Drake’s known for a lot of things: being emotional, coining YOLO, being emotional. But one thing he’s not known for is being sweet and highly caloric. Instagram account @drakeoncake combines two drastically different things and brings them together, like sewn-in dickies. Created by New Orleans backer @joythebaker, the account is cake porn combined with Drake lyrics. It’s so ingenious it’ll make you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. Oh yeah, we know: cause we hate cooking.
|Recommended by The Absolute Staff||Thursday, March 31st, 2016||No Comments »|
When Brooklyn artist Wizard Skull got ahold of a few original animation cels from classic cartoons like The Smurfs and My Little Pony, he of course had to put his own unique spin on them–a spin that includes raunchy debauchery, low brow humor, and tongue-in-cheek playfulness. His series Re-Animator, currently on display at Cotton Candy Machine, is Saturday morning cartoons with a twist, a bizarre world where Care Bears like to twerk, where smurfs get high, and where the Hulk can’t stop humping things. One animation cel at a time, Wizard Skull destroys our childhood.
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A big part of anyone’s life and personality is the hold of what usually remains unseen: the memories, the emotions, the mental prisms that seem to trap us, bind us to some preordained fate. The innate parts that always leave us asking: is there any way to break free?
Perhaps there is, declares Raymond McCarthy Bergeron, a graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, if we give them form and life beyond our minds. Such is the premise behind Bergeron’s Re-Belief , a zoetrope animation he created with Autodesk Maya software and 3D-printed and handcrafted pieces. In spite all the new technology used, the animation has an eerily hypnotizing feel, in no small part because it was filmed at 24 frames per second, the speed of the world’s very first animations.
|Recommended by Rhys Dipshan||Thursday, January 21st, 2016||No Comments »|
The art of film is the art of kinetic, dynamic narrative. One film still is never meant to be inert or isolated, but builds upon and weaves into another. Even films with still frame shots are still in motion – the pause is one through time, it feels unnatural, tortured. But what if you took that dynamic out of film and insert a wholly different sensory narrative – creating in effect a whole way to experience the story?
You would get Peter “Peterski” Nidzgorski’s Nevver.
Nidzgorski’s Tumblr page is, in simple terms, “a song and a film still, daily.” And from the look of it — a plain page with post-card size pictures over unimposing play buttons, a page of more grey-blue negative space with no more than four posts and tiny, oft-missed direction arrows — Nevver is a humble and modest site against which its film stills seem magnanimous and powerful.
And each film still does have power – each comes alive, just not before your eyes.
When Nevver guts every aspect out of a film save a static photo, and re-plugs what was lost through a curated song, it creates in essence a new film, a collage of different sensory experiences, where you hear the narrative and imagine it on what you see.
Nevver is a death of film and a birth of music. Not only does it invigorate what is heard, but it acts as a discovery tool for songs and bands one never knew, never remembered they knew, or never heard played before, the way it is through an emancipated shot.This Tumblr Teaches You The Art Of Hearing Music
|Recommended by Rhys Dipshan||Friday, December 18th, 2015||No Comments »|
It’s Horror Week on (The) Absolute! We’re reposting some of our spookiest, creepiest recommendations every day leading up to Halloween. Enjoy!
With Halloween around the corner, I expect to run into lots of horror themed art with conventional themes, but comics artist Sarah Horrocks‘s collection of horror movie fan art has that slight atypical touch that I like. Drawn earlier this year for her “Horror Movie of the Day” challenge, each illustration is an homage to a particular horror film. But instead of choosing the obvious horror movies, like The Shining or whatever, she sticks with indie or foreign titles, giving her illustrations a slight edge that goes well with her sketchy, unpolished style. Out of all her movie sketches, the only one of them I’ve seen is In My Skin, and judging by Sarah’s illustration, you can see why I’ll never watch that movie again.
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See these paintings above? Well, they’re not actually paintings. They’re photographs. To be more specific, they’re photographs of people covered in paint.
Such is the work of Alexa Meade, a political science undergrad turned basement studio artist. Initially fascinated with the idea of shadows, Meade started painting on top of them, making artwork that would only appear when the light changed to reveal it. Taking that concept even further, she painted one of her friends in greyscale, and when she took a step back, she realized that she had turned him into a 3D painting that appeared two dimensional. And the rest is history.
What I find most intriguing about Meade’s work is that she’s able to take something from the physical world and seemingly transform it into something that’s meant to represent the physical world. Essentially, she’s reversing the process of painting and then some. It takes a moment for the brain to render what the eyes cannot see when you’re looking at her photographs, but once it does, you can truly understand how remarkable her work actually is. Take a look and watch her TED talk. It’s well worth the seven minutes.
|Recommended by Chelsey Grasso||Friday, October 23rd, 2015||No Comments »|
K.I. Press explores the very human desire for intimacy in her riveting poetry collection Exquisite Monsters. Unlike other poets who might have chosen to use flowery language as they explore the depths of the human psyche, Press’s writing seems jarring at first. She juxtaposes topics such as motherhood and mourning with bizarre imagery and metaphors. From quirky pop culture facts to biomechanical androids, Press is fearlessly and unashamedly weird. However, if you stick with her bizarre collection, you’ll soon discover how she combines such disjointed topics into one whole. With vicious wit and a deft hand, Press takes her readers on a dark journey through our desire for intimacy.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, July 1st, 2015||No Comments »|