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Jesse Houlding’s Magnetic Drawing Machines

July 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Over the past several years Oakland-based artist Jesse Houlding has created a variety of incredible kinetic drawing devices using magnets and iron fillings. As a series of magnetic components move in various patterns behind the paper, the iron fillings leave a gradual residue that reveals a visual representation of the magnetic field holding them in place. Houlding says that he is interested in the accumulation of marks, specifically how time is evidenced in artwork and the relationship between process and end-results. You can see a couple more videos of his machines on his Youtube channel. Thanks Jesse for sharing your work with Colossal!

If you liked this check out the work of Sandy Noble, Eske Rex, and Harvey Moon.

 

 



Art

The Ridiculous Pool: Spraypaint Skateboarding

July 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Based on some of the comments I saw on Twitter and Facebook it seems a few were a bit upset by this morning’s post about Dtagno’s train graffiti device. To swing the vandalism/art pendulum back in the other direction check out D*Face’s Ridiculous Pool Paint Attack where a couple of skateboarders use remote controlled spraypaint cans mounted to the base of their decks to create an enormous spirograph in an empty swimming pool. (via neatorama)

 

 



Art

Hacked Typewriter

May 31, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Graphic designer Paul Bailey is a recent graduate of Kingston University in London and his portfolio is filled with lots of fun projects including beautifully designed infographics, these fun biscuit stamps, and even an idea for a tribute bell installed outside recently closed pubs. Most interesting to me though was his hacked typewriter. Beginning with the statement, “the beauty of the typewriter is that, unlike its modern counterpart, it cannot be hacked” (which I couldn’t locate a source, but sure, I’ll roll with it) he set out to redefine the fundamental mechanics of the typewriter resulting in a new interpretation of its core function. Is it useful? Not really. But I find the idea of hacking non-electronic devices to create bizarre new machines really intriguing.

 

 



Animation Music

Adam Grabowski’s animation machines

May 11, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Film student Adam Grabowski was assigned the task of creating the show packaging for the 2011 Motion Graphics Showcase, at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. In a throwback to early animation he built five animation machines including (in order of appearance) a cassette player thaumatrope, a fan powered hamster wheel, a hand-held blender drum, an awesome motorized skateboard/image belt, and a drill powered flip book. In an age where almost anything you can imagine can be created digitally—especially in the realm of motion graphics—this is a welcome and captivating direction.

 

 



Art

Automatons by Kazu Harada

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Some wonderful automatons by Japanese artist Kazu Harada. See more over on his Youtube page. How does the duck work!?! This will haunt me forever. (via automata / automaton)

 

 



Craft Documentary

Machine’s Waltz: A look inside the Paramount Têxteis textile plant

April 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A short film showing the assorted machines used to create fabric inside the Paramount Têxteis textile plant. The film was created and produced by Grafikonstruct, and the music was composed by Lucas Lima.

 

 



Art Design

The Drawing Machine

December 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

For the past four years Harvey Moon, a photographer and artist currently studying at the Art Institute of Chicago has been working on a suspended robot that draws by taking instructions from a computer. His Kickstarter project (which is already 300% funded) is an opportunity for you to buy prints made from the device and to potentially fund drawing robot kits for the masses. Anything at the intersection of robots and art gets a huge thumbs up from me. (via make)