Highlights from my first three months making analog animations on my lasercutter.
Phenakistoscopes were one of the first forms of animation, using the persistence of vision effect to blur multiple images into one moving picture. Early forms relied on slits & mirrors to trick the eye, modern versions often use a strobe or a camera’s shutter speed to trigger the animation. These lasercut discs spring to life when placed on a record player & viewed through a camera.
Vienna and Zagreb-based artist collective Numen / For Use used humble packing tape to create site-specific interactive art installation in the Des Moines Art Center. Simply titled Tape, the installation creates translucent webbed passages stretching between the lower and upper sections of the center’s I. M. Pei gallery. Visitors are welcome to explore these passages just as long as they take off their shoes first.
Lightness and translucency of the installation are highly accentuated by radical contrast between the structure and the rough, Brutalist concrete surface and expressive geometric composition of the gallery building. Deriving from of such a dominant host, the parasite structure formed an organic representation of actual spatial flux of the building. The inhabitable structure of the installation thus followed the major trajectories of visitors movements, enabling them to move along the usual paths, only in an elevated, enclosed, surreal space of Tape.
New York-based street artist Tom Bob (previously featured here) continues to transform unassuming aspects of the urban landscape into colorful characters. A fire hydrant becomes Princess Leia, pipes become wriggling, polka dotted sneks, and a garbage can out in front of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum becomes a mighty Trojan warrior.
In the hands of Spanish sculptor Gerard Mas 15th century ladies (and the occasional gentleman) exchange their Renaissance poise for modern day whimsy and sarcasm. Each marble sculpture depicts a period figure doing something decidedly uncharacteristic for their time, such as chewing gum, picking their nose, enjoying a lollipop, sporting tattoos or bikini tan lines, and doing a headstand.
“I thought about the millions of attitudes and situations that old artworks couldn’t capture because they were simply inappropriate for a lady in the 15th century,” Mas says. “I decided to try to do it in an old media and style. It was something like an invented old art. After that, the anachronisms came and pop elements, too, as a natural evolution.”
EntitledKnitted Camouflage, this series feature models wearing Dodd’s custom hand-knit sweaters that make their torsos (and sometimes entire bodies) perfectly blend into their surroundings where they’re photographed by Ford. They even created a custom doggo sweater and collaborated with French street artist Monsieur Chat, who created on of his trademark cat murals as the background for a photo.
Over two years have passed since the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds first discovered an awesome ongoing program called The Monster Project (previously featured here) which is all about helping children “recognize the power of their own imaginations and to encourage them to pursue their creative potential.” Based in Austin, TX, The Monster Project invites elementary school students to draw monsters and send them in. Then their team of over 100 professional artists recreates the monsters in their own artistic styles and later shares them with the kids in person.
“…when we deliver these new interpretations back to the students in person, we are able to demonstrate new art techniques within their original creative context. They are able to see what their idea sparked in others.”
The Department of Top-Notch Textile Art can’t get enough of knitted food sculptures lately. It might have something to do with their New Year’s resolutions. Today they’re wishing they had some knitted cheese and crocheted crackers to go with these 100% wool sausages knitted by French textile charcuterie Maison Cisson.