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Chicken On Steroids *edit: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

I had this idea a few years back, when I heard that growth hormones are used in the U.S poultry industry.

When I saw the Finnish “From Bits to Atoms” call for entries, I decided to enter the competition with this entertaining “Professional Fitness” character.

The competition called digital artists to send their work to be machined / printed in physical format.

This statue called for classical influences, but with a contemporary popular culture twist.

I did most of the work in Sculptris. Text was made with Inkscape, and extruded to the 3rd dimension in Blender. Text was also combined with the posed character in Blender. Blender cycles is really awesome!

The statue was then prepared for 3D printing / CNC machining in Netfabb Studio Basic.

This chick is massive! Check out her delts and traps!

Another light & angle:

Great lats!

— edit: WINNER ANNOUNCED! —

Today (19th of April 2012) was the day when the winners of “From Bits to Atoms” -rapid prototyping contest were revealed!

Below a (cellphone) pic of the Winner of the “creative, aesthetic & entertaining” -category, and the grumpy Runner-Up:

Runner-Up_Adn_The_Winner

…And not in that specific order. The figurative sculpture is the Runner-Up, and the design vase won.

..Sorry about the coffee mug behind the winner, and the bad quality photo. I’ll take & post better ones later.

Industrial design was valued high by Jukka Tuomi, who picked the winners of both categories; the “creative, aesthetic & entertaining” -category & the “inventive, usability” -category.

I’m happy for the experience, and the ability to test the detail limits of the current 3D printing technology (I made this beast detailed enough to be printed in life-size!). Getting my sculpture Rapid Prototyped for free (a service worth 600-700 Euro) was nice too 😉 I do think the result looks great! People passing by seemed to like spending time gazing my sculpture as well.

I’ll exhibit my “Chicken On Steroids” sculpture in a gallery & art museum context later, so stay tuned!

Please feel free to comment!


Set in Concrete | Urban Screening | PARIS | FocusPocus-videoparadox

FocusPocus-videoparadox will be there...

Chic Art Fair Paris and PvonK Berlin have been working in collaboration to organize a URBAN SCREENING on an outside concrete wall, longing the River Seine in Paris.

The Screening “SET IN CONCRETE” will take place every evening during the Chic Art Fair: OCTOBER, 20th-24th 2011. Among the works shown, will be FocusPocus-videoparadox.

‘Set in Concrete’ will be hosted by Chic Art Fair Paris :
Thursday October, the 20th – Opening : Projection from 7pm to 9 pm (twice)
Friday/Saturday/Sunday October 21st to 23d : Projection from 7pm to 8 pm

More details about Set in Concrete will be published at the end of September at http://pvonk.com

For a complete list of participating artists have a look here.

BTW, it’s the first time my work has been exhibited with Damien Hirst, Banksy & Shepard Fairy (to name a few).


Psychological portrait

It’s time to post some art done in “old school” medium; The Graphite pencil.

Between 1997 – 1999 in my teens, I spent a considerable amount of time doing small psychological portraits.
I had a perfectionist obsession with an 0.3 mm mechanical pencil with HB softness leads.

That was before I learned the digital medium. Even before I learned to illustrate with an airbrush.

I did some pretty amazing stuff with my trusty old 0.3 mm back then 😉 It was the tool of my choice!

Usually i took a sheet of A4 photocopy paper, with a fine grain (to give the HB leads a little something to bite in to).

With such a fine tip, I developed a technique to lighten the strokes to a minimum. I lifted the paper off the table to apply the lightest pencil strokes possible. I did not use an eraser or smudge the paper with anything. I wanted it to be clean. To me, Cleanliness was next to Godliness!

As I was zoning out and shading an area, pass by pass darkening it, impurities such as a dust speckle, or the grain of the paper caused slightly darker details. I took these “errors” as sort of hints, and started to plot what they represented to me. I started to see shapes of immense detail… I managed to tap in to my creative subconsciousness. I started to refine those details and instinctively rotated the pen between my fingers to find the sharpest edge of the 0.3 mm tip. That way I could reach dents in the paper grain, and make areas darker, where need to be.

As I continued finishing the piece, the complex shapes started to connect, creating dynamics and content.
It seemed that the grain of the paper continued the shapes to an immense level of detail. Some people (with sharp eyesight) have experienced that mesmerizing effect.

