Paintings by Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Chaperon. More below.
Last month we launched a project to build a sculpture in Barcelona, at the IAM Festival, using pencils mailed in from all over the world. We collaborated with Vancouver-based studio Tangible Interaction to 3D-print special connectors that would allow us to connect the pencils together in a variety of ways. It was a pretty ambitious project considering we only had a few weeks to collect pencils and it would only work if we had lots.
You guys totally came through! All in all we had well over 1,000 pencils from all over the place: North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, India, and Sri Lanka! Thank you all for making our project in Barcelona a success! If you sent us a pencil you can now say that you have exhibited at the Design Museum of Barcelona, that’s pretty cool!
Here is a quick time lapse of people at the event building the sculpture with your pencils and a gallery of all the people who emailed in a photo of themselves. These photos represent a small fraction of all the people who took part in the project but I think it still beautifully represents the way the Internet can used to create an artwork using bits and pieces from all different countries.
Thank you everyone! Gallery of “pencil people” below!
I meant to post this up before the long weekend! Here is this month’s Reader Submissions post! Thank you all for submitting your work to the March Submissions post last month. Love seeing all the encouraging comments to artists in there, the comments and upvotes do not go unnoticed, and it means artists whose work doesn’t end up getting featured still get traffic to their own websites and new eyes on their work!
This is the April Submissions post, please share your work here during the month of April. The comments allow images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.
1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.
2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.
3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.
4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.
Enjoyed this profile on New York’s next generation of hip hop artists. Action Bronson, The Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, and openly gay rapper Le1f are interviewed in this short, beautifully shot and directed by Robert Lopuski. Watch the film “We’re Gonna Be Lords” below.
Designers Giorgia Lupi (New York) and Stefanie Posavec (London) recently launched a fascinating postcard project called Dear Data. Each week the two data artists measure one aspect of their daily lives and then represent that information with a drawing on a postcard. Every Monday they put their postcards into the mail to journey across the ocean to the other and begin collecting data for the next postcard. Having only met twice in person, this project is as much about the two of them getting to know one another as it is about finding creative ways to record details of their own lives.
There are so many interesting details in the notes they make for each other; instructions on how to decode the often extremely abstract ways they’ve represented their findings, as well as little tidbits about their day. The topics they choose for each week vary from people and purchases they make to emotions and the number of times they look at themselves in a mirror or window.
I love the analog and imperfect nature of the project; I think it makes the idea of data visualisation more accessible. I’ve included a bunch of their postcards below. Head over to their site to see larger images (they’re worth reading).
Here’s a video for Vancouver punk band “Eating Out”, directed by Dave Ehrenreich with cinematography by Liam Mitchell. Doing drugs all day isn’t my thing but I feel like Eating Out’s video captures youth culture in the same way that old Linklater films and classic music videos, like Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979”, did. Watch “Pucker” below.
My absolute favourite video series on the entire Internet (previously featured here and here and here) returns with a new episode. “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” is terrific series of shorts by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling that utilize puppets, live-action, and animation to create a sort of bizarro Muppet world.
Every episode begins as a cheerful kids show and eventually shifts into something a little more creepy and sinister. Wonderfully dark humour, exquisite set and character design, flawless editing and art direction; this is as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned.
Watch “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 4″ below!