art: March 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg It's hard to believe these stunning image of Britain were not taken with a high-end camera, in fact they were taken with just a humble mobile phone… and a helicopter.

In a bid to show off the photographic capabilities of their latest phone, Nokia commissioned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes to do his stuff using the N8 handset.

Leaving his usual DSLR and array of lenses at home, Hawkes took to the skies above Hampshire, Isle of White, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, and London armed with the 12MP cameraphone.

And the results are impressive, they're better than any photos we've taken with a mobile phone… his thumb is not in any of them for one thing.

275x250.jpg It's taken some getting to the bottom of, but the woman who adorned the walls of teenage boys everywhere after posing for a cheeky tennis poster, has finally been revealed.

35-years-ago, at the age of 18, Fiona Walker posed for a photo on a tennis court in Birmingham where she stood with her back to camera and lifted her short tennis dress to reveal her bottom.

The image - taken be her boyfriend Martin Elliott - went on to become one of the world's best selling posters and instantly recognisable around the world. Though Walker was never identified as 'tennis girl'.

But now - as the poster goes on show as part of an exhibition celebrating art about tennis - she's decided to show her face for the first time… and this time that's all she's showing.

275x250.jpgAn artist has come up with an interesting way to breathe life into the humble celebrity portrait, by creating them with circles.. and lots of them.

Ben Heine uses thousnads of tiny coloured circles to build up his impressive  'Digital Circlism' portraits which he describes as a mixture of Pop Art and Pointillism.

Using Photoshop to create the works, Heine says he starts off by focusing on the dynamic movement of someone's face and placing circles there.

He then works his way outwards, carefully placing hundreds of circles of varying size on the page until he's created an image, which when viewed from a distance looks amasingly life-like.

Given that each portrait can take 180 hours to produce, we wouldn't be surprised if Heine was seeing spots by the time he finished.

275x250.jpg Which university would you rather go to, one which promised great job prospects… or one that taught you to survive a zombie apocalypse? We think it's an easy choice.

A University of Lincoln student has made a selection of impressive adverts adverts for his esteemed academic institution featuring dinosaurs, fire and zombies.

Media Production student Tom Ridgewell, 20, says his 'banned' adverts - shot in his own time around his course - are a step up from the usual bland and boring university TV adverts.

And while we doubt we'll see them on TV anytime soon, they've certainly proved a hit online… and probably even prompted some prospective students to consider going to the University of Lincoln.

275x250.jpg A group of Dutch artists have fulfilled the dreams of DIY-haters everywhere…  by creating a room which can be redecorated at the flick of a switch, almost.

Going by the name of Mr Beam, the artists created a plain white room and then set up two projectors which were used to 'decorate' the room with light.

They took two months programing the setup to create the nine different rooms in various styles with things ranging from psychedelic wallpaper to a leather sofa.

But before you get your hopes up that this is the future of decorating, it's worth remembering that you really would become part of the sofa if you sat down.

275x250.jpg It's a good job Vanessa Dualib forgot everything her mom told her about not playing with your food… because its now part of how she makes a living.

The 29-year-old artist and photographer creates amazing animals out of misshapen food and then takes photos of then before then go rotten.

She also create a back story about the fruit animals - like this blowfruit (above) which she says lives in South China but once a year swims to Brazil.

Vanessa has so far created around 70 different fruit animals… and if she doesn't fancy what's for dinner this evening it could be 71.

275x250.jpg If you live in London you should be careful where you tread… because you could inadvertently crush one of these fantastic tiny artworks.

That's because an artist called Slinkachu places 1:87 scale installations of little people in real world locations and reacting with their comparably giant surroundings.

He says the little sculptures represent the way in which many city-dwellers feel overwhelmed by the urban environment and that passers-by should empathise with their vulnerability.

But the guerrilla artist - who takes photos of them in situation - rarely hangs around to see how people react… which probably is a good job, because we which we may have accidentally trodden one one.

275x250.jpg A designer has created a bizarre cycle which is powered solely by two screwdrivers and can carry the rider at speed of around 20mph - as long as they don't mind being uncomfortable.

Dubbed The EX, the odd skeleton contraption sees daredevil riders lie close to the ground with their hands on two triggers above the front wheels.

From there they can control the two 18-volt Bosch screwdrivers which act as the engines on the bike and steer by leaning their weight on specially developed joints.

Designer Nils Ferber says the bike cost just £900 to produce and is considerably more environmentally friendly than most other vehicles… and haw many of them can be used to put up a shelf.

275x250.jpg Commuters were left scratching their heads yesterday, after car makers confused them by 'parking' a life-size bright blue Play-Doh vehicle an a street in London.

Chevrolet say they picked the unusual way of promoting the launch of a new car after research found Play-Doh is our favourite nostalgic toy. Though we don't know what that's got to do with new cars.

It apparently took a team of eight model makers around two weeks to hand-craft the 4.6 metre by 1.8 metre Chevrolet Orlando out of 1.5 tonnes of the famous modelling putty.

Say what you like about over the top stunt marketing like the Play-Doh car… but it really sticks to the road better than most vehicles out there.

275x250.jpg A Japanese artist is struggling to keep her feet on the ground after her latest project became an online hit… featuring self-portraits of her levitating.

Natsumi Hayashi scored the viral hit by taking a series of striking photographs of herself jumping in everyday situations, meaning in the images she appears to float mid-air.

The blogger and artist’s assistant from Tokyo, came up with the idea two years ago when thinking about how most people are bound by societal conventions, much like  they are gravity.

She says she started playing around with the idea of being pictured levitating as a way of showing her true self and how she is different.

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