I did this piece yesterday, with the very same exact 0.3 mm mechanical pencil 🙂 I’m happy I still have the precision, patience and light touch to create with this challenging style! Spending some 15 hours with an area of 115 mm x 125 mm may sound crazy to some, but hey, Art is! I’ts quite beautiful original IRL (In Real Life).

One might say that the face is realistic, and the “hair” is abstract, even tough I see it the other way around. I see the face as simplified to very few contours of flowing shape, and the shading in the face is a subtle hint to it’s form. To me, the hair is the “tangible” part 😀 It took most of my time creating it.

This kind of a piece has some timeless feeling to it. A hybrid of some Art Nouveau, Classical, Cartoon and Graffiti style… Somehow, I see it alive and breathing. The present, without abandoning the past…

Maybe someone would like to plot the hidden message in the graffiti style lettering from the abstraction?


FocusPocus-videoparadox in Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

I’m happy to announce that our installation “FocusPocus-videoparadox” has been selected for “Now&After” Video Art Festival, that will occur from the 13th of July to the 4th of September
in Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

So if you are at the neighborhood, check it out!

The results of the competition will be announced in late August.

And now a painting from the installation, for your pleasure 😉

Seek, and thou shall find,,,,

It’s the part of our installation, that revolves around the subjects of self-accusation, and some dynamics of social pressure.


Digital Art painted with an iPhone

This was my first painting I did using a nice little app, iDoodle Lite. I spent a good couple of hours in to it.

Back then (spring 2010), there was an option to send it to Idoodles online Gallery, witch I did.

I named it “The Portable Knot”.

What do you see in it?

The developer of the app contacted me via email, and asked “how did you achieve that effect?”.

I explained my traditional technique;

-From dark to light, loose to tight, some elbow grease and intuition… That’s about it!

He also gave me the full version of the app. Thanks!

I made a new pic with it. I’ll upload the pic, and a video of the creative process later.

Just like openCanvas on PC,  iDoodle saves a “stroke-by-stroke animation” how the image was born.

Very cool. A fantastic way to document the creative process!

If you like it, please share & tweet etc!


A piece of stone

This was the first time I sculpted stone. I love when the shapes start to show me content. Then I just continue refining it.

Ponders

The piece of stone (Russian marble)  is the same, its just missing material in certain places. In a way, I did not give the shape to it. I merely removed shapes from it. Consequently, the art is in the shape removed, leaving the stone in place. Say, a brick has little value, until labor refines it and brings in to context (a building or a sculpture).

Bringing the content out of the vague formal dynamics of the shape is a very calming process. It finds the meaning of something formerly undefined, and (in a way) gives elements to allow free interpretation. I think that art is something everyone has the right to understand from their own point of view. I love, when a piece of art speaks for itself, without the necessity of someone else’s interpretation.

What kind of emotions and  thoughts does it awaken in you?


FocusPocus-videoparadox

It has been a while since my last post, but we’ve been busy arranging our installation “FocusPocus -videoparadox“.

It all started with a media art piece we (me & my wife) suggested to the Pixelache media art festival committee. After our installation was selected to the Pixelache programme, we started the endeavor to realize the idea to a finished installation.

Media art meets street art.
FocusPocus-videoparadox creates a seamless illusion of a never ending dive, in to a phantasmagoric world of connections.

Big Picture. We can see only a part of it at a time. It’s contemporary visual language provides ample elements for interpretation.
That who seeks shall find.

Enter the rabbit hole.

Upon setting the installation up at the exhibition space, we noticed that our projector was not bright enough compared with the ambient light of the room. Fortunately, we got black canvas from the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, witch was also part of Pixelache Festival.

Our installation was finished in time. The “founder” of Pixelache, Juha Huuskonen liked the piece, and even Golan Levin congratulated me about it. Next year we’ll suggest a mind blowing interactive piece to the festival, so stay tuned… (Edit: my son was born, so other projects were prioritized lower)

After the Pixelache festival, our installation was invited to another exhibition, “Philosopher’s Choice” at the Kerava Art Museum. This time we used a better (brighter) video projector, beefier audio equipment and had time to paint the walls of the exhibition room black, and cover the ceiling with black cloth.

We also exhibited some shots of the video as photographic prints. The piece is a series of images from FocusPocus -videoparadox, tinted with vibrant colors. The detail goes as small as the naked eye can see.

The series of images works as an introduction to the installation room, but can be presented solely as well.