Tag Archives: Mixed-Media

The Showreel of Cris Wiegandt

April 23rd, 2013 | Space

Cris Wiegandt is one of our favorite up-and-coming artists. She constructed the incredible Paper Space Shuttle &  Paper Darth Vader Mask, and now she has created a Showreel of all of her work:

A special sort of whimsy permeates through the collection.  Of course, I am a bit partial to the space-related paper crafts, but I truly enjoy the whole lot.

And here’s a GIF of the Paper Space Shuttle I put together from the video.  It would say it’s a graphic metaphor for her career in art.  Enjoy!

Paper Space Shuttle GIF by Cris Wiegandt

See more of Cris’ work at her site.

-RSB

“Escape Into Reality” from Michael Trpák

April 1st, 2013 | Brain

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“Escape into Reality” is a Painting/Sculpture from Czech artist, Michael Trpák. It is made of cement, wood, and acrylic paint.  In the description of his work, Michael tackles 2 of the biggest questions in the art world: What is Art & Why does Art Matter?  I’ll let you read it for yourself:

“Escape into reality is a combination of a painting, a relief and a sculpture, it outlines a transition between real and virtual world, between 2d and 3d form, between sensed and tangible … Art tries to be new and discovering, so is an artist a scientist or an inventor? Modern art is a conceptual one and it can seldom defend itself, so does it make an artist a rhetorician or a philosopher? If art needs a form to convey an idea, should an artist be a skillful craftsman? If art is supposed to be digital, is an artist due to be an expert on information technologies? Is an artist a diplomat or a strategist who can present nothing like something and make the viewers believe in it? Who actually is still an artist and who is not? As long as an artist can be all and exercise anything, why everybody is not an artist? Will any object become a piece of art being exhibited in a gallery and will a person who places an object in a gallery become an artist? What is then the purpose of art? – To convey an idea or draw attention by means of a special, ingenious or more sophisticated form to things around us? Or should art be made use of as an aesthetical supplement and is more likely to be the design? If art is supposed to be another form of communication, does it need any commentary? Or – is art something what is useless and that´s why there are galleries to make it usable? As it is difficult to find a boundary between real and virtual, it is impossible to limit the art. I don´t know what a painting thinks about itself if it does think anything at all, nor I know if form is important for art. Supposing there is no form, energy, which can be turned into form, remains ……… Boundaries don´t exist……………”

To me, art is simply creativity, and in this broad sense, art is in all of us.  While I don’t identify everyone as an “artist,” I believe we all have the capacity to make art.  As Greek philosopher Aristophanes said in the 4th century B.C., “Let each man exercise the art he knows…”  But how do you determine if art is “good”?  Of course that is open to interpretation, but I personally appreciate art for its ability to inspire and make us think in a novel and exciting way, just as Michael Trpák has accomplished here.

Find more from the artist here.

-RSB

[via Juxtapoz]

Felted Anatomy

August 18th, 2012 | Brain

Dan Beckemeyer, hailing from O’Fallon, Illinois, is the graphic designer responsible for the images above.  They are from his series titled Systems.  He used hand-made abaca paper to create these highly detailed images of human anatomy.  He first drew the skeletal system, then stitched blood vessels before finally adding felt for the muscle mass.

I really like how the piece has an unfinished, natural look.  It also enables you to see the different layers of depth.

-RSB

[via Colossal]

Micromachina

July 27th, 2012 | Robot

Micromachina ~ Decommission, 2011,
beetle, resin figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Race to Extinction, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Migration, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Pre-Emptive Swarm, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

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The Micromachina series above is by artist Scott Bain from Adelaide, Australia.  All of the insects you see in the images are real!

Here is a excerpt from the artist:

MICROMACHINA examines what makes the insect world tick, and considers our attempts to control nature and the consequences. Humanity’s blatant disregard for nature, where profit comes before life, will ultimately be our undoing. Pesticides, herbicides, genetic modification and massive urban expansion push the fine balance of life toward disaster. There has to be a point, when mother nature will say ‘too far’, and rid the earth of its biggest pest… us.

Once the stuff of science fiction, today flying and crawling insects are used by the military, fitted with audio and video devices. This exhibition experiments using real taxidermy beetles as mechanised shells, to show how we mistreat our fellow inhabitants, forcing them to do our will.

While Mr. Bain seems to be inspired by our negative effect on nature, I find our use of insects in new ways to be extremely exciting.  I think it would be great if we had some giant insects to fly us around (and not eat us!)…

-RSB

[via Behance]

Many Moons Embroidery

March 7th, 2012 | Space

Shaun Kardinal, based out of Seattle, Washington, is responsible for these fantastic embroidered Apollo images. He used photographs from an old Hasselblad catalog filled with astronauts from the late 1960’s missions that he had found in old antique store in his neighborhood.  From Kardinal:

I felt an immediate draw. Surely my love of Hasselblad’s cameras contributed to this, but there was a certain nostalgia I felt as well, even though I was born long after the events captured. I knew for certain that I had to take it home with me, that I would find a purpose for it within my work.

That last image is of a Death Star if you didn’t notice…

I sure would love to find a magazine like that in an old store sometime.  And what Kardinal has done with the classic images is extraordinary.

For more images of the Apollo missions from Hasselblad, here is an online catalog.

-RSB

[via Design Milk]