Artist Lucas Maassen never had a sister. His parents separated before making another baby, so he did what any scientifically-inclined artist would do: he crystalized bits of his parents’ DNA. He then made larger copies of the crystals and had his parents assemble a sculpture from those crystals as part of an exhibition titled Confrontations. There’s something personal and endearing about his mission to personify his sister that was never born, but there’s also something strange and chilling about his experiment to materialize her. He explains the project here. For interested folks, there’s a longer video here that overlays his parents talking about their relationship and scientists describing the chemical structures and processes enabling the project.
For whatever reason I’ve been on quite a Beirut binge lately. I’m not sure what it was that spurred it, but it may have had to do with my trip to New York. I’ve enjoyed his music since the Gulag Orkestar days. I can still remember the day my old co-worker Becca brought the CD into work. She put it on and I thought she was totally crazy. What was this insane, horn inundated Balkan weirdness she was assaulting me with. Over time though we grew to like it, to understand what he was doing, and the rest is history.
Last year Beirut released a new album, The Rip Tide, which seemed to arrive with little fanfare. It was a good album though, but it seemed like there was surprisingly little hubbub around it’s release. Cut to now, nearly 11 months since the albums release, comes a brand new video for the title track directed by Houmam Abdallah. It’s a beautiful video shot on the ocean, featuring a mysterious ship sailing blindly to who knows where. You never see the ship’s crew. Really the only living things you see are the seagulls which fly about it. Then towards the end of the video things get weird in a good way. Brightly colored ink stains come swirling and crashing down from the sky, nearly overwhelming the scene. It’s a lovely yet enigmatic touch that’s rather well done. Perhaps there’s more to this adventure in an upcoming video?
Photographer David Wilson was born to an English father and an Italian mother in a small town in north-eastern Italy. He says that he lived there until he began to wander backwards and forwards between Venice and Trieste. The photographs above come from a series entitled Jesolo which were taken in 2011. Jesolo is the name of a popular tourist town in the province of Venice in Italy. Wilson describes the series as such:
Every year more than 5 million people visit this huge seaside resort, be if for a single day, a couple of weeks or the span of entire summer. I did that too when I was a kid. Now, as I recall my youth, I always felt at home there. Nobody else would ever call that strip of beach ‘home’ and i couldn’t envision any of those people sharing that same narrow strip of sand with me. You won’t see any of them in this series of picutres, either.
I was on my own. I was home.
It’s a wonderful series of images and Wilson has a terrific eye for capturing beauty in some of the simplest and strangest of places. Check out the series in full on Wilson’s website here.
The second is an instllation by the Oyler Wu Collaborative with the clever title Screenplay. The installation was on display for only two days outside the LA convention center. Lebbeus Woods has opinions you may or may not agree with concerning the installation here.
Finally we have this: a “false-coloured scanning electron micrograph shows connective tissue removed from a human knee during arthroscopic surgery.” The picture is one of this year’s 16 winners of the Wellcome Image Awards, which recognizes images captured by high-powered microscopes rather than more traditional cameras.
I recently reached out to readers over Twitter and Facebook, looking for some new talent for The Desktop Wallpaper Project, and today’s wallpaper is the first of this new batch of fresh creative talent. Today’s wallpaper is from a fella’ named James Kirkup, a London based designer who’s work is beautifully geometric. To see what I mean check out this poster he series he did for London promotor God Don’t Like It. The man is a black-ops tech ninja wizard when it comes to shapes and colors.
For his wallpaper he created an angular masterpiece decked out in shades of teal, blue and white. I think it’s nice to have a wallpaper that’s so design-centric as most of the wallpapers for the last few months have been really illustration heavy. A huge thanks to James for making my iPhone screen way more awesome.