A hand-painted version of Blade Runner
When Ridley Scott released Blade Runner in 1982, it was the coffin nail in the prophecy of the post-industrial primitivism depicted in the 1979 sci-fi classic, Mad Max. Based on the Phillip Dick novel that imagined a future where androids were so brilliantly engineered they didn't realize they were machines, Scott's high tech masterwork is still the gold standard for sci-fi fanatics. So why would Swedish artist Anders Ramsell feel compelled to re-imagine the work now, in the actual future depicted in the film, as a suite of hand-painted watercolor washes that have more in common with Monet than Metropolis?
The thirteen-minute teaser for his frame-by-frame feature length re-creation swallowed up 3,000 individual paintings, so perhaps by the time he's finished with the project we'll have re-subscribed to the Mad Max matrix. But for now at least, he's right in step with the rise of everything artisanal, as evidenced in both of the recent Ennials in New York.
|Blade Runner Aquarelle Edition, Part 1 (Teaser)|