Artificial Organisms: Shimmering Digital Creatures Undulate and Pulse with Light in Maxim Zhetskov’s New Film

 Animation Art #digital #short film #video November 9, 2021 Grace Ebert In “Artificial Organisms,” Russian director Maxim Zhestkov (previously) enlivens machine intelligence to create palpitating marine organisms that radiate with vibrant bands of light. The hulking, life-like specimens, which are comprised of countless individual spheres, are presented floating in undulating masses or enveloping a stark white structure in groups evocative of a coral reef. Each piece fuses the artificial and organic, producing “a bizarre world of mesmerizing digital creatures,” Zhestkov says. “A combination of biological symmetry and impeccable digital…

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A New Book Flies Through the Vast World of Birds from Art and Design to History and Ornithology

 Art History Illustration Photography #birds #books November 9, 2021 Grace Ebert Ernst Haeckel, Trochilidae – Kolibris, from Kunstformen der Natur, 1904. Chromolithograph, 36 × 26 cm / 14 × 10 ¼ in. Picture credit: Kunstformen der Natur Bird: Exploring the Winged World is an extensive celebration of feathered creatures across thousands of years of art, science, and popular culture. Published by Phaidon, the stunning, 352-page volume compiles works from hundreds of artists, illustrators, photographers, and designers—including Lorna Simpson (previously), Nick Cave (previously), Ernst Haeckel (previously), and Florentijn Hofman (previously)—who…

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Recycled Building Materials Construct a Multi-Purpose Zero Waste Center in Japan

 Design #architecture #Japan #recycling #zero waste November 9, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Hiroshi Nakamura Back in 2003, Kamikatsu, a town in Tokushima Prefecture, became Japan’s first municipality to go zero waste, establishing a whopping 45 categories for recycling. Today, the village reuses about 80 percent of the garbage it generates, and the Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center is at the forefront of the community’s charge to become entirely trash-free in the coming years. Designed by the architect Hiroshi Nakamura (previously), the recycling facility is comprised mostly of…

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Emma Steinkraus – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Emma Steinkraus is an artist based in rural Virginia. Combining paintings with wallpapers, her practice distills complex research into a cohesive visual space, shifting the stories we tell about women, art history, and the natural world. Her current project, “Impossible Garden,” explores the lives of historical women artist-naturalists through paintings and wallpaper constructed out of their illustrations. Stylistically, her work embraces many aesthetic elements associated with femininity. “My paintings are full of bows, ruffles, and pastel colors,” she explains. “Textiles, fashion, and interior design all exert clear influences. I am…

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Ariel Dannielle – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Ariel Dannielle is an African American painter born, raised, and currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. She describes her practice as a visual journal, with each large-scale painting serving as a record of her personal experiences, observations, and feelings. Depicting the daily experiences of young Black women, Dannielle’s paintings offer new lenses through which Black womanhood can be represented, understood, and related to. “I paint with the hope that my viewers not only feel empowered and inspired, but also seen and understood,” she explains. “I aim to show my experiences in…

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A 14-Foot Box Truck Transforms into an Intimate Glimpse of Domestic Life in Swoon’s Mobile Sculpture

 Art #family #installation #painting #sculpture #trucks November 10, 2021 Grace Ebert All images by Lauren Silberman, © Swoon, shared with permission Exploring trauma and addiction through intricate paper cuttings, pasted murals, and mythical stop-motion animations is at the heart of Caledonia Curry’s practice, and the Connecticut-born artist, who works as Swoon (previously), extends that approach in a mobile sculpture that peers into the intimacy of family life. Produced last year in collaboration with PBS American Portrait, “The House Our Family Built” transforms a 14-foot box truck into a roving…

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Serendipitous Shots Capture the Unexpected Everyday Humor of New York City’s Streets

 Photography #humor #new york city #street photography November 10, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Eric Kogan, shared with permission Photographer Eric Kogan is adept at spotting quirky coincidences on New York City’s streets. He captures bizarre and extraordinary scenarios in which pigeons mirror an X painted on a wall in the backdrop, a drippy vent creates a green cascade toward a weed sprouting from the brick, and a cluster of bright red balloons snag on a stoplight. With a background in painting and a day job in the…

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