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11 APRIL, 2011

How New Yorkers Feel About Art

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Last year, the wonderful Fifty People One Question project, a finalist in the first annual Vimeo Awards for creativity and innovation in online video, was among our most loved articles all year, and for good reason — a beautifully simple premise, even more beautifully executed, peeling away at the most authentic of human sentiments about life. Now, a new microdocumentary by filmmakers Christian Svanes Kolding and Ewan Adams takes a similar approach to a much more niche topic: Art. The descriptively titled How Do You Feel (About Art)? asks New Yorkers for a three-word answer to the seemingly simple question, only to reveal the rich complexity of art’s impact on the human psyche.

Christian is also the talent behind The Things We Keep, the lovely short film we raved about over a year ago.

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08 APRIL, 2011

NOVA: A Free Documentary about Contemporary Art

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NOVA is a DIY documentary about art and the artists behind it, based on Brazil’s Nova Contemporary Culture, which brought together 140 leading international artists come together for a monthlong festival of live performances, video screenings, audiovisual installations, roundtables, experimental gastronomy and various other creative showcases. The film, directed by Isaac Niemand and co-produced by Rojo and Bossa Nova Films, features dozens of bleeding-edge artists, including Brain Pickings favorites Zeitguised and Mark Jenkins, and spans an incredible breadth of creative expression.

Filmed in August 2010 at São Paulo’s MIS-Museum of Image and Sound, the documentary is a living hallmark of the incredibly diverse ecosystem of contemporary art, exploring some of the key pillars of creativity, from collaboration to inspiration to cerebral stimulation.

The best part? The entire 75-minute documentary is available for free online. Enjoy — we certainly did.

via @kirstinbutler

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07 APRIL, 2011

Metrocard Collages: 3 Phenomenal Artists

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What Oprah’s diet has to do with the Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo and the art of meta.

The art of making whimsy out of the mundane is one of the highest manifestations of creativity. We’ve previously seen incredible artwork created out of paper, cardboard, money, spam, books, office supplies and even toilet paper rolls. Today, we turn to an even more narrow byproduct of mundanity: The iconic New York City Metrocard.

JUAN CARLOS PINTO

For the past 10 years, New-York-based Guatemalan artist Juan Carlos Pinto has been using discarded Metrocards to create vibrant mosaic portraits of cultural icons and local heroes alike. His artwork comments on issues of social justice and environmental conservation with a visual aesthetic that emanates the expressive lushness of the ancient Mayan folklore traditions of his homeland.

Frida Kahlo

Louis Armstrong

Zebra

Bruce Lee

METROCARDOODLES

If mosaic collages use the Metrocard as a pixel on a giant canvas-screen, then Metrocardoodles does the opposite, using the Metrocard itself as the canvas and superimposing on it playful doodles that comment on pop culture. From Obama to Oprah, these quirky creations are anything but high art, but we just can’t stop looking anyway.

Metrocardoodles are the work of illustrator, art director and animator Andrew Thomspon, whom we may or may not have met in a past life in Philly.

NINA BOESCH

Artist Nina Boesch doesn’t simply sample from a New York staple, she comments on New York staples with her work. From the Statue of Liberty to Conan O’Brien to the Metrocard itself, for an exercise in ultimate meta, her stunning Metrocard collages portray the Big Apple’s urban iconography, human and architectural, with a remarkable balance of simplicity and complexity.

And for the mandatory digital customization add-on, Boesch even has a microsite that lets you Metrocard yourself.

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