Digital art is immersing itself in 3-D motion, industrial-style glass walls and windows are bringing luxury homes closer to nature, and butler’s pantries are getting an upgrade. Below, the latest trends in art, architecture, and design.
Works in 3-D motion design are literally taking the art world in a new direction, capturing the attention of collectors around the world, and animating a whole new generation of techy artists.
The special-effects images, displayed in public spaces, on big-city advertising billboards, or on social-media platforms, are meant to engage viewers.
Paying homage to the “I Heart New York” motto, Shane Fu, a New York City artist who has been creating digital 3-D motion design work for almost three years, once filled the streets of Manhattan with 3-D floating hearts. In St. Petersburg, Russia, Vadim Solovyov sent a school of enormous stingrays flying through the city’s skies and depicted a giant raccoon washing its paws in the city’s main river.
“My work often features abstract movements in a confined space,” says Fu, whose works have reached cities such as Shanghai and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
His Back Alley Recycling and Limerence, for instance, are digital creations superimposed on top of video footage that is disguised as public exhibits.
Los Angeles-based artist Laura Porat creates cartoonlike works that possess what she calls a “vinyl toy quality.”
“A big trend in 3-D motion graphics is to create moody, photoreal, and atmospheric environments, while my art goes against the grain in that it’s incredibly stylized and fun and takes a lot from pop culture,” she says. “My primary influence is all the movies and TV shows that I watch, but I’m also inspired by everyday life; a lot of the characters I create are based on real people I’ve met.”
Artists are embracing 3-D motion design in large part because it is so accessible. “You no longer need a high-end computer to do 3-D,” Porat says.