Scene360 has made it our ongoing mission to highlight the world’s most unusual and striking artistic creations, supporting these remarkable makers by sharing their work with readers worldwide.
One exciting way that we do this is through the annual Scene360 Awards competition, and we’ve just selected our top 10 submissions of 2017—including the overall winner! We challenged you to submit your best art, design, and film work, and you all delivered. It was a particularly strong year in digital work. Short films, animations, and computer-generated imagery made it on this list, along with collage that adds a surrealist twist to what we see every day. With such talented entries, it was challenging to narrow the list down to just 10 finalists. Our selections were based primarily on criteria including composition, creativity, originality, innovation, and technique. We also looked at the expression and meaning present in each work.
So, who took the top prize? That honor goes to a slick, clever animation called “Coke Habit” by Dress Code NY Inc. They will receive a generous $500 Art Grant from Ello as well as the coveted Scene360 Award.
Above: Artist Cash Mattock created this piece called “Scyphozoa” using digital collage.
#10 Evan Lawrence
Indonesian artist Evan Lawrence calls this piece “Red Velvet” a symbolic representation of his childhood. “The door,” he writes, “represents the memories that I [will] never be able to change.” Citing influences such as Salvador Dali and René Magritte, Lawrence uses photomontage to create a scene that’s neither here nor there. Like memory, it lives in an in-between space that’s impossible to pinpoint but that you can still find.
#9 Michael Brewington
The 2016 U.S. election has made many of us reconsider how we think about the world—particularly the power of the internet and its potential for both extreme good and harrowing evil. Michael Brewington, a student based in Atlanta, Georgia, uses photography to cope with the “increasing depersonalization of the world” thanks to the web. “Mainly shooting with friends,” he writes, “my work started to take on themes of youth and consumption. I hope it causes people to take a second to appreciate life.” It reminds us to get off the computer and seek out the stranger parts of real life.
#8 —Sunny Bhanushali
Boxer Muhammad Ali passed away in 2016, but his legendary status lives on in the hearts of his many fans. Tribute tattoos are a popular way to memorialize someone, which is exactly what a German client wanted from artist Sunny Bhanushali of Aliens Tattoo. Over the course of nine hours, Bhanushali created two portraits of Ali—one that showed his prowess as an athlete and the other that was a larger-than-life personality.
#7 Dmitry Zakharov & Jake Harrison Meyer
Working with computer-generated graphics and Cinema 4D, Dmitry Zakharov and Jake Harrison Meyer created “Marvelous City,” a music video for the band Woman. The video features fragmented, disjointed footage from the real world that exists in an alien-like void. This duality forms the overarching concept of the piece. “‘Marvelous City,’” they write, “deals with the representation of various reality forms which are influenced by our contemporary society. Do we seriously question and work towards our dreamlike concepts and expectations, or are we at risk to get lost within them, without ever fulfilling our needs?”