Studio Space 

Getting to be suitably untidy, feels a bit more like mine now.

Corrugated cardboard is not the most suitable thing for up-scaling but it costs nothing, wont crease fold or take paint very well but it’s only a maquette.

Negative and Positive Space,

the stuff I should have done the day the washing machine stopped working.

Mise en abyme or I don’t believe in synchronicity but my life is full of strange coincidences.

For the last few days I have been thinking of taking a canvas or easel out and photographing it and then putting the image on the canvas in Photoshop and the image of the image…

This morning I am eating breakfast and looking at tumblr and I come across someone using the term “mise en place” I know “mise en scene” but not that so I Google it and find the French have several mise en terms and this one “mise en abyme" literally means to put in the abyss but has a special heraldic and artistic use of depicting some thing within itself, look it up in Google images.

Photos 1 and 2 I hung my canvas in a tree and then shopped the image in.

Photos 3 and 4 I was walking back home and I realised that the streets are full of frames this one is a hoarding that normally has adverts in it, I actually prefer it like this as a light sculpture but using it as a frame works quite well.

Shall have to keep my eyes out for other street frames with interesting backgrounds.

Messing about.

The first photograph is of a burnt 13 amp plug and represents the work I would have done on Tuesday if I had not gone into the kitchen and thought that I should put some stuff in the washing machine before I start.  So a few minutes later there is a bang and a smell of burning and the washing machine stops along with the fridge and the freezer.  Long story short waste next few hours moving crap, emptying washing machine in the yard and rewiring plugs.

Photos 2 3 and 4 trying to get my head round Kirigami Architecture and perspective 

Photo 5 So I said to this lizard “Are you alright?” and the lizard said “No I’m half left!”

Kirigami Architecture

Kirigami architecture is almost always just white paper occasionally with a different coloured background paper and relies of the way the light and shadow falls on the paper for its appeal.

The purist in me likes this interplay of shadow and light but the rebel in me finds the temptation to corrupt inviting and so…

Been playing a little with my airbrush and just putting a light coat of contrasting colour on opposite sides to bring out the contrast, has a certain appeal, photographs not brilliant looks better irl.

Blackest is the new Black introducing Vantablack
Willow you are going to want this and not be able to afford it!
The photograph above, not mine ripped off the Internet, is one of Anish Kapoor’s pigment sculptures.  Some of these were shown at Manchester City Gallery a while ago and while I accept that my viewpoint may not have been that of the artist I was disappointed by the black not being black enough. It cast shadows on itself instead of absorbing all the light that fell on it there was clearly some reflection.
However it has just been announced that a British company Surrey NanoSystems have invented a process to produce a black coating that is literally so black that you cannot see it because so little light is reflected off it. Currently very expensive, a five cm disc coated with it would cost about £500, the price is expected to fall as the technology improves.  See: -
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/blackest-is-the-new-black-scientists-have-developed-a-material-so-dark-that-you-cant-see-it-9602504.html
There are artists such as Frederik de Wilde already working with such substances and the scientific and military applications will of course already be being considered, not least of which is the lining of telescopes and the calibration of light detection systems where this will be the zero.
So Willow when you make a tube lined with this and look down it at your object you will not know you are looking down a tube because you will not be able to see the walls, cool eh?  The tube will appear not to have depth because there will be no visual cues and if the object were suspended in the tube it would be seen as floating in a black disc.  I want some of this.
Interestingly there is a font called Vanta Black, if you had a company and were looking for a name for something, might you not Google it first? Perhaps they did, perhaps Vanta Black is their house font, it is quite a nice plain sans serif bold font.

Blackest is the new Black introducing Vantablack

Willow you are going to want this and not be able to afford it!

The photograph above, not mine ripped off the Internet, is one of Anish Kapoor’s pigment sculptures.  Some of these were shown at Manchester City Gallery a while ago and while I accept that my viewpoint may not have been that of the artist I was disappointed by the black not being black enough. It cast shadows on itself instead of absorbing all the light that fell on it there was clearly some reflection.

However it has just been announced that a British company Surrey NanoSystems have invented a process to produce a black coating that is literally so black that you cannot see it because so little light is reflected off it. Currently very expensive, a five cm disc coated with it would cost about £500, the price is expected to fall as the technology improves.  See: -

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/blackest-is-the-new-black-scientists-have-developed-a-material-so-dark-that-you-cant-see-it-9602504.html

There are artists such as Frederik de Wilde already working with such substances and the scientific and military applications will of course already be being considered, not least of which is the lining of telescopes and the calibration of light detection systems where this will be the zero.

So Willow when you make a tube lined with this and look down it at your object you will not know you are looking down a tube because you will not be able to see the walls, cool eh?  The tube will appear not to have depth because there will be no visual cues and if the object were suspended in the tube it would be seen as floating in a black disc.  I want some of this.

Interestingly there is a font called Vanta Black, if you had a company and were looking for a name for something, might you not Google it first? Perhaps they did, perhaps Vanta Black is their house font, it is quite a nice plain sans serif bold font.

