If you have not heard by now, NETFLIX just launched a great documentary series called ABSTRACT featuring eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design. These series take us deep into their creative process, allow us to explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.
During my first years of College, as an Architecture major, I learned to appreciate and love the immense amount of detail, planning and labor that goes into creating beautiful structures. And although I switched careers, my love for Architecture remains and only grows stronger as I gracefully age :). So, if you love beautiful Architecture – and origami, today you are in for a treat. Ingrid Siliakus is an Amsterdam based Paper Architect/Artist whose stunning work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries and award shows. Her intricate paper structures range from Architecture studies and models, to stunning Escheresque works of art. Check out some of my favorites after the jump…
Nike’s deep roots in New York City are represented in its latest campaign: New York Made. Made possible through partnership with the New York City Parks and Recreation Dept., Nike’s commitment to the city and its community is at heart of the program, which kicks-off through the opening of the New York Made: Stanton Street Courts by Kaws. Designed by Brooklyn-based, world-renowned artist Brian Donnelly, the court embodies Nike’s drive to elevate sport, culture and community through innovative collaborations.
TeamLab in collaboration with DMM.com recenlty launched the world’s largest digital installation at the Odaiba Yume-Tairiku festival in Tokyo. The huge installation will invite participants of all ages to immerse themselves in the multi-room environments spanning around 3,000sqm and showcasing multiple digital works. Participants will be invited to explore inside interactive artworks —including the largest Crystal Universe ever shown.
We all know that the differences between urban and rural America could be… abysmal (pun intended). But what happens if they are combined? What if, one of the country’s busiest and probably most over-habited cities is combined with one of the largest and most desolated landmarks to compose a new landscape? Well, Zurich based Photographer and Artist Gus Petro decided to find out. After traveling to Manhattan and The Grand Canyon for his series Empty, Dense, Merge, Petro combined photographs of both places to create a fascinating new world, where Manhattan becomes a valley… yup.
Hypebeast has teamed up with The Compound, a creative studio located in the birthplace of hip-hop, New York City, on Compound Conversations, a series of interviews in a surreal space curated by Set Free. In this episode, the esteemed “Godfather of Street Art,” Ron English, talks about the relative cultural isolation of his childhood in the Midwest, his first exposure to the art world, and the moment where it occurred to him that his art could go anywhere, legally or not.
If you love Rube Goldberg mechanisms, you are going to love this video ad by SEIKO. The art of time blends the clockmaker’s artistry with 47 types and 1200 individual mechanical watch parts–some as small as 0.7 mm across! A stage setting of beautiful precision embodies the company’s slogan: SEIKO.
This is an oldie, but I felt today was a perfect day to not only share this lovely work, but to also celebrate the life and music of one of music’s biggest icons, David Bowie… Canadian Illustrator Andrew Kolb created a beautiful self-promotion book inspired and based on the lyrics of David Bowie’s classic ‘Space Oddity’ and posted it online, for the world to enjoy and share. Take a look and enjoy one of the thousand pieces of work David Bowie inspired during his lifetime.
Rest in Peace :(
You don’t have to be a Star Wars geek to love Stormtroopers. We all do! But in case you were still on the fence, thinking they are evil and mean, these freakin’ brilliantphotos by Stockholm based Kristina Alexanderson might make you reconsider and appreciate them for how cool, caring and ‘real’ they are. After all, it’s just a job… Check out this great collection of photos after the jump!
In 2009, The Cinemart traveled to Wynwood, Miami with the late Urban Visionary Tony Goldman to document his efforts to re-invent the Neighborhood with Street Art and Entrepreneurial Innovation. The result was Here Comes The Neighborhood. After the Series premiered in 2011, the team continued to work with the Goldman Family and Artists from around the World to document this remarkable transformation: from a dormant industrial quarter into the global Mecca of Street Art and one of the fastest nieghborhood revitalizations in American history. Over six years in the making, “Walls of Change” taps into a deep film and photo archive, featuring over 25 of the World’s biggest names in Street Art and Graffiti and exclusive photographs from legendary documentarian Martha Cooper.
If you are into art, sneakers, and soccer, you’re going to love this post! My cool friends at Kicks To The Pitch, in collaboration with a couple of sponsors including the MLS are hosting a great event this Sunday. The event, called Copa Basel combines art, soccer, sneakers, and a variety of cool things to do, drink and see. Unfortunately this year will be the first I miss Art Basel because I am out of town, but if you are in Miami, make sure you stop by! Thanks again for the invite Marcus and congrats on such a fun event!
Infinity’ is an immersive environment project by Refik Anadol. Project is an integral part of artist’s ongoing ‘Temporary Immersive Environment Experiments’ which is a research on audio/visual installations by using the state called immersion which is the state of consciousness where an immersant’s awareness of physical self is transformed by being surrounded in an engrossing environment; often artificial, creating a perception of presence in a non-physical world.
Banksy strikes again! You may remember the artist’s Guantanamo stunt at Disneyland a couple of years ago (HERE) Well, this time, he took things a little further, creating his own
amusement bemusement park exhibition in Weston-super-Mare, England. Dismaland features a Disney-like castle, mini golf park, a ferris wheel, carousel, and work from 58 global artists. Of course, all with a twist of Bansky. Dismaland is open to the public from August 22 through September 27th. Check out some photos before you book your trip… Continue reading…;
Pressing On is a documentary examining the relevance of a physical process that is anything but modern. As the individuals who have kept letterpress alive are aging quickly, irreplaceable knowledge and techniques stand in danger of being lost forever. However, there is hope. A dedicated faction of young printers, designers, and hobbyists are on a quest to preserve this art. Pressing On explores the historic culture, the close community, and the remarkable craftsmen who are making letterpress thrive. Luckily, this project has been fully funded through Kickstarter which means we will get to enjoy it soon :) Well done, Internet!
Branding a conference is always a tough task. But branding a creative conference is a monumental task. Not only because you’ll have thousands of designers analyzing and disecting each piece – for good or bad – but because the concept and execution bar has been set really, really high. FITC is one of the few conferences that constantly delivers beautiful concepts through collaborations with great artists around the world, and as usual, they have outdone themselves this year with the release of the new FITC Tokyo conference branding. But as if the beautiful design was not enough, the recently launched opening titles, created by a team of superstars including Ash Thorp, Andrew Hawryluk, Michael Rigley, Albert Omoss, Chris Bjerre, Alasdair Willson, Nicolas Girard, Franck Deron – Yup, talk about a badass dream team – is one that will make you feel warm inside, fall in love even more with type+animation, and make you want to book your trip to Tokyo. Motiongrapher interviewed these great artists about their experience and online collaboration, and here are some of my favorite excerpts.
William Amer is a letterpress printer and instructor based in New South Wales, Australia who learned the beautiful art and craft of letterpress at a very young age when his father moved to Australia in 1955. What’s even better, he still operates his amazing machinery and teaches the craft to young students in order to keep this art alive. The great folks at Of Two Lands visited William and produced a lovely short documentary that will surely inspire you and make you smile. Enjoy!
As most of you know very well, every year – every December to be specific, Miami turns into a unique, extravagant, classy, and busy city full of art fairs, shows, music, inspiration, and great food. This year, like every other year, my mission was to visit as many art fairs, galleries and shows as possible (it is extremely hard) as well as catching up with a couple of friends that visit Miami to work on their awesome projects. Now, I know it’s been some time since Art Basel 2014, but I promised I would share photos and here I am to deliver (had to go through hundreds), and to give you, who could not be in Miami, a little glimpse of what you can experience and enjoy for one entire week.
You know well I am a sucker for personal or experimental projects. And this new series by french photographer Sacha Goldberger is definitely one to be shared. Super Flemish is a photo series featuring many of our favorite heroes, ranging from Star Wars to Batman, Superman, and Iron Man, in a brilliant and unique way – 16th Century portrait style to be specific. What really blew my mind though, is the fact that the portraits use real costumes, created for this series. Yes, that’s a LOT of work! Check out this great collection and Sacha’s site for more great photography.
There are times when you stumble across work that simply blows you away. This happened to me over the weekend when I discovered the stunning photo-realistic drawings of Australian artist CJ Hendry. CJ is an ex-architecture student who decided to focus her passion, time, and enviable talent on creating impressive large scale drawings of objects – mostly fashion, using only paper and UniPin pens. Yes, I know… Check out some of her beautiful work after the jump.
When it comes to Photography, there are many iconic images that many of us recognize, have studied or that have inspired many photographers and artists. So, what happens when you decide to recreate these iconic photos using a different muse? Photographer Sandro Miller invited his long time friend, A-Lister John Malkovich to recreate each pose and character for a series called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”. The series combines Miller’s lovely photography with Malkovich’s signature uniqueness, making it very interesting – and kinda eerie at the same time. Oh, and these were all done without Photoshop!
Several months ago, Brett Novak was commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Charleston, South Carolina to shoot a short film on the infamous street artist behind OBEY: Shepard Fairey. “I definitely knew Shepard’s work, whether it be that repetitive face of Andre the Giant popping up at every street corner I’ve ever been on, or as the Obama Poster that definitely did more for an election than just add aesthetic to it – but I was not aware at how incredibly inspiring Shepard would turn out to be”. For a new understanding of how this skateboarder turned mega famed street star turned out to be, check this film out.
Sign painting is an art form with a long and rich history. For many years, storefronts, murals, banners, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. Unfortunately, technology and ‘faster/cheaper’ methods of printing took over this field, forcing many talented artists to retire. Fortunately, videos like John Mayer’s Album artwork or films like Sign Painters have successfully documented the skill, love, and appreciation for quality and craftsmanship that makes this trade so unique and captivating. Today, I want to share a moving portrait about one of the last original signwriters in Wales. Enjoy.