Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer who experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.
Polke launched Capitalist Realism in response to Pop art, exhibiting the first works in this genre in Düsseldorf. Polke took as his motifs such ordinary food items as chocolate, sausages or biscuits, isolating them and apparently depriving them of their tactility in order to elevate them to the status of aesthetic signs.
Prolific illustrator Oscar Bolton Green was born in London. His figurative work and character pieces are a delight. His portfolio is sort of a wonderland of strange and dreamy imagery. It’s amazing how he works with simple forms and how he manages to create complex scenes and stories out of beautiful bright shapes. He also experiments with lettering, that fits his style of illustration perfectly—slightly amorphous and experimental.
Kyttenjanae is a media artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work is influenced by all the sadness in her heart and the internet’s small cultures and communities. Interested in the intersection of experimental animation, technology, and interactivity, kyttenjanae creates digital and physical experiences.
She works with many programs including Cinema4D, Blender, Unity3D, and Processing. She also creates and performs live interactive visuals for shows and concerts. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries, festivals, and shows.
Kneip is a craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud that creates its inspiration from nature and objects with artisanal processes.
All sets are handmade. For years, the designers have worked on metals to note the formal qualities of steel, brass or copper and the way they behave over time with certain chemicals or colors.
Kneip aims to do unique projects along with the web shop. Jørgen and Stian work in a wide range of expressions and techniques, and wants Kneip to be moving towards a meeting point between art, design and craftsmanship.
The collection Pat.vol 1 shows the results of these experiments inspired by nature, climate and geometry. Kneip offers an experimental design with a number of ornamental objects that show the effects on metal.
This video was the winner at the SLAMDANCE 2012 of the Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short. It is quite incredible, and we suggest perhaps full-screening this whilst being high. It might make your brain melt. (andrewthomashuang.com)
One of the reasons why the Internet thrives with the creative community is the experimental nature of the art presented and produced. That is the most obvious thing we will ever write. This is the Spectrum Cube by blogger/artist, Emilio Gomariz.
Thom Yorke gets all John Lennon on us. In talking about how the new album, The King of Limbs, came together, he gave a very honest answer about imitating and stealing. He told NPR’s Guy Raz, “We’re not trying to be experimental or anything. When I first started doing demo’s on my own, I was quite a good imitator. I see it in my daughter, she’s the same. You’re constantly learning from other music and then there’s that Lennon thing about it, ‘It’s not who you steal from, it’s how you steal.’ I’m constantly absorbing other music and that’s what stimulates me the most. And to have the ability within our group with Nigel to move around in all these different areas.”
And we just stole this post from a good place: AtEase.
Part of the experimental sessions surrounding the Ok Computer touring schedule, we should have guessed that instrumentals like “Meeting In the Aisle” would be the blueprint for the future endeavors of Radiohead. Found on the How Am I Driving? EP, the track was part cinematic, part cryptic, and the bands first all instrumental track. Still brilliant nearly 14 years later.
If you want to show some musical taste to someone new, learn a bit about Charles Mingus. It shows your range from traditional and experimental jazz. It is a conversation starter, and the A.V. Club has a nice guide to get you started. They even have song samples for which you can test out, the bottom which we enjoy quite much .. .
It’s hard to pick just one James Brown album for this, but we have always been a fan of The Payback because of the sprawling, repetition that goes on in all the tracks. Released in late 1973, the album was known for the experimental, most ambitious albums in the Brown catalog. Opening with the amazing “The Payback,” and ending with the meditative “Mind Power,” hope you enjoy the more mind-expansive James Brown.