Sometimes you just stumble upon a piece of art that so strangely provoking, so bizarrely disaffected, that you aren't really quite sure what to make of it. And one of the best recent examples of this sort of surreal, alienated work comes from 918, the anonymous digital artist behind a couple of viral, digitally-rendered narratives that garner their power from their dreamlike aesthetic and acute sense of existential dread. Read more.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
History is not being made; it is being interrogated. Some of it is being wrecked. Some of it is being considered, while some of it is being left where it belongs – in the past. This is the tone at the Digital Art Festival in Nairobi, which kicked off on Tuesday night with an exhibition at the Shifteye Gallery and a screening of PressPausePlay, a documentary that captures the dynamic times we are living in, thanks to the digital revolution. In a video installation titled What the Fuss?, Melisa Allela and Lenny Njagih explore privacy, identity, narcissism, absurdity and isolation on Facebook using profile updates to create a gripping visual experience...read more.
As the world starts to get its first taste of augmented reality technology through smartphones and developer headsets, not only do we have whole new virtual worlds to enjoy, but there is a new virtual veneer over the real one that can be exploited. No doubt it will eventually be used to put obnoxious advertising everywhere, but then artists can always hit back — with digital graffiti. Read more.
A self- taught visual artist, illustrator and a practitioner of digital art with specialisation in mixed-media, Ashok Ahuja’s exhibition Allured is going on at Gallery Espace, New Delhi. His seamless portrayal of imagery puts a spell on the audience as every picture speaks a different story. Read more.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Digital art has achieved the reputation of being mystical and invigorating and Ashok Ahuja’s on-going exhibition in Delhi fits the description perfectly. Considered as one of the pioneers in ‘Digital Art’, Ahuja has been creating pieces inspired by technology where he is the master but viewers are open to their own interpretation. According to him, a piece of art isn’t worthy enough if it does not uplift the soul. “Art is as much about discovery and perception as it is about making and creating.” Read more.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
We get it: You’re a Paris expert. Your passport is chock-a-block with stamps from de Gaulle, and your scarf game is always on point (at least once you step off the plane). You can probably pen an epic on the city’s myriad art museums—or at the very least, navigate the Louvre while blindfolded, and rattle off pro tips on what to see at Musée d’Orsay. But if you’re seeking a new artistic thrill for your next Paris visit, then we’ve got good news: L’Atelier des Lumières, a new digital museum breaking ground in Paris’s buzzy 11th arrondissement, promises to be the coolest new destination this side of the Right Bank when it opens in the next 18 months. Read more.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Hans Ruedi Giger, known for his design as the basis of Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien franchise, will have seven of his artworks displayed as fold-out features in the self-titled hardcover book.
The book will show the complete story of his life and art, his sculptures, film work and iconic album covers as well as work from his own artist’s museum and self-designed bar in the Swiss Alps. Read more.