About m-o-v

writer, new media theorist

Hong Sungchul

In a series of work entitled String Mirrors, South Korean artist Hong Sungchul creates three-dimensional sculptures/photographs made of string. The pieces consist of hundreds of printed on elastic strings that when lined up together, display an image. The strings are strung on several rows giving the pieces varied depth that is both delicate and beautifully presented.

Source: http://design-milk.com/




Misunderstanding Focus

Misunderstanding Focus is series of photo collages made by Nerhol, an ongoing collaboration between Ryuta Iida and Yoshihisa Tanaka.

Time lapse Portraits Layered and Cut to Reveal the Passage of Time sculpture portraits photography paper art

Time lapse Portraits Layered and Cut to Reveal the Passage of Time sculpture portraits photography paper art

Time lapse Portraits Layered and Cut to Reveal the Passage of Time sculpture portraits photography paper art

“At first glance it looks as though a photograph has been printed numerous times, layered and cut into a sort of sculptural topography, which would indeed be amazing enough, but Nerhol took things a bit further. The numerous portraits are actually different, photographed over a period of three minutes as the subject tried to sit motionless, the idea being that it’s impossible to ever truly be still as our center of gravity shifts and our muscles are tense. The portraits are actually a layered lime-lapse representing several minutes in the subjects life and then cut like an onion to show slices of time, similar to the trunk of a tree”.

Source: http://thisiscolossal.com

Photo Drips by Markus Linnenbrink

“The Photo Drips series, by German-born, Brooklyn-based Markus Linnenbrink, is pure rainbow-colored goodness. His pieces are positively dream-like and are explorations in color and texture all rolled into one. This series, pigment-tinted epoxy resin on photo-mounted wood panels, allows for brief moments of the photo to peek through the vivid paint lines, almost like memories fading in and out. The dripped lines of resin down the front of the panels appear like raised ridges that create depth throughout each piece. I love how the drips of resin have dried at the bottom of the panels like they were ready to drip off onto the floor. His work is simply mesmerizing” (Source: http://design-milk.com/markus-linnenbrink/).

AFTERTHERAIN(71), 2009, c-print, epoxy resin on wood, 48 x 72 inches

MEINWILDESHERZ, 2011, 6 x 10 feet, c-print, epoxy resin, pigments on wood

Source: http://www.markuslinnenbrink.com/

pxl by Rainer Kohlberger


pxl is a new iOS app, designed by Rainer Kohlberger. […] With its nostalgic filters reminiscent of analog cameras and expired film, Instagram has taken over the world. It makes sense. Instragram’s highly stylized filters, over-saturating color and pushing contrasts to their limits, are the perfect complement for the current wave of drab cellphone cameras.
In embracing the imperfect image, Instagram has made bad images look better. And it just so happens that nostalgia seems to pair perfectly with constantly, instantly shared experiences. People can create instant memories”.

Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com

Flexible Pixels by Benjamin Grosser

“The pixel is the fundamental unit of digital imaging, a square representation of a single color. Pixels are always the same size, and always arranged in orderly grids. This project looks at what happens when you change these universally agreed upon standards. More broadly, I’m interested in how the construction of digital images alters our perceptions of reality. Does computer-mediated vision change how we see without computers?”

Self Portrait 1x4x9 (2009), oil on canvas, 28″x30″

Self Portrait (2009), computationally-produced digital image using software written by the artist

Source: http://bengrosser.com/projects/flexible-pixels/

Wild Things

You are used to see them on the runways or on your favorite glossies, but how do they look without makeup at the beginning of the career ?
I would say prettier and innocent. Casting director Douglas Perrett of COACD released a book called Wild Things in which he unveiled Polaroid pictures from 2000 to 2010 of future models at their first castings.

Source: http://trendland.net


With a vibrant, sex positive community of women (and men), SuicideGirls was founded on the belief that creativity, personality and intelligence are not incompatible with sexy, compelling entertainment, and millions of people agree. The site mixes the smarts, enthusiasm and DIY attitude of the best music and alternative culture sites with an unapologetic, grassroots approach to sexuality.

Tattooed Girls, Sand:   Rainbow Fish

In the same way Playboy Magazine became a beacon and guide to the swinging bachelor of the 1960s, SuicideGirls is at the forefront of a generation of young women and men whose ideals about sexuality do not conform with what mainstream media is reporting.
Tattooed Girls, Nita:  Red Delicious

Source: http://suicidegirls.com


YouGlitch is a website where the Corrupted GIFs created with Corrupt.Video are displayed.

The Software (Corrupt.Video) allows its users to glitch videos stored on their computer, videos from their webcam or their desktop in realtime. When a clip is recorded, a 10 seconds video and an animated GIF are saved locally and automatically uploaded to uglitch.com.

Source: http://www.uglitch.com

Amateur ads are more real


“Companies have come to realize that not only is the amateur ad cheaper, but consumers have come to see it as rawer, less polished, and somehow more “real” or true than an ad prepared by a professional agency.”

Andrew Keen, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture, New York: Doubleday/Currency, 2007, p. 61.

Amanda Clyne, the portrait of imperfection

Split Screen, 36″ x 54″, oil on canvas, 2011, Private Collection

“Inspired by fashion and the history of painting, my work examines the image as a mirror of our desires. Amidst today’s cultural fascination with beauty and persona, my paintings critique our digital obsession and question the consequences for human intimacy.
When the viewer first glances at one of my paintings, the image and viewer lock eyes. The image stares back with a shifting, slivered gaze, appealing to the viewer to seek resolution of its ever-elusive form. Confronted with irreconcilable fragments or impenetrable blind spots, the viewer struggles to answer the image’s plea. Savoring the seductive exchange, the viewer and image become entwined in an active portrait of the experience of looking.

I begin my process by culling images from fashion magazines and art history books, intrigued by the similarities I see between contemporary fashion photography and historical portraits of society’s elite — images intended to fuel a spectacle of desire with feigned promises of intimacy and truth.
Cropping the image into a portrait, I re-print the image on to a surface to which the ink does not adhere, photographing the print as the fluid image morphs and dissolves over time.  I then compose a new image from fragments of these photographs.  I paint this final image as a large-scale painting, the shifting, slivered fragments offering yet denying the viewer resolution of a now elusive form.”

Source: amandaclyne.com

Tragic joy


“today we see a reversal in the form of events, social practices, and imaginaries […] bearers of a sensibility that takes to itself the transience of existence, eluding the paradigm of perfection and perfectibility.”

Vincenzo Susca, Gioia tragica, Milan: Lupetti, 2010, p. 189 (our translation from the Italian).

Thomas Ruff

“One day in 2000 I was downloading pictures from the internet to use in my work, and I noticed some of them were broken up into little squares. It created quite a painterly, impressionistic structure, and rendered parts of what was often an ugly image very beautiful. I looked into it, and found the Jpeg file-compression software was responsible.”

Thomas Ruff’s best shot, an interview by Leo Benedictus
The Guardian, Thursday 11 June 2009

© Thomas Ruff