There are animated GIF’s and then there are animated GIF’s. Since the birth of, and the rebirth of the animated GIF most fall into one of two categories; poor quality looping images that jump as they start over, or really well done masquerading under the name Cinemagraph. Then there are those like the ones below done by the very talented Justin Mezzell. There is a fresh unique approach to these. Simple in style and execution, with just enough detail. They really don’t look like the animated GIF files you are used to seeing. The clean crisp design combined with a fresh color pallet, and seamless loops are absolutely mesmerizing, which is not surprising when you look at his other work.
I really do wish I had thought of this. The video below is of some crazy fun art pieces by Juan Fontative. The pieces are constructed from discarded clocks, and push bike parts. Highlighting humming birds in flight and butterflies.
Each piece is a perpetually looping flip book with flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies found in various other sources. The works are part film, part sculpture, and part audio. Every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand by Fontative, from the watch sized gears, to the clips, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets
The works are mesmerizing, and hypnotic. Perfect viewing for an afternoon in the Spring.
Keeping with the summer theme and the build up to the Solstice on the 21st, here is a short film on the work of kinetic sculpture Anthony Howe by Elizabeth Rudge. Nice photography and editing make this short film. No narration or dialog is needed since the focus is on the work, and the intricate process of creating it.
back in the day, when I was younger and didn’t care if I broke my arm (note that I now have a mortgage, and broken arm + designer = not working) I was a pretty hardcore skater. I spent countless hours at the skatepark, on ramps, in abandoned swimming pools, and carving the asphalt around my neighborhood. This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I had kept up with it.
Not only is this a fun as hell video, some of the shots in it are pretty amazing, and the end result is some killer abstract graffiti.