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Colorful Brushstrokes Digitally Sculpted into Figural Compositions by Matthew Stone

September 10, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

“Being Reliant, Not Being Reliant, Being Not Reliant” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 71 x 47 inches

“Being Reliant, Not Being Reliant, Being Not Reliant” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 71 x 47 inches

Matthew Stone explores the figure through a combination of painting and digital manipulation, presenting segmented busts and bodies splayed out in abstracted three-dimensional spaces. After painting a series of individual brushstrokes, Stone photographs the gestures and sculpts them around digital figures using several software programs. The wrapped figures hover, twist, and contort above embedded shadows which give the illusion of depth. The final scenes are then printed onto raw linen. These digital paintings were presented as part of Stone’s recent solo exhibition Healing With Wounds at Somerset House in London, which closed in late August. You can see more of his work on his website and Instagram.

“Noble Intentions”, Digital print and acrylic on linen, 47 x 35 inches

“Noble Intentions”, Digital print and acrylic on linen, 47 x 35 inches

“Fear of Not Being Needed” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 98 x 130 inches

“Fear of Not Being Needed” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 98 x 130 inches

“Freedom/Optimism” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 47 x 35 inches

“Freedom/Optimism” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 47 x 35 inches

“Healing With Wounds” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 47 x 35 inches

“Healing With Wounds” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 47 x 35 inches

“Don’t Leave Me” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 63 x 47 inches

“Don’t Leave Me” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 63 x 47 inches

“Accusatory (Upper Chest)” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 71 x 47 inches

“Accusatory (Upper Chest)” (2016), Digital print and acrylic on linen, 71 x 47 inches

 

 



Art

Pixelated Ceramics by Toshiya Masuda Bring a Tactile Experience to Digital Images

August 28, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda builds pixelated objects out of clay, piecing together sculptural tennis shoes, fried eggs, and baseballs that look as if they have been pulled directly from a video game. By designing his works to appear digital, Masuda provides a physical quality to computer or television-based images. The combination of ceramics and digitized objects allows the artist to blur the line between what is real and virtual, an increasingly common experience in our present age. You can learn more about his studio practice in the video by Keiko Art International below. (via Kottke)

 

 



Art

The Haze: A New Immersive Experience by teamLab Places Visitors at the Center of a Swirling Vortex

August 27, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

The Haze is a new immersive digital art installation from Japanese collective teamLab (previously) which situates guests at the center of a light-based vortex. The work uses light, fog, and sound to wrap guests in a mesmerizing cacophony of swirling spotlights which are reflected by a mirrored floor. A similar experience is created in the work Light Vortex II, which uses the same elements to choreograph an entirely different light show.

TeamLab recently opened Borderless, a 100,000 square feet museum dedicated to their digital installations in Tokyo. You can view more videos documenting the group’s projection-based works on their website and Vimeo.

 

 



Animation

Billions of Color Changing Particles Create Amorphous Waves in a New Art Film by Maxim Zhestkov 

August 14, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Volumes is a new 4K experimental art film by artist and director Maxim Zhestkov (previously) which explores the laws of nature through the interactions of billions of spherical particles. As the digitally produced elements collide they transform into a series of brilliant colors, morphing from black and grey orbs to pink, blue, and white balls and back again. The spheres combine to create sweeping waves that disperse and meld back together in large, amorphous forms. You can view more of the director’s projects on Vimeo, Instagram, and Behance.

 

 



Illustration

Creative Lego Constructions Bring Fantastical Moments to Life

July 25, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Imagine

Imagine

Creative constructions of Lego bricks spring to life in these advertising campaigns developed by Asawin Tejasakulsin, a senior art director at Ogilvy & Mather in Bangkok, Thailand. The two series, Imagine and Build the Future, amplify the childhood wonder central to the Lego brand, devising playful scenarios that successfully interact with reality. In Imagine, storybook animals come to life, while in Build the Future, children assemble the uniforms of their dream jobs, all using Lego bricks. You can see more work by Tejasakulsin on Behance.

Imagine

Imagine

Imagine

Imagine

Build the Future

Build the Future

Build the Future

Build the Future

Build the Future

Build the Future

 

 



Illustration

Stark Editorial Illustrations by Stuart McReath Examine Society’s Monumental Struggles

June 18, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Stuart McReath’s high contrast illustrations employ stark shadows that lend an almost three-dimensional quality to his imagined scenes. McReath also uses dramatic juxtapositions of scale and visual metaphors like a doctor determining the “wellness” of a school with a stethoscope. Many of the works shown here were created as editorial images for articles regarding societal issues like gun laws, school testing, and the death penalty. McReath is based in Hampshire, United Kingdom and has been awarded “Best of British Illustration” by the Association of Illustrators. You can see more of his work on Behance and Instagram.

 

 



Art

‘Future Flowers’ Blossom in a Digital Collaboration Presented at Japan’s Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

April 10, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

For the Hanami 2050 exhibition in Fukuoka, Japan, Danish floral designer Nicolai Bergmann collaborated with the Tokyo-based design firm Onesal to create a series of dazzling botanical animations. The works were created under the concept of “future flowers,” and explore creations from deep within the designers’ imaginations. Fantastical and brightly colored buds burst into bloom with a satisfying crack and sizzle, presenting arrangements that appear like a cross between a botanical garden and extraterrestrial forest.

The looping presentations were displayed on screens embedded in real foliage arranged by Bergmann, and sprung to life at the historic Shinto shrine Dazaifu Tenmangu (太宰府天満宮) from March 29 to April 1, 2018. You can see a video, and several clips, from the recent installation below.

 

 

 

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