The Armory Show is an annual event held in New York City celebrating artists and galleries from all around the world. It’s NYC’s largest art fair and believe us, it was huge. This year there were so many amazing works of art it’s hard to pick what our favorites were! Here we’ll outline some of what we saw but we encourage all NYC locals to go take a trip out next year for a fun and interesting (and exhausting!) day with the arts.
One of our favorite booths featured works by LA based artist Channa Horwitz. Visually complex, her works are stunning once you realize the meaning behind the systematic linear code. Channa is the creator of sonakinatography a process of visualizing music into eight-to-the-inch squares of the graph paper they appear on. It was like coding as performable, musical art!
Seeking to capture time and motion—she dubbed her series of drawings initiated in the 1960s Sonakinatography to reflect her commitment to sona (sound) and kina (movement)—Horwitz lays down her drawings on graph paper, the lines and squares rendered in deep black or the colors of the spectrum to create oftentimes deliriously intricate patterns.
Neon was theme throughout the show and you know how Adafruit likes their glowy art! The lit up books above are by artist Airan Kang. Below is a piece by Den Flavin, who is known for his incredible light installations.
3D printing made an appearance as well. Artist Karin Sander is turing traditional portraiture on its head with her full body 3D scans that she then prints into miniature figurines. Using a custom made scanning system that surrounds the model with 4 full body white light 3D scanners, she is able to capture every angle with precision. She then uses a face scanner to get more detail and is able to reproduce the person in 1:5 scale. We tried to get a picture of the set up but the booth was so crowded we couldn’t get a shot! Below is one of the 4 unique figurines that were on display.
Another one of our favorites was this piece by Haroon Mirza. Haroon used a grouping of solar panels and copper tape to light up LED strips (just like the ones we sell at Adafruit).
We always enjoy works that play with form and this translated vase by Yeesookyung, was deconstructed and put back together again with surprisingly beautiful results.
The show featured a large number of well known artists as well with works by Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, and, as shown below, Nick Cave. His mixed media “soundsuits” are even shinier and more impressive in person.
There was tons more to see and we took hundreds of photographs. Here’s a little history about the show:
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan. The Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week.
In its fifteen years, The Armory Show has become an international institution, and every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York City their destination. The concept of a week of arts-related events grew organically, and was formalized with the support of the city in 2009.
Click here to read more about this year’s show and stay tuned for next week when we cover the (Un)Fair Art Show- a DIY response to the Armory show that we stumbled upon on our way home.
Fctn.tv posted these incredibly cool photos using a drone to create light paintings inspired by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
I’ve always loved the asthetic of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I love how they used lights to imply the shapes of the UFO as opposed to spelling it out for the viewer. So I figured I would try to recreate a similar vibe with the DJI Phantom and see what would come of it. I attached some lights that I bought from Home Depot and shot some long exposure shots of the phantom flying around. I then brought them back into the computer and created some cool patterns in photoshop. Below are some of the comps I mocked up. I want to strap the worlds brightest flash light to it next and see what happens. Maybe fly it through a forest like a UFO with a tractor beam.
This quick shot by Skybox’s SkySat-1 shows multiple planes landing at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) airport in Beijing on December 30, 2013. You can easily see a large plane landing on the runway at right. Using the video’s timestamp and public flight logs, Bruno identified this plane as Air China Limited flight 1310, a wide-body Airbus 330 flying from Guangzhou to Beijing. Operating as a codeshare, that flight was also listed as Shenzhen Airlines 1310, United Airlines 7564, SAS 9510, Austrian 8010 and Lufthansa 7283.
The Daily Overview posts one stunning birds-eye-view photo, taken from all over the planet, each day. Their Mission Statement:
Many people have asked us what is the purpose of Daily Overview. Here’s our answer:
Unless you spend most of your time in an airplane, your everyday perspective is limited to the surface of the earth, and specifically to your line of sight. From down here it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We’ve made a decision that the majority of the images we capture will focus on this unnatural world, shining a light on the areas where our human activity – for better or worse – has shaped the landscape.
Unbelievably advanced technology has given us the newfound ability to look down at the place where we live. We think there is bountiful beauty and opportunity in the images shot from the Overview vantage point. And ultimately, we feel that this project can inspire fresh perspective about our planet and the way that we treat it. We hope you do as well.
We will continue to publish one Overview each day. Look down with us by…
Michael Wolf’s Architecture of Density, in which he examines the size and patterns of Hong Kong’s massive skyscrapers, is on view at Flowers Gallery in London through February 22, from we heart.co.uk.
Land is a finite resource, and there are few places where the pressure is on so acutely than in Hong Kong. Restricted by its island geography, the city’s solution to a rising population has been to build upwards, and Hong Kong now has more skyscrapers over 150m tall than any other city in the world. Michael Wolf has lived there since 1994, and has seen the rapid growth in people and buildings first hand.
