Category: Art

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado

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Artist Andre Salgado (previously here and here) wows us again with a new body of work completed in the last few months for exhibitions at Le Petite Mort Gallery, and an upcoming solo show titled The Acquaintance at the Art Gallery of Regina. Salgado’s large-scale figurative paintings are comprised of deftly placed smears and drips of spray paint that charge each work with gritty, almost intangible hints of energy. You can see much more over on Saatchi Online and Facebook.

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Lost & Found: Inside the Bizarre Wonderland of Artist and Tinkerer Blair Somerville

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For the last decade, self-confessed tinkerer and “organic mechanic” Blair Somerville has owned and operated the Lost Gypsy Gallery, a sprawling menagerie of kinetic sculptures, automata, and electronic doohickies. Located in in a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, the gallery has become Somerville’s life work, a testament to artistic ingenuity, and an offbeat tourist attraction where visitors can experience first-hand his interactive “Fine Acts of Junk”.

Filmmaker Joey Bania takes us inside this enchanting yet totally bizarre wonderland in his new documentary short Lost & Found, funded in part by BBC Worldwide Young Producers’ grant. NSFW-ish language here and there.

If you liked this, you might also want to take a step inside the UFO Welcome Center or learn more about the Junk King.

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The Wind Portal by Najla El Zein Studio

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Created by Najla El Zein Studio in conjunction with lighting designer Maurice Asso from Hilights, The Wind Portal is a new interactive artwork of 5,000 paper windmills installed in an imposing 8 ft. doorway inside the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Visitors can pass through the hand-folded windmills as they move from the old part of the museum into a new extension, the Day-lit Gallery, which currently showcases preserved fragments of the city from the Medieval Renaissance. The Wind Portal is part of the London Design Festival, and will be on display through November 3, 2013. (via My Modern Met, Dezeen)

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Nuance: Dancing with Light

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In this new short from Marc-Antoine Locatelli, dancer Lucas Boirat is seen battling with various geometric forms of light that launch and morph as part of a carefully choreographed dance that marries human motion with motion graphics. It reminded me a bit of Proeigon. Gifs courtesy Vimeo.

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Disarm: A Mechanized Orchestra of Instruments Built from Decommissioned Weapons

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As part of his ongoing effort to transform weapons into musical instruments, artist Pedro Reyes (previously) constructed a fully mechanized orchestra. Titled Disarm, the collection of eight new instruments were built through a collaboration with several musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.

The team acquired a variety of rifles, pistols, and shotguns seized from drug cartels by the Mexican army and used them to build the musical devices that are controlled by computers and can be pre-programmed to play music. In the video above the Creator’s Project recently sat down with Reyes to learn more about how he “transforms negative instincts into creative instincts.” It’s well worth a watch to see the instruments in use.

You can see more photos of Disarm over at Lisson Gallery in London where it debuted earlier this year. Additionally, many of the Disarm instruments will be at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh starting October 5, 2013 and the artist is also giving a talk on October 1st.

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Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night

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One night while walking the streets of Porvoo, Finland with a camera in hand, photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) captured the silhouette of a large cat off in the distance lit feintly from behind by a street lamp. Struck by the image, he conceived of a new series called Night Animals, where all kinds of wildlife would prowl the streets of this small Finnish town at night. As much as I want to tell you he raided the local zoo to liberate an ostrich, the images are all composites of two photos, an animal and backdrop, both shot by Lagerstedt. If you liked this also check out Shauna Richardson’s Crochetdermy.

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Cymatics: Stunning Macro Footage of Lycopodium Powder on a Stereo Speaker

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Directed and produced by Susie Sie in conjunction with CypherAudio, this short clip titled Cymatics shows what happens when when lycopodium powder (a highly flammable substance composed of clubmoss spores) sits on top of a vibrating stereo speaker. Shot at various angles with a 100mm macro lens it’s easy to mistake the footage for something digital, something the artist has explored previously with other materials in her videos Silk and Emergence. Recommend full-screen for this one.

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