The Popular Edge, Pop-Up and Book Arts News

April 21, 2009

Science, Sex, and Sculptural Paper

Filed under: animation, art classes, crafts — Tags: , , , , , — popularkinetics @ 10:00 pm

Isabella Rossalini as a Fly

What could be more fascinating than Isabella Rossellini working with paper costuming and sculptures to explain reproductive processes of sea creatures and insects? In her “Green Porno” series of short video productions, Rossellini acts and directs in these funny, informative, and beautifully produced little science segments. Season One covers the reproduction of flies, bees, spiders, fireflies and earthworms. Season Two expands to examine how sea creatures mate, featuring whales, limpets, and starfish, among others. Working with production designer Andy Byers and a team of theater pros, Rossellini has succeeded in making science education a lot more fun with these little video gems!

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October 1, 2008

Arthur Ganson’s Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper

Filed under: crafts, performace art — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 5:44 am

One of the highlights of this year’s New Works session at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, was seeing videos of Arthur Ganson’s incredible sculptural machines. This one, titled “Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper,” is cool and elegant. Others are lively, humorous, even touching. They all are strikingly inventive, combining a knowledge of mechanics with theatricality and a bit of dance and mime. You can see several of the videos on YouTube, or link to them through his web site, http://www.arthurganson.com/pages/Sculptures.html

April 16, 2008

Incredible Paper Sculptures

Filed under: art classes, crafts, paper crafts — Tags: , , , , — popularkinetics @ 3:32 am

Peter Callesen\'s paper castle

A number of readers have sent us emails about the paper sculptures of Danish artist Peter Callesen. We’ve been a fan of Callesen’s work for some time; his single-sheet, dreamlike renditions of fairy-tale figures are all the more magical because he works with the simplest of materials. If you’re not familiar with his work, be sure to visit his nicely-designed web site to enjoy a few minutes respite from the workaday world. petercallesen.com

And speaking of castles, Carolyn Hughes reminds us of another pop-up media sighting, Bruce Foster’s animated pop-up book seen as the opening and closing of the Disney movie Enchanted.

July 7, 2007

House of Books (Casa di Libri)

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Livio de Marchi’s House of Books

Here is a dream house for all those who love books! Venetian sculptor and carver Livio de Marchi has created this abode in which all the furniture, the tables, beds, desks and chairs, incorporate carved book forms. Even the exterior is compiled of wooden books. For more pictures of the Casa di Libri, visit Livio de Marchi’s web site at www.liviodemarchi.com/casauk.htm

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