Enter the Bizarre, Mini-Music Video World of Animator Robert Ek
The Swedish artist and designer fuses trippy 3D animation with electronic music to make hypnotic looping videos.
All videos courtesy the artist
A pink humanoid creature with every bodily appendage replaced with a pair of legs struts endlessly down a treadmill in the sky, as an airplane swerves and crashes into the mountains below. A snake-like creature made-up of a hundred identical blue heads crawls out of a lipstick container until it stares eerily out at the viewer with empty eyes and an emptier soul, while British electropop sensation Charli XCX blares in the background. Although these descriptions may sound like trippy sci-fi dreams (or nightmares), they're actually the works of Robert Ek, a gifted young artist and designer based in Sweden.
Working primarily in short, visually stunning 3D animations often set to bass-thumping music, Ek’s work feels like a series of excerpts from a futuristic alternate dimension. Every piece assaults and overloads your senses, yet leaves you with a hypnotic desire to delve further into his feed in an effort to understand the inexplicable things you’ve just witnessed.
Despite the digital density of his works, his sources of inspiration are somewhat quotidian and less outlandish than you might expect: “I get a lot of my inspiration from music, which gives me interesting mental pictures that need to be visualized,” the Ek tells The Creators Project. “I also get inspiration from old, far-out religious paintings like Hieronymus Bosch, whose super-weird scenarios and events really satisfy me.”
Peering into Ek’s feed shows the literal journey and evolution of an artist finding his own voice. The artist’s older works are incredibly varied in style and approach, to the point where each one seems somewhat disconnected from those before and after it. Ek’s work from the past year, however, shows a much more tightened focus, with recurring subject matter and visual scenarios, and an emphasis on a blue and pink palette, which seem to have become the artist’s signature style: “I don’t want to bore myself or others, but I guess I need some of my work’s elements to stay the same or at least to evolve slower,” Ek tells The Creators Project. “The pink and blue colors in particular represent some kind of childlike nostalgic sense that widens my mind.”
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