chiaroscuro

The Movement of Air

Two brilliant french artists Adrien M / Claire B are creating dream-like scenography where dancers and light are performing choreography together. The performers are walking on the thin line between reality and virtual reality, where no rules of physics are applicable.

Photo: Romain Etienne / item

Photo: Romain Etienne / item

Other projects, like Pixel, are also showing their crazy skills to create light animation that interacts with dancers, seamlessly making the scene and performers as one.

Their latest viral project, Acqua Alta unfolds three times: a show mixing body and images; a book in pop-up to watch in augmented reality; an experience for virtual reality helmet.

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Architecture. Rhythm. Shadow. Repeat.

I was so drawn into this type of visuals.

They make me wonder.

What is light without the shadow.

Is it a metaphor, feeling or maybe something not so abstract. Is it real.

Why do we strive for order, repetition, hierarchy.

What does the high contrast, rigidness and structure represent in our lives.

Do we feel safe there. Can we find something similar in nature.

Are we running away from it or is this something necessary in order to survive.

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Light as a storyteller

Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Today we will go back in time and travel with the speed of light (heheh) (sorry)

I am fascinated how artists in the past who had limited technology and resources were able to express their talents and were telling the story within the art piece mostly with lighting. Lighting is able to create certain moods, atmosphere and character.

Even in written pieces, eg. Gustave Flaubert's Madam Bovary (1856.), the writer  is using lighting effects to symbolize specific situations or a character's psychology, while at the same time reflects a particular point of view. Not to mention how often the lighting is being used in poetry as a driver for expression of the feelings.

Akira(1988) is the perfect example for this. In this japanese ground breaking animated science fiction film, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, neon light is used as a symbol for consumerism and it creates the dystopian feeling of the city which is very difficult to animate in every frame of the movie.


"No other film has ever looked like Akira, before or since. It’s stunningly fluid and detailed animation often required as many as 9 separate cel layers. The 125 minute feature was comprised of over 160,000 cels and almost as many backgrounds, each one completely hand–drawn and hand-painted." Joe Peacock, Akira cels collector 


Have a look at the short video on Akira: How to Animate Light



Another example is Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer sometimes referred as "The master of light"

The video bellow describes how in one of his paintings (Woman holding a balance 1662–1663) light draws you in and encompass the full scope of the painting.



And if you are interested how Film Noir  were made when the technology and resources were limited, and how talented people of the time made iconic look and feel in their movies, have a look at this video:


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Enlightened Topology

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Renaissance  technique in the light of new age...

That tango performed by darkness and light intrigued artists so strongly that during the age of Renaissance new technique committed to light and dark relationship was developed:

Chiaroscuro, an oil painting technique, was subject of research and developing of many well known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrant, Johannes Vermeer, Cravaggio etc..

Nevertheless, this exceptional theme has never stop to provoke artists, not even nowadays...

How Chiaroscuro can distinguish nowadays in the world of progressive science, technology, industrialization ...  showed us fascinating contemporary artist Sougwen Chung

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Chiaroscuro

Installation 2013 is modern revival of this everlasting art trend where Sougwen plays with numerous contrasts: between old and new, light and darkness, tradition and innovation ...

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Composition of audio-visual installation with basically hand - crafted, and later on digitized, large scale paper delivered a new dimension of Chiaroscuro to the audience...

Presented Musee D'art Moderne et Contemporain GéneveGeneva, SwitzerlandMay 2-10, 2013Commissioned by Mapping Festival

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Hand drafted drawings, as an basic artistic technique combined with advantages which today's technology can offer us opened a new dimension where artists can express themselves and share pieces of their incredible inner world with the "crowd".

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com

At this point,  we are doubtless that you will be eager to see more of her astonishing art pieces... visit her site and find out more http://sougwen.com/

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo:    http://sougwen.com

Sougwen Chung, Chiaroscuro Installation. Photo: http://sougwen.com