For the last 2 years Pencil Neck Productions has organised this great charity event for artists to decorate a Popobe bear and donate it to be auctioned with all money raised going to help fund Victorian H.I.V research.
This was the first I heard of it and I thought it was such a great idea I contributed 3 bears. You’re allowed to alter the bears any way you like and use any material to decorate them. I had heaps of fun creating the bears which you can see more of here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.303646336403213.55316.211860958915085&type=3
If you’d like to see other artists contributions, all bears will be exhibited this Tue 15th Jan, at the Spring Street Convention Centre (1 Spring Street, entry from Flinders lanes) from 6pm. Anyone is welcome to register to bid on bears :)
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A recent discussion with some friends about ‘how mannequins freak them out’, reminded me of this short film I watched a while ago. It’s called ‘Still Life’ and it’s directed by Jon Knautz who has directed quite a few horror films and shorts. I honestly didn’t know who Jon Knautz was until I decided to research who was behind this short film for this blog. As a fan of horror and thriller stuff I’m curios to look into some of his other works but until then I recommend watching this short film. It isn’t your usual unoriginal horror film of things popping out and people randomly getting killed. It’s more of a suspense with a interesting twist at the end. I promise it’s not gory or scary just bizarre. Warning it does have mannequins in it :)
I don’t have a preference when it comes to art. There’s a lot of different styles and artist I like so here’s an intro to 2 of the many I like…
I came across Laurie’s artwork by accident while searching the net. Laurie’s an artiest from New York who has lived and traveled around Europe and USA. She’s developed her own drawing techniques of “building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting”, which is why all her works have a crazy amount of detail in them. She’s stated that while “it’s an insane way to draw, the detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort”, and I agree. I really enjoy her style as well as dark themes she depicts in her work. I recommend you go check out all her other work at her website because she has some really amazing pieces.
I saw Audra’s work a couple of years ago at the Ian Potter Centre. I’ve always had a thing for the use of dolls and toys in art so naturally I loved her work. I also really like how Audra’s presents her sculptures in a 3D collage way. I unfortunately couldn’t find out much information about her.
Chris Cunningham is an English music video film director and video artist who worked on the films ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘A.I’ before leaving to pursue a career as a director. He has created many of his own short films and video art installations as well as working with many bands and musicians to create film clips and album covers. He’s worked on commercials for Playstation, Gucci, Levis, Nissan and Orange to name a few as well as being involved with photography and has performed visual audio live performances. Chris has done some very interesting and unique things with videos especially in the way he captures movement and the way he cleanly edits a subject to move unusually fast or slow. I like how he edits people to move to the pace and sounds of the music almost like the movement it self is creating the sound. I also found his putting Richard of Aphex Twins face on people in filmclips quite amusing.
Aphex Twins: Come to Daddy
Placebo: 36 Degrees
Portishead: Only You
Jan Svankmajer is a Czech filmmaker and surrealist artist. His career has spanned over several decades with his work inspiring the likes of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay. His work often involves clay in stop motion animation which also uses people and everyday objects as well as food which is a favourite subject and medium. His films have been described as bizarre, funny, disturbing, child like and aggressive in nature. “In 1972 the communist authorities banned him from making films, and many of his later films were suppressed. He was almost unknown in the West until the early 1980s.”
Eva Svankmajerova was a surreal painter and ceramicist who was married to Jan Svankmajer until her passing in 2005. Before her death she had collaborated with Jan on many of his films.
Stop motion animations are something I’ve enjoyed for a while now. There seems to be no limit in objects that can be used or the scale in which you can create a stop motion animation with the largest stop motion animation recently created at 11,000 square feet. Stop motion animations are created by taking a series of photos of a posed subject or objects and then compiling them together to create a motion picture out of the stills or defined as “an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own” wikipedia. One stop animator I really enjoy is ‘Pes’. He has created some ads but mostly does personal work with stop animations. I saw his “Human skateboard” a few years ago at a video art exhibition and thought it was really amusing and awesome. He also has some making of videos for his work.
