Isolde Woudstra

14 02 2012

The edge of a knife. You run it along your tongue. Does it bleed? That’s what Ms. Woudstra’s photographs remind me. Its a constant sense of danger. Of harm done. Or the prospect of injury. Always malevolent. There is no pleasure in her work. Only disturbance.

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14 02 2012

Why is it that vintage commercials look surreal? As if we had stumbled into someone’s nightmare.

Mass Panic: The World of Atom Punk

I spent this past weekend at the McDonald’s Corporate campus and I was quickly taken back to my early youth, when every other birthday party was at a McDonalds. This was a more innocent time, a time when most of us knew not what went into the “food” that we were eating or the toys we were playing with. Anyway, here are some great vintage TV ads for fast food restaurants.

Man, this one is creepy:

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Vincent Van Gogh/ Petros Vrellis

14 02 2012

“A try to visualize the flow of the famous painting “Starry Night” of Vincent Van Gogh.
The user can interact with the animation. Also, the sound responds to the flow.
Made with openframeworks.”

It seems like a nice idea. Its an entertaining one. I saw a similar thing the other day at a movie theatre. Kids were jumping on spots of light that would explode, move around etc. Maybe I’m just being a poop. Certainly most people’s reaction to this idea has been positive. But would you use the same idea on The Sisteen Chapel? Or a de Kooning. I could go down the line. Animating great paintings is kitsch. And there is another reason I’m not crazy about it. Because I’ve seen what Van Gogh has seen. I was on Acid. Van Gogh was either feeling the affects of the inferior paints he was using or was suffering the results of being in the sun too long. The animation is 2 dimensional. Van Gogh’s work is more than 3 dimensional. And it may also involve several other senses. His visual depictions may represent smell. Or hearing. If the artist didn’t do it, leave it alone.