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New Bird & Butterfly Flip Book Machines by Juan Fontanive

April 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Juan Fontanive (previously) constructs perpetually looping flip book machines that depict flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies. Part film and part sculpture, almost every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand from the minutely toothed gears, clips, nuts, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets to the carefully screen printed imagery. Of the curious devices Gild Williams remarked, “Fontanive’s artworks seem strangely possessed, producing curiously moving animals that are neither living nor dead, or creating ghostly systems which seem to float mid-air and follow a pace and logic of their own.” You can see much more of his work over at Riflemaker.

 

 



Art Design

Theo Jansen’s Walking ‘Strandbeest’ Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys

March 12, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Theo Jansen has created several 3D printed models of his famous walking sculptures called Strandbeests. There are currently four different models and two alternate propeller attachments for added Strandbeest goodness. Available over at Shapeways.

 

 



Art

A Kinetic Sculpture Creates the Illusion of a Rotating Head

January 29, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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I’m digging this kinetic sculpture by Swiss artist Markus Raetz (previously) that creates the illusion of a rotating head using a series of silhouettes cut from metal panels. Most of Raetz’s work involves aspects of perception and illusion, more of which you can see here. (via Sploid)

 

 



Art

Anthony Howe’s Otherworldly Kinetic Sculptures Powered by Wind

October 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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The Creator’s Project recently visited with kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe who creates kinetic artworks powered by wind. You might remember Howe from a piece here on Colossal back in July. Watch the video above to learn more about his artistic philosophy and watch some excellent footage of his hypnotic sculptures.

 

 



Art Documentary

Lost & Found: Inside the Bizarre Wonderland of Artist and Tinkerer Blair Somerville

September 17, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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For the last decade, self-confessed tinkerer and “organic mechanic” Blair Somerville has owned and operated the Lost Gypsy Gallery, a sprawling menagerie of kinetic sculptures, automata, and electronic doohickies. Located in in a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, the gallery has become Somerville’s life work, a testament to artistic ingenuity, and an offbeat tourist attraction where visitors can experience first-hand his interactive “Fine Acts of Junk”.

Filmmaker Joey Bania takes us inside this enchanting yet totally bizarre wonderland in his new documentary short Lost & Found, funded in part by BBC Worldwide Young Producers’ grant. NSFW-ish language here and there.

If you liked this, you might also want to take a step inside the UFO Welcome Center or learn more about the Junk King.

 

 



Art

Nothing is as it Seems: The Art of Illusion at Science Gallery

September 5, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Some of most amazing contemporary artists working in the realm of optical illusion have been brought together for a fantastic show called Illusion at Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. Curated by psychologist and author Richard Wiseman and researched by magician and escapologist (!) Paul Gleeson, the exhibition explores the myriad ways the mind is tricked through sensory deception. The show includes works from Roseline de Thelin, Gregory Barsamian, Matt Kenyon, Jonty Hurwitz (previously), and many more. Illusion runs through September 29, 2013.

 

 



Art

Bird Flipbook Machines by Juan Fontanive

August 29, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Onithology. Collage on asuka and watercolor paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics. 2013.


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Colibri. Graphite and colored pencil on paper, stainless steel, delrin, motor, electronics. 2011.


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Violetear. Acrylic and graphite on paper, stainless steel, delrin, aluminum, motor and electronics. 2011.


Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, artist Juan Fontanive has been exploring moving images and kinetic sculptures. My favorite of his lastest works are these three flipbook machines using drawings, acrylic paintings, and collages of birds. Two of the original machines above, Ornithology and Colibri are currently available through the New Museum.

 

 

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