Abstract visual art, psychedelic layout designs and a unique graphic design aesthetic found in the work of Department International, the collaborative design studio composed of Bobby Singh and Brian Okarski.
Pic of the day:
Mesmerizing macro photography by Erin O’Malley
“The camera broadens our ability to see and often surpasses the potential of the naked eye. This technological extension of sight allows me to manipulate and record latent intricacies of the micro-world, specifically small-scale light behavior. By sharing my vision I hope to inspire intrigue into the patterns and connections that stretch beyond unaided perception and incite reflection on the nature of the on that binds us all, light.”
Kjell Varvin finds an inexhaustible amount of ways of constructing temporary installations in the corner of his studio, which he has been documenting (and the rest of the blogosphere along with him) on this blog for a while. Personally I was even more taken by his digital representations of these installations, seemingly accomplished by superimposing photos of the sculptures.
“ I am mostly using neutral elements based on geometry, resulting in images that do not contain much symbolism. Of course, a disc may give ideas of the sun or the moon, and a rectangle could refer to architecture, but that depends on where they are placed in the composition. Symbols are communicating concentrated meaning that will catch your attention and dominate your thoughts. I like the things as they are and I really have no story to tell. Our minds are eagerly producing associations, we compare and judge and value things and situations constantly. When you observe your mind should be empty. I want the eyes to be able to wander through the installations without hanging on to elements that can generate ideas about something already experienced or fantasized. It would be nice if there could be created an open space where the thought stream could rest for a while.“
Some of you might know Allison Schulnik‘s work from things like Grizzly Bear’s mind-boggling music video for Ready, Able. Not long ago I went back to her work to delve more into her recent pieces, of the darker kind. These are all the more disturbing and absorbing as her more colourful work.
“Composed from discarded film, static electricity and strong light, the photographs in this series are tapestries of my personal history. They contain slices of forgotten adventures, portraits of loved ones and strangers, untold experiments and family vacations, as well as shards of unrecognizable shapes and empty spaces–memories alongside their absence. Together, the charged fragments merge in energy and light to create a new narrative.
The images are created with shredded negatives from my archive attached to electrically charged sheets of acetate. Where the static force is strong, slices of film hold to the acetate. Where it is weak, they fall away. The acetate is then photographed using a flash, which reflects and creates streaks of white. This obscures some images while bringing others into relief. The reflected light also forms the photographs’ luminous internal frame. As appropriate to this process, the images’ final form exudes an element of playfulness and relies on the spirit of chance.”