Aggravure is an ongoing series of large wall installations by Baptiste Debombourg. His latest, Aggravure III, was inspired by drawings from 16th century engravers Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Harmensz, Cherubino Alberti and utilizes nearly a half million metal staples tacked to a wall, taking 340 hours to complete. Via the artist:
I then use some images by “worsening” the scale, the form or the context to produce an installation in the architecture by means of staples. The recurring theme in these paintings revolves around the collapse that resonates with staples. Here the staple is a material and a media that plays with contemporary aggression and daily life’s secular usefulness.
Spanish visual artist Ana Soler is known for working with a multitude of objects from dangling hundreds of pairs of scissors or spoons, to creating dense clouds of string, coins, and paper cranes. In her most recent work, Causa-Efecto (Cause & Effect), she hung 2,000 tennis balls in spaces throughout the Mustang Art Gallery in Alicante, Spain. The balls are carefully aligned in suspended trajectories that appear to bounce off walls, floors, and other surfaces providing an uncanny sense of motion similar to a photograph taken with a strobe light. See much more on Soler’s fancy Flash website. (via collabcubed)
Japanese artist Makoto Tojiki works primarily with light, exploring its use in installations, figurative sculptures, as well as kinetic pieces. His No Shadow works shown above are among my favorite, using long strands of lights to create representations of people and animals. See much more over in his gallery. (via job’s wife)
I’ve seen a number of great photographs and artworks using people as the fundamental building blocks for larger images the past few days so I decided to round them up into a single post. Enjoy!
In conjunction with the Korean National Red Cross, nearly 3,000 Baekseok University students gathered at a ski resort in Pyeong Chang, South Korea this week to create an enormous drop of blood celebrating World Blood Donor Day. (via design you trust)
Artist Craig Alan often uses small figures in his paintings to create the portraits of pop-culture icons including this piece featuring Audrey Hepburn. (via art expo)
Although these famous photographs have made the rounds quite a bit, I’ve always wanted to share them here. From 1915-1920 photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas donated their time to the U.S. military to help garner support for World War 1. The portraits are made entirely of soldiers and other military personel, the Statue of Liberty photograph alone is made of 18,000 men: 12,000 for just the torch though there’s only 17 at the base (the people at the very top are over a half a mile away from the camera). See many more examples at much higher resolution at Carl Hammer Gallery.
And lastly a recent video by Luis Filipe Gaspar of the North Korean Mass Games, an impressive if somewhat chilling spectacle of 100,000 thoroughly choreographed participants who create expansive murals using large flipped boards.
Know of any more great examples of people as pixels? Let me know.
This giant tornado of piggybacked men is an installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that is currently on display at Western Washington University (photographs above depict it in alternate configurations). Via Western:
“‘Cause & Effect’ evokes a vicious tornado. This vast ceiling installation is a composition of densely hung strands that anchor thousands of figures clad in colors resembling a Doppler reading stacked atop one another,” said Do Ho Suh, adding that the artwork is a “physical realization of existence, suggesting strength in the presence of numerous individuals. The work is an attempt to decipher the boundaries between a single identity and a larger group, and how the two conditions coexist.”
These two magnificent little animal sculptures titled Time to be Included were welded together using hundreds of tiny used watch parts. According to Tokyobling’s Blog the works are by Japanese sculptor Natsumi Honda from Tama Art University, but there seems to be very little additional info about the artist online. (via lustik)
For the third time in as many years the University of Alberta set a world record last week for the largest dodgeball game, pitting 4,979 ball-hurling competitors against one another in a chaotic, hour-long hailstorm of giant, spongy red balls. See many more photos taken by Gateway Photography. (via msnbc)