Created by 19 year old animator and artist Jon Rolph, the animated film titled Paint sees him recreate a Mondrian painting using Lego. Shot from above and apparently taking 250 hours to complete it features beautifully animated Lego paint splats and Lego brushstrokes.
Speaking of his work, Rolph says: “I had the idea for the film about five years ago, but never the time to make it a reality until last year. I started working properly on it in October.”The painting action was the most challenging aspect to animate. Achieving the smooth motion of the hand while replacing the Lego ‘paint’ pieces was very difficult, especially as I was shooting ‘blind’ (without stop-motion animation software). In these sections I had to animate my hands separately, then edit the frames together in post as it was simply too difficult to keep my left hand in the same position for the full shot.”
Super Flemish is the latest series by French photographer Sacha Goldberger, the idea being science fiction meets history of art. Sacha crosses superheroes and Star Wars characters with Flemish painting and fashion of the Elizabethan era. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times.
Speaking of his work Sacha says, “The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to fix their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible…As science fiction meets history of art, time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us.”
Get Up NY is a social media driven street art campaign by an anonymous American group. Focusing on our current obsession with Instagram, the group creates posters from users Instagram images, pasting them near to where the image was taken. The intention of the campaign is to offer a retrospective look at the location from the users point of view.
Any Instagram users wanting to have the chance of their images being used in the campaign are encouraged to hashtag their posts with #GetUpNY or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some of my favourites from Get Up NY – head over to their Instagram page to view more from their campaign.
Created by Mike Doyle, a New York based graphic designer, the 200,000 piece Lego sculpture that aims to celebrate “the beauty of all intelligent life forms as extensions of our family”. Measuring more than 5′ high and 6′ wide the sculpture depicts that of a great choir hall.
Offering free English tuition, the Tutor Crowd decided to spread their message by correcting misspelled graffiti across London.
Luciana Frigerio is a photographer from Vermont whose interest in making things with paper has led to her amazing folded book art sculptures. These are created by carefully folding each page of the book to create anything from names and dates, to hearts and stars. All of which can be purchased at her Etsy shop
If you aren’t already aware of the documentary Sign Painters, it is definitely worth giving up 2.37 minutes of your time to watch the trailer below. From filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, the documentary looks at the dying art of sign painting and those wanting to bring it back. As recently as the 1980’s in America storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper.
Starting in 2010, the directors began capturing the artists and their craft from throughout the country, with more than two dozen artists featured, this documentary shines a light on a barely talked-about but interesting little trade.