Texas-based sculptor Gil Bruvel manipulates ribbons of cast stainless steel to create spectacular figurative sculptures for his Flow series. Each form is energized with fluid, flowing lines of metal that appear all-at-once sturdy and fragile. Each metallic strand serves as a piece of Bruvel’s captivating puzzle, all of which work in unison to depict “the natural strength and quiet majesty inherent in integrating the various levels of existence.”
Bruvel’s collection often features a sense of duality. In his piece titled Dichotomy, the artist presents the bust of his figure constructed in two patterns. One half of the sculpture consists of vertical lines, while the other half is composed of horizontal ribbons. Each half incorporates his signature style of fluidity, making it seem as though the malleable material is forcibly windswept, causing ripples in its shape. The artist’s statement reads: “Bruvel’s ribbons of energy may flow in parallel streams, yet they convey the subtle and complex human intersections of beauty and pain, inner and outer, the ephemeral and the eternal now.”
My work explores the relationship between the body and multimedia experiences. With influences as diverse as Rousseau and Francis Bacon, new insights are crafted from both mundane and transcendant narratives.
Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the mind. What starts out as hope soon becomes debased into a dialectic of lust, leaving only a sense of dread and the inevitability of a new order.
As shifting replicas become frozen through diligent and academic practice, the viewer is left with an impression of the edges of our era.
I would rather be seen as living, longing flesh, evoking desire and provoking passion; rather than a rational option for a relationship, a good choice for settling down. My hunger to sweep someone away rises thousandfold above my need to provide for that very same person.
Random confessions of a cyberculturist #3
Gamification, pragmatism, lifehacking, transhumanism, and objectivism are some of the lifestyle designs that intrigue me.
I seriously wonder why the Internet of everything hasn’t arrived yet.
Snow Crash is my drug.
My top four:
- Metabolism isn’t magic.
- People evolve at different speeds.
- People are pretentious about jobs.
- You will never please everyone.
Random confessions of a cyberculturist #2
Ten things that have been on my to-do list for years:
- Learn about robotics and AI
- Blog about technological utopia
- Write a SF / fantasy novel
- Learn about drawing techniques (e.g. geometry, light) instead of just drawing
- Refresh and expand my Spanish
- Start a collaborative collage art project
- Scan all the material from university and throw away the heavy folders that consume way too much space in my cupboard
- Read and get inspiried by all the artbooks I bought over the years, read and sort (out) all the bookmarks and downloaded documents, magazines…
- Prepare new talks about youth & media, media literacy, identity formation in virtual worlds for parents and kids
- Get wild with acrylic colors on 2x2m canvases
Random confessions of a cyberculturist #1
Ten things you will always find in my fridge:
- Beer with / without alcohol
- Low-fat cottage cheese
- Low-fat Philadelphia cream cheese
- Low-fat curd cheese & fruit yoghurt
- Nail polish
- Acrylic paint
Every time I type a web address into my browser, I don’t need to be taken to a fully immersive, cross-platform, interactive viewing experience,” said San Diego office manager Keith Boscone. “I don’t want to take a moment to provide my feedback, open a free account, become part of a growing online community, or see what related links are available at various content partners.
The FuelBand by Nike, which has become an unlikely leader in wearable computing.
“We’re on the tail end of technology being special,” says John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design. “The automobile was a weird alien technology when it first debuted, then, after a while, it evolved and designers stepped in to add value to it.” …
Now, Mr. Maeda said, this shift has happened to technology, be it computers, smartphones or the iPad Mini.
“We have this exciting next step for design,” he said. “Now that we have enough technology to do anything, design can now begin to be better than the technology itself.” …
The worship of design has also taken designers out of the back offices and into top executive jobs. Engineers are still in the mix, to be sure. But they don’t rule the roost in product development, which may also be why tech products are easier to use, more human.