A while ago I found this ad which I thought looked cool but even more interesting was finding a video that had the making of the ad. It was very insightful to see the process involved in making the ad from its starting point using story boards to filming the final product.
Yellow Tide Ad
Making of Yellow ‘Tide’ Ad
Some other stop motion videos that I quite enjoy
I’m not big on Cold Play but some of their film clips are quite unique in what they’ve done cinematically
A while ago Target released a series of stop motion ads which I quite enjoyed
Largest stop motion made to date (There’s also a ‘making of” on this video)
This is just a few starters but there’s loads of great stop animation to be found on the net :)
I found this interest blog site that is run by this women who creates 3D plush toys out of children’s drawings. I absolutely love this idea because it’s so creative and fun. It kind of makes me want to dig up some old drawings and get them made into toys. I also think it’s a great gift idea, esp for kids to have their own drawings turned into something they can play with. I’ve always loved kids drawings because of their imaginative simplicity and obscurity. One of my kindergarden teachers told my mum that she should never through away any work that children did because it belonged to them, so I still have a lot of stuff I created as a kid which I think is really nice. It’s also why I think it’s nice for kids to have something they’ve created forever.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso
Today in the mail I received this cool looking envelope that had this interesting type catalogue in it. It was from the site http://www.photolettering.com/. I actually forgot I applied to receive anything from them because it was so long ago. I remember apply to receive something for free but I couldn’t remember what or how. Either way it was a nice surprise and there’s some really nice typography in it. Being that it’s for free why not go to the site and apply to receive it. You’ll forget all about it and receive a nice free gift to your self in a few months time :)
I recently visited RMIT Gallery in the city where they are currently showing ‘Space Invaders’, an appropriatet;y titled exhibition show casing Australia street art which varies from stencil art to posters, paste-ups, zines and sticker art. There’s a strong Independants factor behind a lot of the work with strong opinions and political messages behind some of the pieces aimed at war and corporations with a mix of interesting visuals and thought provoking quotes. It’s good reminder of the importance of independents in creating something out of passion and for no other reason. Also show casing work is print maker Tate Adams who has a very interesting, dark style of work.
Exhibition dates for Space invaders and Tate Adams: 2 Sep- 5 Nov 2011
RMIT Galerry 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne
“Pope of Trash”, a title given to infamous American film maker John Waters by author William Burroughs. A title which sums up most of Waters films. While most people probably don’t recognise Water’s by name or know many of his films (as most of them were banned) he is probably one of the most influential film makers of the century who has made a huge impact on all films made to this very day. This is mostly to do with the whole reason why most of his films got banned, which is censorship. Water’s films were some of the first films ever to contain nudity, sex scenes, homosexuality, sexual fetishes, cross dressing, trans gender, murder, incest, cannibalism, rape, drugs and swearing and all in one film.
When his first major transgressive black comedy film ‘Pink Flamingos’ come out in 1972 it was surrounded with controversy which lead it to became one of the most notorious cult films ever made with it’s shocking range of taboo scenes even by todays film standards. Waters is also an actor, stand-up comedian, writer, journalist, visual artist, and art collector. With a career that has spanned over 40 years he is now sharing his experiences and stories in his one man show titled “This Filthy World”.I saw him last year when This Filthy World came down to the Arts Centre. As a fan, I found him very insightful, amusing and interesting to listen to. He talked about how he started making films with his friends for fun and the issues he had with censorship as well as some behind the scene insights into his films and the characters. His fans were equally as amusing with some of them dressing up as characters from his movies and asking him to “sign their butt”.
This Filthy World is a great show that I highly recommend for any John Waters fan or film fanatic. If you’re not familiar with John Waters work then I highly recommend for you to watch some of his films which range from the original 1988 family friendly ‘Hairspray’ or the more bizarre, trashy and controversial ‘Pink Flamingos’.