Your Life in Jellybeans

This is a great project that’s circulating right now:
Jelly Beans

It’s fairly self explanatory. I really love how powerful this simple video is using candy (I see a recurring theme with artists using candy in art projects) as a visual aid. The point is very simple and is kind of obvious through the video, but visually it’s beautiful.

Making a Statement

Yolanda Dominguez installed an art exhibition in front of a Zara store called Fashion Victims.
In light of the recent news coverage of the cost of human capital during cheap garment production, Dominguez created a rather simple but powerful piece. She hired models to lie under rubble with silver stilettos and fashionable handbags bringing the human suffering closer to the retailer. When production is so far removed from the seller under normal circumstances, shoppers don’t think twice about entering a bargain boutique to grab that fabulous $30 coat. However, her installation and commentary on the mistreatment of garment workers brought this reality closer in people’s and in potential customer’s minds.
I suggest watching the following video from her youtube channel:

And reading the accompanying piece on NPR.

On using a cellphone as a camera, another perspective

My last post argued that Instagram can be legitimate art, capturing real images and creating beautiful collections of pictures.

In this post, we play devil’s advocate and argue that phone cameras are crap. I take that back, Olympus argues that and there are quite a few people upset by their new anti-cellphone-camera campaign.
I spoke to someone today who mentioned that they saw a hilarious ad in New York saying something of the like, “If it makes calls, it’s not a camera.”

I’m sorry if that was someone in this class, I really don’t remember.

However, I did do a little search and discovered a few more gems:

phone camera

Camera with a phone?


noodles and a camera

Camera and noodles

Opinions on Gizmodo:
http://gizmodo.com/5822131/olympus-still-doesnt-like-your-cellphone-photography
http://gizmodo.com/5821497/olympus-hates-your-cellphone-photography-and-your-little-dog-too

So, do phone camera photographs count as legitimate photographs?

Instagram as Art

Joyce’s wonderful project as commentary on Instagram reminded me of an Instagram account that I saw earlier this year. The account is a beautiful collection of photographs from around the world. In each of the photographs, the subject is a woman holding the photographer’s hand dragging him forward on a journey particular to the specific location they are in.

Snake?

Snake?

The entire account is beautifully curated and truly answers the question: Can Instagram be art? In this case, it is so far removed from random shots of arranged food and friends cheesing it up during happy hour that the account itself does become a work of art. Each photo on its own is nice, but the collection stands together as a very strong piece. The viewer is dragged into each picture by that mysterious hand. The back of the woman in the photographs creates a feeling of familiarly. The curve of her back displays the sensuality of the photographs. Her arm reaching out and pulling the reader displays her courage and, yet, her small stature in these photos foster a feeling of vulnerability. Her anonymity draws us into the mystery of the photo. She could be anyone dragging the viewer on the adventure. Truly the draw of the photographs is that the image is so familiar and so easy to relate to, and yet, the environment, culture, clothing, and feel are different in each.

One of my favorites is: #followmetovenice

Behind the mask

Behind the mask

A little piece I just read about Adolf Loos’ life

This morning, while perusing the Czech news outlets (the government was just raided by the police yesterday, so it’s not doing that great over there), I ran across an article about Adolf Loos commemorating in part the upcoming 80th anniversary of his death. You can try google translate of the news article, but I’ll summarize the important parts/parts I found fascinating here in this post.

1. Loos was born in Brno, a city culturally Moravian, within Czech borders (Austro-Hungarian empire at the time).
2. He was a terrible student. He attended a Technical Building School in Liberec, from which he was failing out and he eventually left. Paradoxically, there is a monument to him in Liberec. I guess that’s what being a bad student does? Gets you a monument.
3. After he moved to Vienna and built the Goldman & Salatsch building with its square windows and minimal decor, Franz Josef was so offended by how ugly he thought this building was that he moved his quarters to another section of his palace so that he wouldn’t have to look at it.
4. He designed the interior of a residential dwelling with a two story living room space and yet a very normal looking facade. This was very uncommon for the time and was one of the many things which attracted students of architecture to visit from far and wide.
5. He invented his own class to teach in Vienna.
6. I found fascinating that the article focuses on the interior spaces that Loos designed. He really left a huge mark on the Czech lands designing the interiors of many buildings in Plzen (home of Pilsen beer), in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), and two villas which still stand in Prague (Muller Villaand Winternitz villas.)

Winternitz villa

Winternitz villa

There is an exhibition on his work now until September in Prague.

Rob Whitworth

Reading through NPR this morning, I ran across Rob Whitworth and his stop motion photography. As we begin to work with animation and photography, I knew this would be a perfect addition to the blog.

Rob takes the most mundane parts of cities: traffic, people crossing streets, etc. and makes them into beautiful pieces of art. Additionally, his pieces touch on a certain cultural commentary. For example, his video on Shanghai features many views of the skyscraper laden skyline juxtaposed by scenes from someone’s kitchen. It’s amazing he creates a video to music of a city with an organically choreographed dance.

Here is the original NPR article:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/06/10/190468911/the-most-dangerous-traffic-circle-in-the-world

Here is one of his videos: