Saturday, August 27, 2011

Trippy Stuff

Dutch Visual artists MRRK and Ine van den Elsen brings back the 1960s trippy light show in a new music video they produced for Dutch band TWR 72 pulsing track, "Tunnel." The explosions of colors using ink and oil provokes a mesmerizing display of liquid fireworks.

The video captures the interaction of colored inks and oil, something we all learned in art and science classes throughout middle school and high school. As we can see in the video, the more ink is used, the more intense the color explosion became.

The team shot all of the footage in three days using a micro lens, which allowed them to zoom in on the action in the petri dish, and edited the video in a week. With limited time and extreme dedication the artists wasted no time. "There were a lot of fumes involved, so we got a little bit high during the shoot and had a lot of fun making the video," van den Elsen tells Belinda Lanks of Co.Design. "We really felt connected to the psychedelic liquid light shows from the sixties."

Note to readers, make sure you keep the sound on full blast. Its great.

Artist: MRRK and Ine van den Elsen | Music by TWR 72


* Dreamcatcher, 2009. Laser cut clear acrylic, fishing wire and ostrich feathers*

*Iceman Frozen Scanned and Plotted, 2007. Drillholes in acrylic and fluorescent light*

*Dervishes (installation view), 2007. Dye Sublimation print onto glass organza*

*Exhausted Figure, 2007. Engraved acrylic fishing wire*

UK-born Marilene Oliver completed her BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Printmaking and Photo media at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and pursued her MA (RCA) in Fine Art Printmaking from 1999-2001 at Royal College of Art in London. She experiments on the different configurations of the human body and focuses on ways to intimately represent the physical world in comparison to the virtual world created by computers. In her art, she adopts new technologies that relate to medical imaging and artificial communication methodologies.

Artist: Marilene Oliver

Spraypaint, Pool and Non-Stop Skateboarding

What happens when you combine an empty pool, spray paint and a couple of skaters? A happily ever-after marriage. Sometime last month, artist D*Face brought together all these elements and combined it into one big bowl of fun. This video has obviously made its rounds into the homes and attentions of approximately 750,000 viewers.

The crew prepping for the project:

*The Set-Up*

*The artist's brushes: Tristan Rennie, Kevin Burke, Ozzie Ausband, Dave Ruel, and Steve Alba*

The video itself was shot with GoPro and 7D. Below are some snaps from the scene:

To read more about the Culver City, Los Angeles project or to simply check cruise through more images, go to Concrete Disciples' website.

Artist: D*Face | Source: Concrete Disciples

Web of Hair

Bound, 2011. Sculpture, wood and dolls' hair, 3.50m x 2.50m*

Franco-British visual artist and filmmaker Alice Anderson' takes hobby and passion to the next level. Her love and admiration, even obsession with dolls allowed her to construct new and oddly very fascinating body of work. She's quite charming, a young and beautiful visionary who often finds herself reinterpreting her childhood and her stories using long red hair and doll's games in a manner of Hans Bellmer. Nevertheless, her work also reminds me of the work of Japanese artist, Chiharu Shiota, whom I adore for her complex yet innovative and visually stimulating installations.

I came across her work while browsing the video archives online at La Cinémathèque Française's website. In this filmed interview (click on the image to be directed to the video), the artist discusses in depth her usage of doll's hair as her primary material. She questions the material as a fundamental element of her vocabulary and admire it for its aesthetic challenges. The work with architecture is presented as an essential component to the development and assembly of most of her site-specific work.

Housebound, 2011. A site-specific sculpture installation, 3,000m of dolls' hair*

Crossing, 2010-11. A site-specific sculpture installation, 5,000m of dolls' hair. La Cinémathèque Française*

It is fascinating to see professional climbers help make her concept into reality, thread by thread. Using walkie talkie to communicate with the technicians, Alice Anderson, as La Cinémathèque Française describes her, "is like a choreographer who marvelously orchestrates an unusual ballet of threads from a distance."

Mother Web, 2010. A site-specific sculpture installation, 5,000m of dolls' hair. Royal Opera House, London*

Birth, 2010. A site-specific sculpture installation, 4,000m of dolls' hair*

Synapses, 2010. A site-specific sculpture installation, 1,000m of dolls' hair*

Immured, 2008. A site-specific sculpture installation, 3,000m of dolls' hair. Chagall Museum, Nice*

More of Anderson's films, sculptural/installation work and video interviews can be viewed directly at her website.

Artist: Alice Anderson | Source: La Cinémathèque Française


Lee Jeffries has dedicated himself to capturing gripping portraits of the disenfranchised. Shooting exclusively in black and white, Jeffries' 135+ stunning pictures can be viewed in his Flickr Photostream. These close up portraits can be seen as an in-depth study of character: photograph has incredible detail and exudes so much personality and emotion.

Included in this post are 25 portraits, a minuscule sample of his large collection that can be found directly on Flickr. The models in his photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States. Prior to taking their photographs, Lee Jeffries never fails to make an effort to learn more about his subjects by getting to know them and asking their permission to document.

Artist/photographer: Lee Jeffries | Source: Twisted Sifter

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