The New York Times’ blogs aren’t the place you’d expect to find great new art, but for the past three years, columnist Jeff Scher has been releasing his brief, quietly breathtaking animated films in posts for the paper —creating a sort of Daily Prophet–meets–the Guggenheim online experience.
Scher, who has produced a music video for Bob Dylan and has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, produces meticulous, intricately detailed stop-motion films that explode with glorious color. Now he’s teamed up with the digital publisher Vook—which blends books and videos into a single experience—to turn 14 of his films, along with accompanying brief, meditative essays, into one app, “Best of Times.” It can make your Web browser, iPhone or new iPad into a virtual art gallery—and transform your commute or plane ride into a dreamy trip through cascading colors, light and sound.
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