Women always say that men think with their crotch so Cuban artist Yoan Capote decided to create a series of work replacing the male genitalia with a giant brain. All of Yoan’s smart and witty conceptual sculptures mix a dash of irony with a dose of comedy such as the ladder with rocking chair legs or a pair of pristine running shoes carved out of pure marble.
Documentary photographer Cristina de Middel’s striking new series, This is What Hatred Did, displays a collection of beautifully cinematic photographs that bend the boundary between reality and magic. Her photographs are both playful, yet inherently insightful. The series acts as a photographic narrative of Amos Tutuola’s book, “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts,” a novel loosely based on Yoruba folklore. Written in child’s prose, the book follows a 5 year old Nigerian child whose village was attacked by soldiers, leaving him without his mother, and provoking him to flee in order to avoid the chaos. He manages to find his way into a magical bush where no humans are allowed. The novel follows him for 30 years, during which he achieves many states of being. Tutuola’s book, published in 1964, caused him to flee the country due to a violent reaction, leading him to open a new path for African literature. Cristina de Middel explains the series; she states:
“The series “This Is What Hatred Did” (derived from the mysterious last sentence of the book) aims to provide an illustrated contemporary version of the book, adapting the characters, and ambiance to the current situation of the country. The “Bush” is now the Lagosian neighborhood of Makoko, a floating slum with its own rules, commanded by Kings and community leaders, often the subject of popular media coverage. A place where logic does not prevail and forbidden for those who do not belong. With the conviction that contemporary issues should be described in a way that includes the agent’s traditions, perspectives, fears, and hopes, this series documents the enhanced reality of one of the most iconic places in Nigeria.”
Cristina de Middel, a spanish born artist now living on London, is known for her important, self-published photo book, The Afronauts, 2012.
Ok, here’s a little known fact about yours truly… I am a total sports nerd. Deep down, I’ve always wanted to be a baseball player, so of course I got really excited when I saw these ‘text illustrations’ by Philadelphia artist Dan Duffy. If you didn’t already notice, his images are comprised of the words and statistics of the subjects – the Harry Kalas tribute is made up of the Hall of Famer’s greatest and most memorable calls during his almost 40 years of play-by-play commentating for the Philadelphia Phillies, and there’s another with the scores from every game of the 2008 Phillies world championship season. I’ll understand if the sports references get lost on you, but make sure to look after the jump for the illustrations of Barack Obama (text from his inaugural address), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (“I Have A Dream” speech), and Abraham Lincoln (second inaugural address).
With no color and minimal characteristics, Daan Botlek makes statement with larger than life figures placed on exteriors and interiors of abandoned buildings. In various scenarios his anonymous characters become street art interventions which engage in various acts of tumbling, jumping, dancing and running. Botlek’s muse eventually takes on a superhero persona that shows him escaping out of walls and other apparatus. If you look closely some of the narrative points to the figure escaping from himself while in others he’s having out of body experiences noted in a shade of orange. These show the usual metaphorical feelings one might have in the mind such as drowning or having your skin ripped off. Botlek playfully uses this to his advantage and makes it unique by placing it in an environment which is uncertain and out in the open.
Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands Botlek has been compared to artists such as Keith Haring. (via behance)
Secret Cavern, a.k.a. Aphte (who’s secret real name is Daniel Abensour, a Frenchmanguy), has a unique illustrative style. Whimsical and sometimes deceivingly morbid, Secret Cavern applies wonderful details to each work of art.
Garnet Hertz, a research scientist at UCI, recently developed “OutRun,” a driving game that you can actually drive. The project’s physical form is a mashup between an arcade game from the 80s (OutRun) and a modern day golf cart complete with some sweet rims (check those things out!). Using computer vision, the graphics of the game are able to update in real time to correspond to the road ahead… making it possible to drive in a mixed reality! I don’t know about you, but I wish driving on the 10/110 interchange here in Los Angeles was this fun… Learn more about it works, and see it in action after the jump!
Industrial designer James Boock, along with the design team of Josh Newsome-White, Brooke Bowers, Hannah Warren, George Redmond, Richie Stewart and Philippa Shipley designed and built the Quakescape 3D Fabricator. The fabricator uses earthquake data to visually represent the natural disaster. The machine retrieves the earth quake data which is then transformed into paint formations. Different color paint (representing different intensities of an earthquake) are poured onto the appropriate locations of a cross section of Christchurch, New Zealand. The wet paint flows down mountains, pooling in valleys, further transforming the raw information into art.
Mainly focusing on motion graphics, Madrid motionographer Holke79 also uses his ideas in different realms like photography and illustration. His motion works are a mix of sleek 3D animation and pleasantly 1970’s and 80’s colors and shapes.