Battles Yabba is a strong example of taking a simple theme and extrapolating it to build a much bigger greater idea.
Esad Ribic is a painter from Croatia.
I've recently read Thor, the Unworthy (Coipel) and Thor God of Thunder, The God Butcher (Ribic) comics and I am blown away by the quality of the art on each page. A lot of this work is comprised of very strong compositions and watercolor, which in many instances show a sort of greyed down, washed out color into the shadows. A suggestion of atmosphere and depth that you seldom see. Comics tend to lean heavily on black, and fill in colors underneath. But these paintings are fading away, into the distance, and yet still remain dynamic and strong. Striking.
I hadn't realized MGMT had a new record from this last year, but came across this one through suggestions on youtube. And I like even from a simple storytelling perspective of repeating ones day, and weird dream logic, before all the visual effects. And the effects are great. As close as I have seen to how psychedelia actually works, applying patterns.
People have come a long way with algorithms to apply art styles to an image, or that one terrifying one which puts faces and legs all over everything and eyes and turns things into many faced frogs. eek. And this use, is one of the best I've seen in video.
And I always love when I see something where I'm not entirely sure how its made. Well done.
Directors: Mike Burakoff & Hallie Cooper-Novack
VFX Supervisor: Jamie Dutcher
I mean what can I say? I've been a fan of Spike Jonze since Mouse days, since Girl and Chocolate. He has made some of the most personally impacting and meaningful work that I have ever seen. And of course, he's still going.
This music video / film / ad is so simple in idea and so amazingly executed. And using props and sets and storytelling to show you, escape. Sanctuary in music. Expansive soundscapes.
It's wonderful. Truly. Bravo.
And a bonus, From Mouse 1996:
'Bourdin's photographs are often richly sensual but also rely heavily on provocation and ability to shock. Additionally integrating erotic, surreal, sinister components, Bourdin configured a whole new visual vocabulary with which to associate the goods of haute-couture. The narratives were strange and mysterious, often plainly exhibiting violence and graphic sexuality. Evident through astute reading of his compositional and thematic presentation, Bourdin profited from the influence of a diverse collection of contemporaries: first and foremost, his mentor Man Ray, but also the photographer Edward Weston, surrealist painters Magritte and Balthus, and Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel.'
Wild Nothing. To Know You / TV Queen
Wild Nothing did an amazing job taking the photography from Life of Pause and creating a video actually living inside the space depicted on the album art. This one is buoyed also by the fact that I love the record and these songs particularly.
Directed by Shawn Brackbill.
Amazing surreal paintings from Martine Johanna.
Martine Johanna a painter and artist from Amsterdam.
'...delicately rendered figures convey a sense of full immersion within their own “internal psychic landscape.” The work is imbued with a mysterious narrative and sensation of knowing that each character in the work has a full and complex history that the viewer can never fully comprehend. The paintings have a signature prismatic palette, visually stimulating and playful while expressing an underlying sense of uncertainty and unrest.'
Bonobo Kerala - Directed by Bison
I love this video. Its so simple in concept but so effective in its storytelling. its simply hypnotic in a way of only revealing a few more frames at a time with each loop back. Also, the subtlety of using visual effects here is impressive. Things are happening, but we are a little unclear exactly what, or how, and with each loop back we are both teased and pulled away from what we just saw and given another chance to watch it through.
Well done, Bison.
Michael Carson has an amazing sense of color and contrast in these portraits. He's injecting heat into shadows and muted down washed out greys across heavy saturated spaces. They feel a bit like really beautifully overexposed film slides. I am fascinated by this use of color. Wonderful stuff.