Tag Archives: Art


Jimi Hendrix Tape Art

Someone has decided to make some amazing art using nothing more than old cassette tapes.  These portraits, done by Flickr user iri5, are really quite impressive.  The detail in these pieces is extraordinary, and I can only imagine the absurd amount of time it took to put these together.

Still, it’s a pretty fascinating way of using an ancient analog medium to do some pretty wonderful things.  Talk about repurposing.  There’s a whole photostream of these portraits, but I’ve posted my two favourites for you.  Still, check out the rest of the series here, and is titled Ghost in the Machine.

Nothing beats Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.  Classic musicians made out of a classical music medium.

[Source: Ghost in the Machine via Neatorama via Gizmodo]


More hip hop portrait art

Alexander Melamid is an American painter who was born and lived in the Soviet Union.  Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a brief little biography of Melamid, and the results are pretty surprising:

Melamid (b.1945) is long-known in the art world for his partnership with fellow Russian artist Vitaly Komar, with whom he founded the Soviet Realist Pop art movement, Sots Art, which satirized Soviet Socialist Realism.

This is pretty fascinating.  Melamid is most well known as, essentially, a Soviety art rebel.  He frequently faced criticism in the Soviet Union for his work which satirized and challenged conventional norms.  In fact, some Melamid and Komar’s installations got them expelled from various art associations.

Now, Melamid (thanks to his son, a hip hop video producer) has turned his eye to painting the hip hop scene.  The picture you see here is Melamid’s version of the Reverend Run and is a pretty amazing job.

His focus was on drawing the individuals in the style of the old masters, as he says “”I thought it would be interesting to paint the men of hip-hop using the traditional European style I have been perfecting for 40 years.””

You can see more of his paintings here.

[Source: LA Times]


Time lapse graf video

This is probably going to be the dopest graf video you’ve ever laid your eyes on.  Apparently a bunch of dudes in Buenos Aires got together and did some time lapse footage of their graf project.  The result is a kind of animated graffiti adventure.

Seriously amazing.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

[Source: Gizmodo]



I can’t even tell you exactly how this amazing piece of animation works.  Somehow, Jim Le Fevre manages to use a turntable and what looks like basic paper to create complex animations.

I’ll copy and paste his exact words:

It is all live action and works by using the shutter speed of the camera rather than the rather irritating stroboscope methods other 3D Zoetropes use.”

Now, that may not sound like much, but a 3D Zoetrope basically consists of a cylinder with slits in the side and “figures” of an object in various states of motion.  The spinning makes it seem like it is animated.  I guess Le Fevre says that his creation is not encased in a cylinder, and relies instead on the camera’s shutter in order to appropriately display the image.  You’ll notice that partway through the video he allows the shutter speed to slow down so the image just becomes a big blur.

It’s pretty crazy, but a pretty innovative use for a turntable in art.

[Source: Metafilter, Youtube]


Creepy “body bakery” exists

Seriously, this is the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen.  First of all, it looks INSANELY lifelike, and everything is sculpted from bread.

And, you can even buy it and eat it.

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Bboy’s in space

Okay, so  it’s not quite as cool as it sounds.  They’re not actually in outer space or anything, but they are suspended in the air.

Photographer Denis Darzacq is a talented young Frenchman who has quite a number of successful exhibitions under his belt.  Now it’s debatable whether these cats are actually breakers are not,  but there’s no denying that these are some extraordinary photos.

Check ’em out here.

[Source: Metafilter, Denis Darzacq]


Sound Barrier – the art project

In one of the cooler art projects I’ve seen in ages, Maia Urstad decided to build a whole wall out of old boomboxes and audio equipment.

Sound Barrier, as she titled it, has lofty goals.  She says that her inspiration came from the “ruins” of ancient walls in the countryside, and argues that this technology will be the ruins that our generation leaves.

Here’s a little more of her explanation:

CD-and cassette radios in the installation have a double, visual and conceptual function. On an auditory level they are mediating the sound image implemented in the installation. Visually they are the concrete building blocks, the obvious function in the wall, but they also reflects issues related to the technical development and our culture of consumption.

The CD players in the wall are playback units for a composition of electronically treated sounds borrowed from radio waves, Morse code, FM- and satellite radio etc. Sound signals that also will be obsolete and forgotten sooner than we might expect.

The installation SOUND BARRIER is a creative examination of correspondences and the juxtaposition of issues. The questions it poses are many, including and especially: ‘What will become of the ruins after us`?’

It’s an interesting look at our society.  No one doubts that the sheer amount of electronic waste in the world is beginning to be a major problem.  The question just becomes what can we do about it.  I’m not entirely sure if people will really take much away from this installation, but it’s definitely worth a look.  Considering you’re reading this on a computer, maybe you will make a small change in your own life.

[Sources: Gizmodo, Make]


Recycle your CDs into LPs

Apparently you can use a record cutting machine to make a record out of more than just vinyl.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, about six different sites have informed us of something that went down at the FutureSonic festival.  A man named Alexi was on hand to create what he calls recycled CD art.  He used his record cutting machine to take an audio file that the customer gave him and etch it into an old CD.

This made this old CD/DVD/piece of plastic perfectly playable on a turntable.  But it is completely out of the reach of most people.  Unlike a CD burner which you can get for $15 on ebay, a Vinyl Cutting machine from Vestax will set you back about $10,000.

Despite how wicked this is, unless you’ve got a machine like this in your garage, or can get one at auction, it’s probably not exactly practical.

But damn it’s cool.

[Sources: Gizmodo, DailyDIY, SlipperyBrick.  Originally from: FutureSonic]

Art Geek

Animator vs. Animation

This is just a pretty entertaining set of computer animations. It’s funny how far things have come that anyone can make what was once an incredibly sophisticated set of animations on their home computer.

It’s obviously not a tremendous piece of art, but I have to admire the creator nonetheless. This is definitely not something that took a little amount of time.

Check it out below.

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Part 2:

Art Music

Turntable Art – Simon Elvins

Simon Elvins is an astonishing artist who was featured over at the blog Pretty Goes with Pretty.

The creation you see pictured on the left is a fully working record player made entirely out of paper. That’s right, it actually plays vinyl. And it’s made out of paper.

Now, it’s more for the artistic effects of it then any musical aspects, since the LP has to be turned manually to make any sound come out.

Elvin has done a lot of work involving different depictions of music and audio. It goes all across the spectrum from books and publications to unique “maps” that involve plotting his own personal movement across a city based on pictures he took, or Silent London, which uses noise levels to plot out the city’s quietest places.

His focus on auditory phenomena makes him a perfect fit for 4080Records, and I think you should check him out.

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