Architecture of Density is the photographer’s examination of the city and its buildings, one in which the context is largely removed and the scale is only understandable when viewed in relation to itself. Repeating patterns in the architecture overwhelm, while in others we see evidence of human interaction with their megalithic homes – clothes draped over balconies for example, as ingenuity maximises the potential of every surface. Flowers Gallery on Cork Street, London, is hosting the exhibition until 22 February, and there is a monograph being launched in conjunction with the show, called Hong Kong Trilogy, published by Peperoni Books.
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be on Mars? This incredible panorama might be the closest experience you can get! Via Wired.
NASA’s Curiosity rover recently climbed atop a dune in an area nicknamed “Dingo Gap” on Mars and peered into the valley beyond. This stunning 30,000-pixel-wide panorama — made from 101 images — is what it saw.
The incredible mosaic is best viewed by clicking on the full-screen button in the upper left. It comes to us courtesy of Estonian photographer Andrew Bodrov, whose work we’ve featured several times before. The panorama shows off the spot that Curiosity is pausing at before rolling on to the base of Mount Sharp. There, it will search for signs of ancient life on Mars and try to figure out how the planet changed from a warm, wet one to a cold, dry one. In the distance, you can see the mountainous rim of Gale Crater, over which the rover has photographed some amazing images of the Earth in the night sky.
Engineers had originally planned to reach Mount Sharp using a fairly direct route. But after concerns that the rough terrain was bunging up the rover’s wheels too much, they sought an alternate path. A few days ago Curiosity reached Dingo Gap, beyond which satellite images show much smoother goings. A 1-meter sand dune, featured prominently in the panorama above, stands at the gateway to Dingo Gap. On Feb. 3, it seemed likely that the rover would take this easier route, though a final decision is still pending.
In his series “The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite,” Edgar Martins gives us a comprehensive and compelling look inside the European Space Agency’s numerous facilities and test centers, via slate:
Photographer Edgar Martins has long been fascinated by space. So, in 2012, when he read a blog post by the communications director of the European Space Agency explaining the need of his organization to engage with the public, Martins jumped at the opportunity. He sent a proposal to produce the most comprehensive photographic survey of ESA ever conducted. The agency agreed. “There is an increasing awareness on ESA’s behalf of the importance to connect with the public and make them aware of the important work they are doing,” Martins said via email. “NASA has always promoted its image through the arts, particularly cinema, so I think ESA realized what a wonderful platform this was to connect to an audience that it would not ordinarily reach,” Martins said.
Unlike NASA and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Martins said, ESA does not have an artist residency program. It was a big leap, therefore, for the agency to grant Martins access to its entire staff, programs, technology, and facilities, including 20 test centers, robotics departments, jet propulsion laboratories, space simulators, astronaut training centers, and launch centers across the world. But even though he had the green light to visit highly restrictive areas, Martins said he was in a constant state of negotiation to get access to specific spaces. “Most of ESA’s previous contact with image-makers was with journalists and photojournalists who go, for example, to photograph a launch, or they’re taken to specific press areas where they usually peer through a window. My approach was different. I had to be within touching distance,” he said in an interview.
“Gehry’s Children,” a series by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos, were taken at the MP Museum in Seattle, via lensculture:
Gehry’s Children” is a series I completed while on location in Seattle. I have always been fascinated by the materiality of Frank Gehry’s buildings, something which he really pioneered as an architect. He is not only a master at playing with forms, but he also gives us manifold textures and colors…from titanium, polished steel, iridescent glass and molded plastic. This series of photos deconstructs his EMP Museum in Seattle into component shapes and textures. It is a study in form, color, and texture.
Perfect for Do-It-Yourself lovers and those interested in learning, understanding and experiencing how analogue photography works, the Konstruktor is a fully-functional 35mm SLR camera which you can easily build at home.
Through the fantastically fun process of assembling this beautiful machine, you’ll learn the essence of photography and be able to shoot wonderfully sharp and vibrant analogue photos. It’s time to take the next step on your exciting photographic adventure and boost your creativity to the max. With the Konstruktor, you don’t just capture analogue beauty, you Konstruct it!
LEARN THE MECHANICS
In the digital world in which we take the complexity behind inventions for granted, there is something deceptively simple about an analogue camera. But how exactly does a film camera work? How are you capable of capturing an image on a film roll by simply clicking a button? What are the inner workings which make this possible?
The Konstruktor allows you to demystify the process of analogue photography by building your camera from the ground up. In constructing it, you’ll begin to understand the intricate mechanics behind the analogue photos you shoot and have a ton of fun in the process. Building the Konstruktor is very easy; it can usually be completed in 1-2 hours and, by the end, you’ll have a fully working SLR camera in your hands!
