Monthly Archives: October 2016

Eerie Surreal Photo-manipulations by Dariusz Klimczak — e MORFES


Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak prefers monochromatic images to compose eerie dreamlike landscapes and unusual characters. “I prefer square frames and black and white pictures but I don’t shun colors. In my photo-manipulative works I seek mood, joke, and universal symbols which can make the viewer contemplate or laugh.”

via Eerie Surreal Photo-manipulations by Dariusz Klimczak — e MORFES Klimczak#polish#monochromatic#dreamlike


Fanciful “Fancy Animals” take over the Garment District


Fanciful “Fancy Animals” take over the Garment District

Fanciful “Fancy Animals” take over the Garment District
Photograph: Courtesy Steve Schlackman/Orangenius
Gotham’s ongoing parade of public art projects has recently been joined by a procession of another sort: a piece called A Fancy Animal Carnival. A series of 11 outdoor sculptures by Taiwanese artist Hung Yin, these whimsical beasties are taking up residence on Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, running from 41st to 37th Street in the heart of the Garment District. A former restauranteur-turned-artist, Yin says their colorful designs are based on traditional good luck symbols from Taiwan. The display represents the artist’s first show in New York and remains on view through April of 2017.

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope


155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope



Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateauunveiled an invention called the Phenakistoscope, a device that is largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. The simple gadget relied on the persistence of vision principle to display the illusion of images in motion. Via Juxtapoz:

The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.

Though Plateau is credited with inventing the device, there were numerous other mathematicians and physicists who were working on similar ideas around the same time, and even they were building on the works of Greek mathematician Euclid and Sir Isaac Newton who had also identified principles behind the phenakistoscope.


Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection




The moving image was only viewable through a narrow slit. Via Wikimedia Commons

So what kinds of things did people want to see animated as they peered into these curious motion devices? Lions eating people. Women morphing into witches. And some other pretty wild and psychedelic imagery, not unlike animated gifs today. Included here is a random selection of some of the first animated images, several of which are courtesy The Richard Balzer Collection who has been painstakingly digitizing old phenakistoscopes over on their Tumblr. (via Juxtapoz, 2headedsnake, thanks Brian!)

Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn


Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn

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Story via This is Colossal

Michigan illustrator David Zinn  has brightened the streets of Ann Arbor with his off-the-wall (or technicallyon-the-wall) chalk drawings since 1987. The artist works with chalk or charcoal to create site-specific artworks that usually incorporate surrounding features like cracks, street infrastructure, or found objects. Over the years he’s developed a regular cast of recurring characters including a bright green monster named Sluggoand a “phlegmatic flying pig” named Philomena.

Many of Zinn’s artworks are available as archival prints, and he recently published a new book titledTemporary Preserves. You can follow his almost daily street chalk adventures on Instagram andFacebook.