What Happens in Bookstores at Night

What Happens in Bookstores at Night video art Toronto stop motion fantasy books animation

After organizing their own bookshelf earlier this year, Sean Ohlenkamp and wife Lisa re-doubled their efforts for Type Books in Toronto. After several sleepless nights of animating with a crew of over 20 people, the Joy of Books was born. Music composed especially for the short by Grayson Matthews. See many more books here. (via metafilter)

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The Page Turner: A New Rube Goldberg Machine from Joseph Herscher

The Page Turner: A New Rube Goldberg Machine from Joseph Herscher Rube Goldberg machines machines kinetic sculpture automated

The Page Turner is the latest device from New York born, New Zeland raised, and Brooklyn-based kinetic artist Joseph Herscher who builds elaborate Rube Goldberg machines that use complex chain reactions to complete mundane tasks. Some of Herscher’s effects here are subtle in their brilliance. He often creates small loops where his devices refer back to earlier steps, for instance the final state of step 25 is also used again as part of step 30. You can see more videos of his ingenious work here. (via automata, junk culture)

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Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three-Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

First: watch the video. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it’s such an odd process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Wonderful.

Fukahori just closed an exhibition at ICN Gallery in London titled Goldfish Salvation, and you can see many more images via the gallery’s Facebook, but probably the best resource is this set of photos by Dominic Alves. (via the awesomer)

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New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

New Recycled Skateboard Deck Sculptures by Haroshi wood skateboarding sculpture recycling

dailyDuJour has the first coverage I’ve seen of five new works by Japanese artist Haroshi who uses layered and pixelated pieces from reclaimed skateboard decks. Via his website:

Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece. Haroshi became infatuated with skateboarding in his early teens, and is still a passionate skater at present.

These new pieces were on display last night as part of an exhibition at a distribution center for streetwear manufacturer HUF in L.A., and you can see much more over on dailyDuJour and Haroshi’s Facebook page. The last piece above, the moose, is another recent sculpture (not part of the HUF exhibition) that now hangs in the home of professional rally driver Ken Block. Out of control amazing.

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Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Chicago architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of Nomo Design has just released a new series of screenprints that illustrate the various configurations of major world airports. Right now he currently has editions for Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles International, and Minneapolis St-Paul, but will soon be adding an additional five cities. Two dollars from every purchase goes to the Challenge Air Program that introduces children with specials needs to aviation.

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Rippled: A Light Painting Music Video Shot Entirely In Camera

Rippled: A Light Painting Music Video Shot Entirely In Camera stop motion night music video long exposure light fantasy

Rippled: A Light Painting Music Video Shot Entirely In Camera stop motion night music video long exposure light fantasy

Rippled: A Light Painting Music Video Shot Entirely In Camera stop motion night music video long exposure light fantasy

Rippled is a music video shot by Australian animators Oh Yeah Wow for a track off All India Radio’s The Silent Surf. The entire video was painstakingly rendered frame-by-frame in camera using long exposure light painting techniques. I think my favorite thing about this piece other than some of the brilliant sequences (and there are many) is the near constant presence of blurred people in the background who look like ghost puppeteers, moving the figures and lights bit by bit. Stunning work. (via vimeo)

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Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

London-based artist Mark Powell has chosen the backs of old envelopes as a canvas for these delicately rendered portraits of the elderly, using nothing more than a standard Bic Biro pen to create the delicate folds and wrinkles of their skin. I love everything about these. See much more of his work here and he sells a number of art prints over on Society6. If you liked this also check out the photography of Lee Jeffries.

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