Archive for ‘Visual Artist’

August 9, 2014

BARCELONA in Flow-Motion – A fast moving short film…. by Rob Whitworth

Mind Blowing !!!!

In few other cities is it possible to walk from spectacular location to spectacular location. Rob Whitworth had a fantastic time adventuring around Barcelona’s winding streets making this film.  Special thanks to Ferran Macià Edo and his colleagues from Agència Catalana de Turisme (Catalan Tourism Board) for helping him get access to shoot at numerous stunning locations.  And an extra special thanks to Marta Garriga Bardalet for patiently modelling during an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day.

Rob Whitworth is a prominent urban filmmaker. He is responsible for creating awe-inspiring videos that reveal locations in a powerful and compelling manner. His works instantly identifiable style has gained widespread critical acclaim, and received over 5 million online views.

During 2014 Robert has been working on a number of major projects including shoots for the upcoming ‘One Planet’ series for the BBC Natural History Unit, a viral video of Barcelona sponsored by the Catalan tourism board, a short promotional film documenting McDonalds entry into the Vietnamese market, a city video of Pyongyang, North Korea, and a 30 second introduction for Tiny Times 3, a Chinese language blockbuster film that reached number 3 in the international box office charts on its opening weekend.

Originating from the UK, Robert gained his first-class honours degree in Photography from Norwich School of Art & Design. He is currently based in Shanghai, China and has extensive experience working in and around Asia specialising in time lapse. Examples of Rob Whitworth’s commercial work can be seen here.

 

 

August 9, 2014

Enter Pyongyang by JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth

 

Incredible Collaboration!

“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds.

North Korea was the last country seemingly immune to change—but no longer. Recent years have witnessed mobile phone penetration, a surge in tourists, and even a marathon. Numerous special economic zones have been launched in cooperation with China, Russia, and South Korea, with railways planned linking all countries in the region. “Enter Pyongyang” captures not just the city, but this dynamism and sense of potential.

This video is the single most significant multi-­media contribution to transcending clichés about North Korea as a society defined by reclusiveness and destitution. To travel there is to witness a proud civilization, though one caught in a Cold War time-warp. Korean cultural traditions are meticulously preserved and displayed in authentic richness. Anyone who has witnessed the awe-inspiring Mass Games knows that, with great sacrifice, North Koreans can pull off a performance unparalleled in its precision.

“Enter Pyongyang” captures the reality of North Korean citizens as earnest and humane, not automatons. The infamous traffic ladies and subway guards stand stiff and sentinel—but today they share a smile too. The more North Koreans one meets, the more one sees an organic society that wants to be a normal country. If you travel there not to judge but to appreciate, you will come away with a better understanding of how challenging national transformation can be.

“Enter Pyongyang” is above all an invitation to explore. Few places in the world have been as hermetically sealed as North Korea, but Koryo Tours has made it possible not just to see North Korea but to engage with it in ways that were impossible until very recently. This is a window of opportunity not to be missed. If Pyongyang is no longer off limits, no place is.

–Foreword by Dr. Parag Khanna, Director, Hybrid Reality

Koryo Group: The Koryo team brought a wealth of valuable knowledge and expertise to this project. Thanks to their extensive experience in running tourism and cultural engagement projects in North Korea since 1993, we were able to get unprecedented access in Pyongyang. We are thankful to the Koryo team and their Korean partners for an unforgettable experience.

 

June 1, 2014

Henrique Oliveira

 

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Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP – Incredible!!!!!  Oliveira was born in Ourinhos, Brazil in 1973. He received a BFA in painting in 2004 and a masters in visual poetics in 2007 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He lives and works in São Paulo. Oliveira uses salvaged wood collected from the streets of São Paulo to create massive scale, site-specific installations with dense layers that twist, curve, bend, and split. Oliveira uses tapumes — which in Portugese can mean fencing, boarding, or enclosure — as a title for many of his large-scale installations. The term makes reference to the temporary wooden construction fences seen throughout the city of São Paulo where Oliveira lives.

Henrique’s breakthrough occurred when he was a student at the University of São Paulo, where for two years the view from his studio window was a wooden construction fence. Over time Oliveira began to see the deterioration of the wood and its separation into multiple layers and colors. One week before the final student show opened, the construction was finished and the worn out plywood fence was discarded. Oliveira collected the wood and used it in his first installation.

April 14, 2014

Liu Bolin

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Liu Bolin is an artist born in China’s Shandong province in 1973, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world. Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series; photographic works that began as performance art in 2005.

Liu belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

Since his first solo shows in Beijing in 1998, Liu Bolin’s work has received international recognition. Among other international venues, his distinctive photographs and sculptures have been shown at the major contemporary photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles and he had solo shows at Dashanzi Art Zone in Beijing (2007), Galerie Bertin-Toublanc in Paris (2007), Eli Klein Fine Art in New York (2008), Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris and Brussels (2013), Boxart Gallery in Verona (2008), Forma Foundation for Photography in Milan (2010)

March 17, 2014

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Mustafa Hulusi mines his hybrid identity—he was born in London to Turkish Cypriot parents—to create his evocative paintings, installations, films, and photographs. By combining diverse artistic styles and references to pop culture, advertising, and Middle Eastern and Western history in his works, Hulusi investigates how different visual “languages” shape our perception.

