Marble Music

I found this marble conveyor belt machine and was at first simply intrigued by the mechanical design of it, but the real beauty is in the music it plays. It is a large musical invention made by the folktronica band, Wintergatan. When the marbles transition, they interact with materials that create a sound. The marbles…

Earth

With this Monday being Earth Day and our Art installation focusing on Penn’s environmental impact, I thought this video was appropriate for my blog post. Lil Dicky, the rapper, came out with a music video and song, Earth. It is essentially an art installation bringing attention to the environment. It features 30+ famous singers all…

The Chaos Aesthetic

West coast artist Jessica Hess has used architectural scenes abstracted through “decay, demolition and neglect” to create art in a “state of visual confusion”. The way beauty and death, natural and manmade and light and dark contrast in her pieces stand out to me. Some scenes are filled with graffiti and destruction, yet interplay with…

Celestial Bodies

Mikael Owunna is an African artist that hand painted African models with fluorescent paint and photographed them in complete darkness with a UV photographic filter. The results are stunning photos of celestial and heaven-like patterns. I was very impressed by the reaction of the models involved. They claimed to have been amazed to see their…

Wall Art

I came across this piece will looking at French artist, JR’s recent work at the Louvre. The piece was an amazing optical illusion and reflects the artist’s use of preexisting structures and black and white additions. The installation I chose is on the Mexican-US border and shows a young Mexican child peaking over the border,…

Animated Alphabet

I came across “A month of Type”, by Mr. Kaplin. The artist animated each letter of the alphabet and limited himself to one day per letter, resulting in a month’s work. These animations are stunning. Using a combination of abstract objects, pleasing colors and complex movements, each letter is an exciting journey. I personally find…

CTRL + X

We have been thinking about pixels and space a lot recently, and this piece from a collaboration of artists at the Stenograffia graffiti festival in Russia, really caught my eye. The project involved creating an illusion of transparency and deletion of graffiti by using the famous grey and white pixels that symbolize absence of space…

Up & Up

After talking about animation and Coldplay music videos in class, I instantly remembered watching Coldplay’s Up & Up music video. If you haven’t seen it, it is definitely worth a watch. It combines many concepts of our masking and animation concepts in class, but on a much more complex 3D scale. I like how it…

Failed Transmission of Vintage Automotion

On The Grand Tour (Top Gear), Richard Hammond reviews the new Alpine A110. Alpine is an old French carmaker, owned by Renault. In 1961, they launched the A110, which was a huge success, winning multiple big races. It was aesthetically successful at the time. Last year the company tried to remake the car in a…

Luxury Destroying Art

The famous Burning Man festival features a temporary city that is erected like a piece of perishable art that vanishes into the desert. For years it has attracted musicians and artists emphasizing “radical inclusion” and “self-reliance”, a space for “counter-cultural expression”. Members who spend months preparing their costumes and sculptures have complained that super-rich attendees…