If you’re looking for exciting art and colour inspiration, you’d do as well to spend an hour in front of YouTube this year as visit a gallery. Some of the most innovative music videos of 2014 were made in collaboration with artists, graphic designers and video artists who specialise in working with colour – often in combination with pure abstract forms – to create pieces full of inspiring colour visuals and a decidedly hallucinogenic effect.
Central St Martin’s graduate Rose Pilkington (above) has already carved out a niche for herself as a master manipulator of colour, winning a Lowe Nova Award for creative innovation while still at college. Her dissertation there explored the psychology and physics of colour, and her trademark pastel-hued images have been commissioned to hang in MTV’s London offices. When friend Jamie xx asked her to create a video for his single All Under One Roof Raving, she drew on the track’s origins in the UK underground scene to create a visually hypnotic piece of endlessly shattering strands of the Union Jack.
American musician Panda Bear has taken the idea a step further with the launch of his new website, which features an animated screen for various of his pieces of music, commissioned from a variety of graphic and video artists, including Patakk, Marco Papiro and Danny Perez. Take your pick from bright geometric patterns reminiscent of 60s psychedelia, Sergeant Pepper and Paolozzi (below), rave culture-referencing kaleidoscopes of abstract lights (below, middle), and a decidedly avant garde piece of video art featuring a Greek chorus in (bang on trend) tribal body paint (bottom).
It’s not just the ravers that are interested in trippy visuals and exploding colours either. Indie band Green Like July recently commissioned illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli to make a film for their single Borrowed Time. While a previous video she made relied heavily on her signature illustration style, Borrowed Time is more playful, using real-life action and dancers while referencing the colour-blocking and abstract forms of Bauhaus ballet (yes, there really is such a thing).