Five For Friday 131
“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” – Bill Moyers
I am absolutely fascinated by the work of Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto who, in addition to using found objects and materials, carves his large-scale dramatic portraits directly into the surfaces of walls and buildings. I love that his work can only be created by destroying (at least partially) something else. Thanks to Miri Berlin, whose work is also terrific, for sending me the link.
Wendy Marvel and Mark Arnon Rosen
Inspired by nature as well as the early motion studies of Edward Muybridge, artists Wendy Marvel and Mark Arnon Rosen create wonderful mechanical flip books. I remember drawing my own flip books in the corners of my notebooks, but they were positively primitive compared to these. They even create multiple boxes, like the one above, that allow the subjects to jump from one flip book to another.
Every Frame a Painting
I’ve been a fan of Looney Tunes since I was a kid. Like many of you, I grew up on a steady diet of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and the brilliant game of cat and mouse between Wile E Coyote and the Road Runner. My first introduction to opera, though I wouldn’t realize it until years later, was with the brilliant What’s Opera Doc?, sometimes called Kill the Wabbit. Behind all of the gags and the wonderful character work was artist and director Chuck Jones. As kids, we never thought about why Looney Tunes were funny—we just knew that they were. In a terrific documentary short, filmmaker Tony Zhou breaks down the process of how Jones created the characters, and also the evolution of the characters over time and of himself as an artist.
Both Sides of Sunset
I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life (with the exception of brief stints in Alabama, Texas and NYC) and in about a week, I’m leaving the land of milk and honey and moving to Washington DC. One of the things I’ll miss is wandering around the streets of Los Angeles with my camera. Whether you photograph street, portraits, architecture or photojournalism, LA is a shooting gallery of fantastic subject matter. The brand new book Both Sides of Sunset, collects work from 125 of the biggest names in photography, including David Maisel, Steve McCurry, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and more to show the magic and the misery in the City of Angels.
Cape Cod From Above
Here’s a wonderful photo essay by Boston Globe staff photographer David L. Ryan showing Cape Cod from the air. I love seeing the colors and patterns that only become visible from a plane or a helicopter. While I’ve not been there yet myself, it’s definitely a place on my list. I’m sure there are lots of fascinating stories just waiting to be shared.