The mobile photo sharing space is hot right now, with services like Instagram, Picplz, and Pathgrowing like weeds. A new contender called Color is causing some buzz after successfully raising a whopping $41 million… before even launching. The company has seven notable founders who have either started successful companies in the past (e.g. Lala and BillShrink) or have held executive positions at them (LinkedIn). Among the investors is Sequoia Capital, one of the most influential and successful firms in Silicon Valley and the firm that funded Google. They gave Color more than they gave Google.
although french artist georges rousse is a photographer, his work contains a lot of painting. his works are photographs of paintings done on buildings which are made to look like overlays of colour. from the single point perspective of rousse’s camera, his paintings are made to appear 2-dimensional. in reality you would see that the paintings are strategically done in 3 dimensions. this illusion is what makes rousse’s work so intriguing. his ‘durham’ project is currently the subject of the documentary ‘bending space’, a fitting tile to describe rousse’s work.
Korean sculptor Gwon Osang creates these outstanding 3D pieces from 300+ photographs of the original subjects, which are overlaid onto a lightweight life-size mannequins (see above). Osang, graduated from the Hong-ik University sculpture department, ever since hes been one of the most recognized contemporary artists in Korea for his non-conventional approach to sculpture.
Osang’s composites made up of photographs look almost like ceramics to the naked eye, although closer inspection reveals the technigue of grand illusion; there are elements of realism mixed with distortion that makes the audience see the reflections from the fuzzy lens. Gwon’s photo-sculptures require a meticulous and cumbersome procedure to create his quilted tapestry of human attributes. After many different sections of the model’s anatomy are shot with the same light source, the film is developed and the prints are pieced together to form a sculptural body. The fact that Gwon used this process to achieve a sculptural end-result is without precedent in the history of contemporary art. Though, recently, similarities of Gwon’s sculptures with artwork of German artist Oliver Herring have been made..
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Idée Inc. extracted the colours from 10 million of the most “interesting” Creative Commons images on Flickr. Using their visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by determining multiple colors as search parameters.