Using just her body and a piece of charcoal, New Orleans-based performance artist Heather Hansen bends and twists in fluid motions across the surface of paper to create beautifully rough symmetrical shapes and patterns. Her captivating performances involve dance-like movements that are just as much the main focus as the final, large-scale drawings.
Watching her process is a mesmerizing experience where lines emerge from her many natural, physical gestures. Without hesitation, she repeats her movements and smears the lines together into the final, unpredictable works. She then lifts her body off of the page to reveal the one-of-a-kind pieces.
Hansen quotes Joseph Campbell as part of her inspiration behind her work: "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe. To match your nature with Nature.” Currently, Hansen's work is being shown in a group exhibition, The Value of a Line, at The Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, through March 31, 2014.
Clay seems to come alive in these detailed sculptures by Hong-Kong based artist Johnson Tsang. Each one of his hand-crafted scenes is filled with energetic movements that seem to be frozen in time, many of which are created in the artist's signature style where human faces are blended into splashing, flowing liquids.
Living Clay is a recent show currently on exhibit at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. The series merges human elements together with objects to create surreal forms that spark the viewer's imagination. All of Tsang's ceramic works are humorous at first glance, but they also invite viewers to discover a deeper message beyond the surface of the material.
According to Yingge Ceramics Museum, the pieces are an exploration of social and environmental issues, and "they are also reflections and satires of the human condition. Realized through his extraordinary sense of imagination and creativity, Tsang exemplifies the perfect marriage between ceramic form and meaning."
In English, the title of husband and wife photographer team Kurt and Edwige Moses‘ photo series Un Petit Monde translates into “A Small World,” but there’s nothing small about the world the duo have created for the series, only its inhabitants.
The series began all the way back in 2010 “as a way to relax and explore a more creative side of my photography,” explains Kurt. “It has grown into a passion of ours and we now focus 75% of our time creating, processing, planning and building a library of fine art photographs.”
Kurt and Edwige travel all over the United States in their vintage RV (you can read about that here) setting up miniature scenes that depict everything from the daily grind of a 9-5 lifestyle, to adventures like skiing or battling a giant squid, to more relaxing endeavors like gardening — although gardening takes on a whole new meaning when the flowers are bigger than you are.
It’s a playful series that is meant to make you smile and, perhaps, inspire a bit of wanderlust at times:
“Un Petit Monde combines the challenges of capturing an evocative, aesthetically pleasing image while documenting a scene in the real world environment using only available light and existing conditions,” writes Kurt on the project’s About page. “Ultimately, it is our mission to share some of the fun and joy for life with you through our project.”
To see the rest of the series (and there is A LOT more) or learn more about the husband and wife behind it, head over to the Un Petit Monde website or follow their adventures on their Life in a Travco blog.
Image credits: Photographs by Kurt Moses and used with permission
Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski creates thought-provoking illustrations that comment on social, economic, and political issues through satire. The illustrator's portfolio ranges from criticizing military practices and the incentives behind war, to themes of mortality and reinterpreting the uses of social media as elusive spying platforms. Each image reflects its fair share of serious issues balanced with whimsical illustrations.
Taking a recurring interest in the power of the dollar and its connection to war, Kuczynski tends to reintroduce the image of artillery, protective military gear, and money as codependent objects. On a more domestic level, the artist also produces images of society's ironic treatment of cats versus farm animals. In one image, the house cat is treated like a king, sitting patiently and waiting to feast on any number of animals from the butcher's farm.
In another, Kuczynski creates a brilliant rendering of alcoholism. The visual is of an individual chugging a beer bottle with a floating fishing line in it. One can foresee the future: as he drinks the ale, the snare gets closer to hooking him in. Overall, the illustrator's satirical work is all-encompassing, touching on universal subjects of global problems as well as personal demons.
Nuance is a spectacular video by multidisciplinary artist Marc-Antoine Locatelli that features dancer Lucas Boirat combining his gift of movement with captivating beams of light. The interpretative performance presents a push and pull between the human silhouette and a shape-shifting abstract energy. The stark contrast in the dark shadows and the radiant flashes of light make for an especially eye-catching performance accompanied by the experimental music of edIT.
The video begins with Boirat casually stepping out of the shadows and onto his dimly lit stage. With the swift wave of his hand, he conjures up a ball of light that he seemingly manipulates in shape and motion across the screen. Eventually, the light seems to take on a life of its own and is as much a character with a driving force in the dance as Boirat.
Make sure to take two-and-a-half minutes out of your day to watch the visually captivating video, below.
Want to watch a non-fiction film about photography? Here’s a list of documentaries (and some other stuff) concerning photography that I’ve collected over the years.
Feel free to suggest any films we’ve left off the list in the comments below.
About the author: Wirjo Hardjono is a photography enthusiast who enjoys finding and watching films about photography. This article originally appeared here.
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