Friday, July 30, 2010

Wooden Carpet

Wooden Carpet by Elisa Storzyk
Wooden Carpet by Elisa Storzyk
Wooden Carpet by Elisa Storzyk

Elisa Storzyk’s ‘Wooden Carpet’, beautiful cross between furniture and textiles.

Via Designklub


Super slo-mo video of lightning strike... 0.4 seconds of awesome:

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Series from photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand of the runways at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (yes... really):

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Entrance Romance (it felt like a kiss)

"I knew it was going to be wild when I signed on," says Carolyn Murphy, who stars in Ryan McGinley's exclusive short film Entrance Romance (it felt like a kiss). "Next thing I know, my manager is telling me that they're going to break glass on my head and my leading man's a dog. I'm like, 'That's it?' I was so sure I'd have to take my clothes off," she says, laughing. Shot with a Phantom camera (capable of capturing video at over 1000 frames per second), Entrance Romance sees the all-American beauty (since 2002 the face of Estée Lauder) cheerfully turning a can of WD-40 into a flame thrower, passionately kissing a dog and smiling serenely as a bowl of goldfish smashes over her head. Murphy notes: "I think we did the fishbowl scene in just one take. As soon as it cracked against my head, everyone dove down and scrambled to pick up the goldfish. None were hurt in the making of this film!" The film's collision of innocence and thrill should be familiar to fans of the photographer's previous work—carefree, hazy shots of teenagers jumping off cliffs, skinny dipping or cavorting in remote locations (and earlier this year, McGinley debuted a film for Pringle of Scotland featuring Tilda Swinton in a forest and caves)—but here the action is exquisitely drawn out, with the camera registering the most minute changes in Murphy's expression. Despite the relentless focus, her face remains unflinchingly calm, emphasized by soft, beachy makeup, luminous golden lighting, and a meditative, chant-led soundtrack, all of which provide an intriguing contrast to the film's explosions of glass shards. "We thought about going with a really rough punk rock look," makeup artist James Kaliardos says. "But Ryan loved the idea of showing this iconic, fresh-faced Californian girl in an entirely new context, so I did fresh, 70s "no-makeup" makeup. We wanted her to look happy and in control, but still vulnerable." So she does—and her bliss is infectious.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reading Nature

Gorgeous short by Christopher Hewitt, Reading Nature:

"After reading a lot of Steven Hawkins and Richard Dawkin's work I was inspired to create a sixty second short based around the birth of evolution and the over growing power of nature. Reading nature followings an abstract vision of the big bang and the growth of humanity. Ben Lukas Boysen also created a magical score that binds the two mediums perfectly. Reading Nature was also screened at Lumen Eclipse in 2008."

Director: Christopher Hewitt
Audio: Ben Lukas Boysen

Experience is a Complex Phenomenon

The fractured geometric colourfield paintings of Sam Songailo:

By Sam Songailo
By Sam Songailo

"Sam Songailo's complex and dynamic paintings are built from blocks of vivid colour woven into vibrant arrangements, the mass of interconnected shapes producing works that are pulsing and electric. The crowd of elements surge and stream along the surface of the canvas, tracing out paths that might depict flows of traffic through an urban building block or the colour-coded criss-crossings of an underground transport system. Songailo notes that the elements he employs - hard-edged abstraction, the use of high-contrast, often fluorescent colours – are part of a visual vocabulary we associate with futuristic stylings. They elicit thoughts of modern technologies and science fiction, looking like schemata of electric currents through a motherboard or synapses of the brain. This futuristic world is laden with associations of its own, and is one that Songailo finds "simultaneously appealing and unsettling". He sees his representations "both as cold, confusing, hopeless visions of the future and also as places of beauty, an exotic new world to look into and imagine the possibilities". Having studied Visual Communication at the University of South Australia and worked as a freelance graphic designer and art magazine editor, Songailo's background is in design. As such, much of his aesthetic is influenced by design, as seen in the works' composition and graphic qualities. Yet it is at the same time a reaction against it, an attempt to explore not only the message of the surface but the deeper truths for which that superficial expression stands. Here, the interaction of the overlaid elements and the complexity of the resulting structures represents Songailo's world view. Believing that "experience is a complex phenomenon", the very processes of building up the interrelated pieces echo and illustrate Songailo's belief as to the world's inherent complexity and interconnectedness."

Jena Woodburn 2010
Published in Australian Art Collector ed. #52

Media Centre installation 2010 [these ROCK!}:

Media Centre installation 2010 by Sam Songailo
Media Centre installation 2010 by Sam Songailo
Media Centre installation 2010 by Sam Songailo

Via Paul Prudence on Twitter

Double Rainbow all the Way!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

3D Atlas of the Universe


For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the world.


The word aphorism (literally "distinction" or "definition") denotes an original thought, spoken or written in a laconic and easily memorable form.

"When leaving sleeps, it dreams of arriving"

… taken from this random aphorism generator

Via prosthetic knowledge

Sunday, July 11, 2010


"Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image."

Rub Kandy
Rub Kandy
Rub Kandy

Rub Kandy work via Fubiz
So more interesting examples of Anamorphosis by Georges Rousse

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

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