Saturday, July 21, 2012

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

This work may look like something we have seen on The Operable Window before. Here.


This is still amazing work.  Done with single images as apposed to the hundreds that make of he work of Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga, the images of Menno Aden give us a surreal look the the spaces we live.










Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mr.Overtime Rotoscoped

One of the most interesting forms of animation is the Rotoscope.  Somewhere between live action and illustration the process never seems to fail in producing spectacular visuals.  Recently I came across a new video that takes this technique twists it then flips it then throws is out.  Watch the Video and then the Making Of below. Enjoy.



Punks Jump Up feat Dave 1/Chromeo - Mr Overtime
Directed by Maxime Bruneel twitter.com/maxbruneel


Produced by ChezEddy twitter.com/chezeddy



MAKING OF - Punks Jump Up feat Dave 1/Chromeo from ChezEddy on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The 6000 Page Solar System

From artist Mishka Henner, we can now experience our larger neighborhood in book form.  Six thousand pages of our Solar System.  


One Page = One Million Kilometers 


Spectacular!








Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beetle Wrestler

Have you ever wanted to have a wrestling match with a Rhinoceros Beetle (the strongest animal in the world)?  Me too.


Well thanks to designer Chris Woebken  this is now totally possible.





With the help of a head mounted apparatus one can now interface with the mighty Beetle on the field of combat.  


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Watch the battle!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Colosse

From Hornet Inc., Director Yves Geleyn this short is absolutely beautiful for a lot of reasons.   


Puppeteering and CGI meet in the tale of the Epic Colosse and some little friends.








Sorry for the short posts and the over all shortage of posts.  Life has been crazy.  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mr.Rogers Sings


And we're back.  


this is beautiful.  reminds us of this too...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wet Plate Truck Photography

This short looks at an artist,  Ian Ruhter, who has constructed a box truck camera which takes 1.5m wet plate photographs.  Though the video is a be dramatic it is quite cool.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Futura Film

 Futura, designed by Paul Renner for the Bauer foundry animated by Thibault de Fournas and Christopher Wilson, both studying at the ESAG. (found here)   Sorry it is in French, but still beautiful.


FUTURA LE SPECIMEN ANIMÉ from Thibault de Fournas on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thursday by Matthias Hoegg

Thursday by Matthias Hoegg is a breath taking animated short which marries Corbu's Vision Plan and Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie into a Tati style love story that has everything from Space Elevator lounges to comm cable bird nests.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ross Racine

A world of imagined landscapes and closed suburbs, Canadian Artist, Ross Racine's hand drawn digital artwork reminds use of a world that almost is.  Taking a cue from Google Earth and our contemporary ability to view our world from above, Racine re-imagines the suburbia into figural  symbols and patterns.  What is so beautiful about this work is that, if one had never seen the satellite imagery of suburbia, much of these worlds would be completely believable.  The inability to navigate endless winding suburban streets can easily leave one disoriented due to lack of legible landmarks or differentiated housing.  This lack of way finding tools can hamper one's ability to produce a mental map of a subdivision.  Perhaps it would be better to shape these areas into something reminiscent of their name.  Oakdale would be shaped like an Oak and Shepherd point, a sheep.

"Drawn freehand directly on a computer and printed on an inkjet printer, my works do not contain photographs or scanned material.
The subjects of my recent work may be interpreted as models for planned communities as much as aerial views of fictional suburbs, referring to the dual role of the computer as a tool for urban planning as well as image capture. Examining the relation between design and actual lived experience, the works subvert the apparent rationality of urban design, exposing conflicts that lurk beneath the surface. Beyond the suburban example, these digital drawings are a way of thinking about design, the city and society as a whole." Ross Racine Artist Statement

Check out many many more at his site http://www.rossracine.com/














Monday, January 23, 2012

Address is Approximate by Tom Jenkins

This breathtaking short combines stop-motion and time lapse to take a unique journey across the U.S.

Completely imaginative and inventive in its execution.


Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Leather Cthulhu

These beautiful masks are made by Eden Bachelder of Toronto.  All hand shaped and painted in leather.  They can be bought at her Etsy page or looked at on her Deviant Art page.

Beautiful.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why Video

The Operable Window, from its inception in 2008, has presented a great deal of content in the form of short films and video. This is no accident or coincident. In fact, a great deal of discussion has happened between the contributors about video's roll on the blog and in the greater creative world.

At the Operable Window our general belief is that the video, of all other forms of the graphic arts, is the most suitable for viewing on computers. This is not to say that this is the best way to view video, but rather it is better viewed on the computer screen than, say, photography or the illustrated arts. With this said there is more and more, especially in the graphic design world, art that is made specifically to be viewed on a monitor.

But why? Why do we feel that the internet, and the means by which we access it, are so conducive for viewing video. It is rather simple actually. As a hardware medium argument, the computer screen is great for watching video because of its fairly high resolution and the fact that it is back-lit. As high as screen resolution is though, it is not high enough or have the color depth that a print of a photograph would have. We would also rather look at illustrations done with pen and ink on a nice Bristol, or a screen print on a heavy stock.

Simply put, the computer is the medium of video. Not the only one, but a good one. This is not to say that we don't spend a great deal of time enjoying other arts on the computer, but rather we enjoy them a great deal more in their respected, intended, mediums.

This discussion leads to others about the internet's roll and impact on the arts and the creative fields. With the proliferation of video sharing websites and "share" buttons, for the first time access to the motion picture medium is open to the masses. Think 35mm compact camera of another time, or the more recent drop in digital camera prices. Now anyone can make short videos and make them accessible to the world, for better or for worse.

Personally I would discourage the dismissal of this power. One might argue that for ever One well made, creative film, there are 100,000 horrible videos of teens lip-sinking to the Black Eyed Peas. True. Remember though, that ratio is exaggerated by thousands in the case of photography. There have been so many horrific images taken since the introduction of the consumer camera that it is unthinkable. With that though came the few good images and more importantly the forwarding of the field by those that would not have normally had access to the medium a generation before. So artist could start younger and take their cameras more places and practice more. This is exactly the case of Video today.

We would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this.

Proof of the point...
An excellent young Director/producer/editor/graphics artist Ninian Doff. Here is a fun little ditty...



http://www.niniandoff.com/

Monday, January 9, 2012

Being Elmo

It is a very special thing when a creative person dedicates their life to making people happy. Watch this trailer and try not to feel good.