Bart Hess Distorts The Human Body, And It’s Delightful

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Bart Hess, perhaps best known as the guy who did the slime art in Lady Gaga’s videos, creates work that distorts the human body in delightful and troubling ways. Visually, it’s astonishing. Hess intersects high fashion and fine art with an ease reserved for very few. His visually tactile aesthetic is informed by a marriage of hand-craftsmanship and digital retouching.

Hess’s recent projects, entitled Heart to Mouth, MUTANTS, and Shaved, respectively, use futuristic materials and textures to blur the boundary between textile and skin. “My work involves a lot of handcraft and a lot of work behind the computer,” Said Hess in a recent interview. “These two opposite work-methods inspire each-other. Personally I think that making for example an animations helps me to think differently about the movement of a textile.”

Hess’s mixture of craft and computer is marvelous to witness, because while he plays on tropes about the human body, he doesn’t offer any suggestion as what to think about it. It’s a purely visceral, colorful, and visually arresting experience. The rest is up to the viewer.  (via gaite)

Bart Hess’ STRP mutants

The STRP mutants were designed by Bart Hess together with Heyheyhey for the 2011 STRP Art & Technology Festival campaign. The mutants evolved around the idea of transformation. They visualize movement and the ever changing boundaries between the different disciplines: art, music and technology.

STRP Festival is one of the largest indoor art & technology festivals in Europe, that fuses music art and technology. The multidisicplinary program is a mix of a 360- degree experience with adventure which appeal to a wide audience. At STRP there are projects of young game designers next to major works from the international art circuit and experimental live cinema next to succesfol pop artists and DJs. At STRP you find interactive art, light art, robotics, concerts, DJs, theatrical and dance performances, experimental music, interviews, discussion, live cinema, films, lectures, video art, animation and workshops.

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Lucy Mcrae & Bart Hess


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Weird-beard grow your own crystal colored bath foam appendage fashion. Ephemeral bubble garments? Bizarre sculpture? Yes. Collaboration between Lucy Mcrae and Bart Hess.