22 November 2006

Intriguing & inspiring links

I regularly look for interesting links. Some of them are clearly art-related, but others aren't. They all get mixed in my brain during the coming days & weeks, and I never know what will emerge as art. Here's what I found intriguing this morning. (Remember, I said intriguing. I don't necessarily like these sites, but they give me something to think about and may later influence my art.)

Many of these sites use Flash:

Banksy's sketches and installments are somewhat quirky. I like how the website is organised; it's very simple, but still interesting.

Conclave Obscurum is creepy but features an innovative--almost compelling--website design. I'll be looking at this website often. I don't know that I'd have much of this art on my walls, but... gosh, this is fascinating!

By contrast, gallery.artofgregmartin.com isn't especially easy to navigate, but the photography shows an intriguing approach and use of Photoshop. I may try more b&w photography, to see where this leads me. And, I may also try some different angles & treatments of my existing photos, especially my cemetery pictures.

I have no idea what to think of NobodyHere, but... it's quirky in a very weird way. I'll go back and study it more, later. For example, try some of the ecards; see what happens when you type your own message into the shell one.

It's not exactly art, but it made me smile: Animal, vegetable or mineral quiz.

explodingdog 2006 is an innovative approach to illustration. I hope that he does very, very well with this idea. Mostly, I like the childlike simplicity of his work, and the apparent spontaneity of it. This is definitely going to be an influence in some of my upcoming art.

The Blipfestival sounds amazing. From their webpage: "...a four-day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit videogame consoles and home computers used as creative tools..."

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