Douglas Adesko’s work is meant to comment on how many families struggle to eat together thanks to busy schedules and digital distractions. According to a recent study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, kids who frequently eat meals with their families report having better relationships with their parents and are at a lower risk for abusing drugs.
…While he’s happy for Family Meal to spur debate on food economics and environmental sustainability, Adesko says grand social commentary is not his primary intent. He wants to make gorgeous, detailed images, and he succeeds. The personality-rich characters in Family Meal make for compelling tableaux.
“What I’m most interested in is trying to foster feelings of connection and recognition by documenting people in everyday circumstances,” he says.
Earlier this week, a Tumblr called the Hawkeye Initiative posted a story about an employee at game publisher Meteor Entertainment who pranked her CEO, Mark Long, by swapping out a poster of a scantily clad female mechanic for a custom poster of a scantily-clad male mechanic (illustrated by fellow Meteor employee Sam Kirk) and waited to see the reaction. After the initial surprise, Long thanked her for “calling [him] on [his] bullshit” and decided to hang the posters side-by-side in the office. The story went viral, making the rounds at nearly every major gaming website and scoring nearly 200,000 page reviews. The employee, who goes by the pseudonym K2, spoke about the prank for the first time with Wired, and about what the internet’s reaction to it could say about the best way to approach the gender problem in the gaming industry.
Robert Xavier Burden used to paint nudes, but nearly a decade ago he shifted his eye from bare flesh to another sort of fetish. Now he spends thousands of hours creating massive, and massively nerdy, oil paintings of toys from his youth.
You might think his switch from naked human models to tiny action figures would make life a lot simpler for the San Francisco artist, but you’d be wrong.
“I’m hesitant to use the word ‘easy,’ just because of the fact that making these paintings is ludicrous, you know?” Burden told Wired during a recent interview here in his warehouse studio, which is packed with paintings that can reach more than 10 feet tall. “But I also don’t think that they work on a small scale. I think if it is about sort of recapturing a sense of childhood wonderment and awe, there is this idea that maybe these things should tower over you — that if you walk into a gallery, they should be a little bit overwhelming.”
If ‘Star Wars’ characters were Imperial Chinese warriors, they’d look something like this.
Outdoor adventure photography is fun to look at, but it can get old fast. If you’ve seen one really gnarly skiing or climbing photo, you’ve kinda seem them all.
That’s why Ray Demski’s new project is a breath of fresh air. He hauled several studio lights with giant reflectors out to an icefall in the Avers valley in Switzerland this winter and used the battery-powered, 1200-Joules strobes to shoot ice climbing like we’ve never seen.
“I always try to do something new every time I go into a shoot,” says Demski, an adventure sports and commercial photographer based in Munich, Germany who’s shot for companies including Red Bull, BMW and Adidas.
Animated GIFs are enjoying a renaissance on the interwebs, but very few of them could be considered art. That’s why Peter Marquez grabbed our attention. Instead of getting laughs, his GIFs make us feel. They’re pictures you wish you’d been there for — of angelic, grungy kids living, dreaming and playing in New York City.
What keeps his photos from descending into a Levi’s commercial is Marquez’s eye and authenticity. He’s not doing it for the money, he just loves it. He buses tables during the day and works on his photography at night — trying to shoot cool people he meets in the city.
“I separate the photo thing from how I’m making money,” he says. “I would love to be an assignment photographer but at the moment I don’t really feel the need to pursue that route.”
Have a good easter everybody!
(Also, we looooove Naomi’s work! Check her out, y’all!)
Jennifer Mann is an engineer with a creative spirit, a combination she infuses into eye-catching projects.
After finishing her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Mann headed west to San Francisco to get involved with the area’s burgeoning technology field. With hands-on capabilities and maker interests, she quickly got busy building and working on various projects, including Ben Cohen’s (of Ben and Jerry’s fame) StampMobile, a traveling, money-marking, Rube Goldberg-style machine that is designed to help bring awareness to campaign finance reform initiatives.
One of Mann’s most dazzling projects, however, is her LED space helmet. Inspired by an invitation to a David Bowie-themed costume party, she decided to base her outfit on the Bowie tune “Space Oddity.” The ensemble’s two-piece dress combines shiny blue and metallic silver fabrics, but the helmet is the showstopper — its retractable plastic dome is internally lit with strips of LED lighting that fluctuates and changes color via remote control.
The outfit was a big hit at the party, leading to Mann offering the space helmets for sale online. But to take your protein pills and put a helmet of your own on, you’ll have to request a special build — for now, she’s all sold out.
[via Wired Design]
With the rapid and lucrative growth in the smartphone industry, we’re always told that the world is in our hands. But the infrastructure of that world is not always as seamless as we would like. A sprawling web of infrastructure, made up of towers, buried fiber optics and orbiting satellites, sometimes encroaches in garish and inconvenient ways.
“In certain cases the disguised towers might not be noticed,” says Marsh. “But then an undisguised tower might not have been noticed either.”
[More @ Raw File]