29 July 2011

Pencil Shaving Portraits by Kyle Bean

These portraits were made by Kyle Bean for an issue of the Wallpaper Handmade. I wonder if there's a deeper meaning to this. We generally use pencil lead to draw and create images, discarding the shavings without second thought. Similarly, we learn basic principles and techniques to master, yet we are not bound by them. This is a great example of how art is not and should not be restrictive.

[via Colossal]

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28 July 2011

The Future by Miranda July

Miranda July: The Future

Excerpt from July's interview with Nowness

Miranda July dreams up an idiosyncratic solution to the interruptions of modern life in "A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted." An offcut from July's latest film, The Future, the scene has been reconstituted by the actress, writer and filmmaker, complete with a score by David Byrne collaborator Steven Reker.

The Future will be released in the US on July 29, and in the UK on November 4. Stay tuned. More information to come. 

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ADA: Drawings by a balloon

"«ADA» is.. an interactive art-making machine. Filled up with helium, and floating freely in room, a transparent, membrane-like globe, spiked with charcoals leaves marks on the walls, ceilings and floors.  The globe put in action, fabricates a composition of lines and points, which remains incalculable in their intensity, expression, form however hard the visitor tries to control «ADA», to drive her, to domesticate her. " -  Arnd Wesemann, 2010

Ada, the installation by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, is being exhibited at the FILE festival in Sao Paulo. The balloon has a diameter of 2.5 metres with the charcoal pieces attached 30 centimetres apart.

27 July 2011

Phakade by Lira

In this fantasy music video by Lerato "Lira" Molaopo, a South African Afro Jazz songstress, a little girl is told a story about how her grandmother met her grandfather. This video pushes creative boundaries with beautiful embellishments and special effects.

Write a Bike by Juri Zaech

This project is a great example of well-done, creative, typography. Zaech is currently working on a prototype of one of the bicycles. Juri Zaech's portfolio can be viewed here.

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26 July 2011

Short Film: New Boy

This short film is about a young Rwandan refugee boy who starts school in Ireland. He has a haunting story from home and must survive being the new boy at school. 

Winner of Best Narrative Short at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival 
Nominated for an Oscar.

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21 July 2011

Eric Drooker's New Yorker Covers

What amazes me most about Drooker's work is how it's so imaginative, yet very realistic. Most of his art pieces have relevance to our lives today and are often a representation of current or future political and economic circumstances.

"Visualizing answers to artistic questions is a full-time job. I enjoy solving problems that challenge my powers of creativity." Eric Drooker

"Most of my strongest images spring from dreams which have haunted me over the years." - E.D.

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Apricot: Do you remember your first love?

Dir. Ben Briand / Australia / 2009
"Do you remember your first love? ... Do you remember your first kiss? ... Do you remember? ... 

This short film is about memories and how we remember. The taste of apricot plays an important role in this particular memory.

20 July 2011

Back to Basics: What can you make with paper?

Here's a challenge! Make a replica of an object from only paper... and some glue. The pieces shown above were completed by Zim and Zou with PEFC papers. The project took about a year to complete and is still in progress. Below are some close up shots. Also posted below is the video which documents the careful process.

Pencil-headed sculptures: The "Craft" Work

To boost Cicero's image as a high-profile political magazine, a unique campaign was designed to catch special attention. German artist Ragna ReuschKlinkenberg carved faces of the most influential international politicians into the tips of Cicero pencils which were sent to the respective politicians. The idea was to show that Cicero 'has politics directly from the source'. As a result of this campaign, Cicero's accepted interviews rose from 35% to 65%. It's a beautiful example of the rewards of intensive work and originality.


Merkel; Sarkozy

Cicero's video below explains more about the campaign.
PH from Felipe Cury on Vimeo.

18 July 2011

Monogrenade - Ce Soir

Another short film favourite is this music video directed by Christophe Collett for Monogrenade, a band from Montreal. In this stopmotion video, a derelict house and its inhabitants are brought to life.

17 July 2011

National Portrait Gallery: BP Portrait Awards 2011

Little Sister by Tim Okamura

Every year, the National Portrait Gallery has a portrait competition called the BP Portrait Award. I had the pleasant opportunity of seeing the finalist works for the 2011 and 2010 rounds at the gallery in London. My favourite piece this year is the one shown above. The exhibition is on at the National Portrait Gallery until September 18, 2011. Admission is FREE. For more information visit The National Portrait Gallery online.

15 July 2011

Short Film: Lose This Child by Eatliz

Sometimes a beach isn't just a beach. As the sun goes down over the ocean, the sand comes to life and takes on the forms of an entire mini eco-system of aquatic life. Sea turtles are born, eels emerge to pursue their prey and Mother Earth orchestrates it all. This new stop motion animation music video from art rock group Eatliz was directed by the Grammy nominated directors Yuval & Merav Nathan ("Her Morning Elegance"). The video was screened at 30 international film & animation festivals, and has won at least 10 awards. For FREE downloads of songs by Eatliz, click here.

Short Film: Her Morning Elegance

"Her Morning Elegance" from the album The Opposite Side of the Sea.

Written and Produced by Oren Lavie.
Featuring: Shir Shomron
Photography: Eyal Landesman

Directed by: Oren Lavie, Yuval & Merav Nathan

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