Photography

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Dew-Soaked Dandelions by Sharon Johnstone

April 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

My brain almost exploded when I stumbled onto these lovely photographs by UK photographer Sharon Johnstone. Such a perfect mix of light and water, they almost look like candy. See many more images in her macro galleries. (via daily art fixx)

 

 



Art

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts

April 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Throne: The Book of Revelation; letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Throne: The Book of Revelation (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Throne: The Book of Revelation (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Bliss; letters cut from the Koran, 9 x 7.75 in, 2011

Bliss (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 9 x 7.75 in, 2011

The Satanic Verses: “Repentance” from the Koran; letters cut from “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie, 21 x 19 in, 2012

The Satanic Verses: “Repentance” from the Koran (detail); letters cut from “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie, 21 x 19 in, 2012

Artist Meg Hitchock (previously) has completed a number of new, elaborate collage works with letters cut from assorted books including the Koran and Salmon Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. The patience required to assemble these absolutely astounds me. If you’re unfamiliar with her work here’s a quote from her artist statement:

In my text drawings I deconstruct the word of God by cutting letters from sacred writings and rearranging them to form a passage from another holy book. I may cut letters from the Bible and reassemble them as a passage from the Koran, or use letters cut from the Torah to recreate an ancient Tantric text. The individual letters are glued to the paper in a continuous line of type, without spaces or punctuation, in order to discourage a literal reading of the text. By bringing together the sacred writings of diverse traditions, I create a visual tapestry of inspired writings, all pointing beyond specifics to the universal need for connection with something greater than oneself.

If you’d like to see some of these pieces up close, Hitchcock currently has work on view all over New York at ACA Galleries, BRIC Contemporary Art and Shick Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

 

 



Art Design

Geometric Currency Sculptures Folded by Kristi Malakoff

April 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’m really enjoying these folded and pasted currency sculptures by Canadian visual artist Kristi Malakoff (previously). Each polyhedra is folded, cut and pasted together from several bills, blending the textures and colors from multiple worldwide currencies. (via my modern met)

Update: These particular pieces were designed by Tom Hull, Meenakshi Mukerji, Heinz Strobl, and Makoto Yamaguchi.

 

 



Design Photography

Gravity Defying Photography for Chocolate Trail by NAM

April 2, 2012

Christopher Jobson

First: everything in these photos, liquid typography included, is part of a single photograph, and if you don’t believe it just watch the video. This new series of ads was created by art/design collective NAM (previously here and here) for the Harbour City Chocolate Trail, a charity project for the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. The series uses their signature method of suspending objects and people with strings and cables to create weightless environments that appear to be caught mid-explosion. See many more photos and behind the scenes videos of the project here. If you like this style of non-digital execution, make sure you’re also familiar with Le Creative Sweatshop.

 

 



Art

The Affectionate Street Art of Alice Pasquini

April 1, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Rome-based visual artist Alice Pasquini works as an illustrator, set designer and painter, frequently traveling to the U.K., France and Spain. In a form of public art that is frequently characterized by artworks brimming with cynicism, anger, or strong political statements, her work appears at almost the opposite end of the spectrum, frequently displaying acts of love, hope, and affection. Of her work Alices says that she creates “art about people and their relationships, I’m interested in representing human feelings and exploring different points of view. I especially like to depict strong and independent women.” It’s almost impossible to make a selection of her work to share as it’s so diverse in color and subject, so I urge you to take a deep dive here.

 

 



Dance Music

A Sultry Dance Video for OK Go’s ‘Skyscrapers’

March 31, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Another day, another wonderful music video by OK Go. This new video for Skyscrapers features a sultry montage of dance moves through a series of colorful urban backdrops. The clip was directed and produced by Grammy Award-winning choreographer and director Trish Sie (the lady above) paired with Moti Buchboot. More than many of OK Go’s songs lately, I’m really enjoying this one and might have to pick it up.