Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Seed

A two-minute animated voyage through nature’s life cycle, following the trials and tribulations of a humble apple seed.

Know your meme: autotune

Auto-Tune is a pitch correction plug-in that’s used to fix a singer’s off-key vocals. This hilarious short by know your meme traces the phenomenon of Auto-Tune, from its introduction to the industry, to its overexposure, parody and remix, and then to a postulated equilibrium. All with the help of "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan is a self-taught sculpture, satirist, and curator. His work does not take a moral stand, but instead challenges viewers, often through the use of humour and absurdity, to reach their own conclusions. Cattelan’s Frank and Jamie inverts icons of authority, rendering them powerless. The complexity of their position mirrors the complexity of society’s justice systems. The ambiguity of the work leads to an unending trail of questioning. "What would happen IF the system was turned on its head?" is good place to start.

Robert ParkeHarrison

Robert ParkeHarrison combines photography, collage, sculpture, and performance to create imaginary worlds that tell very real stories of "loss, human struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use." The artist further states that he strives to "metaphorically and poetically link laborious actions, idiosyncratic rituals and strangely crude machines into tales about our modern experience." Parkeharrison’s Architect’s Brother series serves as a reminder of the importance (and power) of the imagination.

Itinerant Home

Mary Hale’s Itinerant Home marks a poignant moment in the history of inflatable structures, mobile architecture, and city rebuilding in the face of disaster. Marrying the three, she created a mobile dwelling place that focuses on mobility, community, shelter, and survival. The work, which was commissioned by the New Orleans Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was on view during DesCours week in December, symbolizes and stimulates ways of thinking about architecture of the home and the future of New Orleans as a city. Preceding Hale’s work, and serving as an influence, is the 1992 Refuge Wear project (pictured below) by Lucy Orta, which popularized the term "body architecture."

Itinerant Home in its completion

One of Itinerant Home’s body suits in progress

A piece from Lucy Orta’s Refuge Wear project

Hyperrealist Paintings

Brooklyn-based painter Alyssa Monks creates images that have the detail and fine resolution of a photo, yet are crafted from oil and brush. Whereas her photorealist predecessors (such as Denis Peterson and Chuck Close) create paintings based on a single photograph, 31-year-old Monks works within the constraints of hyperrealism, a new genre that gave rise in the 2000s and can be considered an extension of photorealism. Hyperrealist painters employ similar techniques to create photo-like surfaces, textures, lighting and shadow, but their paintings depict a moment that exists only in itself, borne from the imagination of the artist.