In 2008, as the Polaroid Company was slowly closing shop (the way the world once knew it), instant (analog) photography was about to gain a whole new kinda life. The Impossible Project was founded as a means to manufacture the materials it took to make and operate Polaroid cameras and keep the tradition alive. Florian Kaps, one of the original members that created the project, has since stepped away from his involvement with the operation but has just come out with a new book, “Polaroid: The Magic Material”. It’s a 256-page book featuring 250 color and B&W Polaroid images, showcasing a visually striking collection of images that cover fine art, erotic, abstract, culture, fashion and other subjects. The book also captures the evolution and history of Polaroid over the years. Fall back in love with this “magic material” and read more about Kaps' book over on The Creators Project.
What does it mean to be a rainbow artist? Check out Liz West’s immersive multi-colored work and you’ll immediately understand. Known for her rainbow-hued installations, West’s most recent project involves studying how the everyday person perceives color. The project, titled “Our Colour Wheel”, reveals what different shades look like in the minds of 11 different people. And this isn’t just about perception on the surface. West’s work is highly researched, in more of a scientific manner than a fully artistic one. Head over to Creators Project to understand how everyone from a rower to a landscape architect to a curator sees color via their own versions of a color wheel. And hey, why not try your hand at making one yourself!?
A few years ago, artist Rachel Sussman came across an image of a broken bowl. But this wasn’t just any ordinary broken bowl. It was one that was patched up and restored using gold dust and glue. The bowl was the product of a Japanese art practice named kintsukuroi (“golden repair”). After her introduction to this traditional technique, Sussman took it to the streets - quite literally. Her ongoing series “Sidewalk Kintsukuroi” sees her repairing cracks in sidewalks with gold. Contemporary and cool - right up our golden alley. Join the gold rush and read more about Sussman’s art over on The Creators Project!
Every year, Canary Wharf, an area of London more known for its suits than its artistic vibrancy, gladly welcomes the Winter Lights Festival to its area. The annual light installation and interactive art festival featured 30 new works in January, spanning across Canary Wharf. All unique in the way in which they interacted with the environment and their audience, each glittered and reflected off the steel beams and glass windows of the surrounding financial hub and River Thames. Colored lights, massive structures and soundscapes sound like your thing? Loosen that tie, put down your suitcase and get ready to be dazzled. Head over to The Creators Project to see images from the 2017 edition of the Winter Lights Festival!
Sometimes it’s dark. Really dark. But you know the saying: there is no light without darkness. Artist Rafael Herman has, in a way, found the hidden light in the dark with his new exhibition, The Night Illuminates the Night. His photographs, shot between 2010-2015, were taken in total darkness and yet seem illuminated by some unseen source. And no, they contain no digital manipulation either. The photographs, a strange bluish-green set of images, depict Herman’s homeland of Israel. “I use a long exposure following the results of the calculation and I manipulate the cameras in order to achieve exactly what I need.” Yea, Herman’s got some patience as well as a unique relationship with light. After having an eye destroyed and then reconstructed after a car wreck, one of his pupils is larger and higher, making it so more light passes through his eye. This gives him the ability to see more in the dark! To explore more of Herman’s ethereal photographs and learn more about the concept behind the exhibition, head over to The Creators Project.
Sculptor and environmental activist Jason deCaires Taylor, an artist well-known for his underwater sculpture installations, has done it again. His new mind-boggling installation, the Museo Atlantico, consists of 12 different sections, each making a comment on a modern humanitarian issue. Near the island of Lanzarote (Canary Islands), beneath the surface of the sea, stand hundreds of life-sized concrete works of art. There also sits a 30-meter wall and botanical garden as part of the display. Not only aesthetically pleasing, Taylor’s work brings awareness to ocean conservation issues by acting as artificial reefs and creating habitats for fish and coral to flourish. The concrete also brings to light humanitarian affairs we face as well, including the topics of immigration and climate change. Beautiful, unique, and haunting with a good message: definitely our type of innovator. Check out more of Taylor’s work over at The Creators Project.
Photographer Shane Griffin has discovered how to create a rainbow-hued, dreamy type of art out of a seemingly simple concept that has a big scientific foundation. Inspired by that chroma shift you see in cheap lenses within a new pair of glasses, Griffin began to experiment with the way light bends and passes through certain surfaces. His new series, Chromatic, is artistic physics involving light, glass and lens aberrations. The series looks at what happens after light passes through glass, as colors converge at different points. Where the color spectrum splits depends directly on how defective the glass is. What results is an unexpected explosion of colors in a way you have to see to believe. To read more about Griffin’s work, head on over to The Creators Project. To see even more of his series, check out his Instagram page.
Well thought out graffiti in an urban, concrete jungle usually always adds eye-catching, inspiring value to a city. It’s art, color, and self-expression, giving character to the otherwise metal structures and lifeless 9-5 inherent in city life. Now, graffiti in a real jungle? Maybe not so much. The Amazon rainforest is likely the last place in the world where most people would want to experience graffiti. But can such a sacred place still be a canvas for art? Photographer and light artist Philippe Echaroux seems to think so. But rather than picking up a spray paint can, Echaroux uses a projector to spray light instead. Using the tree canopies as the ultimate canvas, his light graffiti tells a necessary story in the most visually stunning of ways. He photographs and then projects the faces of the local Amazonian Surui tribe onto the trees. Echaroux tells The Creators Project, “When I got in contact with the Surui tribe I promised them one thing: I wanted to illustrate that when we cut down a tree it’s like putting a man down, when we see the connection between these people and the forest, this really is the evidence.” You can watch these light projections come to life via pays-imaginaire.fr’s Vimeo and see more of Philippe Echaroux’s work over on his site.
Digital glitch artist Zouassi’s work is created on a foundation of psychedelic abstract patterns and neon colors. By using public domain sites, free software, apps and the concept of social sharing, Zouassi’s work pools from so many open source resources that each piece of art is never the same…yet they are all just as captivating! Without much of a formal art background and equipped with only an iPhone and galleries from sites such as Getty Images, his work draws us into a world of melting, morphing and hypnotizing imagery and teaches us that there is never a limit to where one can draw inspiration from. You can check out Zouassi’s store and follow him on Instagram. You can also read more about him over on The Creators Project.