Surreal furniture by Lila Jang
The strange and surreal furniture designer and Korean artist Lila Jang, who in his last series likes to twist and distort the classic French furniture of the 18th century. Lila Jang studied design and Fine Arts in Paris in Seoul, and has already participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide.
The super-duper Dan Berry asked me what getting an idea feels like & I spent a long time thinking about it.
NINE THINGS GETTING AN IDEA FEELS LIKE (to me)
1) Groping around in a dark room and feeling something that’s a weird shape and just touching it everywhere and trying to figure out what it is. Then you try to draw a picture of the shape, whatever it is, in the dark. It comes out all wrong, but you kind of like it anyway.
2) Being in a really messy room filled with piles of broken shit and then finding a small but powerful magic electromagnet and turning it on. All the broken shit sort of hovers up into the air & the pieces sort of go whoom-whoom-whoom & stick to the elecromagnet until they make an object & the room is clean (I think I’ve seen an anime where this happens).
3) You are in a dark cave. There’s a deep hole that opens out into a dark underground sea filled with stuff. You are fishing creatures and things up through the hole with a really thin piece of string. Sometimes you get pretty scared you’re going to fall into the hole
4) Your mind is a stinky room filled with hundreds of feral cats and cat shit. Sometimes you open a window in your mind & it’s light & clean & there are interesting things & people outside the window. Why don’t you always keep the windows open? Who let all these cats in? Why don’t you get out of there once in a while?
5) There is low-level screaming in your mind at all times. Sometimes the screaming gets so loud inside your mind that you start screaming in real life also. You could go to a therapist, or you could draw a comic about it. Therapists are very expensive.
6) There are irritating flies in your mind that are always biting you. You shoo them away & try to kill them. They just fly around and lay eggs and die and eat the shit in your mind like flies do. But then every so often you look closely at one of the flies. It’s actually a beautiful fairy princess with diamond-rainbow wings! She wants you to draw her picture! Wow!
7) You are sick and need to vomit & so you do & then you feel better. Then you let people look at the vomit. They like it! They think you’re so cool because of your vomit! They want to make out with you!
8) You’re just hanging out in your mind & then you find something in there very small, very tiny, but when you look at it closely it’s the shield of Achilles in that scene in The Iliad with the earth & sun & sky & cities & weddings & fields being plowed & wars being fought & grape pickers & a bull being attacked by lions & sheep & men & women dancing & the ocean.
9) There is a funny story you tell at parties & then one day you realize that if you just tweak a couple things and change everyones’ name it would make a decent comic. Bang! Done.
Asked by notmissmarple
OH MY GOD THAT IS AMAZING.
If they post pictures and it’s okay to share you will share them, right?
STAR OF DAVID CAPTAIN AMERICA, that’s brilliant.
I would like to see this as well!
RUSSIA HAS DECLARED THAT THEY’RE INVADING UKRAINE OFFICIALLY. NOT EVEN HIDING BEHIND OLD AGREEMENTS. Britain has to aid the Ukrainians against the Russians now, America warned Russia not to, with consequences if they did, so now they’re involved, Canada was looking into what Russia was doing to see how bad it was and they to have to get involved even more.
WHAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT COULD ACTUALLY DRASTICALLY ESCALTED INTO SOMETHING RESEMBLING A WORLD WAR.
Wait, all these alliances and ‘have to’s … where have I seen this before … OH WAIT I THINK I KNOW.
Perhaps we should change all the ‘Lest We Forget’s on the cenotaphs to ‘Just Say No.’
Let’s please just sit back and enjoy all the WWI centenary programmes this year instead of staging a reenactment, OK?
So I saw Ghostbusters for the first time last night, (I know, I know, I am so lame) and I could not help but think this when Gozer showed up! Am I wrong? I mean, I was laughing because all I could think of is that Gozer is the love child of these two. Which would probably make you think you are a God.
Yup, I dig it.
I just saw Ghostbusters the first time a few months ago … while I didn’t make this connection, it did was a revelation as to the filmmaking values of the generation ahead of me. If you look at their decisions through the lens of ‘this is someone who has Ghostbusters on their top ten list’ suddenly it all makes so much sense.
Asked by Anonymous
Beautified nothing: I define this as beautiful looking rendered images that have absolutely nothing to say. Many, many people can now learn how to paint, draw, and put shapes together now. The influx of free youtube videos, online courses, and many art schools in my opinion, just make the process easier to consume and easier to paint by numbers. I am NOT stating that everyone who learns this way IS this way. I am talking in general overviews of trends and what I personally see.
I always think of Jurassic Park when I think of this idea, Here’s the scene. Just change the word scientists to artists.
"If I may… Um, I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now
[bangs on the table]
Dr. Ian Malcolm: you’re selling it, you wanna sell it. Well…
John Hammond: I don’t think you’re giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody’s ever done before…
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.
Now I know learning hand eye coordination is hard, I’m not trivializing how hard it is just to learn the craft. But I don’t think we are asking the next generation of artists “Why?”
WHY should you make that mark? WHY do you make that color? WHY are you making art? WHY should you spend years honing your craft and not following others? WHY do you like the art you see? WHY should anyone follow you? WHY?
But far less often do we challenge that new artist to think for themselves. take lots of time to make mistakes and correct them and expand their understanding of design.
It’s very easy to hit record and say to do this, this, and this, and you’ll end up making art like this. Or Use this custom brush set and this gradient to make this moody landscape that is pretty and cool looking aaaand utterly useless to your 3D team….
second, It’s really hard to challenge another person’s brain, design sense, and ideals online or in a class of 20. It’s just hard. So it’s no one’s “fault”. Just something I think I see as a trend. And hopefully this one post shakes someone’s thoughts into new territory.
And really, we will all benefit! We’ll see something new, feel a feeling, cry, laugh, forget a bad day.
But what I see is mounds of people trying to out render the other….
Design is having something to say. It could be a part of the story, an idea, a thought. But so many people concern themselves with the craft of it all they forget there’s supposed to be a reason for it. At least with production art. Now fine art, that’s another conversation. We can talk about that another time.
But production art has reasons and thought process behind the designs, the colors, and the art.
Visual Design. That’s our real job. The combination of beautiful art that means something. And let me tell you, being able to create meaning in art is instrumental to your career. When someone presents a character or environment that you have to convey to an audience what it means in visual form? That accidental custom brush or “whatever shape I draw” won’t be working. It’s planned, it’s thought out, it’s designed.
So if you’ve read this far. This may not be aimed at you. Maybe it is. Maybe it’s too soon, who knows. All I can say is it ALWAYS aimed at me. I think about this constantly. How do I keep learning but making it my own? What can I bring to the gigantic smorgasbord I call this art community?(Smorgartisbord) How am I different? Why should someone listen to what I have to say? Why should someone follow me? What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said or consumed already? How can I help that one person?
Sorry, mental tangent, so to get back to the original question. What is beautified nothing?
It is having the unfortunate ability to create art with nothing to say.