Painting

Truck Art!

Art collector and businessman Jaime Colsa has come up with a way to bring art to the people every day. He is using trucks, as in semi’s as canvasses to showcase the latest trends in painting, drawing and urban art in Spain. For Colsa the trucks challenge each artist to deal with scale, budgets and other obstacles that they had probably not dealt with before.  They are also challenged with the fact the canvas is moving, rendering each work a fleeting moment for it’s audience. It’s a great idea. Get the art out of the gallery space, expose thousands of people to it, and challenge artists to work in a new way. I wish someone would bring this same kind of program over from Europe to the USA.

“emulsifier” – Thomas Medicus

This is fantastic. “emulsifier” is a hand painted glass sculpture by Thomas Medicus. The anamorphic object is made out of 160 glass strips. There isn’t a whole lot of detail on his website, but the video and stills below give you a pretty good idea of how this works, and would look in real life. I can’t imagine how long it took to put this together and the painstaking task of hand painting each strip and assembling it. This is a very, very cool piece of art.

 

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World Leading Hipsters.

Amit Shimoni has created a series of images reimagining famous world leaders as hipsters. The “Hipstory Collection”, curates a selection of famous politicians and revolutionaries viewed through the lens of hipster hair styles, fashion, and trends. The funny thing is, Abe Lincoln already looks like a hipster in most of the photos of him. 

In addition to Lincoln, Shimoni gives us Nelson Mandela with a Hawaiian print shirt and a retro fade haircut, Winston Churchill in suspenders, a striped shirt and hipster hat, Mahatma Gandhi in tie-dye with some John Lennon-style shades, Che Guevara with an Adidas beanie, JFK with a pencil mustache and signature hipster hair cut, Margaret Thatcher and more. 

The illustrations are available in everything from stretched canvasses to iPhone cases. 

Cement Truck Murals by Andrea Bergart.

This morning while I was searching for a completely unrelated item I came across this video on Vimeo about artist Andrea Bergart and a project she was working on about a year ago. The short film looks at how she transformed cement trucks in New York into rolling murals that feature her brightly colored, geometric works. It’s a great idea, and one that she talks about in the film. Why hadn’t anyone thought about painting cement trucks before and turning them into rolling murals? The short film by  and Simon Biswas has a really nice quality to it. High production value, nice 70’s inspired soundtrack, casual, fresh and informative.