Category: Performance

Performance

Mesmerizing body positions captured in photos

French dancer Arthur Cadre has created a beautiful photo series called “Wonderland Creatures”, a mixture of awe-inspiring photos combined with mesmerizing performance. The images were shot in a number of locations around the world. Cadre twists his body into a number of different forms, turning himself into different positions that complement the backdrop. For more of his work, visit his Facebook. ...
Art

Calligraphic that seems to float in thin air

Using the arabic alphabet as a his model, French artist, Julien Breton creates his own life-sized calligraphic images all over the world. His canvases are dark night-scapes, his paint is light, and and his brushes are variously-sized flashlights (sometimes overlaid with pigmented gelatin to create color). Capturing the motion with long exposure photography, the artist mimes out the calligraphy, waving the flashlight about in a sort-of dance. As one can imagine, some orchestration and practice are required for Breton to get the motions right. Though the pictures seem to be Photoshop-masterpieces, they are created solely with light. ...
Design

LED costume design explores body-shaming

Elizabeth Tolson brings us another intriguing custom design titled 'In the Presence of Myself.'  Tolson works in the realm of fabric, soft circuitry and electronics. Her ‘Vessle’ series was discussed in a previous Design Faves article. With ‘In the Presence of Myself’ the critical lens shifts form examining women within a social framework to the individual within the social world.  The costume addresses body-shaming, as well as the physical and emotional strain of trying to assimilate to universal standards. One main feature of the costume is its concentric light-rings centrally located on the torso that Kaleidoscopes in and out toward and away from the performer. The lights are intentionally place on the interior of the costume to indicate self-contemplation. New York-choreographer, Emily Smith (one of the performer in this series) is able to manipulate the costume so that it entirely obscures her body. The extension becomes a fifth limb of...
Art

Sunburn art is trending, but is it safe?

As the summer marches forward into heat, humidity, and sunshine, sunburn tattoos are becoming increasing popular. It’s now trendy to post pictures of burn-patterned skin on social media platforms. Sunburn-tattoo art is the use of templates, and carefully applied sunblock, to create intricate skin-designs, ranging from abstract shapes to floral patterns to super hero logos. Unsurprisingly, this fad has raised the heckles of The Skin Cancer Foundation and other health experts because as we all know sunburns are not only painful, but significantly increase one’s chances of developing skin cancer. On one hand it’s easy to agree with the experts, on the other, considering Millie Brown's colorful-puke canvases, Orlan's plastic sugary and Alexander Selvik Wengshoel’s hip-meal, it certainly hasn’t been the fist time artists have put themselves at risk for the sake of art.             ...
Art

Cloud sculptures made indoors exist for just 10 seconds

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde creates temporary sculptures that exist for just 10 seconds. Thankfully the photographs of the indoor clouds exist for much longer, evoking the strange ethereal sensation that can only be achieved by such an unlikely image. The series titled 'Nimbus' uses just smoke and water-vapor in a space where conditions are just right for cloud making—cold, damp, and no air circulation. Each space requires a slightly different formula to get an ideal cloud form, and the artist creates about 100 clouds in order for his collaborating photographer to capture just the right shot. “I see them as temporary sculptures of almost nothing—the edge of materiality,” said the artist. “It looks like you can dive into them or grab them, but they just fall apart. There’s a duality that I really like where you’re trying to achieve this ideal thing that then collapses just moments later.”   ...
Furniture

NYC trash transformed into living room photography sets

It takes a person of vision to see the value in what others discard. Photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker have collaborated on a project that sources discarded materials and combines them in such a way to create a vignette of a home interior. Titled 'Set in the Street,' the sets are built and documented, but the installations live on in unexpected ways. The artists leave the sets intact with a note encouraging passersby to create their own photographs and share them on Instagram with the hashtag #setinthestreet. Just as an interior space was created within the exterior world, the creation of a private set is then explored by the public.  ...
Performance

Dancing triggers pyrotechnics in this spectacular temporary club

Bushveld of Johannesburg, South Africa got a temporary addition to their night life when Absolut commissioned artist Charlie Gadeken to create a pyrotechnic dance floor. The constructed venue was a giant cube made of glass and mirrors wired with pyrotechnics, triggered by the audience’s feet dancing on the floor. As the fireworks display went off it lit up the exterior of the structure, transforming the desert landscape with fire, smoke and color, and making for a wild night of dancing. Watch the video below to see the massive spectacle. ...
Art

When drawing turns to performance – “Draw to perform” in London

'Draw to perform' is an international two-day art symposium, where artists from around the world gather to perform, drawing on a large scale in front of the public. This unique art event, which is a second annual symposium held in London, focuses entirely on the connection between performance art and drawing. In addition to live drawing performances, the symposium invites viewers to video screenings, talks and lectures by artists and art historians. Many well-recognized artists took part in the symposium, including Ram Samocha (UK/Israel) who is the curator of this event, Gerald Royston Curtis (UK), Kevin Townsend (USA), and Kellie O’Dempsey (Australia) to name a few. Please see the videos from the last year's event below. ...
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