January 7, 2014

ADA – analog interactive installation / kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski

Karina Smigla-Bobinski lives and works as a freelance artist in Munich and Berlin in Germany. She studied painting and visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and Munich, Germany. She works as an intermedia artist with analog and digital media. She produces and collaborates on projects ranging from interactive and mixed reality art in form of installations, objects, in-situ&online-art-projects, art interventions and multimedia physical theater performances, to digital and traditional painting, analog interactive installations or kinetic sculptures. Since 2013 she is member of The Dream Team of artists, architects and designers by the DiBari Innovation Design Associates & Partners Studio. She is also an lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg (Germany).

Her works has been shown in 36 countries on 5 continents at festivals, galleries and museums internationally, including GARAGE Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow (Russia), ZERO1 Biennial in Silicon Valley (US), FILE Electronic Language International Festival in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), FACT in Liverpool (UK), Busan Biennale (South Korea), GAK – Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen (Germany), Bangkok University Gallery (Thailand).

Her collaborative performances has been shown at the Festival Montpellier (France), Festival in Ramallah (Palestine), Grand Théâtre (Luxembourg), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon (Portugal), Festival in Kabul (Afghanistan), GoDown Art Center Nairobi (Kenya), National School of Drama in Delhi (India), Festival Caracas (Venezuela), Fadjr-Festival in Tehran (Iran), Art Festival (South Korea), Haus der Kunst in Munich (Germany), Teatro Sesc in São Paulo (Brazil), Biennale de la danse in Paris (Frankreich), Berliner Festspiele (Germany) and Biennale di Venezia – Arsenale, Venice (Italy).

January 7, 2014

Metalmorphosis Sculpture by David Cerny

metalmorphosis’ by czech sculptor David černý is a 7.6 m tall sculpture located in front of
the whitehall corporate center in charlotte, north carolina, USA. the artist’s first permanent
public installation in the united states, the piece consists of multiple plates that rotate
intermittently to create a three-dimensional human head that dispenses water from its mouth
into a large fountain base. the construction of the sculpture utilized approximately 14 tons
of stainless steel and features a custom-written program that controls the embedded motors
within the structure.

continuously changing in its orientation, the layers that make up the head are controlled via
the internet by černý. a theme which the artist has been exploring with his work, the piece
incorporates mechanical engineering and computers into the holistic make up of the design.

December 22, 2013

Steven Laxton

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Steven Laxton is an Australian-born artist whose work has been published in a wide range of news and lifestyle media, arrived in New York via London in 2002. By 2008, he was named one of the 15 Rising Stars of International Photography by American Photo Magazine and in 2009 Communication Arts recognized him as a “Fresh” artist.   ‘Human & Urban Forms,’ turns the classic nude portrait on its head, usually literally. Laxton’s subjects, professional dancers, assume a series of intertwined and contorted shapes, turning flesh into form. The dancers’ heads are always obscured and the shade of skin and the sinuous muscle become the material of what Laxton calls “human sculpture.”

In addition to the Arnold Newman prize, Laxton’s El Circo project was awarded in the 2012 POYi (Picture of the Year International) Feature Story category and was included in the prestigious 2012 PDN photo Annual. In September, El Salvador’s national Museum of Art will feature a major solo exhibit of Steven’s Circo project, which will then tour nationally.  Steven Laxton’s portrait and urban landscape work can be viewed at www.stevenlaxton.com.

December 1, 2013

Ruth Asawa

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Ruth Asawa is an American artist, who is nationally recognized for her wire sculpture, public commissions, and her activism in education and the arts. In San Francisco, she has been called the “fountain lady” because so many of her fountains are on public view. In this website, you can learn about her life, her work, and her development as an artist.

When Ruth was 16, she and her family were interned along with 120,000 other people of Japanese ancestry who lived along the West Coast of the United States. For many, the upheaval of losing everything, most importantly their right to freedom and a private, family life, caused irreparable harm. For Ruth, the internment was the first step on a journey to a world of art that profoundly changed who she was and what she thought was possible in life. In 1994, when she was 68 years old, she reflected on the experience: “I hold no hostilities for what happened; I blame no one. Sometimes good comes through adversity. I would not be who I am today had it not been for the Internment, and I like who I am.”

Ruth Asawa died peacefully on August 6, 2013.

July 2, 2013

David Smith

 

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Abstract Expressionist sculptor and painter David Smith worked as a riveter and welder at automotive factories before devoting himself to art. Interested in the painterly potential of sculpture, he built his works by welding together found objects, machine parts, and forged metal. His style evolved from early Surrealist and Expressionist tendencies (influenced by Pablo Picasso, Russian Constructivism, Piet Mondrian, and Alberto Giacometti’s biomorphic forms) to late masterpieces of geometric abstraction. His last work, Cubi XXVII (1965), part of a series of towering stainless steel sculptures meant to be installed outdoors, broke the auction price record for postwar art at Sotheby’s in 2005.

David Smith was a revolutionary sculptor, operating in America from the early 1930s,   At the time most sculptors used a bronze foundry, a marble quarry or a conventional studio and by so doing Smith fundamentally recast the artist’s role and persona. When he left the space in 1940 it was to a rural environment, essential to his evolution as an artist and partly responsible – as much as environment can be – to the size and imagery of his new work.

Many of Smith’s sculptures made after 1954 bear inscriptions such as ‘Hi Rebecca’ or ‘Hi Candida’, which he said would stand as perpetual greetings to his two daughters, in the future, when his legacy found its eventual place in museums. But at the time they were made, there was neither a market for these works nor any willing collectors with appropriate settings to house them.

Smith pioneered the technique of welding in America to make art.

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