Monday, November 29, 2010

3D Holographic Glass Paintings (16 pieces) [My Modern Metropolis]

3D Holographic Glass Paintings (16 pieces): "

Columbian artist Yosman Botero likes to think beyond 2D. Painting on multiple Plexiglas sheets, he creates three-dimensional holographic images. The resulting works are full of depth, original, and intriguing. I caught up with Yosman to ask him a few questions:

Can you please give us a brief description about yourself?

I was born in Cucuta, a little town placed at the north of Colombia. Nowadays, I live in Medellin; it's where I studied Fine Arts at the University of Antioquia. I graduated in July of 2010, but for approximately one year I’ve been dedicated full-time to the production of my personal work, which includes drawing, painting, photography, installation, and video. I always try to give each aspect of my work the proper time so that the whole of it can reach a constant development.

Can you please explain your process?

Common Things and Condensation are experimental processes where I use layers to transform the image into a holographic simulation. Through the succession of several two-dimensional elements, I create a three-dimensional painting. The Common Things series refers to a game, where some characters meet with ambiguous and absurd situations. In Condensations, by using layers, I create a more dense atmosphere so that characters seem to be submerged in their own breathing.

In the series Dissolutions, I attempt to expand painting towards space. By dividing the pictorial elements that together create a whole painting, I create a realistic atmosphere that pushes the boundaries of traditional painting. What I truly search for in my landscapes is the ambiguity of the representation of a city. It could be any city in the world; one that anyone could relate to in their own everyday life.

What are some common themes in your work?

Space, time, waiting, dimensions of space, simulation, and games.

Who are you inspired by?

I have been inspired by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, and the work of some visual artists such as Gaspar David Friederich, Doris Salcedo, Liliana Porter, Icaro Zorbar, and Arthur Ganson, among others.

Common Things



Yosman Botero"

11 New WTF? Illustrations [My Modern Metropolis]

11 New WTF? Illustrations: "

They made us laugh with their first set of WTF? illustrations and now creative design company Estudio Minga is back with their second set! What began as an in-house joke quickly became a way for Estudio Minga to show the world just how creative they could be. Astoundingly, for this month, they were the #1 most appreciated set on Behance with over 5,000 ups!

Just why were these minimalist illustrations so loved? I think it's because they touch us to the core. They remind us that life is filled with funny, fleeting moments and that sometimes you just have to sit back at them and laugh.

Lucas, from Estudio Minga, sent us this hilarious follow-up. I asked him to tell us why he created it and here's what he shared.

'Part II is just the second part of the crazy ideas that keeps flowing through our minds. Thanks to the impact Part I had on the web, started by your post, we're expanding the series, hoping to keep people laughing. We received tons of emails and requests insisting that we make more funny posters around the same topic.

While we work every day here in Minga, we have our funny moments and write everything that comes to our minds: ideas, designs, phrases. The first series helped us to spread our creativity worldwide, and showed us how creativity can be sparked just by a little idea.

We are working on an online shop to sell our prints to everyone that contacted us asking to have one WTF? poster on their walls. Maybe My Modern Met wants to sell them? LOL ... Maybe. (Yes, that's in the works.)

Thank you, Alice, for helping us spread our work around.

Thanks, My Modern Met!

Regards from Minga Team'

Estudio Minga's website, Behance"

Trapped in a Dream (12 photos) [My Modern Metropolis]

Trapped in a Dream (12 photos): "

Using no Photoshop at all, Northern Ireland-based photographer Helen Warner (aka Airgarten) creates fantastically freakish scenes that look like they're something out of a dream (or nightmare). Instead, she uses traditional props and tools like powder, plastic, glass, smoke, netting, and even sheer tights to construct these surreal worlds, hoping to trigger a memory we've hidden deep inside.

There's a great interview with Warner over at Flickr. I particularly liked her answer to the question, 'What is the importance of photography in your life?'

Photography is something that I naturally think about,' she says. 'It is definitely become a creative outlet for me. I think that it is a beautiful medium, and a very interesting one too. When I take a photograph I realize that it is a moment, frozen in time. In some way or another, a part of a visual archive that we have been creating for decades. Photography has changed dramatically with the digital age, but contrary to some people who say that people are creating a huge bank of awful pictures I just think it is interesting and representative of our times.'

'Some people just don't get them and some people instantly understand what i'm trying to do. It is about enchantment for me, about dreams and the subconscious.'

Helen Warner"

Caixa [yay!everyday]

Caixa Amarella: ""

Underwater Ballet (6 pics) [My Modern Metropolis]

Underwater Ballet (6 pics): "

This series of underwater photography by Nadia Moro is highlighted by extravagantly flowing dresses and graceful poses by the women in the photos. “Behind the Surface” shows a cast of characters performing an underwater ballet, captured in still life.

via [who designed it?], [look in art]"

Vector Dexter [yay!everyday]

Vector Dexter: ""

Squantoo [yay!everyday]

Squantoo: ""

3D Chalk God Blows Up in China (10 pieces) [My Modern Metropolis]

3D Chalk God Blows Up in China (10 pieces): "

Mr. Hou didn't expect to become an internet sensation after he uploaded some photos of his 3D chalk art pieces onto a Chinese forum a few weeks ago. After all, he's just an average Chinese citizen who enjoys drawing for his little boy. Now, people from all over the web are referring to him by a new nickname - 'Chalk God.'

“I think these 3D artworks actually aren’t that rare/surprising, but the idea is very key, and only with the idea can you move people,' says Mr. Hou. 'For example, I once went to a tourist sight/attraction, and there was a sculpture at this intersection. Below the sculpture, on all four sides, were a bunch of advertisements for counterfeit official documents. I felt this was so representative of China today, so I started drawing, never expecting to become so popular.”

via [china smack], [oddity central], [izismile]"