ANIMATRIX///HOMER: A PHOTO A DAY FOR 39 YEARS…

August 7, 2008  |  Animation, Video  |  Comments Off

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ANIMATRIX///LENA GIESEKE’S 3D “GUERNICA”…

July 26, 2008  |  Animation, Cool Shit, News  |  Comments Off

Digital artist LENA GIESEKE has created an incredibly captivating 3D video model of PICASSO’s masterpiece 1937 painting "Guernica." Says the artist of her inspiration: "The idea of creating a 3D version of an influential artwork came out of doing jigsaw puzzles of famous paintings. When you assemble a jigsaw, you study a painting in great detail and you become aware of the very lines, shapes and colors that the painting is composed of and how these elements merge to create a unified expression. Through the puzzle, you explore the artwork, examining details your eye might not have caught otherwise." For those needing a bit of historical backend, "Guernica" was Picasso's commentary on the Nazi bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of modern art ever produced whose relevance still seems more timely than ever...

Coincidentally, recent examination of "Guernica" by expert art conservators has determined that the painting is in "serious but stable condition" in its current home at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and can not afford to undergo any further restorations. The painting's most serious (and damaging) restoration was undertaken in 1974 when superstar art dealer/actor TONY SHAFRAZI spray-painted the words "KILL LIES ALL" across the work in what can best be described as a cheap fame grab that subsequently catapulted him to the highest echelons of the international art world. Funny how things work, innit? Read more HERE...

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BEIJING 08.08.08///ANIMATRIX///GORILLAZ PRODUCE ANIMATED OLYMPIC SPOT…

July 25, 2008  |  Animation, art, Art & Commerce, London, News, Olympics, Sports  |  Comments Off

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Aging British 30-somethings will no doubt instantly recognize the faces of the BBC’s new animated 2008 Olympic campaign as the legendary Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy from the awesomely bad 1970s live-action TV series “Magic Monkey,” but kids will be even more stoked to discover this unknown narrative as a newly animated series by GORILLAZ members JAMIE HEWLETT and DAMON ALBARN. Animated by legendary British inkslinger Hewlett with a score composed by Albarn, the Beeb’s new "Monkey" series of campaign animations and multi platform media spots (think mobile, web, and other interactive) is an absolutely radical step for a massive mainstream media company, especially the venerable old guard institution of the BBC. Based on the story “Journey to the West,” a legendary Chinese novel published in the late 1500s and widely renowned as one of the country’s four most important works of fiction, the story follows a monk and his band of disciples as they battle a never-ending array of bad guys and demons on a journey to reclaim a trove of sacred Buddhist scriptures for China. On this quest, the main character of Monkey dazzles in a series of battle scenes which he fights with his magic growing staff from the back of a flying cloud. In the BBC’s new animated spot, says Hewlett, “the idea is that you tell the entire story of Journey to the West in a two-minute opening sequence, which is basically them on their way to the Olympic stadium … this is going to be the summer of Monkey.” And the beginning of awesomely integrated Pop Culture sports coverage as well. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MOVING PICTURES///STREET LIFE///”MUTO”: A NEW WALL-PAINTED ANIMATION BY BLU…

July 8, 2008  |  Animation, Graffiti, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

Italian street artist and current Tate Modern defacer BLU brings his never-ending string of wall-dwelling characters to life in "Muto" a new "wall-painted animation" chronicling a recent series of paintings across Buenos Aires, Argentina & Baden, Germany...

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ANIMATRIX///I MET THE WALRUS…

May 31, 2008  |  Animation, Video  |  Comments Off

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