The Saga Of Biôrn is a wonderfully animated short created by the graduates of this year’s bachelors programs at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. This seven minute film tells the tale of Biôrn, an old Viking warrior who is determined to reach Valhalla and join his warrior friends in an afterlife filled with excessive drinking and debauchery, but gaining an honorable death isn’t as easy as Biôrn first thinks…
The animation in this is really quite beautiful and it’s fluid combination of 3D and 2D works perfectly. Indeed there’s a lot of things in this film that I could easily go on about but maybe I should just leave it here in your capable hands and let you actually watch the thing. I hope you enjoy it – I’m pretty sure you will!
I was listening to some Foxes in Fiction last night and I came across this track called 15 Ativan (Song for Erika). It’s actually a pretty dark song, about a friend of Warren Hildebrand, the guy behind Foxes in Fiction, who overdosed. It’s a spooky, haunting song that’s reminiscent of Deerhunter, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s a really laid back song that I think you’ll like. If you dig it be sure to look up his other stuff.
I assume it’s still snowing in Canada, all over Canada, and I hope I’m right about that. Even though it’s starting to warm up here in the southern states, I came across this chilly cluster of wonky woodshapes that looks amazing. Patkau Architects designed these bent plywood structures as shelters from the wintry elements along a skating trail in Winnipeg. The architects describe the cluster as a flotilla, the collective noun for boats. Which makes sense because it looks like this flotilla is anchored on top of a frozen lake. The form of each shelter seems boat-like too, thanks to a structure made from bending plywood into structural shapes; shapes that might resemble hulls, bows, keels, or sterns depending on your angle and attitude.
Today’s wallpaper is sort of near and dear to my heart. As a child of the 80’s I briefly remember the He-Man cartoons, but more-so I remember the action figures, and their fucked up, ‘roided out bodies. So when I got an email from Ewen Stenhouse, I started laughing immediately at how perfect this was. Ewen emailed me out of the blue a few months backs and as I browsed through his work I saw this brilliant combination of comic books and zombie films with a splash of influence from Jamie Hewlett.
As for his wallpaper, I’m sure many of you are having flashbacks right now. I love that he put a shout-out to Castle Greyskull and there’s even a tiny cameo by Battle Cat in the bottom left corner. That’s not even mentioning how weird and abstract the whole thing is. Is he in the middle of transforming from Prince Adam to He-Man? Is he becoming so powerful that he’s being ripped apart at the seams? I dunno, but it’s totally rad. Awesome job, Ewen.
I’m a bit behind on this, but last month Scott Campbell had a month long show in France at the Galerie Arludik and it looks like it was pretty good. Two pieces in the show stood out to me in particular, the reason being that he chose such interesting angles. Scott’s normal formula is a couple of characters standing on an even plane, and normally having some sort of pop culture reference. But what I enjoyed about these two pieces is they went against that, instead being from a top down angle and featuring all kinds of beautiful details. I love what he normally does but a part of me was really excited to see him breaking the convention and doing something new. I think the pieces above are really great and I’d love to see him continue on with this style.
It’s been a while, but I was browsing through Flickr and I came across some pretty rad stuff that I thought I’d share. I came across these new pieces by Kristina Collantes for Brother Mitya and Friends and was totally into it. I think what she’s done is amazing, all the textures in the background, the fine line art that make up her face, and the simple color palette she chose. And that’s just the front cover! All the little vignettes she created on the back are both beautiful creepy. I’m not sure what they mean, but they’d certainly be interesting to interpret. I would totally buy this album just for the artwork alone.
I really enjoyed this video called Madre, which features British street artist WordToMother doing his thing around Italy. What I really like about WordToMother’s style is that technically, he’s painting a frame, letting the surface he’s working on shine through and be the focus. This negative effect is really effective, whether it be on the side of a building or a collection of scrap wood, as you can see above.
I think Andrew Telling did wonderful job of capturing the process that WordToMother went through. As with the Darren Booth post I wrote last night, Andrew has essentially shown us how it was all done, he revealed some of the secrets, and hopefully, will inspire someone out there to try and create beautiful art like WordToMother has done.
My homie Steven Harrington has a brand new show opening up at BeamsT in Harajuku tonight called Remain in Balance and it’s pretty amazing looking. What you see above is some process shots of him creating some screen prints, but I also got a sneak peek at the sculptures he’s making and they’re super rad. I love that he’s applying his signature style to yet another medium, it seems like such a natural extension of what he does. On top of that, all of the proceeds from everything sold will be donated to help tsunami victims. I’m telling you, Steven Harrington is the nicest guy in the world, and he just happens to be insanely talented. He’s gonna send me some photos of the show when he gets them, so expect a follow up post soon.
All photos by Brigitte Sire, who’s work you should also check out.
Just a quick note about a rather prominent detail of the recently-opened Bella Sky Hotel in Cophenhagen: the windows. The project and its skin are designed by Danish firm 3XN. While the pattern created by the glazing is frantic, it is still a pattern. In a way (a good way) the curtain wall resembles wallpaper: it doesn’t mimic or even reference a gravity load-bearing wall, but it does have logic. For one, it is made of a series of repeating panels. Also, in each of the towers, all of the diagonals are parallel, but sloped counter to the diagonals of the other tower. 3XN has a history of diagonalwindows, and this fenestration may be more evolutionary than revolutionary, but is also unabashedly contemporary. The windows turn the surface of the building into a bold graphic where most architects are timid about representation.
A lot of people this morning are talking about the just released trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, though not all of it good. I’ve watched the trailer four times now and while it looks ok, a lot of people are questioning why they don’t really show any of the characters faces, or that it was filmed on location in the Uncanny Valley. My hope for this movie is that it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, who’s one of my very favorite directors and a genius in his own right. And though Tintin was filmed with motion capture, the only company who’s ever done a good job with mo-cap is Peter Jackson’s WETA, and that’s exactly who’s handling the special effects.
My guess is that public opinion will force Spielberg and Jackson to release a trailer that really shows the faces of the characters “working,” for a lack of a better term, some kind of proof that we’re not going to be seeing a bunch of glassy eyed zombies running around on screen.
What did you think of the trailer, are you optimistic or excited to see it now?