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Disposable Art

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Julia (not Yezbick, but Smith-Heck....which very nearly rhymes), who works at the Boarshead Theater, gave me this website to check out. It is a collection of 25-30 "portraits" created out of nothing but a single toilet paper roll (just the cardboard part) each. Every one is unique and they are very expressive. I am impressed by someone who can express artistic vision through something that most of us just throw out without a thought. The site is: http://www.spazio.org/arte/vara/varas1.html. Enjoy!

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discussion

  • Very neat Peter. I'm always impressed with art made from common sources and wit...more
    - [nick]
  • cool. no wonder luca takes so long in the bathroom...
    - [ben]
  • If you made a flag out of toilet paper, would it be unpatriotic? Subversive? T...more
    - [name not provided]
  • i liked Herb best - he's cute.
    - [pax]
  • Bert's got a dope mullet
    - [name not provided]
  • jim, have you heard if they can trigger the brain to see color through the tongu...more
    - [ben]
  • Tongue-seeing seems like a harnessing of a form of synesthesia, which used to be...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Imagine these "heads" Easter Island scale, maybe rolled out of huge slabs of cla...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • dude, easter island is pretty big. i don't know if someone would have the resour...more
    - [ben]
  • Sorry...I meant to say Easter EGG Island.
    - [stargrazer]
  • I can't imagine how they would represent color with the tongue-seeing technology...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I like how what is disposable is redefined by this artist. Think about how many...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The Lansing Art Gallery (where I work) is having art camps for kids this month,...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Photographic Photosynthesis

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Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey have created large living photographs using controlled photosynthesis using grass.

"In the greater body of our artwork we play with many materials exploring processes of growth, transformation and decay, and we embrace the transience and ephemeral nature of our materials. Yet somehow the fragility of these chlorophyll apparitions urged us to make moves to preserve them longer."

Highlights of their other Photographic Photosynthesis work includes: Living Skins and Reversing Fields[via artnotes]



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discussion

  • This is REALLY cool. I never thought aout the possibilities of using light sensi...more
    - [pax]
  • Has anyone ever found anything on Lawn Mower Art?
    - [nick]
  • On my friend Dave's refrigerator, there used to be a computer generated image of...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • maybe not "trained" but coaxed or persuaded...
    - [ben]
  • i finally got to check out this site... WOW! is about all i can say... how do th...more
    - [ben]

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Online Exhibitions and Galleries

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Check out Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color from The Baltimore Museum of Art.

"Journey into a world of brilliantly colored Renaissance prints. What are painted prints? How were they made? What are they about? Why have we never seen them before? Explore an online gallery and zoom in on fascinating details."

 

Something to ponder while you are here:

There are obvious limitations to viewing physical art on the web such as the size of your monitor compared to the size of the artwork and lack of depth, and so on.

  • What makes an online exhibit or gallery enjoyable?


Arts - Visual  Museums, Galleries and Centers   Technology, Computers and Internet  

discussion

  • For me, its really important to have the option of getting a close-up, or detail...more
    - [pax]
  • clarity, hi-resolution images, easy navigation.
    - [ben]
  • No matter how good your content is, if the photography or digital imaging is bad...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Good visual connectivity is important, too -- a consistency of format and presen...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Some sense of interaction. I just finished looking at an ealier posting re: ...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Aaron, one of the grad students at Kresge Art Center when I was a student, would...more
    - [stargrazer]

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outside circle happenings

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What does everyone think of taking the outside circle presence outside of the web -- to increase visibility, draw in creative new members, or just to involve and be involved in our local communities? I've always wanted to stage "Action Painting Night," where participants can wear old clothes and engage in a multi-person "painting jam." This would require finding a space (like a warehouse or storage unit) that could be draped in plastic and have large canvases tacked up to walls and ceiling, and rolled out on the floor. Perhaps a meeting previous to the happening, to decide on what supplies are desired (colors and types of paint, brushes/sponges/aerators/balloons/etc.) Of course, food and beverages. Any other ideas for outside circle happenings? Or should we keep it all "cyber?"

