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Rafaël Rozendaal, Abstract Browsing, Installation view, Steve Turner, January 2016

Artist Imagines Popular Websites Without the Content

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Rafaël Rozendaal, Abstract Browsing, Installation view, Steve Turner, January 2016

Whether we’re checking our email or browsing social media for the latest viral cat videos, a large portion of our time is devoted to staring at webpages. For his latest installation, artist Rafaël Rozendaal has reinterpreted some of the most heavily trafficked sites on the web as stark pieces of abstract art.

Most of the works produced by this New York-based artist are meant to be experienced online (he has been known to create web-based interactive art pieces and sell the domain names to art collectors). In 2014, Rozendaal developed a Chrome extension called “Abstract Browsing” that maintained a website’s layout while replacing its content with a pre-set color palette. Now he's selected a few of his favorite screenshots to bring out of the digital sphere and into the gallery world.

His exhibit consists of tapestries depicting these content-free webpages, each woven using an early 19th century Jacquard loom. The industrial era medium may seem far removed from the cyber age content on display, but a centuries-old connection can be drawn between the two. The mechanical loom is often credited with setting the foundation for modern computing with its early version of a programmable punch card. As an additional nod to modern technology, the tapestries have been woven with threads of varying shades, giving the final product the same low-res look you might find on screen.

The pages Rozendaal chose to feature in his installation were the sites he visits on a regular basis. Even stripped of text, images, and ads, you still might be able to identify webpages like Gmail, Tumblr, and Pinterest based on their distinctive layouts alone. Abstract Browsing is currently on display at the Steve Turner gallery in Los Angles. You can check out some pieces from the collection in the photo series below.

Pinterest // Rafaël Rozendaal

IMDB // Rafaël Rozendaal

Tumblr // Rafaël Rozendaal

Twitter // Rafaël Rozendaal

Gmail // Rafaël Rozendaal

Instagram // Rafaël Rozendaal


Images Courtesy of the Rafaël Rozendaal and Steve Turner, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Don Lewis.

[h/t: Fast Co. Design]

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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