The Art of Liquids

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

There’s something mesmerizing about the movement of liquids, patterns created by something uncontained, boundary-less: water spurting out of a sprinkler, maple syrup drizzling over pancakes, or milk mixing with a cup of coffee. They’re common occurrences, yet familiarity dulls our appreciation. These artists use their medium to capture discrete moments and remind us of their beauty.

1. This time lapse film, “Tall Painting,” features the paint-layered artwork of Holton Rower. (I’m curious as to if there was any paint-pouring plan…)

2. In his Kusho series, photographer Shinichi Maruyama captures the interplay of water and black ink in the moments just before or as they collide in midair.

3. I’m not a surfer, and I don’t know how clearly surfers see what they’re heading into, but photographer Clark Little gives us a glimpse with his stunning images of Hawaiian waves. His photos started out just as a project to decorate his house, but his success caused him to devote his career to photographing “in the barrel” for national magazines.

Title: White Tumultuous Water

Title: Molten Liquid Gold

Title: Beauty

4. The creative studio Dentsu and photographer Linden Gledhill teamed up to create paint sculptures using sound vibrations.

I like the line about how this is beautiful because “it seems to be not part of our real world.” Only once the paint is manipulated, slowed down, and blown up can we appreciate the “otherness” beauty of an everyday occurrence.


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