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)
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!
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.