Film maker and photographer Michael Shainblum captured familiar city scenes in a way you’ve likely never seen them. Shainblum captures time lapse sequences of cities such as Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicaog, then folds it in on itself. The urban landscapes are seamlessly divided and replicated into four segments. In a strange way, this hypnotic abstraction of the city nearly seems to make it easier to see the city as whole. Each metropolis appears to pulse and glow as if it were a living being or complex computer system. The video allows the viewer to step back and see the city as a complex collective system. [via]
I’m completely blown away by the illustrations of Finland based Riikka Sormunen. Her delicate lines, amazing earthy color schemes, and dense patterning make me want to stare at these forever. I also love the subtle influence of Japanese woodblock prints that comes through in some of the works. (via)
Inventor and designer Oliver Show belives that there just isn’t enough public seating in Hamburg, Germany. So instead of complaining and whining about it he took it upon himself to come up with a simple solution to one of lifes most annoying problems. With the help of bright colored and inexpensive padded piping Mr.Show created playful seating all around the city using pre-existing structures as support. The result is a fun and playful take on one of a kind urban furniture that makes us think “why didn’t I come up with that.” (via)
Jerome Abramovitch has incredible attention to detail: the digital manipulation of his photos is nearly seamless. In his “Mannequin” series, he took photos of both live models and plastic mannequins before digitally meshing them together to form amazingly real-looking human-plastic hybrids. More and more, photographers are finding their creative voices in post production – so exciting!
Kentucky-based designer and illustrator Ben Sears knows how to showcase his work. With a portfolio jumping from commercial work, process screencaps, and sketchbook doodles, one can’t help
but admire his work ethic. His sketchbook work has unlimited appeal- work that’s both clever and perfectly rendered never goes out of style. Plus, who can frown at Yoshi and ferrets?
Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to present Patricia Piccinin’s first solo exhibition in Washington, DC: “The Welcome Guest.” The selection of works ranges in date from 1997 to the present, including video and small- to large-scale sculptures (made of silicone, fiberglass, human and animal hair, taxidermied peacocks, polyester, nylon, wool, plastic and bronze). Using natural and artificial media to create realistic and grotesque forms, the world renowned Australian artist visualizes humanity’s challenges in navigating between nature and biotechnology.
The exhibition title comes from its signature piece, “The Welcome Guest” (2011), Piccinini’s most recent creation, which recalls Goethe’s statement, ‘Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.’ The artist explains that this work “reflects on the beauty and strangeness of nature.” In this compelling sculptural grouping, a fleshy mutant creature embraces a cute little girl as a graceful peacock looks on from atop an icy perch. Here Piccinini asks: Who will we become as technology refashions the relationship between people and the natural world? Other works in the exhibition elaborate on what kinds of emotional connections could emerge between us and the strange yet vulnerable life forms our science may yet create. See the show from November 5th – December 7th, 2011 at Conner Contemporary Art.
The relationships of women to themselves and their environment fuel the narratives of Jennifer Nehrbass’ paintings and are formed from the binary oppositions between the images. By dismantling the roles and stereotypes of beauty and femininity Nehrbass examines the psychology that leads women to go to extremes to maintain beauty and style.
Anoka Faruqee lives and works in New Haven, CT. She meticulously paints large representations of three-dimensional color fields. Many of these works feature a reoccurring six pointed asterisk or three pointed tripod rendered countless times by hand without the use of rulers. The shapes derive from Islamic tile geometry which she describes as “…someone centuries ago spent a good amount of time playing with a ruler and a compass, I can lift from that tradition a kind of readymade handmade pixel.” Combining mathematics with manipulated shapes she evokes digital technology visuals and leads the viewer into the infinite.