This complex drinking glass is composed of 14 pieces. A trick glass from the Museu de les Arts Decoratives de Barcelona has a very similar construction, but the drinking funnel has been lost and its applied canes are in greater relief. Another closely similar object was illustrated by Giovanni Maggi in 1604. Such vessels were intended to be an amusement for drinking games. As one drinks from this glass, the liquid in the tubes and bulbs suddenly rushes out, dousing the drinker. Trick Glass, 1600-1625. Corning Museum of Glass. (via Trick Glass | Corning Museum of Glass)
By Andy Khouri
One of the coolest traditions in American television animation is of course the Simpsons “couch gag,” whereby Matt Groening’s famous family of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie perform some sort of skit before properly settling in to watch the names of their show’s creators appear on television. Over the years the gags have developed from something amusing but relatively mundane to hugely ambitious productions that sometimes eclipse the very episodes they’re intended to introduce.
Guest directors push the envelope further, with some including filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, street artist Banksy, and legendary animators Bill Plympton and John Kricfalusi, who create what amount to animated cover versions in their own idiosyncratic styles. It’s a glorious thing to behold.
This week, The Simpsons adds another auspicious guest director to its list of achievements with this latest couch gag by French animator Sylvain Chomet, the Academy Award-winning director of The Triplets of Belleville.
The Optical Illusions of Kohei Nawa
Using crystal beads and prism sheets, artist Kohei Nawa manipulates the audience’s perceptions of the images. In his PixCell (Beads) series (2005-2009), taxidermy animals are covered in clear crystal beads, obstructing our perception of the surface, and thus, the true image of the animal. In his PixCell (Prism) series (2003-2009), Nawa encases objects in acrylic boxes, but, with an added layer of prism sheets, that cut the light travelling into the boxes in two, and creating the illusion of multiples of the object, much like a hologram. In the latter work, the sculptural pieces are placed in a room that optically flattens the space and the works; the artist is taking already three-dimensional objects, flattening them by playing with the configuration of the space to appear two-dimensional, then placing prism sheets in the acrylic boxes to render the images three-dimensional by playing with the configuration in the smaller spaces of the boxes.
Distortion is a key element in the artists’ work. The skin of the animals in the PixCell (Beads) series is altered, creating a different view of the structure of the animal as a whole, and through each individual bead. The artist himself described the animals as being “replaced by ‘a husk of light’, and the new vision ‘the cell of an image’ (PixCell) is shown”, where the beads become the new ‘biological’ make-up of the animal. The random grouping of some of the beads can be seen as a direct commentary on how we perceive images, especially how the public is fed information, and the fact that sometimes even seeing the whole picture, with all the information, can still obscure the original intent of a piece. It is all in perception; two people seeing a piece will go away from it with two different perspectives on its intention or meaning.
Jakob Hunosøe employs the photograph as an instrument uncovering new meanings in our immediate surroundings. Using simple artifices, he adds a poetic and humorous dimension to our everyday surroundings.
He represents a new generation of artists transgressing the genre conventions of art photography, and his pictures combine the systematics and interest in common objects of conceptual art with poetic and imaginative humour. (via)
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English artist Craig Davison creates series of paintings that beautifully illustrate the awesome power of childhood imagination and our limitless ability to play pretend as our favorite movie characters. He draws from a wide variety of movies, but the pieces seen here all revolve around Star Wars.
Kids play their hearts in the foreground while their shadows loom larger than life in the background as the fictional characters they’re pretending to be. Tree branches have become light sabers, cardboard tubes and a hair dryer work equally well as blasters, a garbage can and a colander are all you need to be R2-D2 and C3PO, and a pair of headphones serve as Princess Leia’s cinnamon bun hairdo.
Visit Craig Davison’s website to check out more of his delightful and nostalgic artwork. Then go grab a tree branch and meet us at the park for a light saber duel.
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Makoto Taniguchi, Not Yet Titled, acrylic, grease pencil, acrylic board, wooden frame, mirror, 2011, Private Collection
Exhibition, Makoto Taniguchi “Untitled”, Sat 1 Mar - Sat 29 Mar, 2014 at NANZUKA
The Boxtrolls - another movie to which I am greatly looking forward
I didn’t know that this was a thing. But I do want to say I love how intricate each piece is, and how much love and work goes into these types of films.