Dry Out: A Timelapse Chronicles Dozens of Leaves, Fruits, and Organisms As They Shrivel

 Food Science #evaporation #fish #fruit #leaves #timelapse #video #water January 7, 2021 Grace Ebert  “Dry Out” plunges into the minute details of the evaporation process through a dramatic series of timelapses. Shot with macro-lenses and microscopes, the grotesque short film by Christian Stangl reveals water droplets, leaves, and succulent fares, like berries and even whole fish, transforming into their gaseous counterparts during the course of days and weeks. Watch more of Stangl’s films that dive into the lengthy processes of the natural world on Vimeo, and check out…

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“This Low Mound of Earth” by Photographer Jen Mawson

Growing up in a military family, photographer Jen Mawson never lived anywhere for more than a few months or years at a time. Now based in Boston, Massachusetts, Mawson attributes her comfort with the ephemeral to her transient childhood. Her recent series, “This Low Mound of Earth,” feels like a meditation on the passing of time—seen through the evidence of dilapidation and decay Mawson immortalizes with her camera. “These photographs show instances of waste, fragmentation, and compromise in a culture that is mired in excess and rapidly approaching its limits…

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Surreal Scenes and Pixelation Overlay Vintage Artworks in Hybrid Oil Paintings by André Schulze

 Art #found photographs #oil painting #painting #surreal January 20, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Paradigm Gallery André Schulze scours dusty thrift store bins and private advertisements for vintage paintings and photographs created in the first half of the 20th Century. The German artist restores the found artworks and then dramatically alters them by working directly on the canvas, layering each rendering with boldly new scenes: a stodgy bookworm finds himself in a sea of fish, an elderly woman peers out her window only to see a neighboring…

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Bursts of Inky, Technicolor Liquids Mimic Human Eyes in a Short Film About Optical Phenomena

 Photography #eyes #short film #video January 29, 2021 Grace Ebert  An entrancing short film by designer and artist Rus Khasanov (previously) fuses multiple optical tricks into a single work. Splashes of glittery, inky liquids crawl across the screen, resulting in a series of bubbles that mimic magnified shots of human eyes. The hypnotic footage utilizes pareidolia—the inclination to see an object where it physically doesn’t exist—while referencing heterochromia iridum, a fairly common condition in which a person’s irises are multi-colored, sometimes in the forms of spikes radiating around the…

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“El Agua Escondida” by Photographer Luis Manuel Diaz

New York-based photographer Luis Manuel Diaz returns to his birthplace of Michoacán, Mexico, for his ongoing series, “El Agua Escondida (Hidden Water).” Exploring the effects of migration on the rural Mexican landscape through a familial lens, Diaz observes his grandparents within the context of their community, making photographs that speak to issues of misrepresentation, imbalance of power, and systemic erasure of migrants and their families.  “Through this work, I document landscapes that hold my family history; a history of decades of manual labor,” he explains. “I also explore the domestic…

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Quirky Illustrations by Christoph Niemann Reinterpret Household Objects in Clever Contexts

 Illustration #drawing #humor February 9, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Christoph Niemann, shared with permission For Christoph Niemann (previously), all it takes is a halved apple or pliers lying around his studio to spur a quirky drawing featuring the random object. The illustrator is known for his Sunday Sketches, a weekly drawing series, that play with scale and position. Imbued with humor, the cleverly arranged compositions turn a red pencil into a megaphone or a splayed book into a cat’s whiskers. Although Niemann usually lives in New York for part…

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OneClock: A Modern Take on the Analog Alarm Never Plays the Same Melody Twice

 Design Music #clocks #sleep February 16, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © OneClock Say goodbye to the days of being jarred awake by the alarm blaring from your iPhone. The creative team over at OneClock designed a streamlined device with the intention of rousing people in a more peaceful manner, one with soothing melodies that are in stark contrast to the startling sounds many of us hear every morning. Minimal in aesthetic, the analog alarm is outfitted with more than 20 instrumental and vocal compositions created by musician Jon…

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Hilarity Ensues as Everything Goes Catastrophically Wrong in an Ad for Etisalat

 Photography #advertising #humor #short film #video February 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  Strap on a helmet and fasten your kneepads before watching this ad for international telecommunications giant, Etisalat. Nalle Sjoblad’s “Moonwalk” uses brutal Home Alone-esque sequences of poor planning, office rage, and failure to appreciate even basic spatial relationships in order to remind us that the most uncomfortable, humiliating scenarios only last for a moment. Based in Helsinki, Sjoblad approaches a variety of commercial and personal projects with his distinct style of humor, many of which you can watch…

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Eve Saint Jean – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of paintings by Montréal-based artist Eve Saint Jean. Interested in the archetypes that shape human existence and form the basis of our societies, Saint Jean’s work involves complimentary methods of deconstruction and dialogue — that is, breaking down visual figurations or moral ideals into abstraction, and exploring the interplay created from such transformation. “The notion of dialogue is translated in my creations by the exploration of the echo that is created between figuration and abstraction, the digital and the material, the thoughtful and the spontaneous. To do so,…

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