Using modified parts from an old pinball machine, Netherlands-based graduate student Sam van Doorn created a unique drawing device which he calls STYN. The way that it works is that a poster is placed on top of the machine, which has a grid printed on it. Based on this grid you can structure your playing field to your desire. By playing the machine the balls create an unpredictable pattern, dependent on the interaction between the user and the machine. The better you are as a player, the better the poster that you create.
Month: November 2012
Anaïs Rousseau is a young photographer from Paris, France. Her work is based on mystery and dreamlike sequences. I especially like her conceptual photos and her use of the circular format. The titles of Rousseau’s works are as wonderful as the photos. They bear dreamy titles such as ‘Butterfly’s queen’, ‘Fall from paradise’ and ‘Serinity’. Rousseau also has an extensive fashion and beauty portfolio. Check out her website for more beautiful photos.
Scattered Crowd is an installation that consists of thousands of white balloons, suspended in a billowing wash of sound. William Forsythe, an artist, dancer and choreographer, refers to the work as being “an air-borne landscape of relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decision”. So far Forsythe has created the installation in numerous galleries, banks and museums. One of them being for instance the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany. The piece will next appear at Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt in 2013.
With his photo series of floating bodies, American photographer Andrew Brodhead wants to raise awareness for the overwhelming waste we produce everyday. Working at his parent’s health food store when he was a kid, Brodhead realized how much was not recyclable. Visually, he wants with his photo series to convey the sacrifice we have made by our consumption and waste, the wrapped bodies representing invasive cocoons floating over vulnerable landscapes.
French photographer Clément Briend works in his art with different ways of projection. He projects huge scaled pictures on various kinds of surfaces that can be find in public space. For his series Cambodian Trees for instance, he projected large scale pictures of gargoyle and buddha heads on to trees in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. The series is inspired by the Cambodian culture, which is deeply rooted in a spirituality – marked by a belief in genii and fantasy creatures. You can see more of his works on his website.
Looking at these amazing images, you might wonder – Are these drawings, paintings or photographs? They are none of the above, they are actually “smoke works”. To creates these “smoke works”, artist Mehmet Ozgur collects still photographs of different smoke formations and layers them on top of each other. The results are stunning compositions showing scenes, faces and landscapes.
St. Louis based artist Cayce Zavaglia creates amazing hand-embroidered photorealistic portraits. The process, which she refers to as a “renegade approach to embroidery”, begins with a photo-shoot consisting of 100-150 portraits from which she selects the best image and then moves to the canvas where she works with one ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen to create each piece. To get to know more about her process watch the video about her work after the jump.
Illustrator Ed Fairburn turns road and subway maps into interesting canvases for his Map series of ink and pencil portraits. The often multicolored and patterned surface of each map is serving as an eye-catching canvas resembling the texture of skin. Before drafting out each portrait, Fairburn studies both the physical attributes of the terrain and the features of his chosen subjects, searching for opportunities to synchronise the two and finding similarities between the patterns.
Ramon Bruin’s drawings seem to jump right off the paper. Using the technique of airbrushing, Ramon Bruin creates incredibly realistic 3D optical illusions. The technique makes it possible for Bruin to display different densities of color by creating various gradients. Bruin is a 31-year-old freelance artist based in the Netherlands. Be sure to check out his website for more of his works. And if you like his work, make sure to check out the works of Nagai Hideyuki and Leon Keer as well.