Yojiro Imasaka was born and raised in Hiroshima, living under the shadow of the Atomic Bomb Dome. Rather than seeing it as a symbol of peace, the artist views the dome as a reminder of destruction. He uses this inspiration to create images that not only address the past and present- but also our future.
From the artist:
“Human beings are very unique creatures. Unlike other living things, we are so creative and destructive at the same time. However people have evolved, war never disappears, and in face people still kill each other with the arms that we have created by ourselves. So, I am interested in the future. I believe that there are scenes that hint of the future within our usual day, and photography can reflect these decisive moments.”
I love that something so terrible and hurtful has inspired something so absolutely beautiful.
One thing that always seems to steal my heart is the juxtaposition of the modern and traditional. Old buildings with modern fixtures? I love it. Crazy angular modern images with over the top gilded frames? Love it. Taking a technique that has been passed down for thousands of years and giving it a modern application? Be still my heart.
Huang Zhiyang learned the age old art of Chinese calligraphy growing up, and now brings those skills to a new light in large scale ink washes on silk, oil paintings, and drawings. A bit more about the artist:
“His work has been summarized by critics as the application of traditional Chinese techniques to an American tradition of Abstract Expressionism. Frequent motifs in Huang’s work make reference to the natural world, particularly to bamboo and landscapes, though the images are not immediately recognizable. Huang also produces abstract installations, and has worked in sculptural materials like bamboo and gilded bronze. His work has also been prominent in fashion: Huang’s drawings are source of inspiration for the French fashion designer Anne Valerie Hash, and in 2011 he collaborated with the designers of ETRO to produce a line of silk scarves.”
Amazing patterns? Abstract Expressionism? Motifs from nature? Fashion? I think it’s love.
“As a pilot and photographer, I love everything about this work.” - Jesse
Read more about this here.
This amazing crazy twisty knot exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo from 6/21/13-9/8/13. We had so many differing reactions to it in the office- some people thought it was creepy or dark, others said it looked like bones…. to me, it’s magical. It’s one of those pieces that I just want to stop and stare at for a good long time. Or climb up inside the branches and build a little house…
“Creating a spectacular and invasive Gordian Knot, Henrique Oliveira plays with Palais de Tokyo’s architecture, allowing a work that combines the vegetal and the organic to emerge. The building itself becomes the womb that produces this volume of “tapumes” wood, a material used in Brazilian towns to construct the wooden palisades that surround construction sites.” -Shelly
Read more about the installation on the Palais de Tokyo’s website HERE.
“A remarkably compelling and insightful 20 minutes on how art and science combine to shape our world” – Jesse
For the entire clip, click here.
I love Phototrails’ way of aggregating Instagram images to create ways to make sense out of thousands of images at once. And the visualizations are stunning, too.
Phototrails uses shared images, their locations, and other characteristics like color or the time of day the image was shot to tell us about specific places and their photo-taking (and sharing) techniques and habits.
Here are some of my favorites! - Jon
Read more about Phototrails here.
“What a fascinating house design… the slide show in the article is a must!” – Jesse
Read more about this beautiful home here.
Very inspiring short video about being creative…
THE GAP by Ira Glass
I am always impressed by new printing technologies and I’m constantly bugging our production team about what they can make happen with our own equipment. But let’s face it, I also love Star Wars. When I saw these dresses hit the runway at Rodarte’s Fall 2014 show I fell in love.
Could you imagine being younger and your bedroom has a large window covering with the moon of Tatooine!? Or the Death Star? Whatever your allegiance, step into a galaxy from far, far way and let your inner kid dream! — Jon
art takes all forms… be interesting to see what the courts have to say about this one. – Jesse
Read more about this here.