January 15, 2010

Getting under the animatronic skin

Filed under: Artists, Entertainment, Internet — Jonathan @ 10:41 am

Take a look under the hood of some animatronic creations with robotics film-maker John Nolan. His gallery not only shows off some wild creations but also gives you a peak at what is under their skin. It’s funny how even the cutest creatures look like something out of a nightmare when their skin is removed the reveal a harsh metal skeleton and veins made of wires.

More info: link

January 12, 2010

Pixar Easter Eggs

Filed under: Artists, Entertainment — Jonathan @ 11:13 am

Pixar Animation Studios is know by millions for their fun movies, lovable characters, and meaningful story lines. Behind it all is an intense team of writers, animators, programmers, etc all of whom just want to have some fun. As many times as you have watched Toy Story or Monsters Inc, I bet you missed the little things that were intentinally put there for fun. Did you know that WALL-E appeared in Ratatouille? Do you know how many movies the Pizza Planet truck actually appears in?

For those who have never heard of this before, an “easter egg” is an intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in a piece of media. The term was coined – according to Warren Robinett – by Atari after they were pointed to the secret message left by Robinett in the game Adventure.

Check out this comprehensive list of Pixar easter eggs for all the answers: link

January 11, 2010

Homunculus

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 6:37 pm

Homunculus, the first of an annual series of experimental films by a collaborative group called Hydra, pits little (mold?) men against each other.

“Homunculus is a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id. Taking its title from the Latin word for “Little Human”, the piece is an associative mashup between the two concepts behind the word: The first being middle-age alchemical beliefs that “little men” could be spontaneous generated from dead or decaying matter. The second being Carl Jung’s usage as a personification of pure id. These ideas, combined with our love of Dutch still life’s “beautiful decay,” sowed the seeds for this unique little monster of a film.”

A very interesting little short, it reminds me of some kind of video game from hell. The characters and soundtrack are very impressive!

More info: link

December 31, 2009

Mark Evans

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 9:04 am

Mark Evans carves images onto leather with knives.

“Art doesn’t get more primal than etching animal skins with a big knife. I don’t do ‘pseudo intellectual’ I make art.”

Just a guy with a knife and a sheet of leather. At the link, you’ll find a gallery of his amazingly-detailed work.

More info: link

December 30, 2009

Bert Simons

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 9:51 am

Heerlen-born, Rotterdam-based artist Bert Simons makes these scarily realistic paper-craft models, by first making 3D models of real subjects. His website showcases a bunch of amazing projects and even some behind the scenes information about the process. I would love to have one of these of myself!

More info: link

December 18, 2009

The Bronze Cube

Filed under: Artists, Math — Jonathan @ 2:51 pm

A fully functional, reproduction of a Rubik’s Cube, hand cast in white bronze. It was cast in such a way as to have even shrinkage, but an unstable and rough surface.

After being cast in bronze, and assembled, it was treated by being buried in a mixture of dirt, various acids and salts, inside of a hand made birch box designed to keep the environment moist, but also to allow some passage of air and water, for about a year.

More information: link
Related: My Rubik’s Cube solution

December 2, 2009

James Corbett

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 10:16 am

Australian artist James Corbett began sculpting old car parts in 1999 while managing a car recycling business in Brisbane. Eighteen months later, he closed the shop and turned pro. Corbett never bends the parts, but uses the existing shapes to create (comparatively) realistic forms.

More information: link

November 20, 2009

Tim Burton at MOMA

Filed under: Artists, Entertainment — Jonathan @ 11:02 am

Filmmaker Tim Burton’s visual art will be on display starting on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His media include watercolors, line drawings, pastels, and sculptures. The exhibit features not only film concept work, but his independent, stand-alone projects.

You can expect to see some pictures from here posted in the next couple of weeks!

More info: link

November 19, 2009

Where’d The Cheese Go?

Filed under: Artists, Internet — Jonathan @ 11:12 am

Oblong Pictures is an imaginary film company which specialises in making short stop-motion films using the popular children’s toy, LEGO.

This is a music video, after a fashion, for a very short song by Ween. It features LEGO’s Orient Adventure characters in a helter skelter race against time to locate their missing dairy produce. Kind of.

The song and its history can be found on the Ween website – long story short, it started out as an advertising jingle for Pizza-Hut but they (or their ad agency) passed on it, so the band posted it online.

As if the song wasn’t catchy enough, this video turns it into something infectious. Be careful, this will creep into your brain and never come out. What was Pizza-Hut thinking, passing this one up?

For more information on Oblong Pictures and more lego videos, see their website: link

November 18, 2009

Bent Objects

Filed under: Artists, Internet — Jonathan @ 11:09 am

Terry Border’s blog, Bent Objects, is a great example of an artist using simple techniques to bring life to inanimate objects. From the zombie peanuts (shown to the left) to the muscle flexing “Stud-Muffin”, all of these creations are given a pulse with simple bent objects.

In a recent interview with Neatorama, Terry Border says:

“I started a blog so that I could show off some of my wire creations, hoping that I could sell of them. (Plain and simple profit-driven beginnings! ha!) People were liking what I was doing, but much to my surprise they wanted photos of what I was making, and not so much the wire things themselves. I also started adding my screwy humor to the pieces, and again, much to my surprise, people really connected with it.”

As if these objects themselves weren’t enough, Terry also creates some amazing scenes which do a great job of adding emotion to the mix. One of my favorites, “The Party”, shows a lone cheese puff amongst crackers, which seems to be sadly drinking its wine.

“I’ll tell you a secret – a lot of times I’m not trying to be funny at all. I’m just creating the saddest situation I can think of while using a certain object. Sometimes, while I’m photographing a scene, I’m like “Oh man. I’ve gone too far here. People are gonna see how sick I am, and make me get psychological help.” Know what though? Those are always my most popular images. People see them as funny. There are a lot of sick people out there, just like me.”

Terry has recently put out a new book, Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things, published by Running Press, featuring some 60+ wire creations.

For more info on Terry and all of his creations, visit the blog: link

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