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Posts Tagged ‘photography’

best Halloween costume for this year

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 2:16 PM

goes to the living Banksy painting (more pix here too). Nice.

(psfk again)

Insignificance

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Ain’t that the truth.

 

(photo from Colours of India on reasonpad and possibly somewhere else originally? Quote from my office desk calendar! Nice…)

almost famous

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 3:58 PM

There’s nothing I like more (aside from design) than rock music and photography. The combination of both then is like when Angelina got together with Brad (a good thing). These truly great images are from the new Tony Mott exhibition opening on Nov 27th at Raw Gallery in South Melbourne. Raw Gallery is a new gallery specialising in “rock and pop cultural photography”. I had many more terribly witty and supportive things to say about this but wordpress failed me and deleted my draft post. Enthusiasm now sparse. Nice photes though.

Click here for more exhibition pix. Snaps to Broadsheet for original article.

 

Melbourne’s best macaroons

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Apparently macarons (macaroons?) are the new black. If this excellently cool macaroon design at Melbourne Macaron Competition 2010 is anything to go by, the rest of them must have been so great.

Click the pic for article (words not pictures though unfortunately. Mysteriously there are no more pix anywhere..).

(thank you Broadsheet for being as awesome as you so currently are)

beautiful

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Love cathedrals. Love site-specific installation work (when they’re done well). These two site-specific installations in European cathedrals are amazing. First one is an upside-down  dome made entirely of lengths of chain, meticulously placed in the church of St-Michiel in Belgium. Designed by the design partnership Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, it apparently reverse-shadows the church’s never-built dome. Ahhhhh, love echos of missing objects and negative space* and this is like the negative space of an object that never existed. Awesome.

Second is a question mark light installation in the church of Saint-Paul Saint-Louis in Paris by artist (and designer? And furniture designer? Lots it seems…) Robert Stadler. Perfect. Truly perfect.

*Negative space – see here for a really shitty wikipedia article on it for explanation or just look at Rachel Whiteread’s stuff (here and here or just google image search her). She will teach you everything.

St-Michiel. Click on the pix for for the article…

Saint-Paul Saint-Louis in Paris. Click on the pix for the article…

(Dezeen for original links)

taking over the world

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Guerrilla photographic artist JR has just won the 2011 TED Prize of $100,000USD. This is an awesome coup for artists sending a message to the world through alternative routes to that of established art galleries. As well as for people who may not necessarily be extremely well-known.

JR is an anonymous photographic artist who illegally pastes massively large-scale photographs of everyday people from adversely affected communities, all over city walls (including images of everyday Palestinians in Israel and vice versa). They are often funny, sometimes quietly shocking, always thought-provoking, never small. The TED Prize an amazing, annual prize which honours one individual who is changing the world and can change it even more, especially with the financial and networking help of that prize. One reason JR shows his work in guerrilla fashion is to make the point that art should be accessible to everyone, not just placed in the often elite vacuum of established galleries.  The subject matter and the execution in showing it then make us ask powerful questions about how we perceive the world through aesthetic filters, particularly the worlds of violence, political unrest, adversity and gender, economic and social poverty.  He had an international guerrilla exhibition two years ago, pasting up massive photos – in war-torn areas as well as affluent Western locations – of women from war-torn areas going about their daily business of supporting themselves, their families and their communities, in the midst of chaos. It was about women’s phenomenal ability to survive and maintain life in the face of war and violence; for their own sake, for that of their children and families, for the sake of others’ children and families and all (very often) in areas where they are already disadvantaged because of their sex. He called it Women Are Heroes. Total legend.

Jamie Oliver won the 2010 TED Prize last year and Bill Clinton has won it in the past. These are just two of many well-known figures to do so. That an anonymous guerrilla photographic artist who may be well-known in some art circles but is not well-known en masse has won this huge and well-respected prize is a testament to TED’s dedication to not just the great and good who are obviously well-educated, privileged and politically, culturally or financially influential, but also those possibly less well-known or privileged but equally as powerful regardless. Love TED even more now.

*See also the trailer for Women Are Heroes here. It’s long and some stories in it are pretty disturbing but it’s so good and you HAVE to check out the little kid dancing at 1.23mins. Truly awesome;)

(thanks Lee for the link. You are just as inspiring you know).

we’re getting nicer every day

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Click here to jump to article

“Today we are probably living in the most peaceful moment of our species’ time on earth.” – evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker (and article author)

Also from the article…

”…The decline of violence is a fractal phenomenon, visible at the scale of millenia, centuries, decades and years. It applies over several orders of magnitude of violence, from genocide to war to rioting to homicide to the treatment of children and animals. And it appears to be a worldwide trend, though not a homogeneous one. The leading edge has been in Western societies, especially England and Holland, and there seems to have been a tipping point at the onset of the Age of Reason in the early seventeenth century.”.

(although, this last passage’s pinpointing of particular cultures and cultural movements does call into question the historiographical issue of who writes history)

  • Link origin – thank you Rob Brezny for your weekly e-letter of crazy hilarious horoscopes and ‘pronoia’ links.   One day I will meet you and your awesome manifesto).
  • Photo link – beachblogger42 on flickr via monocolumn)

some good stuff to feel…good about!

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Haven’t posted in a bit. Been deeeeeep in folio mode. Spent 12 hours in the labs yesterday! Today probably the same. BUT, before I go do that, I wanted to post something. Quick scans through all my sadly neglected blogblasts from everywhere reveal such cool, cool news. Good stuff is happening. Here’s a couple of links to them;

  • Love Banksy (love the first office chair pic)
  • An amazing artist called Deborah Paauwe from Adelaide with beautiful, beautiful work has come to my attention (thanks Estie!). Check these out. Click for more beautiful, dark, quiet, whimsies…

And that’s it! There’s loads more but I have to study. Talk/see/speak to you soon!

#1

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2010 at 12:19 AM

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(original link from psfk here and official site here)

l’amour fou

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 at 12:18 AM

The Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre in Paris

I’ve not seen this statue in the flesh (or stone) yet but I’ve always thought it’s the most beautiful thing ever. Sculpture in general takes my breath away. Contemporary sculpture for the conceptual explorations but classical? All the time for the sheer genius, especially when they look like this. How do these artists make stone look like cloth casually draped over a leg as if it’s just been moved there by the wind? The poetry of movement is always an amazing thing to see done well – think of watching a top athlete run or a horse streaming across a landscape in full gallop. The poetry of movement in static art is possibly even more amazing though. To create movement from solid objects which aren’t actually shifting in front of you, simply through the use of colour or balance, texture or clever composition? This is genius.

For me this statue exemplifies all of these things and somehow really carries with it the strength of hope, victory and power. It reminds me of how you feel when you finally figure out something about the world and how, in light of that, nothing can hold you back. How the power, hope and knowledge of that really does make you realise you will take over the world; how it makes you taste Victory. And that’s where this statue in particular really blows my mind. It doesn’t even have a face to convey all these feelings. Just stone and the savvy, breathtaking, inspired use of it to depict cloth casually draped over a leg as if it’s just been moved there by the wind.

(click on the pix or here for the links to the Louvre’s page on The Winged Victory of Samothrace)