Friday, August 12, 2011

good weather exhibition by sarah illenberger

© meloncholie, 2010 by sarah illenberger. fine art print, 40 x 60 cm, ed. of 50. courtesy of gestalten.

sarah illenberger
: 'good weather' exhibition
at: gestalten space, berlin
from: 18 august — 11 september, 2011
(opening: august 18, 18:00 – 21:00)

to coincide with the launch of the the artist's first monograph gestalten space will show a large selection of work by berlin-based visual artist sarah illenberger.

© chili con carne, 2008 by sarah illenberger for enroute magazine. fine art print, 70 x 84 cm, ed. of 25. courtesy of gestalten.

following text from gestalten

good weather also presents many of the original crafted objects composed from combining an array of materials such as paper, textile, and stones to mundane everyday items from fruits and rubber bands to car tires.

meticulously created with analog handicraft instead of using a computer, sarah illenberger’s richly-detailed work opens up new perspectives on seemingly familiar, iconographically-charged
forms and content. she expertly avoids imbuing her materials and subjects with artificial significance or forcing a meaning upon them. instead, illenberger’s penetrating creative eye reveals their true
essence—one that has usually remained hidden just under the surface from our fleeting and routine everyday glances.

© soft brain, 2009 by sarah illenberger for sz-magazin. fine art print, 20 x 26 cm, ed. of 25. courtesy of gestalten.

sarah illenberger’s visual language is extremely effective at translating content, data, and ideas into vivid, often humorous images. whether big or small, abstract or complex, the subjects and
problems of our times are pointedly depicted by this renowned illustrator and designer in concise visual forms. the conceptual strength, descriptive intensity, and spatial finesse of her style make her
work particularly attractive for international magazines that are looking for a catchy and entertaining way to illustrate their articles.

© totem, 2011 by sarah illenberger for rubbersoul/goodyear. courtesy of gestalten.

the exhibition coincides with the release of her eponymous first monograph, entitled sarah illenberger.
in addition to commissioned designs for editorial and commercial clients, such as vanity fair, süddeutsche zeitung, wallpaper, and nike, it also includes a selection of current personal projects.
the book will see its exclusive international pre-release at gestalten space before it hits bookshops in september.

front cover of the sarah illenberger monography published by gestalten, 2011

sarah illenberger was born in 1976 in munich. after studying graphic design at london’s central saint martins, she launched the jewelry label sarah & patrick design in 2001, together with designer patrick muff.
since 2003, the award-winning artist has worked as a freelance illustrator, art director and set designer, and runs her own studio in berlin-mitte since 2007.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

levitation self portraits by hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

elevating the art of self-portraits to a new level - literally - tokyo-based photographer hayashi natsumi's work consists of the artist seemingly floating in midair within conventional settings in and around the japanese city. entitled 'today's levitation', the series is updated daily with new photographs set in a variety of locations from a desolate street to a busy train platform.

using the aid of a simple tripod, the self-portraits are taken with a 10-second timer from a distance. all the poses are captured in mid-jump with no aid of a rigging system or photoshop. impossibly relaxed and composed, the floating subject injects a surreal atmosphere to the often normal set, rendering an image devoid of gravity or physics.   

to see many more images from the series, click here to natsumi's daily blog.

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

image © hayashi natsumi

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gulp - world's largest stop motion animation

'gulp' by aardman
all images courtesy aardman

'gulp', a short film created by sumo science at aardman, has broken a world record for the 'largest stop-motion animation'. completely shot using a 12-megapixel cellphone camera on a nokia N8, the project was set on 11,000 m2 of sand on south wales' pendine beach. props include a full-scale boat and a rain-jacket clad actor to tell a harrowing episode of a fisherman's time at sea.

the short involved a large team that raked and smoothed out patterns on the sand to create a seascape--and the inside of a whale's belly--when viewed from above. shot from a large crane overhead, the images were then compiled to run at 25 frames per second to create the stop-motion effect.

make sure to check out the making-up film embedded at the bottom of the page.

camera set up

nokia N8

the team

props used

making of

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wastelandscape by elise morin & clémence eliard

'wastelandscape', an installation by elise morin and clémence eliard

created by french artist elise morin and architect clémence eliard, 'wastelandscape' overtakes the 'halle d'aubervilliers' of paris's centquatre with an undulating landscape composed of 65,000 old CDs, sorted and hand-sewn together into a 500-square meter surface. the piece is on exhibition at the centquatre now through september 10th.

in the artists' words:
'made of petroleum, this reflecting slick of CDs forms a still sea of metallic dunes; the artwork's monumental scale reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object.'

'wastelandscape' is planned for exhibition in multiple locations, transforming each time, before eventually being completely recycled into polycarbonate.

the 500-square meter artificial landscape utilizes 65,000 CDs

installation view

view from above 

closer view

detail view

video view of the exhibition and installation process
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

paper shadowbox sculptures by christina lihan

'uffizi', a paper shadowbox sculpture by christina lihan

originally trained as an architect, US-based artist christina lihan creates elaborate paper relief sculptures, mounted in shadowboxes and ranging from two to six inches deep. as subjects she has taken buildings ranging from the eiffel tower and taj mahal to private residences and american cities.

all carefully assembled in detailed layers, the artworks are composed of unpainted, 300lb. coldpress watercolour paper.
lihan begins her work by photographing and sketching the site, generally creating scaled charcoal drawings that she then enlarges to the planned size of the finished piece. she lays out the buildings directly over these sketched forms, and cutting out details in place and ultimately assembling all the components into the finished composition.
all carving, scoring, cutting, and folding is completed by hand, and lihan admits that, basing her work primarily on its aesthetic effect rather than on mathematical measurement, she frequently resizes the pieces over the course of production to achieve the most accurate perspective.

detail view, 'uffizi'

'taj mahal'

closer view, 'taj mahal'

detail view, 'taj mahal'

'george washington bridge'

'south beach condominium'

'place des vosges'



closer view, 'palladio'

'eiffel tower'

detail view of base of 'eiffel tower'

to create the sculptures, lihan overlays paperwork over full-scale sketches of the architecture

process shot 

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