While I’m in Portland I’m staying with Frank Chimero, designer extraordinaire, and he suggested that I should do some video posts relating to shapes, so be ready for the shape smorgasbord. First up is the 1979 Sesame Street video Geometry of Circles which features the music of Philip Glass. It’s amazing that way back in the day kids were able to see a short feature like this instead of the mindless crap of todays cartoon experiences. Couple that with the fact that it’s Philip freaking Glass composing the score to it, which is so next level. Sit back and enjoy.
Who knew that a grunting cloud could be so amusing? Conor Finnegan did, and spent months in his attic playing with paper clouds, scale models and an assortment of cameras to make Fluffy McCloud. His ability to give precipitation a personality without any dialog is unique and makes his video an effortless joy to watch. Conor is a recent graduate and his video is evidence that he has plenty of talent. If I didn’t have to travel all the way to Dublin to beat him up, I’d challenge him to a fight
Ben Briand’s short film Apricot was originally screened about six months ago; however, a high definition version was recently uploaded to celebrate it’s submission to the 2010 Vimeo Awards, and I felt that it was too good not to share.
Evoking a nostalgic visual atmosphere, which is reminiscent of both Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Cate Shortland’s Somersault, the starting point for Apricot is the memory of a first love. The cinematography draws on the light, textures, colours, tastes and sounds associated with recalling this event and beautifully narrates the earliest pangs of desire. Apricot is stunningly shot and gorgeously realised; you should definitely put aside 10 minutes to watch it.
Tis a bit late for the Desktop Wallpaper Project but I was travelling to Portland today, so I didn’t quite have enough time, my apologies for the delay. Today we have quite a special guest, someone who wrote me suggesting I use his image for a wallpaper… and well, I thought it was amazing. His name is Olivier Morvan and he’s a French designer and artist who dabbles in just about everything.
For his wallpaper he made this amazing dragon/uroboros kinda guy eating his own tail. I love all the details and the addition of the red really makes the design pop. Plus I think this would work rather well as a wallpaper, not too busy but not too boring. Big thanks to Olivier for sending this my way!
In a continuation of the colour theme featured in my post yesterday, I thought I would share the work of Sydney-based “scalable artistic collective” Reef Knot. Lead by visual artist/curator Michelle McCosker and creative/producer Alasdair Nicol, Reef Knot create installations and site-specific works that predominantly utilise found and recycled materials.
Their combined art practice has involved yarn bombing Sydney’s infamous King’s Cross, building a human-sized Zen garden and fashioning a soft-sculpture orchard suspended from a Hills Hoist. They consistently approach everyday and mundane environments as a blank canvas to be transformed and artistically enlivened. I love their play on colour and texture as an alternative form of architecture and the manner in which they employ craft techniques as the basis for many of their projects. Looking at their work I was actually inspired to get out my old set of knitting needles, and then I remembered that I have no talent for knitting whatsoever. I think I’ll leave it to the professionals.