The Invisible Realm is a collage art project by independent motion designer and creative director Felipe Posada, living in Brooklyn, NYC.
After completing a degree in Industrial Engineering, Felipe graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Art with an emphasis in Motion Graphics at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002.
His skills impressed me so much that I got in touch with Felipe to ask him some questions about his life, and how The Invisible Realm came to see the light of day.
“I love animation and seeing things in motion. I consider it a logical evolution of visual communication,” Felipe told WITNESS THIS. “In more recent times as my industry evolved (and imploded…) I began to feel the urge, yet again, to look for a more creative, less commercial avenue to continue to express myself. Without much planning I began a creative path to revisit subject matters that have fascinated me since I was a kid, and began to create artwork as a way to connect with myself again. That is when I started doing collage.”
“Having an ocean of ideas revolving in my head, I’ve been creating more and more artwork. It’s the first time that I use my skills for something that is not commercial and it feels amazing.”
“I called this new creative initiative “The Invisible Realm” as most of my subject matters belong to it. I try to have some meaning behind each one of my pieces, but of course some are more conceptual and others more aesthetic.
And having a few skills at hand for image manipulation, and an ocean of ideas revolving in my head, I’ve been creating more and more artwork. It’s the first time that I use my skills for something that is not commercial and it feels amazing.”
When checking out his stuff on the web I was particularly intrigued by the label “retrofuturism” that Felipe coined for his collages. I asked him what that term refers to in his frame of mind.
“To me, Retrofuturism refers to a way of looking at a fictional “future” through the lens of the mid-century era”, Felipe told me, “if that makes any sense. It is almost the way in which I imagined the future when I was a kid… being born in the late 70s there was a lot of influence from the past three decades in terms of architecture (Modernism), design, technology and, of course, science fiction. All of those subjects plus a few more have great impact in my art work.”
And how about Felipe’s next moves? “I am still not sure where this new path will lead me, but I do know that I am happy to see it through. I’m currently focused in creating more pieces, and to appreciate them as a still moment. But I know that at some point I will want to pause for a bit, and revisit a few of them to try to make them move! That is going to be fun.”
See more of Felipe’s works on his main website, and witness my personal curation of The Invisible Realm below. To the time machine!
“My artwork is a journey through the invisible realm: a dimension where conventional laws of nature have no definitive effect, and thoughts are allowed to take form as long as they can be visualized.”
“Through my work I revisit subject matters that have fascinated me, scared me, intrigued me and thrilled me since I was a child. The results, often unpredictable, are compositions filled with symbolism and hidden meaning.”
“Topics such as metaphysics, sacred geometry, constructivism, space exploration, mythology, astrology, other dimensions, the human psyche can often be found in my pieces, sometimes infused with a bit of irony.”
“It is valid to say that my work relates to my own existence but it also makes part of a greater conscience… or to be more precise, to the collective unconscious.”