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Free Your Mind With Felipe Pantone

Artist Felipe Pantone makes you move while standing still.


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Opening up our trusty friend Google, we type in "refraction of light," and this definition comes back:

Refraction is the bending of light (it also happens with sound, water and other waves) as it passes from one transparent substance into another. This bending by refraction makes it possible for us to have lenses, magnifying glasses, prisms and rainbows.

You’ll be happy to know, that this was actually one of the very rare things we remembered in science class. That and also, never, ever, ever pour cold water on hot glass – it will shatter! (awkward silence).........moving on.


Growing Up In The Digital Age


Felipe Pantone has become one of the hottest artists in the world today and has a fascinating take on what he wants his art to mean and what he wants it to do. Growing up with a digital childhood created an entire generation that saw the world with a different perspective, Pantone included. Things come at you fast, you're bombarded by so much content and we get it, it's hard to make sense of things sometimes. McDonald's ads next to graffiti. Asians doing a dance to Eminem's "Just Lose It" fighting for relevance next to public service announcements. It's as if we were really living in a Minority Report world.


Photo by: Felipe Pantone

But this made Pantone come up with a profound thought about his art:


“I try to create things that are not supposed to be where they are,” he says. “To bring awareness of certain things, to move people’s thoughts elsewhere."

Photo by: Felipe Pantone
Photo by: Felipe Pantone

We can see it in many of his pieces. The gradients and prisms suddenly turn into grids and dot matrixes. You can almost sense in your head a glitch effect, like a transceiver in your brain just short-circuited for a moment, catching a glimpse of another channel. This feels like the message he's trying to convey through his art – we see one thing but it can disappear in an instant. Like how a Tweet can be instant, but buried just as quickly in the digital age.

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