“We Were Not Made For This World” is a new short video created by Colin West McDonald. In this story, a lonely robot wanders through the desert, searching for some meaning of its existence. With each step, death approaches ever more quickly… It reminds me of the countless humans who have journeyed from home to find purpose in the wilderness, to find their place in the great unknown…
I didn’t quite know what to expect when I saw the “Brain Massage” title on the Vimeo Staff Picks list. I certainly didn’t expect 22 minutes of the best freeskiing I’ve ever seen. The video is a tour de force directed by Aarni Toiviainen, featuring Finish skiing by Oskari Raitanen, Tommi Kostilainen, Matti Räty, Riku Laakso, Jussi Mononen, Kalle Leinonen and others.
Most of the skiing takes place in remote regions of Scandinavia, The Baltic, and Russia, which makes for some incredibly unique visuals. There’s nothing like seeing the skiers turn abandoned Soviet warehouses in trick parks.
“After three years, twelve webisodes, two IF3 Europe awards and over one million views Nipwitz has embarked on a new, two-year movie project to be released in fall 2014.
The movie, entitled Brain Massage, is the most ambitious Nipwitz project showcasing game-changing skiing in cities of Scandinavia, the Baltics and beyond. It is also the very last piece of art produced under the name Nipwitz
The last piece of soul, heart and wisdom inspired by the northern spirit of Vikings, dragons and the brotherhood of metal.”
Laura Facci is an artist from Caracas, Venezuela (she graduated from Design Institute of Caracas – Illustration Degree – in 2012). She created this anatomical alphabet for a school project, the assignment was simple — create an illustration for each letter of the alphabet, choosing a specific theme.
As you can tell, Laura chose the human body as her inspiration, and it turned out really well. You may notice that the alphabet follows the Spanish language instead of English. B for Boca = Mouth. P for Piernas = Legs. O for Orejas = Ears… and so on. It might be a good Spanish test to see if you can name all of the words that match the drawings.
Behold the psychedelic, shape-shifting paintings of Bruce Riley. The organic artwork is constructed by layering paint and resin in abstract shapes on the canvas. The process (captured by video) looks just as intriguing as the final pieces.
“Bruce Riley is an alchemist. It’s an overused term in abstract painting but in this case, it’s true. Using experimental techniques for creating the paintings for his current show, Riley plans his paintings, but along the way he wrangles the accidents and mistakes that are inevitable. In the studio he focuses on flow allowing immediate observation to guide a painting’s progress. He keeps everything fresh within his daily routine by working on multiple works which inform and feed on each other. He cannot say what it is that tips a painting in one direction or the other. It’s just apparent to him when something is done. The process is a living thing that’s of the moment.”
I believe so much of art takes place in these happy accidents… an altered brush stroke, an unforeseen spill of paint, a surprising crooked edge. Most artists start out with a very specific plan in mind, but with these “mistakes,” something exciting and original can emerge.
Lucia Giacani is a fashion photographer hailing from Milan, Italy. Seen here is an editorial photo shoot for Vogue Italia called “Under My Skin.” I especially appreciate how the model’s glistening red hair matches the animal’s striated muscles.
Stylist: Dinalva Barros
Make-up: Elena Pivetta
Hair stylist: Ana Rodriguez
Manicurist: Rossella Galvani
Model: Kristina Sheiter
Special thanks: Maxwell Goodway
No animals were harmed in the making of these photographs.
Milos Rajkovic is an anti-war Serbian artist who makes animated GIFs showing the inner-working of authority figures like generals and politicians. The busts are filled with ridiculous characters (clowns, machines, birds, etc.) which poke fun at the ruling class. It’s all rather mesmerizing…
A word from the artist:
“I think that satirical humor is the best form of criticism and thats the reason why I use it so much in my work. The interesting thing is that people who don’t understand that kind of humor always thinks that my art is scary and disturbing.”