There is something enchanting to be found in chalkboards, an intellectual canvas where remnants of hypnotic scribbles and fantastical ideas are scattered. They epitomize that moment where knowledge and imagination meet to foster new ideas. Academic brainstorming sessions in fields such as quantum mechanics often result in a flurry of mysterious equations, symbols, and geometric shapes, and Alejandro Guijarro set out to capture them.
Alejandro is an artist based in London and Madrid who works primarily in photography. Over a three year period, he traveled the world visiting institutions known for their prowess in quantum mechanics: CERN in Switzerland, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.
From the artist:
“I’ve visited top universities all over the world for this project: Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, Berkeley, Cern in Switzerland, Brussels, Vienna and institutions in China and Spain. It was a challenge to find places that still had blackboards rather than whiteboards or interactive screens. Many of the boards were in professors’ own rooms where they do their research. Some of them were intrigued, wondering why I wanted to photograph work they didn’t consider important. They didn’t see what they had done as art.”
Quantum mechanics (you can read about here, good luck!) is a branch of physics dealing with the strange, quantum realm of atomic and subatomic matter. You would have to work hard to find a more confusing (and compelling) topic to capture in photographic form. All of this mystery builds the intrigue found in Alejandro’s photographs. The aesthetic is certainly a nice interaction of line, color, and form, but the real magic lies in knowing these symbols represent the very fabric of our reality. It’s fascinating stuff!
If you’ve enjoyed these, you can find more from Alejandro Guijarro at his site.
The ocean is full of trash. If you don’t believe me, check out this post. Just like Mandy Barker, artist Gilles Cenazandotti was inspired by the mass of ocean debris which affects our habitat. The animal sculptures above (from a project titled “Future Bestiary”) were formed from recycled products found on beaches — plastic bottles, lighters, combs, bags, etc…
Speaking about his work Cenazandotti said:
“Impressed by everything that the Sea, in turn, rejects and transforms, on the beaches I harvest the products derived from petroleum and its industry. The choice of animals that are part of the endangered species completes this process. In covering these animals with a new skin harvested from the banks of the Sea, I hope to draw attention to this possible metamorphosis – to create a trompe l’oeil of a modified reality.”
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival of color and love celebrated at the arrival of spring in India and Nepal. Music, dancing, and explosions of colored powder create these incredible visual landscapes. The celebration starts with a big bonfire, and the next morning, everyone runs around the city with water guns, balloons, and powder painting the city rich with color.
Several groups form impromptu musical parades with drums and other musical instruments. At the end of the day, people dress up and visit with friends and family.
It’s a wonderful place to capture photos. I imagine it would ruin your camera, but it’s worth the risk!
I’m loving these illustrations by Zao Dao, an artist based in Kaiping, China. She wields earth-toned watercolor paint to create these beautiful, Dalí-esque illustrations. I honestly don’t know too much about the artist. I suppose she doesn’t have the biggest presence in the Western world, but maybe that will all change soon.
You can check out the whole collection at Zao Dao’s facebook site.
Henrique Lima is a Brazilian artist who makes some of coolest GIFs on the web. The series titled, Mestre Fungo, is an pure acid trip, and probably not the good kind. Henrique animates flowing tears, bleeding noses, gashed faces, and melting skin in fluorescent colors that seem to jump off the screen.
Mestre Fungo translates to Master Fungus, and I think the name is very fitting!
Rafael Araujo is a Venezuelan artist who studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas. The illustrations were completed entirely by hand and each piece takes approximately 100 hours from start to finish! It’s an uncommon display of focus in today’s technology-driven atmosphere.
Via Wired: Before computer-assisted drawing, there were artists like M.C. Escher, who Araujo counts among his biggest influences. “When I first saw M.C. Escher, I was speechless,” he says. “His artwork was so akin to my geometrical taste.”