Date Archives April 2011

Taisuke Koyama’s ‘Melting Rainbows’

Taisuke Koyama's Melting Rainbows

Taisuke Koyama's Melting Rainbows

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I’m in love with these crazy rainbow images by Taisuke Koyama, a Japanese artist doing some really interesting work. His series Melting Rainbows was created almost by accident:

From the last series “Rainbow Form” in 2009, which was the closed-up pictures of advertising poster with a rainbow image, I have selected about 10 pictures to create this “Melting Rainbows”. The inkjet prints of “Rainbow Form” were placed in the balcony of my room and the changing process of the surface was observed and photographed.
The series “Melting Rainbows” has about 111 pictures now.

You really need to blow these images up to get a good sense of their detail. In fact, I wish I could see these gigantic, like 10 feet tall. I love all the tiny details in the droplets of water, the way the color streaks and blends together. They kind of look like brightly colored spirits. I’m not really sure if the book collecting Melting Rainbows is available yet, but if you’re interested I’d suggest you try ordering from here.

Bobby

The Illustrations of Noper

Ilustrations by Noper

Ilustrations by Noper

Ilustrations by Noper

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I received an email earlier in the week from a fella’ named Noper, no proper name given or found, a Romanian illustrator who’s got a really fantastic style. And I mean that literally, his style reminds me of fantasy/comic illustrators like Moebius or Geoff Darrow. I like that his creatures are slightly out there but still semi-realistic in the way they’re presented. The images above were for a campaign created by Grolsch beer called Bucharest by Hand, which asked artists to reinterpret spaces around Bucharest. Noper chose to photograph Bucharest and insert his awesome creatures into them. I’ma huge fan of people doing work like this, especially when it comes off as seamlessly as these images.

Bobby

Space Suit of the Week

Skulls in Space Suits

Skulls in Space Suits

Skulls in Space Suits

The first skeleton in a space suit I saw, I thought “that’s pretty strange” but after easily finding more my thoughts turned to “what is going on with all these skeletons in space suits?” Replacing the head of a brave hero with a skull speaks pretty loudly, but what exactly it says depends on the ear. I don’t tend to think that these are cynical moves, but can easily see why someone would say so. They could probably convince me of it.

To me, the images are ironic. With all of the technology it has taken for us to travel in vacuum of space, and with all of the legacy that travel has created for the men and women involved; as pioneering and brave an act it was— we are all still going to die. Okay, that does sound pretty cynical. But the point isn’t that we’re eventually going to die, but that we can accomplish a lot before we do die. Or maybe it’s something much more simple: space travel is dangerous. Or that even the bravest folks are fundamentally the same as us. I’m not sure, but I’m open to suggestions.

To me, these are some of the strangest space suit images. They beg many questions and answer virtually none.

Alex

‘The Ruins of Detroit’ by Marchand & Meffre

"Les Ruines de Detroit" par Marchand et Meffre

"Les Ruines de Detroit" par Marchand et Meffre

‘The Ruins of Detroit’ is the title of a body of work by two amazingly talented self-taught French photographers: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. Both photographers have a fascination with ruins and in 2005, after seeing photos of Detroit, they decided that they needed to travel there and try and capture some of the devastation that had swept through the city. For five years they collaborated on the project; originally running it as a series for TIme magazine, it has now become a series of exhibitions and an incredible looking book.

Of all the cities in the US, Detroit seems to have been hit hardest by the economic downturn. Marchand & Meffre’s show libraries empty, schools destroyed, and concert halls, theatres and hotels literally falling apart. For a city that once stood as the cradle of modern mass-production it’s a haunting reminder of the ephemerality of all things. For Marchand & Meffre, this reminder is core to the work “Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification” they say on their site. “Its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great Empire”.

To see more of the series head to their website, or if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris this summer their work will open this Thursday at the Galerie Wanted and run until the 15th of September.

Philip

Sensing Architecture

Sensing Architecture

Sensing Architecture

Honestly, this video is more than a little strange, but I think it is funny and joyful in a way that’s intriguing, even if a little murky. From the somber start until the concrete makeout session, there’s an increasing playfulness about interacting with architecture. I guess you could say this week has been about architecture taking itself less seriously. The video was posted by Fleck, member in a collective of architecture students called Tesseract. There is some excellent work on both sites, including some fun prints. I happened to pick up this print because it made me want to laugh. Similar to how you can tell the guy licking the concrete wall wants to laugh, but I’m not doing anything gross.

Alex.

Swoon’s Glorious Cut Paper Installation at ‘Art In The Streets’

Swoon's Cut Paper Installation at Art In The Streets

Swoon's Cut Paper Installation at Art In The Streets

Swoon's Cut Paper Installation at Art In The Streets

Swoon's Cut Paper Installation at Art In The Streets

Swoon's Cut Paper Installation at Art In The Streets

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever gasped at art before, at least not until seeing Swoon’s immense installation at Art In The Streets. There are few things that are amazing about her installation that gave me such a sense of awe. First, it’s in a room of it’s own, that has to be at least 30 feet tall. There are two entrances to the room, one is the through the front which is masked by some currents, the second is through the Spike Jonze video exhibit. I went through the Spike Jonze video entrance, which you can imagine is pitch black so you can watch his film. The experience of going from darkness and almost, discovering, this immense, yet fragile installation is shocking. I was literally shocked, couldn’t move, couldn’t catch my breath.