A NEW CREATIVE TOOLBOX
The Konstruktor is a bundle of tricks indeed. Once you have finished building your camera, you’ll be in possession of an awesomely simple yet tremendously clever photographic contraption. Firstly, the Konstruktor is equipped with ‘N’ and ‘B’ mode for regular and long exposures; of course, it has a tripod thread for keeping those long exposures steady. It is also equipped with an uncoupled shutter release and advance, so you can easily produce multiple exposure photos.
SEE WHAT YOU SHOOT
The Konstruktor is Lomography’s very first SLR camera. SLR stands for ‘Single Lens Reflex’; with this type of camera, it’s possible to focus and view exactly what you shoot. All you have to do is look through the top-down viewfinder and focus using the ring on the lens. The viewfinder also has a handy magnifier so you can get a better view of what you’re shooting.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CREATION
Once you’ve finished building the Konstruktor, it’s time to decorate! The camera comes packed with a selection of stickers that you can attach. Bored of your current camera look? Just peel off the stickers and try a different set. Of course, in true Lomographic spirit you can also decide to forget the rules and decorate your Konstrucktor in a totally unique style.
Turn your camera into an awesome high-tech time-lapse machine using a Raspberry Pi and a PiTFT for quick control! This is a great advanced project for camera + Pi geeks with motors, displays, and beautiful video output.
For example, here’s a video I shot of the lovely Irish landscape – you can see how the motorized slider adds a dynamic motion to the timelapses!
Here in NYC, the snow is coming down hard and we’ve got weather on the brain. These stunning photos from storm-chaser/photographer Mike Hollingshead remind us that the situation could be a lot more intense, via Jakob Schiller at wired:
Hollingshead has been chasing storms for more than a decade and is self-taught, both in meteorology and photography. He grew up in Nebraska watching storms but really got into it after his first real chase landed him right in front of a tornado in Iowa.
“It’s pretty easy to get hooked when that happens,” he says.
At the time he was working at a corn milling plant and chased storms after work or on the weekends. Sometimes, if the conditions looked like they might produce, he’d ask for half a day off. Eventually, the job started to wear on him, and the allure of chasing got bigger, so he quit and started chasing storms full time.
The Atlantic has an inside look at the National Ignition Facility and the pictures are incredible.
At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a federally funded research and development center about 50 miles east of San Francisco, scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) are trying to achieve self-sustaining nuclear fusion — in other words, to create a miniature star on Earth. The core of the NIF is a house-sized spherical chamber aiming 192 massive lasers at a tiny target. One recent laser experiment focused nearly 2 megajoules (the energy consumed by 20,000 100-watt light bulbs in one second) of light energy onto a millimeter-sized sphere of deuterium and tritium in a 16-nanosecond pulse. The resulting energetic output, while far short of being a self-sustaining reaction, set a record for energy return, and has scientists hopeful as they fine-tune the targeting, material, and performance of the instruments. The facility itself bristles with machinery and instruments, impressing the producers of the movie Star Trek: Into Darkness, who used it as a film set for the warp core of the starship Enterprise.
This series of manipulated photographs by Victor Enrich is reminiscent of the better special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The photographs of the Munich Hotel are visually and conceptually stunning – we hope he makes a visit to NYC soon! via dezeen:
Victor Enrich, who also works as a 3D architectural visualiser, based the entire series of images on one view of the Deutscher Kaiser hotel, a building he passed regularly during a two-month stay in the city.
Some images show parts of the building turned on their sides, while others show sections of it duplicated or sliced away. Some shots show it curving into different shapes and some show it pulled it apart.
Describing the manipulation process, Enrich told Dezeen: “What I basically do is create a 3D virtual environment out of a 2D photograph. The process involves capturing the perspective, then the geometry, then the materials and finally the lighting.”
I think we can all agree that the polar vortex needs to chill, but these photographs by Thomas Zakowski of frozen lighthouses in Michigan are breathtaking (in an ice age apocalypse kind of way), via dailymail:
These frozen lighthouses in Michigan could easily be mistaken for a scene from the disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow.Standing in temperatures well below freezing, the 30ft structures have been transformed into giant icicles.
These stunning photographs were captured by American photographer Thomas Zakowski, 56, on a trip to two cities in Michigan after a storm battered the state. Mr Zakowski, from South Bend, Indiana, said: ‘The lighthouses were frozen solid by the waves that came crashing down against the pier.
‘What made the photograph of one of them so interesting was the fact that the storm was so intense it uplifted the anchors of the scaffolding which had been left there after painting.