“You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love longs, but I look around me and I see it isn’t so,” wrote Paul McCartney in his now classic Silly Love Songs… and the statement grows more true every day. Music about love must be the largest genre ever… I mean what else is there to fuel such passionately emotional songs? With their joyful lyrics, animalistic screams and soft-whispers, love songs range from the sappy to the sentimental, to the dark and depressing. It’s all been done in the name of love. [Read more...]
With its roots dating back to the Ancient Roman fertility festival, Lupercalia, and the 400 A.D. Saint Valentine martyrs, Valentine’s Day has come a long way. Valentine’s Day has become one of the most romantic days of the year, if not the most financially driven, with couples in the United States showering their loved ones with flowers, gifts, chocolates, cards, dinners, and sparkling wine. [Read more...]
What happens when you take world-famous artworks from the distant past and re-interpret them through the lens of modern fantasy? I’m not sure what’s more exciting about these artworks, the fact that they where made based on some of the worlds most famous paintings, or how well each re-working stands up on its own. [Read more...]
As technology continues to advance and smart phones are more accessible than ever before, people are beginning to become disconnected from their surroundings. People no longer stop to say hello to strangers because they can be connected to their closest friends instantly in the palms of their hands. Mark Jenkins, an American street installation artist, tries to counteract this detachedness by shocking people into noticing the environment around them. [Read more...]
You don’t get a much more appropriate use of technology than this booklet for Austria Solar. Using ink that remains invisible until sunlight touches it, this crisp design by Mathias Nösel and Matthäus Frost of Serviceplan, comes in a foil envelope only revealing its imagery when opened to the rays of the sun. It’s a lot like those 1990s shirts that exposed their sweet prints as you strolled outside… only this is a whole lot less cheesy. [Read more...]
We have come a long way in the field of artistic projections, and new ways of interacting with these images are quickly creating an exciting world of moving, touchable beauty. Much like the screens on a mall floor allowing shoppers to jump on bubbles and virtually pop them, or the hologram of virtual Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku, the world is becoming increasingly interactive and virtual… in the case of Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza’s ‘Nervous Structures,’ the interaction is simple, flowing and beautiful. [Read more...]
When today’s technology is used to “improve” masterfully created artwork from the past, the results are normally disastrous. The old form of manual creativity flowing from mind to eye to brush to canvas is an intimate engagement that yields results no computer could ever duplicate even in the hands of the most skilled graphic designers.
Seeing some of the amazing and creative works of art being produced by so many artists today, I marvel at the fact that schools spend so little money and time on developing this extraordinary skill in our youth. Experiencing the works of these gifted men and women enriches our lives, causing us to ponder life’s intricacies and imagine the amazing possibilities that can emerge from the human mind with time and contemplation. [Read more...]