This is the first of my 4 handmade artworks submitted to the Talenthouse "Blade Runner
2049" contest. Ridley Scott and a Warner Bros jury selected the best
five artworks inspired by the upcoming sequel directed by Denis
Villeneuve, starring Harrison Ford reprising his role as Deckard and Ryan Gosling as a rookie Blade Runner.
think the high secrecy enveloping the plot of the movie has made harder
for the partecipants to figure out a relevant visual concept. That's why I've created a more
surreal yet plausible image by using the Deckard's jukebox (shown in a early featurette) projecting
the holographic faces of the actors around the "mnemonic" globe, hinting
at the "musical" enigma of reality and memory.I
still don't know if the fact an awful child scribble on Talenthouse got more
support than this and the other 3 artworks is an amusing or depressing statement about the
perception of art and creativity on line.
Moreover, having just seen the
winners of the Talenthouse contest,
I've realized that joining this kind of "competitions" has no point at all
(beside getting the chance to figure out some new specific movie-based
All the art contests with money reward that I've joined over the years were won by friends or relatives of the jury (that's how it generally works in Italy, where you have to make sure to have the right affiliations even before starting to dream about becoming an artist).
glad that at least an oil painting has been selected (that one by the talented Nicky Barkla)
reward is that no artist have thought about using the holographic
jukebox as a way to "symbolize" and provide a conceptual frame to the
traditonal composition of "actors faces" in order to underline the
ambiguity between artificial and real. Indeed, despite the
technical skills, the winners look like "replicants"of the same poster pattern.
doubt it has been a very tough job for the jury to select only 5 works
from the sheer amount of excellent submissions. Nevertheless the lack of variety in visual ideas makes you think that the
rules of the contest should have clarified that they just wanted
"alternative posters featuring the actors" (possibly made with vexel art by Philippine designers, that's a more elegant way to call photomanipulation) instead of "artworks inspired by", a word
that defines a far more creative and open-minded approach than simply re-assembling photobased faces with glaring neon-like colors.
least I know that I've spent 8 days on a real rough canvas with real
brushes painting with real greasy oil colors watching it with my real
As Deckard says "I know what's real!" (am I a Nexus 7?).