What you are about to see, are not paintings on canvas! Alexa Meade paints with acrylics directly on human flesh creating the illusion of painterly portraits.
“Alexa Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her background in the world of political communications has fueled her intellectual interest in the tensions between perception and reality.
Alexa Meade’s innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships.” (from her BIO)
This is a film by budding Irish film maker Ciaran Mcillhatton. The piece which was made in four days on a shoe string budget has been getting good reviews in the Belfast Film Festival.
Unknown to the mainstream, Ciaran a trained Physicist, has been steadily making progress within the underground film industry in Northern Ireland, a budding film industry with the emergence of Game of Thrones and the infamous Titanic Studios.
I asked Ciaran what camera he used to shoot the video and this was his response “on a Panasonic GH2. 14mm – 140mm f4.0-5.6 and 14mm f2.5 with wide angle adapter to 11mm lenses”… This level of detail is what many believe will boost Ciaran into the mainstream or that sub genre of film currently occupied by films such as Christoper Nolan’s Memento and Inception and most recently Danny Boyle’s Trance.
Ciaran describes working on the piece below:
“I tried making the piece as accurate to the final scene of Memento as possible. By trying to work out how to match the shots and style as close as possible it forces you to think about every aspect of the set up such as Lighting, lens choice and camera movement. After doing that you see the amount of effort required to make each shot look the way it does then you can see the reasons why the director chose to film this way and then understand the type of lighting, lenses and angles adds to the plot and unraveling of the story”.
Also as the piece was made for a competition and only had four days to work on producing it for the deadline, some of the audio and video quality is “not great” however Ciaran has started working on the proper edit recently and it will be ready very soon.
Although the film is not properly edited or finished, there must be a level of appreciation for the styles and quality of some of the shots in the film. Also the backdrop of the whole piece is authentic and very close to the original.
You can also tell from his work that Ciaran is a trained Physicist by trade therefore Directors such as Christoper Nolan and Danny Boyle and directors who dabble in the filming the subconscious may beware as one day the student may most certainly become the master.
Canada-based photographer Matt Molloy brings sky photography to a new level. By stacking hundreds of separate sky shots he is able to achieve an incredible brush-like effect. Each final picture in his “Smeared Sky” series is a result of combining from 100 to 200 photographs.
The number of pictures he uses depends on various factors, such as weather conditions, cloudiness, or whether the object in the picture is moving or static. “Sometimes the clouds are moving quick and there’s lots of them. If I stack too many photos from a timelapse like that, it can get a little messy,” says Matt, adding that it’s usually mid day timelapses that cause more problems.
Matt has been shooting timelapses for over three years now: “For every day that I don’t shoot a timelapse, I probably shoot two the next day,” he says. What draws Matt to this process most is the experimenting, as you never know what you’re going to get in the end. That’s especially true with the sunsets, as the sky gets increasingly darker – but Matt says these timelapses seem to work very well.
Our first Artist of the week and with these inspiring images well deserved too!
So last night for some unknown reason I was feeling quite inspired. Really for an art blog, I should be referencing an artist as my inspiration but in truth it just came out of nowhere! I was looking at some of my work I had done when I was younger (16/17) and decided that I wanted to play around in Photoshop with the photos to see what I could come up with now. As regular Photoshoppers would know using the software can sometimes be quite restrained and hard to portray and sort of expressionism. However, I thought to myself “I’m going to go a bit crazy with this and see what happens”…
This was the result and i’m pretty happy with it. It looks like a mixture of some of Francis Bacon’s work and the album cover of the Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen”. Also, I think it has a bit of a cubist element to it. This is probably because my girlfriend never stops talking about Pablo Picasso as she specialises in studying him at University and it has now become engrained into the right side of my brain!
Anyway, I just wanted to share this with everyone. What do you think? Could it be any better? As an artist I know work can always get better and its never quite finished however I just thought this piece looked quite interesting and could be inspirational to some people.
CMYK is a three-dimensional mural created by the Norway-based design collective, Skurktur. Using spray paints, stencils, and a variety of mixed media, the artists produced this playful scene in which a young child and a grown man react very differently to the colorful “rain” dripping down the side of the building. The flat stenciled shapes interact seamlessly with the drips of water and the half-umbrella protruding from the wall.
As the man rushes along to get to shelter, the young child stands with arms spread wide, exposed to the rain and embracing every drop with great joy and enthusiasm. The innocence of youth and the freedom of splattered paints are directly juxtaposed against the sullen posture and hurried scramble of adulthood. According to the website, the piece was used as part of a campaign for Ricomincia da Te, a movement promoting political and economic reform in Italy.
French painter Françoise Nielly uses a palette knife to create highly stylized portraits that pop with color. The artist has already produced a number of new paintings in 2013 that highlight her exuberant aesthetic and technique. The textured works juxtapose contrasting yet complementing colors to create artistic renditions of deeply expressive faces that tend to sway toward the sensual.
Using a colorful array of oil paints, Nielly manages to create figurative portraits that have an abstract quality about them. Each face is composed of blocks of expertly applied color to offer a sense of realism mixed with creativity. Additionally, the rawness of the coarse strokes heighten the passionate eroticism that each piece exudes.
Economist by profession and photographer by calling, Andy Prokh takes charming black-and-white photos of his 4-year-old daughter and their cat. He’s been capturing the beautiful friendship ever since his offspring Katherine was born. At that time the pet was already two years old, so Katherine has spent her entire life with LiLu Blue Royal Lada. The British Shorthair seems to enjoy playing with the girl as much as she does.
Looks like the couple have a lot in common and complete each other. You can tell that Katherine and LiLu relish the arts, science and education: while the cat is more of a gentle and artistic soul that likes to paint and enjoys music, Katherine is more of a tutor and leader. So different and at the same time so similar, the two friends define how a friendship should grow and be. Here’s a rush of good emotions for the weekend!
Website: Andy Prokh via: mymodernmet