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discussion

  • i think that's a great idea peter. we should use the "cyber" part of the circle...more
    - [ben]
  • The concept of "paint jam" was new to me so I searched the web and found photos...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I'm game for meeting in meatspace. Who, What, Why are taken care of. Where,...more
    - [nick]
  • Sounds good to me. I'm always game for hands-on collaborative art! In fact, Pet...more
    - [pax]
  • Anybody have ideas for any smaller-scale collaborations? How about a "traveling...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • that's a great idea peter! would you be interested in starting it?
    - [ben]
  • Sorry I've let this lag for a while...1. Yes, I would be interested in starting...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I am tentatively planning an outside circle happening for a weekend in July. It...more
    - [stargrazer]

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portfolio design meets fine art

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take a gander at this beautiful online portfolio, "design union - everyday ." displays the work of what i can tell to be one designer, paul lee. in addition to displaying this designer's impressive collection of print, packaging, and web design, the sites layout showcases the artists etheral illustrations, along with zen-like dialogues revolving around the theme "everyday." design union pushes the rule book on navigation layout in hyper-space... quite inspiring.     

 

                  www.designunion.net


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discussion

  • kristen is not working
    - [flower]
  • why is kristen not working today. She is a good little worker bee!
    - [ducks]

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Telepresense & Painting

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Closeup arm

"Well, it all started with Dr. Matt Stein's robot. Dr. Stein controls a Unimation Corp. Puma 760 robot in his lab at Wilkes University. He needed a platform independent interface to control the robot, so that it could be used to demonstrate control topics to a wide audience. His chosen task: painting."

The really neat thing is that they've left the robot connected to the web for anyone to use to create art.  They are interested enough in your feedback to mail you your art work.

The unfortunate thing is that most people just use the robot to leave their mark.

 



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discussion

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word.art.

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this posting is meant as a companion piece to the two previous postings on visual language (see 4/7 visual thesaurus and 4/17 visual poetry). graffiti is quite unlike any other artforms in that it goes beyond combining words with shape, form, and color, but it utilizes the word as shape and form. often abstracting language to the point of removing all traces of readablilty, the words behave more like graphic forms rather than anything else. in addition to breaking rules in the visual realm, graffiti transcends social boundries as well, from inner-city to suburbia. through graffiti taggers provide personal, social, and political commentary (graffiti.org/war/index.html), and while not quite folk art and not quite fine art (though check out www.crewest.com for gallery showings) it is truely a "people's artform." ...damn this reads like an art history paper... mad props to my dog g.appolonaire-  art/language critic extroardinaire!

http://www.graffiti.org 
http://www.grafitti.org



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discussion

  • Have you seen the Turtle graffiti in Detroit? Bryan Bickle pointed it out to me...more
    - [nick]
  • why does it seem that other countries in the wolrd are more tolerant of graffiti...more
    - [pax]
  • the mayor of paris commissioned some graffiti artists to make a mural ON HIS HOU...more
    - [nick]
  • I actually enjoy being stopped at RR crossings...the graffiti that flows by rang...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I appreciate that it takes a lot of skill to create this and I recognize it as a...more
    - [name not provided]

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Rocket Mailmen

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 I was pleased to come across this incredible collection of futuristic illustrations from A. C. Radebaugh at the Lost Highways in Philladelphia.  Apparently 14,000 large format negatives were aquired by the museum and they've gone to great lengths to restore his illustrations from the 1940's to 1970's.

One of my favorites is on the right... Rocket Mailmen.

What a different world we live in.

And Yes.  His first name was Art.



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discussion

  • beautiful negatives/positives gallery. i also can't wait for the day we have an...more
    - [ben]
  • There was a functional jetpack that was created years ago. It sometimes made a...more
    - [name not provided]
  • can't be good on the lawns either.
    - [ben]
  • I read a lot of sci-fi when I was young (no, really?) and one invention that I h...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nick, the Lansing Arts Council rceived an e-mail from the Lost Highways organiza...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nick, the Lansing Arts Council rceived an e-mail from the Lost Highways organiza...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter, I had originally stumbled upon Radebaugh's artwork through this website:...more
    - [nick]

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Crop Art

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[Lillian C. Willie Nelson image]I've been running into a lot on crop art recently in all sorts of different places: tv to web.

"Colton is the crop artist at the Minnesota State Fair. She started entering Crop Art in 1966 and after winning nine best-of-show Purple ribbons in eleven years she stopped competing."

For a list of seeds that are legal to compete, check out the guidelines.

 

 



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discussion

  • The guidelines for this crop art competition are quite interesting - its funny h...more
    - [pax]
  • I'm not sure if anyone else here watches ...more
    - [nick]
  • i wouldn't mind catching the EGG...weren't you saying that was a good show? keep...more
    - [ben]
  • You can check to see when it is ...more
    - [nick]

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nothingism restated

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many say, "nothing is sacred." I would alter this to say, "nothingness is sacred."

