Sculptures made of wood, paint and nails by AJ Fosik.
Bio from Jonathan Levine Gallery:
AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York. In the years since, Fosik has lived in various cities across the country including Denver, Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon.
Fosik’s artwork explores the powerful medium of language and metaphor to emphasize narrative and interpretation. Using wood and found materials, he creates figural, eclectic and intricately designed three-dimensional works that intrigue and provoke. Fosik’s animal subjects and anthropomorphized beings are built using a complex process in which each form is carefully handcrafted by arranging hundreds of pieces of individually cut and varnished wood, which the artist paints in vibrant colors and patterns. Sharp teeth, claws, and eyes emerge once the creatures are completed—some are constructed as freestanding forms while others are wall-mounted, referencing modern taxidermy practices. Evocative of American Folk Art and inspired by subversive cultural influences that shift complacency, Fosik’s work suspends comfort with the appeal of familiar symbols and images. In this dynamic tension, the art and viewer come together in an expanded definition of culture and assumption.
Animation by Katarzyna Kijek & Przemyslaw Adamski
I did a bit of searching and found this tidbit about the making of the video:
It was made with 2000 silhouettes which were extracted from PVC plates using a computer-controlled cutter. Starting with a single silhouette each is then added at a very fast speed to give the impression of movement. The overall result is, like I said, breath-taking.
Nautilus Shell House by Arquitectura Orgánica:
Mexico City, 2006
This amazing house was built in 2006 by Arquitectura Orgánica.
A young couple with two children from Mexico City who, after living
in a conventional home, wanted to change to one integrated to nature.
The goal of this project was to make it feel like an internal inhabitant
of a snail, like a mollusk moving from one chamber to another, like a symbiotic dweller of a huge fossil maternal cloister.
And the best part is, if you put your ear up to the window it sounds just like the ocean.
Gerd Ludwig’s “Long Shadow of Chernobyl” project
Internationally-renowned photojournalist Gerd Ludwig has spent years documenting the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In 1986, errors at the plant in Ukraine led to an explosion that ultimately caused over a quarter of a million people to permanently evacuate their homes to escape the radiation and radioactive fallout. Over the course of several trips to the site and the region for National Geographic Magazine in 1993, 2005, and 2011, Ludwig has amassed a documentary record of a people and a place irreparably altered by a tragic accident. His 2011 trip was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Now Ludwig has released an iPad app with over 150 photographs, video, and interactive panoramas. (via kqedscience)
Oh hey what whoa. Startling, huh? I found the evidence of so much color to be a stark contrast to what I thought I knew about the site. The images, combined with a teensy bit of hindsight and passable knowledge of history that followed, allow some insight into the state of affairs at the time of the unfortunate blast. Also, blasted dolls are way fucking creepy.