Berlinde De Bruyckere.:Suffering and ProtectionFlemish sculptor creates sculptures and drawings of suffering human bodies that resemble nothing so much as reality. It mixes in his sculptures on religious grounds and media images and writes the Christian motif of the human suffering in the contemporary era. The confrontation with the body that engages the artist led to questions about the ethics of our society and are the place to fundamental questions about the nature of the human being.
These disturbing and uncannily lifelike sculptures by Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere are incredibly visceral and eerie. The repulsion instinctively triggered in the viewer comes from their verisimilitude, and the sense of reality of this nameless, grotesque, distorted, half-human, seemingly fluid flesh; combined with their beauty, the delicate, subtle mottling of colors, the pure realistic visceral fleshiness of the works, and their technical grace.
Featured Curator of the Week: Philip Intile [pi-slices]
Erik is a GIF maker from Santa Monica, California who posts under the name hexeosis. He started making GIFs a little over a year ago but he has been making animations using computers since he was a little kid. On a good day, art is everything to him. On a bad day, art is ridiculous. Most days it is a mixture of both. He creates his GIFs using After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop. He spends a lot of time trying to imagine what the music he listens to could look like and he is inspired by that. Along with music he is inspired by Sunsets.
Sunsets are different every single day, completely free, and rendered real-time in full resolution 3d. I can’t even imagine the processing power behind that…
- Erik (Hexeosis)
Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation Modostudio
“The project sought to preserve the surrounding environment: the buildings insist on the same footprint of the previous buildings, now demolished. The project is divided into two buildings: the building foundation and a small building adjacent to it for residential use. The building foundation consists of a series of architectural volumes: a transparent glass and steel volume hosts research activities, a wood cladding volume is used as a leisure and dining hall, while the lower architectural body, on which these volumes are placed, hosts support areas for the activities of the foundation and a wine cellar.”
Macoto Murayama is a Japanese architect who has delved into art with this intricate series of floral blueprints. His process is quite fascinating. First he dissects a flower with scalpel and observes it with a magnifying glass. Next he makes sketches and photographs the parts of dissected flower. With the sketches complete, he begins modeling using 3ds Max (CGI software). He then renders separate parts and creates a composition using Adobe Photoshop. According to Murayama, the transparency of his work refers not only to the lucid petals of a flower, but to the ambitious, romantic and utopian struggle of science to see and present the world as transparent (completely seen, entirely grasped) object. His work was recently featured in a Panasonic spot. Be sure to check out that video after the jump.
Joe Cruz illustrations
Joe Cruz is the master of oil pastel; his creations are an inspired mixture of photocopier toner lit up with oil strips of neon color. Unsurprisingly, his work is beautiful both online and in print.
Color is a surefire way to grab attention, but Cruz’s work goes far beyond simply grabbing attention. He manages to maintain contemplation in the viewer by experimenting with theme and composition.
Molly Drake- I Remember
"I had thought that we were we, but we were you and me."
Nick Drake is arguably one of the most influential artists on the evolution of sound that makes up so much of today’s indie music. Despite the cult-following that Nick Drake’s poignant music has attracted over the past two decades, the English musician’s life remains a mystery due to his untimely death in 1974 at the age of 26. In addition, there is hardly a shred of physical legacy available, such as interviews or video footage, which is most likely due to his almost agoraphobic approach to life. His songs are steeped in emotion that is richly communicated through intricate and deeply plaintive poetry. The discovery of musical recordings made by his late mother, Molly Drake, earlier this year may shed light on what may have influenced such a remarkable artist. More importantly, however, her music, in its own right, is truly a marvel in many of the same aspects for which her son is so admired. These recordings, produced on tapes made in her home, possess a sincerity of spirit that transcends the beauty exemplified by her exquisite vocal skill. I can honestly say that this track, ‘I Remember,’ is one of the most enchanting songs I have ever heard. In addition, the fact that these are intimate recordings made for personal use, make her songs evoke the feeling of undisturbed purity and depth of emotion. Listen to her words carefully as they speak irreproachable truths that it seems only music can convey.If you listen carefully enough, you are able to hear a charming moment at the very very end, when a male voice (the pianist?) seems to say, “I think that was pretty good.”
— Camus Albert, The Myth of Sisyphus