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discussion

  • It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep. --Chuang...more
    - [ben]
  • It was in my painting that I first embraced nothing, by blacking out large areas...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • For some time, I've been fascinated with the creation-destruction duality presen...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • There is a state of mind that I call "the Happy Empty." It is when the mind is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To me, nothing has taken on a visual identity as the "color" black...actually th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is nothing the cusp between creation and destruction? Or active/passive? Is no...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is there even a possibility of nothing? Dust-motes whirl, seen and unseen. The...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing as the absence of something came home to me in a most personal way. Whe...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Large white rectangles -- the impassiviveness of a blank canvas, daydreaming tha...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Funny that blankness is so intimidating. An untouched canvas, the first word of...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Starting. Just initializing motion seems the most difficult thing for the artis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothingism is an invisible journal, where everything but the nature of the conte...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I have nothing to add.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Oh! Sorry to break the train of thought, but regarding nothingness, this summer...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, break in any time you want. I'll try looking Ryman up.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Oh, do that. It's really neat stuff. I had thought, as I did with War...more
    - [name not provided]
  • That is the sign of successful art, I think. I have a little saying that (I thi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • True. Such is the same for advertising. I often end up scolding myyself for be...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Or pointless jingles...or 70's classic rock lyrics...
    - [stargrazer]
  • I checked out Ryman, and was surprised to learn that he is the most likely inspi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Interesting. I've never heard of it. Sounds very applicable. And, as...more
    - [name not provided]
  • My painting instructor had a great comeback to "my five year-old could paint tha...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing is now where I lay, for I have nowhere to go. And "nowhere" is quantifi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Here's something to chew on. I was reading an essay today by Lucy Lippard, "The...more
    - [name not provided]
  • "...until we find you, nothing until we kiss you, nothing until we sin...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • john cage once said that all he knew about method was that when he was not worki...more
    - [ben]
  • Yes. For me, when I am painting, I suspend my intellect and let the paint deter...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • How many practitioners of abstraction (in art, in music, in film, etc.) have mad...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • If it is not art that comes from within -- if art comes uniquely from without --...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • What comes from within is unquantifiable -- raw emotional "data" that we assign...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To create a non-symbolic visual experience, in paint. This does not mean that t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • ...non-symbolism divorced from notions like irony or post-critical cleverness?...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Well, it's been a while, but I'd like to respond to a few thoughts: ...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hi Louis,I wanted to respond, but I've had trouble posting from my home c...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hi. Yeah, my aplogies if I was a little blunt, as I do realise these are genera...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, I have not been avoiding your queries -- just been having trouble posting...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Speaking of abstraction, why do people perceive that they have such a problem wi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think that Yoda actually has one of the most profound observations that can be...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Now seems like a good time to bring up corporate culture's co-opting of modernis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • A response. In no particular order. The more I learn about Frank Ste...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I had no idea that there was a film about that. I made a comment to that effect...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Okay, here's the information (thanks for making me look it up):
    ...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Is there such a thing as a graffiti museum? If not, there should be.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Lots of stuff out there: ...more
    - [nick]
  • There are good zines (or used to be, at least). A year or so ago, I ordered som...more
    - [name not provided]
  • A filter for frustrated ideas. A clearing house for dreams. An auction of forg...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing is a reservoir for something. In effect, "something" lacks de...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey. Been a long time since I've seen this post.. Some more off-base things to...more
    - [name not provided]

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stuckist manifesto

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Here is another example of a group of artist's manifesto.  The Stuckists: "Against conceptualism, hedonism and the cult of the ego-artist."

Highlights:

  • "Artists who don’t paint aren’t artists."
  • "Art that has to be in a gallery to be art isn’t art."
  • "The Stuckist is not a career artist but rather an amateur (amare, Latin, to love) who takes risks on the canvas rather than hiding behind ready-made objects (e.g. a dead sheep). The amateur, far from being second to the professional, is at the forefront of experimentation, unencumbered by the need to be seen as infallible. Leaps of human endeavour are made by the intrepid individual, because he/she does not have to protect their status. Unlike the professional, the Stuckist is not afraid to fail."

A little out there, but it is a manifesto anyway.

I also found a nice portrait of a being with Lionel Richie. 



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discussion

  • i have no qualms about hiding behind a sheep.
    - [ben]
  • is this a reference to the klf?
    - [nick]
  • why sheep?
    - [ben]
  • Artist's who don't paint aren't artists? That's like saying painters who don't...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Ack! I'm have contention with this line: "The following have been proposed to t...more
    - [name not provided]

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