Box by Tarik Abdel-Gawad

This is just outrageous. It is what nerds like me would do if we had access to industrial robots and several years experience in Maya.

Tarik Abdel-Gawad the director of this piece had previously used industrial robots to motion track a camera, which is not seen, to film a ballet.

Tarik Abdel-Gawad, has finally released his pre-Box masterpiece, a robot-aided update of Tchaikovsky’s ballet fantasia, Francesca da Rimini, a piece as revered for its heartwrenching subject matter as for its incredibly precise choreography. With choreography from Yuri Possokhov, and starring San Francisco Ballet dancers Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada, Abdel-Gawad took the piece one step further, employing a massive, robot-controlled camera to capture the deftness of the dance.

I think the next thing for him to do is create a live piece with robots dancers and projection mapping, if he hasn’t already

Uranium Glass
This is a piece of uranium glass, also called Vaseline glass, just as you can put lead salts into glass and make Crystal glass you can put Uranium salts into it and make you guessed it Uranium glass, its special quality being that under ultra-violet light it fluoresces with this particular yellow green colour.
http://hifructosemag.tumblr.com/
Contemporary glass artist Jeff Zimmerman born in Kentucky 1968, creates colourful, organic sculptures that exploit advanced glass making techniques - disquieting and spinning, his sculptures call attention to the inherent mutability of the world. Today his award-winning works are presented in galleries and museums around the world.
The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester had an exhibition of it some years ago all sorts of stuff used to be made out of it including drinking glasses, although it is radioactive, the dose levels are really very low and lots of people collect it. You could pick up a piece on Ebay for less than a fiver.

Uranium Glass

This is a piece of uranium glass, also called Vaseline glass, just as you can put lead salts into glass and make Crystal glass you can put Uranium salts into it and make you guessed it Uranium glass, its special quality being that under ultra-violet light it fluoresces with this particular yellow green colour.

http://hifructosemag.tumblr.com/

Contemporary glass artist Jeff Zimmerman born in Kentucky 1968, creates colourful, organic sculptures that exploit advanced glass making techniques - disquieting and spinning, his sculptures call attention to the inherent mutability of the world. Today his award-winning works are presented in galleries and museums around the world.

The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester had an exhibition of it some years ago all sorts of stuff used to be made out of it including drinking glasses, although it is radioactive, the dose levels are really very low and lots of people collect it. You could pick up a piece on Ebay for less than a fiver.

Reverse Perspective: - Block of Flats

Print of a photograph of a block of flats in Hyde Tameside creased so that the parts farthest away are nearest physically.  When viewed with one eye or through a camera the brain uses other cues and reconstructs the perspective as it thinks it should be.  Moving the camera or your head side to side results in an exaggerated 3D perspective, that in this case, makes it seem that you are moving around the building.

Reverse Perspective Clouds and Doors

another post in my occasional series Your Brain Lies to You 

These are not my images look Reverse perspective up on the Internet and you will find stuff to play with.

Note the exaggerated perspective as the camera moves from side to side; the shape of the doors alters significantly and that as with Forced Perspective and Anamorphic Projection there is a preferred view point and the effect works better when viewed with only one eye.  

The camera of course unless filmed in 3D has only one eye so these effects film really well hence their use in adverts, see the Honda CRV ads.

Reverse Perspective Inverted Cube

These are not my images look Reverse perspective up on the Internet and you will find stuff to play with.

Your Brain Lies to You, sometimes it adjusts its interpretation of reality because it thinks reality is wrong.

The brain takes a number of cues from what you see in order to interpret it in three dimensions mainly the difference in the information from left and right eyes but other cues can be used particularly if there is a forced view point or you only use one eye, in this case the cue is the perspective in the image, you expect something to be a particular way around.  

So in this case we see the cube with the vertex pointing out towards us because of subtle perspective cues in the drawing of the model and because our brain “knows” that’s what cubes and vertices do.  

Contextual research see Patrick Hughes in particular his paintings of Venice

sarahcoggrave:

Far right - Sample 3: Sabotage! (6 hours)
What do you do when Aldi change the shape of the jar you have been collecting to hold your samples?

Hi Sarah you rely on a little known property of water, it changes its shape to that of the container it is held in.  
Actually that must be really annoying. I know a glass artist who used to always drink the same bottled water because he wanted the blue glass it came in,  Then the company started bottling it in blue plastic! 

sarahcoggrave:

Far right - Sample 3: Sabotage! (6 hours)

What do you do when Aldi change the shape of the jar you have been collecting to hold your samples?

Hi Sarah you rely on a little known property of water, it changes its shape to that of the container it is held in.  

Actually that must be really annoying. I know a glass artist who used to always drink the same bottled water because he wanted the blue glass it came in,  Then the company started bottling it in blue plastic! 

itscolossal:

New Photorealistic Illustration Videos of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi

If you don’t follow It’s Colossal then you should

Lizi if you haven’t seen this look at the video this guy is a visual research reference for photorealism the vids are wonderful