The whirring of gears and pistons, the whimsy of fantasy, and the grit of the street kid made good, all combine into the art of Dale Mathis.
Dale Mathis’ mixed media, high relief sculptures and design objects defy the typical classifications of any art. The fantasy designs of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne coupled with an artist that any generation would be proud to call its own.
The design of the “Philco PC” was inspired by the 1950′s design classic Philco Predicta, as well as an eclectic mixture of modern minimalism, the steampunk movement, and antiques. As lead designer Dave Schultze explains, “The result is a design aesthetic that blends multiple elements of the familiar, but with some surprisingly fresh styling that just so happens to house a state-of-the-art Windows 7 PC.”
Audi used its presence at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour to show off the auto maker’s sleek electric bike concept — fittingly named the e-bike Wörthersee. The company claims the bike, featuring a lightweight 3.53-pound carbon fiber construction, has been crafted with “sport, fun, and tricks” in mind. It’s certainly one of the most advanced designs we’ve seen in terms of on-board tech, as the bike features a built-in computer complete with a touchscreen that displays a rider’s current road speed, distance, slope angle, and even lets them record trick sequences.
MOONMACHINE by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva is both the first of the MB&F Performance Art pieces by a watchmaker and the first to endow a Machine with a new complication. With MOONMACHINE, Stepan has taken a specially configured HM3 Frog and transformed it with his iconic moon-face moon-phase indicator set in a scintillating firmament of northern stars.
Steampunk has been steadily growing as a relevant sub-genre of science fiction since the late 80′s and early 90′s, with fans being among some of the more passionate out there. Not wanting to pass by this growing popularity, Moscow designer Alex Neretin enters with his Rhombus Maximus wireless Steampunk mouse and USB flash drive. Made entirely of copper, brass, and walnut (there was no plastic in Victorian times, people!) the Rhombus Maximus will surely leave Steampunk lovers rejoicing as yet another wonderfully designed piece of art can adorn their collections.
Nathan Sawaya is an internationally known professional Lego artist whose work has been featured throughout the world. Some artists use paint, others bronze, but Nathan Sawaya chooses to build his awe-inspiring art out of toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. The former corporate lawyer quit his job in 2001 to focus on becoming the world’s foremost LEGO artist.
Photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics artist Kevin Burg have found a way to elevate the animated GIF to a level approaching fine art, with their “cinemagraphs” — elegant, subtly animated creations that are “something more than a photo but less than a video.”.
This is an absolutely breathtaking performance by Kseniya Simonova on the popular show Ukraine’s Got Talent. The 24-year old artist specializes in sand animation, a style of live performance art. Using a simple light table, Kseniya uses sand to tell her story. The canvas is in a constant state of change as she moves seamlessly from scene to scene. Paced beautifully to haunting music; it is easy to see why she was declared the inaugural winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent.
The scene above is from the show’s finale and tells a story of World War II.
Seattle-based illustrator Dain Fagerholm calls his animations “stereographic drawings”. They trick the eye by rapidly switching between two images that shift perspectives, creating a bizarre 3-D effect.
While traditionally stereographic images are used to create hyperrealistic, sci-fi effects, Fagerholm uses a hand-drawn aesthetic that makes it look like your childhood book illustrations have come to life.