In true-crime books and tv shows, there’s always the point where somebody calls the handwriting profiler to do a behavioral analysis on some unknown criminal’s signature or a quick note left on a scrap of paper. Who is this person and what does their haphazard crossing of t’s and slanted letter o’s say about them? Artist Annie Vought is also fascinated by handwriting in connection to identity but in a more emotional and artistic sense.
Working with pieces of paper, the Oakland-based artist cuts sentence after sentence from large sheets of paper turning personal letters into physical objects. Sometimes the pieces are legible, meant to be read letter for letter, while others a chaotic tangle of typography, meant to covey more of a feeling than a message. She shares in an interview with the Art Museum of Sonoma County:
In the penmanship, word choice, and spelling the author is revealed in spite of him/herself. A letter is physical confirmation of who we were at the moment it was written, or all we have left of a person or a period of time. I also think a lot about the relationship between the public and the private, or more specifically about how the private side of ourselves can be made public. I want to be respectful of people, but I recognize that I’m actively exposing them through their written communications. But in the exposure is a vulnerability we all share. I’m interested in human relationships, overall— the ones we have with ourselves and others.
Of particular note in Vought’s work over the last few years is a mammoth piece titled “Gosh I’ve been here before,” a 41″ x 53″ cut paper sculpture of words and patterns that spirals like the rings of a tree. You can explore it up close and inquire about it over on Artspace. You can see a bit more of her work on Instagram and through Jack Fischer Gallery.
In Taos, New Mexico, one of the oldest communities in America, a new outdoor art festival prepares to welcome 25 experimental artists. The PASEO 2016 brings the temporary art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos and engages the entire community, youth and visitors included.
Three international artists will present at The PASEO 2016. Cie. Willi Dorner, a dance company from Vienna, will incorporate Taos people in a roving dance performance. Alexandra Gelis of Toronto will present “Raspao,” her hybrid snow cone food cart vehicle and moving sound sculpture. Bert Benally, from the Navajo Nation and New York City, will construct “Sand Rays,”a responsive sand painting. Another 22 juried art installations will also be included in the festival.
The PASEO 2016 happens September 23 to 25. The participatory installations occur on Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10pm. “[email protected]” workshops, lectures and demonstrations will be on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. This is a New Mexico True event, part of the annual Taos Fall Arts Festival.
For the festival schedule, visit PaseoProject.org.
Bangkok-based illustrator and graphic designer Sunga Park embraces the unpredictable nature of watercolors in her drippy depictions of architectural landmarks. In her extensive travels throughout Europe, Park stops to consider the finest details of Gothic cathedrals or the antennae-laden rooftops of residential streets in Croatia, but allows entire paintings to fade away into a wash of ghostly color. The mixture of detailed elements and watery abstraction results in hazy, dreamlike imagery that seems to constantly surprise and intrigue as if lifted directly from a memory. You can follow more of her work on Instagram and on Behance.
Furniture designer Alexandre Chapelin (previously) wows us again with this new pair of tables that mimic a cross-section of an underwater reef. The Saint Martin-based artist uses natural stone encased in a translucent blue resin to “bring the ocean into your living room.” You can see more views of the new tables on Instagram. (via Colossal Submissions)
Interacting with the urban architecture of international cities he visits, street artist Ernest Zacharevic (previously here and here) playfully intervenes with structures of both large and small scale. These site-specific works often feature children— either climbing buildings or playing make-believe with abandoned tractors, paper boats, and rusted piping. Zacharevic’s latest interventions have taken him across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, making stops in Iceland, Norway, and Poland.
“Zacharevic sees his work as an experience rather than an object,” said Pow! Wow! Long Beach who recently curated his work into the multi-media exhibition “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension.” “He takes time to study the audience as much as the subjects of his work. Directing the possible encounters of the people who see his work and the artwork is a game and a challenge that he enjoys.”
“Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” runs through October 16, 2016 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. You can see more of his worldwide murals and interventions on his Instagram and website. (via Street Art Utopia)
Photographed off the coast of Okayama, Japan, The Weeping Stones is a photo series by the creative duo Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione of Tdub Photo that captures the eerie blue light emitted by a native species of bioluminescent shrimp. More commonly referred to as sea fireflies, these rare creatures live in the sand in shallow sea water, floating somewhere between the extremes of high and low tide. At just 3 mm in length the shrimp are extremely small light sources, but when grouped together they take on abstract patterns that light up the water around them.
In order to group such a large number of sea fireflies, or Vargula Hilgendorfii, together Williams and Galione had to collect the creatures by luring them with raw bacon into jars and repositioning their tiny bodies on the rocks. Photographing and placing the bioluminescent shrimp next to the shore ensured that the photographers did not harm them, and allowed them to quickly return the animals back to the water below.
This fall, Tdub Photo hopes to shoot more bioluminescent images by focusing on glowing mushrooms. You can see an earlier project the duo created with bioluminescent shrimp on their website, and see more of their travels over on their Instagram and Facebook. (via PetaPixel)