Faith47 - Cape Town, South Africa
“Or, sometimes you like something because you really have no choice in the matter - you feel your soul is richer, or more colourful, or more resonant because of that thing. I want to be true to that voice.”
— Artist Joe Sorren in HiFructose #13
Awhile back Barnaby Ward of 16 Miles to Merricks fame was going to do a comic reworking the ending to the movie A.I. I remember asking him if it was cool if I wrote a post about it but that was awhile ago and I suspect he moved onto other things.
Anyway here’s some of the art he showed me from it. I love the idea of using comics to do things like this.
The Ghostly Sculptures of Bruno Walpoth
Ghostly sculptures of Bruno Walpoth. Life-size, his powdered beauties, as if in opposition to their ghostly stature, seem heavy and grounded, their gazes locking whomever sees them into a spiritual arrest.
Working with traditional sculptural methods, Walpoth’s work is almost alchemical in quality. Muscles, eyes and fingers that have been carved into wood (lime and walnut) or covered with lead leaf foils, seem soft and supple, sad and pensive. Idealistically beautiful, his figures show signs of bones and sinew under fragile skin.
Marks from carving tools show on the surface of the wooden bodies, and serve as quiet reminders that these creatures are not human. The marks break what anthropomorphizing has taken place and the observer is introduced to (or reminded of) the artist. In a strange way, that break makes these works even more fascinating; they make clearly visible the love that has been passed from the creator to the created.
“Contrary to Geppetto, who constructed himself a child (Pinocchio) out of a piece of wood to banish his loneliness, Bruno Walpoth attempts, perhaps out of awareness of life’s transience, to immortalize the volatile spark of youthfulness he catches in the eyes of his models – sometimes his own children – into a wooden sculpture,” writes Absolute Art Gallery‘s Diana Gadaldi. Walpoth’s figures are also reminiscent of the children in the paintings of Dino Valls and Gottfried Helnwein, yet are not so tortured nor forced into adulthood. They are more ghostly, or perhaps more Buddhist, as if silently accepting of a new maturity. Ms. Gadaldi also states that “[they] seem to be immersed in a moment of intimate meditation. Their detached attitude and dreamy expression are characteristic for the stage of life they are going through: one of slow but inexorable physical and psychological development. As they evolve from children to adolescents and from adolescents to young adults, the first traces of self-consciousness and emotional involvement appear on their often still infantile faces.”
Burned wood sculptures by Aron Demetz
Wonderful. I love the inclusion of the roots of the tree from which the sculpture was carved. Do click through to the website - when I did I realized I had seen his sculptures before (some of his much earlier works). Interesting to see how his work has changed.
Civil Sector of Maidan’s political action performance piece, The Kingdom of Darkness Is Surrendered, forced police to see themselves reflected in the mirrors held by protesters. Ukraine, 2014
"Human Revolution", DEUS EX - Short Film
Directed by Moe Charif.
Behind The Scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct7se…
Based on the video game Deus Ex Human Revolution, the film dives into the world of Adam Jensen, a Sarif industries’ security consultant that gets augmented after an incident that almost took his life away. Although the film doesn’t follow the narrative of the game exactly, it remains true to the theme while focusing on the relationship between Adam Jensen, and his ex girlfriend Megan Reed, a scientist hand picked by Serif Industries to head Cybernetic Augmentations. Megan is taken by the Illuminati and is asked to assist them in turning on a mysterious device but she refuses to cooperate. Jensen has been looking for Megan since she was kidnapped and has finally pinpointed her location. Adam faces a complication that he did not account for; Yelena Federova, an Augmented assassin is at the facility where Megan is being held. The film also taps, even if briefly, into Adam’s mind and the struggle he must face on daily basis.
Adam Jensen: Moe Charif - @moecharif
Megan Reed: Liannet Borrego - @liannetborrego
Yelena Fedorova: Shayna Nicole E’orio
Page: Antoni Corone
Written and Directed by Moe Charif
Produced by: Moe Charif and Giovanni Mancini
Director of Photography: Angel Barroeta
Visual Effects: Mauro Rondan
Stylist: JR Martinez - Costume Design: JR Martinez | Gordon Tarpley
Stunt Choreographer/2nd UnitDirector: Juan C. Bofill
Full Cast and Crew credits: http://www.dcodefilms.com/hr-credits….