Category: Art

ArtCinemagraphs: Bringing Photographs to Life

 
“There’s something magical about a still photograph – a captured moment in time – that can simultaneously exist outside the fraction of a second the shutter captures.”
 
 
Known as cinemagraphs, these incredible photographs are a blend of still images and video, bringing to life a single moment captured in time.
 
The first true cinemagraphs were created by New York fashion photographer Jamie Beck, who worked with motion graphics designer Kevin Burg to bring her images to life. She posted them on her tumblr, From Me To You, and since then artists all over the world have been creating cinemagraphs of their own.
 
Check out some in the amazing images below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Want to see more? Check out even more cinemagraphs at Tripwire Magazinediegoguevara.comdailypicksandflicks.com, and flickr.com/groups/cinemagraphs.
 
For all you Photoshop techies out there, here’s a great tutorial on how to make your own cinemagraph!
 
(Info and quotes courtesy of tripwiremagazine.com and pouryourheart.com. Pics courtesy of above-listed sites.)

ArtMike Stilkey Hits the Books… With Paint!

 
I’ve always loved the way a shelf full of books looks on a wall, but I’d never dreamt it could look this cool:
 

 
Los Angeles artist Mike Stilkey has been hitting the books… on the spine… with a combination of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer. SO cool! He describes his work as “melancholic and at times a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales.” It seems fitting that such fantastical inspiration should come to life on top of stacks of old books filled with stories of their own.
 

 

 
I love the third dimenson of this one!
 



In a press release for a recent exhibit at the Rice Gallery, Stilkey explained what drew him to the old books, and how they sparked this creative idea:
 
“… sometimes by the title, or more the look of it, the antiqueness of it, or the wear and tear of it. Sometimes there’s a weird illustration. I’ve got these books and I’ll never read them, but I want them for some reason and I’ve never known why. And then I started drawing on them.”
 
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
 

ArtCurrently Obsessed: Niky Roehreke



I am constantly looking for new art inspirations for myself, as well as my tumblr, and Niky Roehreke’s work is my favorite so far. I had seen her work before, I own a Japanese Nylon that she did the cover art for, but had never really looked into her illustrations until a couple weeks ago. She is a master of incorporating typography and symmetry into her amazing pencil and watercolor pieces, making every work more captivating then the next.




 

Recently she was hired by WILD magazine to do some illustrations for London Fashion Week A/w 2011 collections, which are by far some of my favorites of her work. Check ‘em out below.



ArtMiranda July Reveals “The Future”

Of all the films in all the film classes I’ve taken over the years, the first movie that, well, moved me to run home and click “buy now” was Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know. After a few hilarious, yet touching, clips (“Back and Forth Forever” is a delightfully inappropriate highlight-NSFW, just so you know), I was almost embarassed to laugh, but I¬†knew I had to see the rest of this story unfold.
I was expecting a quirky comedy, and it definitely has a few laughs, but to be more accurate: it’s odd, a little bit uncomfortable, but it all feels so genuine and real. I kind of loved it. So when I saw her on the cover of The New York Times Magazine recently, I was thrilled to see her back on the scene, and toting her sophomore film debut, The Future. So far, it’s a hit among the critics, and it’s just recently had a limited release to theatres, so a lucky few of you may have a chance to see it on the big screen (and if you just so happen to be touring European film festivals, you’re in luck!).
The Future has been described in the New York Times as “more controlled”, “tighter than the
free-ranging Me and You but also more mature and tonally darker”, and the artist herself said she was “feeling older and less rainbow colored.” From the looks of the trailer, I just want to see it!
I was even more interested, and honestly, not horrible surprised, to find that Miranda July has almost as many haters as she does fans. To be fair, her art is something that not everybody “gets”, and I don’t always get it myself… A jack of many trades, she is also an accomplished performance artist, writer, and has made quite a few short films and art installations, as well as some web-based projects that I can’t even begin to describe.

Check out some of her work, and you’ll understand why the tagline for the aptly titled article, “Miranda July is Totally Not Kidding” says, “She is one of the most talented filmmakers of her generation. She is one of the most aggravating filmmakers of her generation. Could both of these statements be true?”
At the end of the day, I don’t pretend to “get” it all, but I do have immense respect for a woman with such a fearless attitude, who has to know that most people aren’t going to understand her vision, but would never let a silly thing like doubt stand in her way.

ArtBig Love for Lisa Swerling’s Tiny People

 
If only my Polly Pocket collection had inspired me to do something like this….
 
 
 I’ve always been a firm believer that tiny makes everything cuter, but Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals go way beyond cute. Try: touching, silly, thought-provoking, whimsical; but most of all, they’ll make you smile. What Swerling has managed to capture with a shadow box and some miniature figurines (from architect’s models and railway toys) is a breathtaking collection of artwork that is both accessibly simple, yet strikingly complex.
 
 
In a recent interview with Sabotage Times, Swerling opened up about her path to Glass Catherals, and where she finds inspiration for her tiny worlds. My favorite snippets:
 
“Like a lot of people,” she says, “I have moments of inspiration, my own particular realisations about what it is to be a funny little human traveling around this big planet. Now what do you do with all these little thoughts? Well, I started putting mine in boxes.”

 
 
“But what I like about the artworks is that there is an intrinsic sympathy one feels with the figures which softens the ridiculousness of their pursuits. So whilst I am saying ‘Check out that poor woman, spending her whole life cleaning an infinite floor — is she mad?’ you also feel what she is attempting is in her way heroic, soothing to her soul, and maybe as good a way to pass time as any. One becomes a benevolent, merciful god, looking into the boxes.”
 

 
 
“My inspiration for this series was the collision between the seriousness with which we take our lives, and the limitations of our understanding. In Glass Cathedrals the heros are the tiny figures, my boxes the space where they struggle, aspire, dance, dream.”
 
 
Swerling will even customize many of her creations, (like “Evergreen” above), to look like you and whoever you choose to bring into your own mini world. Glass Cathedrals are available for purchase on her website, and range in price from $350 for the smaller guys to larger limited editions at $1450. I want one!