Ever since Compuserve released the GIF format back in 1987, it seemed destined for Internet stardom. The feature of storing multiple images in one file enables the creation of simple animations that can be displayed seamlessly in browsers.
David Szakaly is taking this medium to the “next level” with his series of simple, yet mesmerizing, animations. The designs have a refined aesthetic which sort of sucks the viewer in, and the infinite loops support the feeling. He’s simply the best GIF artist alive.
You can find a lot more from David at his Tumblr site. It’s definitely worth following.
“Chella Ride” is a new track from the group, Dog Blood, a musical collaboration between Skrillex and Boyz Noize. The animated music video really caught my eye. It’s an incredible production by the folks over at Golden Wolf. They implemented multiple techniques such as 3d, 2d, cel animation and live action footage to create a gritty, hard-hitting animation style.
If you’re not familiar with it, cel animation is an antique method used by studios before the advent of computer-assisted design. The technique involves drawing on clear plastic sheets (gets its name from “celluloid” sheets) and then laying these images over a static background drawing.
Check out this new NASA super zoom video. The film starts with the familiar strip of stars we know as our Milky Way galaxy, but quickly makes its way toward the spiral galaxy, known as ESO 137-001. The folks at NASA have described it as a “dandelion caught in a breeze.”
“From a star-forming perspective, ESO 137-001 really is spreading its seeds into space like a dandelion in the wind. The stripped gas is now forming stars. However, the galaxy, drained of its own star-forming fuel, will have trouble making stars in the future. Through studying this runaway spiral, and other galaxies like it, astronomers hope to gain a better understanding of how galaxies form stars and evolve over time.”
The zooming video gives a much appreciated perspective about where this galaxy is located, a feature missing from most astronomical photos. It’s quite the view!
I featured some images from Will Schofield’s (50 Watts) collection of 1970’s and 1980’s Japanese illustration last year, but the series is too cool not to share some more. The work tends to feature distorted figures with a courageous palette of colors, reminiscent of surrealist paintings. Hope you enjoy!
John Maus is a musician and political scientist from Austin, Minnesota who composes beautiful music to highlight his deep, melancholic voice. “Hey Moon” is my favorite track off the 2011 album, “We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves.”
The music video above was created by Jonathan H., and its visual simplicity matches the song perfectly in my opinion.
Christine Gwosdz put it well when she wrote, “This song makes me want to demolecularize back into the universe, or fade into heaven as others may say.”
Nick Pedersen is a multi-media artist from Salt Lake City who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The “Sumeru” collection consists of dramatic black & white landscapes illustrating the mental journey that is undertaken in Zen Buddhist training.
In a conversation with My Modern Met, Pedersen describes the themes behind Sumeru:
“The character symbolizes the ‘self’, who is exploring the depths of the mind to discover its true nature. This body of work is called “Sumeru” because in Buddhist mythology there is a mountain known as Mt. Sumeru that stands at the center of the universe and is surrounded by nine impenetrable mountain ranges. This central mountain is symbolic of ultimate truth, and it is said that all the secrets of the world can be found at its peak. My images show all the trials that are faced in the attempt to scale this mountain, which is metaphoric of the existential drama of searching for personal truth.”
Here’s hoping that you may find some of that “personal truth” in your journey.