Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Kelli Knack

In her series of pictures "My Escape" Los Angeles photographer, Kelli Knack photographs the central and northern California coast at low tide. “Low tide is most revealing, a sort of nature’s Pandora’s Box. Every time the water retreats, new secrets are revealed, and like unearthed fingerprints, every low tide is unique.”

“The series was born out of a desire to reconnect with myself. It is easy for a landscape photographer to take pictures of pretty things, defining the world around us, instead of the world within us. Trapped within that realm and desperate for a change, I left for the coast, I escaped to the one place I could go where I could truly be myself.”

“I have fallen in love with the ocean. Something that will never know about my existence, something that will never love me back.”

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Cedric Delsaux - Star Wars

Star Wars comes to Dubai. This is the final installment of Cedric Delsaux’s The Dark Lens trilogy – previous works have been shot in Paris and Lille, France – is shown in Dubai’s The Empty Quarter Fine Art Photography Gallery.

Elie Domit, Creative Director of the gallery, had contacted Delsaux after he had seen his previous artwork and proposed a series set in Dubai. The pair worked together for six months on the project, in collaboration with Paris-based acte2galerie.

"Aiming to show the mindset of science fiction as a popular culture psyche of the human race, the exhibition is certainly not a joke," says Domit. "This is not like putting a collage of images together," he adds.

"The photographer imagines that world where reality and fiction almost collide. Dubai happens to be a very particular city in the world."

"Dubai has moved so fast, to the point that some of the projects here, if they’re not science fiction, what would you call them?"

Delsaux visited the emirate in February last year and shot photos of DIFC, workshops, parking lots, and natural areas in the desert with Dubai’s skyline in the background, recognising that these places could serve as the ideal cinematic backdrop for the Star Wars characters.

The photographer borrowed Star Wars paraphernalia such as characters and models of ships from collectors all around the world. After lighting the objects to correspond with the light on the photos of the Dubai sceneries, Delsaux photographed them and blended the images together using Photoshop.

George Lucas agreed to Delsaux using the Star Wars models for his fine art project with Lucas even agreeing to write the introduction for Delsaux’s planned limited edition art book, which is currently being planned.

Lots of pictures today (from all three parts of Delsaux’s trilogy) - 'gone tomorrow' are geeky fanboys I'm afraid.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Mac Motorcycles

Motorcycles? I hear you exclaim. No, beautiful first rate design.

Mac Motorcycles are based in Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire, a fairly unlikely place to start the rebirth of the British motorbike industry, but what do we know?

Designed by Xenophya Design whose client list includes Triumph, Ducati, Aprila and Yamaha. Their brief was as follows.
• Simple to maintain.
• Nothing surplus-to-requirements.
• Chopper and bobber references/details.
• The lines of a rigid frame but with suspension.
• Use a Buell 'Blast' motor and exploit its shape.
• Harley posture, flat-tracker manners, Ducati handling.
• Exploit the power-to-weight ratio of a 500cc single in a lightweight chassis.
• A return to the spirit of motorcycling - the journey is the experience / story.

I dont know a huge amount about bikes but if they've got the technical spec as right as they've got the design these will be great bikes and with names like 'the Spud', 'the Peashooter', 'the Ruby' and 'the Roarer' whats not to like?

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Simpsons & Graffiti

Gotta love the Simpsons....

Gotta love Graffiti....

Gotta love Simpsons Graffiti.....

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Hans Hemmert

Hans Hemmert is a Berlin based German artist who... well what can you say... who likes balloons.

Not your average balloon sculpture though.

Above are his piece "German Panther" from the "the preparation of readiness ..." exhibition and his "Chapel" from his "Recovery position ..." exhibition.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Os Gemeos - Vertigem

Gustavo and Otávio, the Sao Paulo born artists and twins behind Os Gemeos, have built an installation for their work entitled ‘Vertigem’ at CCBB in Brasilia. The popular Brazilian artists’ latest exhibition features a vast array of paintings and installations with their signature yellow characters and bright array of hometown colours, we see them create a stunning exhibition with installations of cars, boxes and other visually interactive goodies for the lucky folks of Brazil. Vertigem will run until May 16.