Emotive Portraits

Emotive Portraits by Oleg Oprisco:

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Really creative pieces, and I especially like the ones with the matches and the paintbrush!

Which one’s your favourite?

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Wearable Foods Series

Wearable Foods Series by Yeonju Sung:

Beautiful and edible pieces from the artist!  I love this series so much and had to share this =)

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The artist’s website stated this about the series:

“Wearable Foods series, Constructed art forms made with food.

As a fine artist, [Yeonju Sung] fell in love with photography as a main tool and a medium to create her visions.

“Wearable Foods” series is the first long term project she started two years ago and it still continues to this day.

This series deals with the concept of creating images that interchange the actual reality and the made-up reality on many levels. This body of work is her version of the made-up reality, which destroys the core meaning of clothing, which is the ability to be worn.

This series of her work forces viewers to defy the actual meaning, the functionalities, and the aspects of what clothing signifies in our lives. The essence of clothing and food has been reinterpreted. Each element does not fulfill its own role and yet, each suggests an unconventional and even contradicting role – un-wearable clothing that is made out of the materials that do not last.

These images trigger some of our fundamental senses: Desire to wear clothes; desire to eat. But her images don’t fulfill the senses either and they are interchangeable stories between the actual and the made-up reality.

Yeonju’s spectacular images make you believe and desire her made-up reality.”

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Art Merge Lab from LA, which exhibited the series, stated this about the series in 2012:

“In her photographs of clothing constructed from materials that could never realistically be worn, Yeonju Sung captures what she describes as a series of phantoms—temporal checkpoints depicting objects destined to decay, objects that fail in function what they seem to fulfill in appearance. Sung begins by constructing a garment form out of foodstuffs such as eggplant, lotus root, tomato, and banana. She then photographs these articles of culinary couture, effectively removing context from purpose and concealing the degradation effects of time. Sung recognizes the inability of her organic pieces to carry out the function which they signify—and she likewise exposes the limits of the photographic image as it conveys a fleeting reality, a moment of meaning that will never exist beyond the printed page.”

Snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

Snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov:

Amazing shots by the artist, more photos can be found at his site by clicking on his name above.

Never knew they also came in a column/tube- like shape!

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. – Psalms 19:1

Studio Ghibli Layout Designs Exhibit

The exhibition ‘Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahara and Miyazaki Animation’ just opened last month at the Heritage Museum of Hong Kong and will go on till the end of August, 2014.

A fantastic exhibition for any animation student/artist/fanatic, especially if you are a huge Studio Ghibli/Takahara/ Miyazaki fan.  Unfortunately, photography was not allowed inside.

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This exhibition showcases the animation film layouts from all their films to date!

The film layouts are prepared in the production process of the animation film. The layouts are like the storyboards or blueprints of the film; they are the screen composition that make up the design and arrangement of the entire film.

They usually contain the cut number, screen, movement, dialogue, sound effects, and the actual seconds written on them which specifies when and how the layouts are to be played in the film.

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What amazed me the most about the layouts were how detailed and intricate they were. I could feel the years of dedication that their team spent on the layouts, since each layout had to be planned perfectly in order for the story to flow.

They also replicated the hallway of mirrors in the film, Spirited Away, inside the exhibition room, which was a pretty cool experience.

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Gift shop: The museum’s gift shop carries some of Studio Ghibli’s items right now, but be prepared that they will cost a small fortune!  The most affordable item might just be the kitchen cloth! Yes! You heard it right, a kitchen cloth from Kiki’s Delivery!

Tips: Wednesdays are half priced.  Also, go early to queue in the ground floor area if you’d like to take pictures with the characters from their films.

The exhibit will make you want to watch and re-watch all their animation films!  Make sure to check it out if you’re gonna be in Hong Kong this summer or plan a trip!

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

So Father’s Day is coming up, still haven’t decided what to get yet?

Here are some gift ideas (click on the artist’s name for links):

Cool interactive t-shirts by bkykid 

Railroad Play Mat Tshirt by bkykid

Space Play Mat Tshirt by bkykid

 

Sweet slogan t-shirts by SlothMachine

Darth Vader Greatest Father Tshirt by SlothMachine

 

A one of a kind card by FINCHandHARE

You are awful-awesome card by FINCHandHare

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OR

im lucky to have you as my old man by FINCHandHARE

im lucky to have you as my old man by FINCHandHARE 2

Lego tie slide for any lego fan by bitsandbadges

 

Lego Chrome Silver Tie Slide by bitsandbadges

 

Fishing fans will like this key hook by RobsRustics

key hook wall mount fishbone by RobsRustics

Don’t forgot your grandfathers too!

 

Paramount – Oakland by franck bohbot

Paramount – Oakland by franck bohbot:

I picked my favourite photographs from the artist in his series, Paramount – Oakland, which I’d like to share with you guys.

There’s something really captivating about these pictures by the artist; and it really reminds me of the hotel scenes in the film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which came out recently.  Honestly, the scenes of the hotel from the film was the main reason that attracted me in watching the film.

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I especially appreciate the photos with the room with the mirrors, the cinema, and the theater.

Really brings one back to that era; seems like so many stories and secrets are unlocked in these hotels.