Another interesting fact is that she worked on the piece for nearly a month, mostly in complete secrecy. She let only a select group of people into the exhibit until she was done. It’s also worth noting that some of the paper is cut by hand while other pieces have been laser cut. The way the light from under the exhibit is extremely beautiful, as it creates even more precious shapes all over the white, linen walls. This was without a doubt my single favorite thing in the entire Art In The Streets exhibit. The sheer scale and work that was put into this piece is beyond my comprehension. If there’s one reason to see this exhibit, it’s the chance to walk around this piece and take in it’s beauty.

You can see more photos of the installation under the cut, lots of photos of the details and minutiae that makes this piece so special. I’ve also put a video under the cut which gives you a making-of video by Levi’s Workshop (we’ll get to them as well) showing the construction of this piece. Thanks to Wellington for the heads up.

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The Bicycle Cap by peSeta for the New Museum

peSeta, The Bicycle Cap, New Museum

peSeta, The Bicycle Cap, New Museum

peSeta, The Bicycle Cap, New Museum

Like the Everynone Symmetry video posted Tuesday, some things just belong together naturally. They’re made for each other. They may serve completely different functions, but they are drawn together by something in their nature. Example: a bicycle and a sewing machine. They seem like two completely different things, but are bound together by symmetry: they spin, they connect, and they are human accessories.

What if we take the idea of symmetry and push it one step forward to have symmetrical items creating?

Well, no one has ever really thought of that…except for the brilliant fashion/art/lifestyle brand, peSeta. Working with The New Museum, the Madrid based company noticed a bicycle and a sewing machine having a little bit of a love affair and wondered what the two would create, if given the opportunity. The creation? A bicycle cap!

The above video is a totally adorable, cute, even silly bite-sized documentary chronicling the genesis and process involved in creating the hats. It makes you love your bike even more and makes you covet–maybe even slobber–over these “NEW” hats. I watched the video giggling with happiness over how excited they were for the project and over how dang creative they are: the idea is brilliant, the process is brilliant, and they are just so dang brilliantly cute, with their Spain-Spanish accents.

I don’t know about you, but I would die if I could have one of those hats. Here’s hoping I make it to NYC in time to snag one from TNM…or, that I, too, can make my bike and a sewing machine fall in love!

KYLE

Shepard Fairey at ‘Art In The Streets’

Shepard Fairey at Art In The Streets at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Shepard Fairey at Art In The Streets at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Shepard Fairey at Art In The Streets at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Shepard Fairey at Art In The Streets at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

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I wanted to share one of the photo sets from Art In The Streets, even if it is a bit late in the day. I’m gonna be sharing more of these sets over the next couple days, but I thought Shepard Fairey was a good way to start. I’m a huge fan of his work, I love what he’s done with his art and where his career has gone. His inclusion into the exhibit is a no duh, and I was glad to see that he was afforded a nice space to be displayed in. What was cool is that he had a few original pieces in the show, including what I think is the original Obey Giant sticker from way back in 1989. That’s pretty sick. What’s crazy is you see all of the paintings in these photos, but his part of the exhibit is such a tiny part of a larger scheme.

Check back tomorrow for two more photo sets by Swoon and the area called the ‘Street Market’. There’s also more photos underneath the cut, don’t miss ’em.

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‘Art in the Streets’, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA – Los Angeles Gives Street Art It’s Due

'Art in the Streets', at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA - Los Angeles Gives Street Art It's Due

Jeffrey Deitch at Art in the Streets, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Art in the Streets, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Art in the Streets, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

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Last Thursday I had a chance to visit the opening of Art in the Streets at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the most comprehensive exhibit of street art pretty much ever. It was an amazing event with a ton of artists in attendance like Shepard Fairey, Futura, Steven Powers (ESPO), REAS, Fab Five Freddy and tons more. I honestly felt like a kid in a candy store as I walked through the space. I was surrounded by the work of the artists that I’ve admired for years now, and to be able to take the time and soak it in while no one else was really around was fantastic.

Enough talking though, it’s best to see the space for yourself through photos. Since I have so many photos though, I’m going to be breaking out certain artists into their own posts to present them in the correct manner. I ended up taking 559 photos, so trust me, I have a lot to share.

I should also point out that all the photos are pretty large, you just need to click them to see them larger. I hoep you like them all, and if you get the chance go see this show, it’s stunning.

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Sights & Sounds Presents Broken Social Scene: ‘Forgiveness Rock Record’ by Alex Westgate

Alex Westgate

Well, we’re finishing up our second Sights & Sounds wallpaper series devoted to Broken Social Scene, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. For BSS’s last and most recent record, Forgiveness Rock Record, we’ve got Alex Westgate, a fantastic illustrator and designer. Alex is currently studying at Ontario College of Art & Design but you can tell he’sn already is a really talented artist.

As for his wallpaper, Alex decided to take a nostalgic look at the album:

For my wallpaper I chose to focus in on the song that I felt best represented the feel and “forgiveness” theme of the album. “Sentimental X’s” is a song that undoubtably deals with the bands off and on dynamic. Emily Haines sings ” A friend of a friend you used to call. Or a friend of a friend you used. You used to call.” To me the song is about forgotten, neglected friendships and the strong emotional ties that can be formed between two people. The idea that even when a relationship is taken for granted the bond that exists between both parties is never broken. I wanted to show this through the relationship we have with material objects and the meaning we give to them, things like toys from our childhood and other objects we no longer have use for. We store them away and may never touch or even look at them for years but because of our sentimental ties, we cannot bare to part with them.

Super rad, thanks so much Alex. And yet again, a huge thanks to Andrew & Matt McCracken of Doublenaut for gathering together such an awesome crew of creative folks from Toronto. If you haven’t seen the other Broken Social Scene wallpapers be sure to click here. We’ll be back to some non-music related wallpapers next week, and in a little bit we’ll start up a new Sights & Sounds.

Bobby