‘Inspirations’ Category

Russian Propaganda Art at Tate Modern

April 30th, 2011 by Nate

While I was overseas earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit the Tate Modern, an international contemporary art museum in the heart of London recommended to me by my colleague Travis McCleery. The Tate Modern is part of a family of 4 Tate galleries, and displays selections from the Tate Collection from 1900 onward. I was particularly drawn to an exhibit in the States of Flux wing, which displays are from the early twentieth-century movements Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism.

I walked into the room and was immediate struck by the enormity and completeness of the exhibit condensed into one space. At first I wondered why it wasn’t spaced out into several rooms, but the effect was exactly what I think they’d envisioned. It wasn’t about any particular individual piece, but about [...]

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Android Jones: the “Apocalyptic Art Shaman”

February 8th, 2011 by Nate
From Andrew's bio: "His work is a hybrid of academic training, emerging technology and the mystical experience, bringing together a mixture of archetypal mythology and spirituality... In Andrew's live painting he searches to capture the invisible energetic elements of life that no photo or video camera are capable of reflecting."

I first saw Andrew “Android” Jones‘ work while I was browsing the art booths at Wakarusa 2010. Being a digital artist myself, I was really drawn to his signature style, which I would describe as a fusion of light, shapes, patterns, portraits, and environments into a chaotic but very cohesive whole with dark, mystical, and deeply personal undertones. Many, if not all of the portraits in his pieces are hand-painted digitally, and I love the way their eyes are often the center of attention (they’re the window to the soul, are they not?). One of the coolest things I immediately noticed was that the prints he was displaying weren’t just prints, they were lenticular holograms. One piece would have a remarkable depth to it, while the piece next to it would have several artworks in one image that morphed between each other based on your viewing angle. Very cool.

He’s one of the only arists I know that use Corel Painter for a majority of work, which just goes to show that Photoshop isn’t the only player in the game. I tried using Corel Painter awhile back and it just seemed quite a bit less polished and intuitive than I was used to. Granted, it caters to a bit different audience. He also uses Zbrush for 3d figures and manipulation. One of his signature techniques seems to be

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Lichtenberg Figures (Lightning Fossils)

November 17th, 2010 by Nate

During my recent interest in fractal geometry, I came across these unique and fascinating artforms called Lichtenberg Figures (sometimes referred to as “Captured Lightning”). Named after Dr. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, who was the first to observe the phenomenon, modern-day figures are created by irradiating a clear acrylic block with high-energy electrons from a linear accelerator. The electrons become trapped inside the acrylic block and create a cloud of negative electrical charge inside. The acrylic is then discharged at a specific spot, and all that pent up energy breaks down within billionths of a second and exits the block, creating a fractal network of microscopic fractures. The result is a beautiful electrical fossil that looks incredible when illuminated from the exit point – almost like fiber optics.

I would love to be able to try my hand at making some of these. Unfortunately, I don’t happen to have access to a 4-story linear accelerator. But these guys do, and their work is a breathtaking combination of science and art.

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