Sunday, October 26, 2008
Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) used humongous buildings and sharp angles to help convey a feeling of progress and repression in society.
King Kong used towering skyscrapers to help contrast the humongous mountains and jungles of Skull Island.
The video game Bioshock was released in 2007, and utilized Art Deco in many building and sign designs.
The Rocketeer (1991) was a throwback to Art Deco, along with Republic serials of the 1950s like Commando Cody and His Flying Suit. It featured streamlined designs and terrific posters that really captured the feel of the times.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was inspired by sci-fi films of the 30s and 40s, along with the 1939 World's Fair.
And, just for fun, an Art Deco X-Men poster.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Since taking this class, I’ve noticed a lot of old styles and their influences floating around today. This thought first struck me when I came across a flyer with a very Victorian look (i.e.: 10 different, loud fonts) hanging on a bulletin board. *Picture to come* Then there is an Art Deco look to some of the newer buildings downtown, such as the Millennium Hotel.
I also can’t help comparing fashions with those styles, or thinking in those terms. Like Art-Nouveau-type thinking, and its decorative curvilinear forms, added to jazz up everyday objects into a work of art. Does a belt on a swimsuit really make sense as long as it looks good? (I say no, but to each his own…)
Of course, I’ll also be very aware of the Arts and Crafts Movement’s legacy as well, for craft fair season is almost here, and hand-made items will always be appreciated.
Dada. It’s like the ultimate paradox.
The movement’s founders were very cynical of the war and society in general. Dissatisfied with humanity, they set out to make anti-art. Dada was intended to lack any meaning whatsoever, which many people consider the point of art. These anti-artists despised the order of normal art and opted for irrationality instead. It was nonsensical, reflecting what they perceived as the nature of the world around them.
However, this action was in itself a commentary. So oddly, with their art anti-art, Dadaists actually contradicted themselves by creating the very thing they were so determined to avoid: art, with a message.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Actually, come to find out, their relation to childhood story books is only a recent occurrence. One of the first known three-dimensional technique for illustrating was actually used for astrology. It was only in the 90's that this style geared back towards an older audience as opposed to children. One such example is The Pop-Up Book of Phobias, a pop-up book that wittingly depicts 10 of the top phobias with engineered genius. (Christmas present, anyone?)
There are many types of three-dimensional books that are covered by this umbrella term of sculpture book: pop-ups, transformations, tunnel books, flaps, volvelles, flaps, pull-tabs, pop-outs, pull-downs, exc. With paper engineering similar to that of origami, sculpture books tend to be more mechanical and pictorial, rather than objects.
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And I think that the Germans had much better posters during WWI than the Allies. So there. I suppose that this is because I'm so used to seeing Norman Rockwell and Uncle Sam-styled posters that anything different is just neat-o. From a propaganda point of view, of course, the German posters were a complete and utter failure, while the American and British ones generated tons of support for the war.
And now, just for fun: