The Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) is suprisingly a mainstream topic. Vermeer is an artist known for his masterful treatment of light in his paintings of domestic interiors. Yet, The Essential Vermeer postulates that Vermeer could have used the camera obsura, a camera known to both European and Chinese scholars since about 470 BCE, to help create his paintings. Continue reading
Without the work of these curators and professors, tens of thousands of priceless works of art works stollen by Hitler would have been lost to the world forever.
Read the true story here.
Sarah Schönfeld squeezed drops of various legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures onto negative film which had already been exposed. Each drop altered the coating of the film. Much like the effect of some of these substances on humans, this can be a lengthy process – sometimes one that can barely be stopped.
All of the substances behaved very differently: the shapes and Continue reading
Helen Mirra and Ernst Karel’s quadraphonic sound installation Hourly directional sound recording, Mata Atlântica, Brazil (2012) is composed of location recordings made during eleven days of walking in remnants of coastal rainforests in southeastern Brazil.
“Silo Bell,” was created by Paul Matisse for the artist Otto Piene. Inspired by the space inside one of Piene’s silos Matisse decided it was the perfect place to experience his mechanical bell. In addition he designed a floor and incorporated wooden benches. Continue reading
Amsterdam-based artist Ronald van der Meijs designs architectonical installations and sculptural art, and his project called Sound Architecture IV that is made from 5,000 repurposed bicycle bells set on steel pins. As the wind picks up, the bells gently ring against one another, lending a visual and auditory component to invisible breezes. The installation is currently open in the art garden of the Anningahof Gallery in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
Read more about Ronald van der Meijs here.
Clint Fulkerson’s artwork features complex patterns and forms made by an accumulation of hand drawn marks. Each new mark is applied in response to the previous one and so on. For each piece he sets up a starting condition and devise a set of rules, which are much like algorithms, that limit what and how forms develop. Continue reading
Paul Matisse is the grandson of the historical French painter Henri Matisse. In 2000 he erected a piece in Massachusetts called “Charlestown Bells” an interactive sculpture attached to a bridge along a path between Charlestown and North Station.
Over the years the work became a favorite of Charlestown residents but went into disrepair due to
the weather and “relentless banging” by evening revelers. Continue reading
Considering information and concepts as fractal in nature is a basis of mathematical analyses. Fractals are a tool for carrying out analysis of complex forms to reveal simple underlying structures. Yet exploring fractals in ideas and artwork is an odd concept, until we consider fractals not just as complex algorithms but as ways to examine complexity. We can see this proposition in Richard Humann’s work “The Same River Twice” shown at CR10, Linlithgo, NY, Summer 2013 by looking at how the work presents a visual representation of the natural form of the Hudson river shaped by broken pieces of printed text. If the viewer contemplates the intersection formed by paintings Continue reading
How will we live on the Moon? Artists have been fascinated by our nearest astronomical neighbour for centuries. In a new space age artists might influence design, architecture and astronaut training as well as sending objects, concepts and performances to the Moon. We could even see an artist-astronaut on the Moon.
Just three days away by rocket, it is likely that any long-term Continue reading