Saturday, March 19, 2011

Computer Graphics Taken to Perfection by Alex Roman

Through his astonishing and jaw dropping computer animations,  Alex Roman, an artist and animator from Madrid, Spain, displays the full artistic potential of CGI in an incredibly realistic way like no other that I have ever seen. 

The below videos are a treat to both the eyes and the ears and are definitely worth a look.

please check out Alex's vimeo page here.

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Sculpted Books: Breathtaking Art by Brian Dettmer

Art has a way of affecting human spirit in a way that is both mysterious and fulfilling. Not only does art unlock the creative side in us to explore what we take for granted and find hidden meanings and joy in our everyday lives, but it also provides a facet for enriching one's emotions, intellect, and overall quality of life. 

These are the thoughts that ran through my head when I discovered the great sculptures of Brian Dettmer who is an American contemporary artist with a great talent in transforming existing objects such as books or maps into great works of art. 

Some of Brian Dettmer's most impressive works are his sculpted books that reveal extraordinary beauties and elegance of design. Using his laser-like-sharp skills, Brian Dettmer cuts and carves into big volumes of books to create intricate shapes and designs that leave quite a lasting impression on anyone examining his work.

I will definitely be going to see his work if an exhibition is held nearby. 

The below featured photos are but a few of what I have come across. Please check out the rest of work done by Brian Dettmer on his website here as well as on his flicker page here.

(click on each photo for larger size)

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge” -- Brian Dettmer

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Back to where we were: The Joy, Chaos, and Randomness of Life

Friday, March 18, 2011

A 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan

On Friday, March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan. This post is a week late as I was glued to my TV watching the 24 hour coverage on NHK. The earthquake triggered off one of the largest and most devastating tsunamis ever witnessed. Everyone by now must have seen the videos that circulated across all news channels. Countless aftershocks followed, ranging in intensity from 3-6 on the Richter scale, almost all over the northern part japan.

As if the enormous earthquake and the 10 meter high wall of water that followed and caused destruction and devastation on a biblical scale were not enough, two nuclear plants, each containing 3 nuclear reactors, ran into trouble. One of them is giving off large amounts of radiation and is on the verge of becoming a full blown meltdown crisis that can affect almost all of Japan. Some of my personal friends are stuck in nearby prefectures with no way of getting away as all roads have been closed, trains have been stopped, and gas stations ran out of gas.

Thousands of people lost their lives for no fault of their own. Thousands and thousands others are stuck in shelters where medicine and food have already ran out. Some lost their lives due to hunger and exhaustion, some due to illnesses that could not be treated in time. 

One cannot help but philosophically and, in my case, rhetorically  wonder: what was God thinking? Where is he now?

Please extend your help by donating to the Japanese Red Cross thru the Google Crisis Response page.

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