Jakub Rozalski is a Polish artist who wields a graphics tablet to mix early 20th century artwork with futuristic machine warriors. It’s quite surreal to witness manual laborers, cavalrymen and foot soldiers working alongside gigantic robots… And he somehow makes it all look very natural.
Interesting note: the piece above titled “Into the Wild,” is a tribute to the bear ‘Wojtek‘, who fought with the Polish army in Africa and at Monte Casino.
To find more from Jakub, check out his concept art and illustrations at his tumblr.
NYC-based sculptor, Tom Fruin, just installed his colorful plexiglass and steel house at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The artwork is called Kolonihavehus, taking its name and inspiration from Copenhagen’s ubiquitous kolonihavehus: a modest garden shed originally intended to give state workers a refuge from cramped living conditions in the city. This small home was made from over 1,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglass.
From the artist:
“Kolonihavehus was conceived in collaboration with CoreAct, a Copenhagen-based performance company headed by Anika Barkan and Helene Kvint. During its exhibition the sculpture is brought to life by performances exploring the concrete poetry of Danish poet Vagn Steen, with computer controlled light sequences by Nuno Neto, Mikkel Jensen and Frantisek Fabian, a sound installation by Astrid Lomholt, and costumes by Camilla Lind.”
For more work from the artist and to read more about the stained glass house, check out his site, here.
Ever since Facebook purchased Oculus Rift for 2 billion dollars, I have been waiting for applications of the virtual reality technology that made sense. Of course, gaming as always been a target, but to justify that kind of money, virtual reality must become mainstream, so to speak.
As Zuckerberg said himself, “Immersive virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people’s everyday life. History suggests there will be more platforms to come, and whoever builds and defines these will shape the future and reap the benefits.”
The application above demonstrates a digital sculptor making a few designs; a face, a spider, etc.. and it seems to make a lot of sense. You can imagine that this technology could be combined with a 3D printer to create a seamless design pipeline.
In this case, the artist is using a Razer Hydra as the controller, but I think some sort of Power Glove would be much cooler (and easier to learn). I am now realizing that the Oculus Rift can potentially be a very useful tool and not just a gaming fad.
If you have any interest in playing around with the Oculus Rift or giving virtual reality sculpting a try, there is a Development Kit available now, although you’ll have to shell out some serious cash (~$800)
Will Scobie is an artist from Brighton who has worked for a whole host of companies including TED Talks, Skype, IBM, Vine, and Audi. This series of minimalist bugs is called “The Fly, the Spider & the creeper,” and I find it quite delightful. The illustrations are sort of a whimsical mix of technical drawings and graphic design.
Here’s a word from the artist:
“My approach to illustration plays with the idea of the continuous line, whilst maintaining a graphic simplicity and communicating an idea through a playful and optimistic perspective.”
You can pick up prints here or check out more work from Will at his site.
The hidden beauty of the natural world is brought forth in laboratories around the country on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the general public usually doesn’t get the chance to see these incredible scientific images. However, Northwestern University has recently been holding a photo competition to share images “across a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology.” They are truly a sight to behold.
Seen above is an image called “Nanoscale Lego Puzzle” by Radha Boya. Here’s a description of the piece:
“A thin film of gold has been deposited on a silicon mold. Each evenly spaced black dot is a groove in the silicon that has been filled by the gold. The puzzle-like shapes are made when the gold cracks and curls up. The darker shading indicates where the gold has curled in on itself. The metal tips fabricated by this method can be used in many applications, such as printing DNA chips.”
“Meltdown” – Keith Brown
“This image shows the aftermath of a case when a large voltage was applied between a thin film of gold (light blue) and silicon (dark blue), and electrons found a way through the thin insulating layer that separated them. As the current increased, the material was heated resulting in a catastrophic thermal expansion that resulted in a crater of solidified material (red).”
“Graphene Oxide” – Andrew Koltonow
“Koltonow and his colleagues study a material called graphene oxide (GO), which is only a couple of atoms thick. They can assemble thin sheets of GO into a foam that conducts electricity. The foam can be used to create electrodes for batteries, making such energy storage devices smaller and lighter.
In this image, graphene oxide sheets (purple-orange) cast shadows from light that is scattered off of GO foam (green-yellow), creating an eerie effect.”
“Colorful Directions” – Mark McClendon
“Imagine simply injecting healthy human cells into the body to repair damaged muscle tissue. This might one day be possible if scientists, like McClendon, can find a way to keep these cells organized at the point of injury until healing is complete. One solution might be placing the cells in a nanofiber gel, which can then be injected directly into the human body. The cells growing in the gel will eventually respond to their surroundings by stretching and migrating in the same direction as the nanofibers.
Shown in this image is a blob of nanofiber gel with encapsulated cells from a human heart. The color is a result of the alignment of nanofibers making up the gel, with each color corresponding to a cluster of nanofibers aligned one direction.”
“Black Ghost Knifefish” – Oscar Curet
“The black ghost knifefish, found in the Amazon Basin, can move rapidly and in many directions due to an elongated ﬁn on its belly that runs nearly the entire length of the ﬁsh. Curet and his colleagues used a robotic replica of the knifefish to study this motion, which could prove useful when applied to the design of underwater vehicles like submarines.
This image maps the motion of the robotic fish as it moves in a vertical direction. The lines represent the path of the fluid motion and the color represents the velocity, where blue is slow and yellow is fast.”
The mysteries of science can be illuminated with a well-captured photo or illustration. I’m glad Northwestern is sharing some of this wonder with the general public.
“Horde” is a new short film by the Brutus Collective, a group of 4 talented artists: Thibaud Clergue, Aurelien Duhayon, Sebastien Iglesias and Camille Perrin. The story is succinct and engaging, and the animation is top-notch. I particularly liked the implementation of reduced frames to animate the faces, while the clothing maintained a higher, more fluid frame rate. It is certainly pro-level work.
The motorcycle fight was heavily inspired by one of the best moments in the history of animation, Akira’s biker gang scene. If you have any interest in animation, I suggest checking it out. They held their own with this new rendition.