A final resting place for you and your loved ones just got a little cooler. Instead of a tomb you could now become part of a tree. An innovative project called Capsula Mundi from the minds of Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have developed a concept that would combine the deceased with a young tree that would eventually grow into a living memorial. It will change the way we visit loved ones who have gone on to the great beyond. Instead of cemeteries we could now visit the deceased in beautiful forests as an alternative, a more civilized, celebratory, and positive way to remember. Presently, we reflect on thoughts and artifacts when a person dies. Perhaps soon we will be able to watch them grow and become part of a living organism again.
The body would be placed in a pod-like sack underneath a seed or sapling in a fetal position. As it transforms it will provide nutrients which will allow the tree to grow and in a sense become one with it. The project has not been officially approved in Italy yet since legislation prohibits cemeteries without proper burial case. The people at Capsula Mundi are looking to change this and make their concept a reality. Once they do it will start a new and wonderful way we can continue to love those we’ve lost with a little help from mother nature. (via boredpanda)
What I like about the work of Steve Seeley, besides the awesome Ultraman, Superman and many other super heroes in his paintings, it’s the subtle way of combing elements that you wouldn’t really see as a backdrop for these characters. From wild bears and monkeys to forests, rainbows, cowboys and astronauts, he is able to combine all these characters and elements to make a pretty hilarious combination in each painting.
Combining photography and painting, Polish-based artist Michał Mozolewski creates intriguing portraits of mysterious-looking subjects. Pictures of pictures of people are scanned into the computer and later remixed and using a variety of methods. They are set against dark backgrounds and the black and white base images have gestural strokes painted over top of them. The hues of white, cyan, and red don’t evenly cover the photographs and Mozolewski uses varying pressure that adds a sculptural element to the work by emphasizing certain features of the face or body.
The effect that the artist’s technique has on the mood of the work is dramatic. Diffused and distorted photographs combined with Mozolewski’s erratic marks make for a haunting and grotesque portraits that are dreamlike at the same time. There’s a lot left to the imagination with these works, and they communicate sadness but at the same time are provocative and overall very visceral.
James Jean is interviewed by NYC fashion designer Jeff Staple in this really nice video from a few months back that runs about 11 and a half minutes. Jean, the fairly prominent Los Angeles based illustrator and fine artist, opens up about his work and his time at SVA. Apparently, to get as good as Jean, you have to work pretty hard. Who knew?
Catch the full interview after the jump.
Video artist Ben Bigelow is curating an event “Jupiter And Beyond The Infinite” video screening/gallery opening tonight at 7pm (with screenings at 9 and 11pm) @ Synchronicity Gallery in LA: Deep-space excursions that reveal the dark matter of pop culture, absurdist mythologies that transcend into tear jerking dramas…all can be found in “Jupiter And Beyond The Infinite.” This forthcoming show at Synchronicity Space opens on July 31st with a video screening including 19 unique artists. 2-D and 3-D artifacts from the videos will accompany the screening and be on display throughout August. Those looking to travel through a black hole and keep your boots on: look no further. Check out more of his work after the jump.
After spending a few decades shooting high-concept high-fashion spreads for the likes of i-D, Vogue, W Magazine, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, photographer Nick Knight has recently launched a body of work in London, nearly 10 years in the making. Inspired by paintings from the Baroque period, Knight’s altered large-format photographs of elegant floral arrangements take on a psychedelic, gorgeously twisted liquidity. By exposing the prints to various combinations of heat, chemical and water treatments during the printing process, he’s able to interject each piece with an intriguing, painterly flair.