our greatest challenge as people, wherever we come from or wherever we live. (Via I need a guide)
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Stylistically speaking, Anton’s drawings hark back to Italian Futurism- glorification of youth, violence, and fantasies of what pleasure advances in science could bring to humanity. It would seem though that instead of elevating technology (can’t we invent another word for this already?) he is mocking it by celebrating the very icons it is now embodied by. Or better yet, the empire that now belongs to Steve Jobs.
Gu photography’s portraits of Special Olympic Athletes.
Welcome to this weeks offering of Click To Collect, Beautiful/Decay’s campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. This week we bring you California native Emilio Santoyo whose boldly colored gouache paintings on paper take you on a neon fantasy through the galaxy that lives within the artist mind. Strap on a helmet, jump on your moped, and ride off into the work of our good pal Emilio and add a bit of color to your drab walls. Read more about the work, see the entire list of available works, and find out more about Click To Collect after the jump!