Nothing gets me more excited than finding creatives in unusual places using their creative imagination in innovative ways. Particularly if it’s in a silly way that makes us busy Type A’s stop, take notice and breakout in childlike giggles! On … Continue reading →
Our Iconic TV series (which we’d like to thank everyone for visiting/commenting on etc.) left us with a feeling that we still have more to do with this idea and today we present what we actually did. Instead of TV series this time we coded a famous painter through three icons. We realize this might not be so exciting for people who are not into art history but for us this was challenging in a good way and satisfying.
The posters come in three installments, first one this week.
Highlight white text under each poster to read the answer.
If you’ve ever looked up close at a digital photograph, computer screen or any other display device I’m sure you’ve noticed the tiny colored dots or squares that come together to make up a picture. Those dots or squares are called Pixels; the smallest picture elements that are often placed on a two dimensional grid. For years many artists have implemented this method of creating images to create their own interpretations of images. Some with literal translations of dots and squares of paint or ink on canvases or paper yet others have used more curious and inventive items in place of the pixels. One such artist is Christian Faur.
Christian Faur developed a technique in which he painstakingly places crayons into frames to reproduce the effect of pixels in a photograph. Each piece is composed of hundreds of crayons of different colors to match the values of the colors in the original photos. The end results are texturally intriguing abstract pieces of artwork when looked at up close and beautifully precise photographic images when looked at from a far.
Faur’s inspiration for this body of work comes from his childhood love of crayons. He goes on to explain in his own words;
“My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons. I can still remember the pleasure of opening a new box of crayons: the distinct smell of the wax, the beautifully colored tips, everything still perfect and unused. Using the first crayon from a new box always gave me a slight pain. Through a novel technique that I have developed, I again find myself working with the familiar form of the crayon.
Because of the three-dimensional nature of the crayons, the individual surface images appear to change form as one moves about the gallery space. The images completely disappear when viewed from close up, allowing one to read the horizontally sequenced crayon text and to take in the beautifully colored crayon tips — all the while being reminded of that first box of crayons.”
You can view more of his amazing work on his website.
Kseniya Simonova is a Sand Artist. A Sand Artist? What in the world is a Sand Artist? You may ask. Well, with handfuls of volcanic sand, a ligthbox, a projector and music Simonova tells stories. She gently glides her hands, tossing and wiping the sand, drawing illustrations all in sync with accompanying music which vividly bring her stories to life.
When she was growing up in the Ukraine, her mother, a painter and teacher of fine arts, was instrumental in her highly creative upbringing. Realizing her passion for art, she attended a college for art and poetry, earning a degree in both. In 2002, she had a change of plans and became interested in psychology and eventually graduated with a degree in Psychophysiology, an area between psychology and anatomy. Her final project was about her artistic perception of reality which led to the beginnings of her unique, sand art performances.
After getting married and having a child, she and her husband were struggling to make ends meet. Her husband, knowing of her hobby, encouraged her to enter “Ukraine’s Got Talent”. After an 8 minute long, moving performance about a couple being separated during a WWII Nazi invasion, she was ushered into the following rounds and eventually won the 100,000 Euro prize. 25 million Youtube views later, she is now traveling and performing her sand art shows all around the world. You can see her performance here below:
Brian Chan has been an Orgami enthusiats ever since he was child. However, it wasnt until he was exposed to the mathematical Design Secrets to Origami at MIT that he took his craft seriously. As he says in his own words, “As an artist, I am particularly drawn to Origami because it adds the extra challenge of folding from a square (and I like challenges, sometimes) and incorporates a lot of geometry, which was my more favored sector of mathematics.” Which you can tell by the intricate plans that are drawn out for each Origami piece. It doesn’t hurt that he’s an instructor at MIT either!
Chan’s pieces are more sculpture than simple Origami. Some of these pieces can be mistaken for real insects. Nevertheless, you can’t help but to be amazed at the intricacy in details. And to think that they’re made with one single piece of paper. Amazing!
This fantastic metal bust was created by Bellino Alain of Nice, France, using ornaments and cutlery made of bronze and brass. The pieces were soldered together and then chemical dipped to apply a dull, black patina perfectly bringing out the full dark side of Darth’s character. The result looks half futuristic, half renaissance and fully perfect. See pictures of the busts piece by piece creation below, then head toBehance/sculpteur or bellino.fr for more of Alain’s sculpture and metal restoration work.