Prisms and thick transparent films add hypnotic and dream inspiring ambience to black and white photography. French photographer Alexis Dubourdiou has demonstrated this delicate quality to varying degrees with a new set of images. Named Prisma, the exhibition which is reported in Fubiz challenges perceptions on reality, showing us multiple angles and focus softened to abstraction. Without applying rainbows which would occur with coloured light photography when using laminae and prisms, Dubourdiou has singled out the otherworldly effects these tools apply as secondary to their more well known purpose. The show is on display at the PCP Laboratoire Photographique until April 15th.
Light and art make a great combination. The modern technology at our disposal gives us an astonishing command over the photon, and artists are saying thank you very much! Brilliant initiative and design comes to Chicago with a fourteen by twenty-three foot dynamic display. The huge screen begins with a crisp image, made of a standard scene from the city and then it begins to change it.
A clever set of programs begin altering the picture, pixel by pixel, according to mathematical formula called algorithms. These processes run through a sequence that is programmed to distort and visually melt the images, creating strange and abstract displays of colour and form. The software scans video that is loaded into the device and seeks ideal images to freeze frame and then work its magic on, bringing countless original pieces of art into being.
Some people prefer to wear their art, and that's fantastic. Choosing to push the boundaries with the clothes we put on our bodies is always fun. This fashion design project by Atton Conrad doesn't use clothes at all. Atton uses light to dress the models, photographed in the flesh, with fancy camera techniques. By having a long exposure shot, Conrad is able to draw clothes around his subject with light sources. His style creates ghostly and sexy demonstrations of what light can do in the right hands.
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Perspective is everything, and what can seemingly be an amalgamation of chaotic non-order could appear as something inspiring and familiar when observed from another angle. Our point of view is highly significant in how we perceive the world around us. How we make sense of what there is in our lives can be totally dependent on the way we look at it. Finding an agreeable set of conditions is often a matter of adapting the way we perceive the influences and things of the given moment.
In the artwork of Bernard Pras, the French sculptor uses objects to form scenes that when viewed at the right angle, spring to life. From any other position, the viewer is presented with a seemingly random collection of items. Perhaps relevant and inspiring to the particularly artistic among us, for the majority it could be seen as a total mess. That's where the genius lies.
The anamorphic designs show us that the point of view matters on a core level, and we may judge something as unpleasant or unsightly before we have appreciated the angle at which it projects from. The marvellous illusions grab us as we swing around and suddenly the unique but culturally relevant symbology springs into being.
The decision making process, in which shape, colour, size, and all round feel of an object is considered in whether or not it qualifies for the artwork is astounding. In order to see past the initial outline of what a thing is and perceive it as a component of something larger and mostly unrelated, is remarkable. Take a look at this video that demonstrates some of Bernard's work.
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