I have been walking by Christopher Furman‘s storefront gallery for several years here in Chicago where he often displays two or three of his robotic objects whirring away for passersby to enjoy. Through strange coincidence it turns out we have a mutual friend and after a quick email he pointed me to a video for his beautiful installation The Crowd. Christopher is currently working on a theater company called, yes, the Chicago Robotic Theater (!). Stay tuned for more info this summer.
Japanese artist Hideyuki Sawayanagi creates incredible halftone photographs by drilling hundreds of small holes at variable widths into sheets of aluminum. Or at least that’s the only way I can imagine it. Click on the photos to see the detail, but also squint your eyes or back away from the monitor to see the photos emerge more vividly. A couple more images over at the ex-chamber museum.
Stumbled onto this 2009 stop motion video for You Came Out by We Have Band, it’s lovely if not slightly bizarre.
The face paint animation film is made up of 4,816 separate stills. Each and every frame was hand-painted, shot, wiped off and redrawn, slightly differently for the next frame in order to create a seamless sequence. This time-consuming process involved the band members lying still for two consecutive days in a studio.
In order to animate the singing bit, lip movement was created by animating a painted mouth on the singer Dede. This involved breaking the lyrics into phonetics and giving each sound a specific mouth shape. To make this as realistic as possible all the mouth shapes were painted on Dedes face individually and then shot. All 4,816 frames of the music video can be found on Flickr
If you’re lucky enough to live in Italy they’ll be in Milan tomorrow night and Bologna on Friday. (via polkadot)
My wife discovered the work of LA artist Klai Brown a few months ago at Renegade and was all too excited to place her business card atop my Stack Of Awesome. However the Stack Of Awesome was inadvertently converted to the Stack of Bills and Shit and I’m only just now getting to it. A huge gallery of all kinds of neat stuff via her web site, and everything above available for sale in her shop. She’ll also be at Renegade LA and SF in December.