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Visual arts and music go together just about as well as peanut butter and jelly. The Egyptians and the ancient Greeks created images of people playing harps and flutes, while Renaissance and Baroque artists painted lutes. Modern artists have been equally motivated by music. Consider Picasso and the guitar or Stuart Davis and jazz. These artists were all influenced by music, but what happens when musicians are inspired by art?
In this Grammy-winning song, R.E.M. used Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro technique to inspire the lighting and individual scenes. Moreover, when considering the theme and lyrics of the song, it was a great idea to pay homage to this artist who used common people to depict iconic Biblical scenes.
It took 30 people, 22 months and 288,000 jelly beans to create this incredible stop-motion animation video. You gain even more appreciation for this work of art once you watch the “making of”.
It’s easy to get lost in the story of this music video, directed by visual artists Shynola, but try not to lose sight of the time and effort that went into the making of this video. The entire video was shot from above while three artists created chalk drawing after chalk drawing on the street below.
This is not your momma’s perspective! OK Go takes the illusions created by localized perspective artists such as James Hopkins and Felice Varini to a whole new level.
And yes, there is a “making of” video, also a must watch!
This video spotlights the work of environmental artist Tony Plant as he transforms a beach into a work of art only to have the tide rise and wash it away.
Have you seen these videos before or used them in your classroom?
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