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arts

  • Suspended monorail in Wuppertal
    Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, or Wuppertal's suspended monorail, is one of the most impressive infrastructures of the first age of industrialization. It's at the German city with the same name, formerly called Barmen-Elberfeld, and undamaged survived to two World Wide Wars. It's still working, although the adaptations required by the nowadays rules of security, and it's one of the main attractions of a city where patrimonial...
  • Johan Thornqvist: photography or drawings?
    Do you prefer photography or drawings? With Johan Thornqvist, you don't need to choose. For this Swedish, both complements one each other, and that's why he mixes and links them in his works, demanding a special attention by the observer in order to distinguish reality and fiction....
  • The Art Browser
    Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People (1830) Imagine a place where you could look for all the things related to art on a simple and practical way. A place where you could quickly get information about any artistic movement spending less than 2 minutes. A place where, beyond the text, you can see the spoil of each artist -- if this kind of thing...
  • Anoop Negi`s India: people and surroundings
    Color me red. Tripunithra Carnival, a city near Cochin at Kerala, Índia. Two men, wet to the skin, running inside a river -- each one at an extremity of a rope. Side by side with two huge bulls joined by a woody stick and more ropes. A third one is at the middle of the scenery, hidden by the surf risen by the race....
  • The fonts
    Waterman Kultur I started using them at the end of the high school and, during the college, they became powerful allies and a ritual. They were the only writing instruments which could indicate, with no exception, everything that were told at the theoretical courses -- even with the astonishing quickness of the teachers' speech, without losing time and an enormous effort of the pulse....
  • Paper recycling - the origami art
    Origami (from oru which means "folding", and kami "paper") is the Japanese traditional art of paper folding. This art aims to create the representation of an object using geometric folding or crumpling, preferably without cutting the paper or using glue, with a single sheet of paper....
  • Kitsch: the return of the refrigerator penguins
    The style can be found in visual arts as much as in the music, fashion, design or literature which deny the authenticity exalting the compulsive copy and the artificiality. All the indications are that its appearance has something with Romanticism -- as the expression of feelings has dramatic and melodramatic shapes -- but the most popular notion is very recent and it's linked to...
  • Chewing gum sculptures
    Probably no-one had ever imagined to use chewing gum to make sculptures. That's a pity, because it seems to be a material full of ductile and expressive possibilities. The effect made by Maurizio Savini is really astonishing. But, besides the aesthetical qualities, there's some significance and irony in his work. Chewing gum was introduced in Italy by the American soldiers at the end of...
  • Night Garden fed by solar energy
    It's at night that this modest garden during the day gets alive. Huge flowers are illuminated, changing their colors or varying the intensity of their lights. At the same time, an indistinct music comes from somewhere no-one knows. Then, the ambience created is dominated by beauty and tranquility and we could also say that we're in a celestial place. However, we are in one...
  • Georges Méliès - the master of special effects
    In the cinema history, there are few men who are so important and so unfairly forgotten as Georges Méliès. Excepting the shooting and projecting equipment, it would be no exaggeration to say that Méliès invented absolutely everything on cinema: the filming studios, the cinematographic genres, the screenplays, the mechanical and chemical techniques, the special effects. He was the pioneer in everything he did --...
  • Picasso, by Gjon Mili
    Gjon Mili, born in 1904 in Albany, arrived in United States in 1923. Seven years later, through his work with Harold Eugene Edgerton of MIT, he made several photographic experiences of capturing sequences of actions using photoflash to immobilize the scene. He was one of earliest on using an electronic flash and a stroboscope light to create images which went beyond the common scientific...
  • The contemporaneous flanerie
    The Kieslowski's real world A table, a cup over this table, a woman looks the raindrops outside the window. Then, an old woman tirelessly tries to put the trash into the garbage collector. The Polish movie director Kieslowski was a genius in turning trivial instants into poetry. Finding art in triviality makes art closer to quotidian and makes life less difficult to be lived....
  • Christian Faur - a new way of drawing with pencil
    Many children start painting with wax stick, also known as crayons. The ancient memories of Christian Faur are connected to this material and perhaps that's the reason why he still uses it to make art. However he doesn't do it just scratching out on paper. Instead of it, he arranges hundreds or thousands of pencils with different colors in a vertical position inside wooden...
  • Illustrations of beautiful women
    Against all expectations, Jason Levesque started working at a company linked to technology, a little startup dot-com in Williamsburg. It was common to see him skating everywhere, juggling and passing over obstacles. That's why he decided to be entitled to the way the people was used to see him day by day when he adopted his artistic name -- Stuntkid....
  • Carpet to rotten pavements
    The designer Ricardo Garza Marcos presents us a very original carpet possibility with the shape of a band-aid adhesive bandage, what makes it perfect to cover some rotten zones of our pavement. It is useful and comfortable....
  • Paintings, lonely urban souls and time: the Max Ferguson reality
    The oil paintings of mythological or imaginary quotidian portraits and scenes, which established its presence during Renaissance, still are one of the most appreciated and popular ways of art, always provoking some kind of fascination. Even today, when everything can be captured by a touch at a digital camera, Mona Lisa, by Leonardo Da Vinci, Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Vermeer or the...
  • Mário Irarrázabal - sculptures of giant hands
    In the heart of the Atacama Desert in Chile, next to a Pan-American railway, a giant hand stands at about eleven meters above the sandy soil. Actually, only the fingers and a part of the hand are visible; the wrist and the arm are buried in the sand, giving us an idea of the colossal size of the rest of the body they belong...
  • David Belle: The Displacement Art
    Those who already know the parkour, or PK, keep in mind that it is neither a new activity nor even exclusively urban. Its first appearance go back to the beginning of the 20th century, but recently this practice is spreading out and becoming known by the people. David Belle, through his extraordinary performances and media publishing, lifting up the parkour to the art status....
  • Electronic Art
    Who are Lenny & Meriel? We know very few things about them besides the fact they speak English, that they like or work with Electronics and that they have got a lot of free time. And they certainly use this to connect electronic components in a unusual way: diodes, coils, transistors, leds, batteries, wires, solders and so on. They produce no functional equipment, but...
  • Art with umbrellas
    Shanghai, China We have written about umbrellas in this blog before, but we have always focused on their functional side. After all, functionality is what one usually asks from this simple object. However, because we are only aware of them when it rains, we pay little attention to their concept, much less to its aesthetic side. If we consider it, the umbrella is a...
  • Galleta Meadows - Sculpture in the Desert
    In Borrego Springs, a desert region that lies in the south of California, the temperatures are elevated during the most part of the year. The population goes beyond two thousand of habitants and many of them are seasonal dwellers. What a place like this can have to attract tourists coming from all the localities? Animals -- elephants, camels, turtles, wild horses, snakes, mammoths, saber-toothed...
  • The art of folding paper
    Simon Schubert starts his work in the simplest way you can imagine, with a blank sheet of paper. From there, with a set of folds, he leaves the traces that come together to created drawings that look like they were drawn with invisible ink. The result, for the simplicity of the means used, is beautiful and seductive....
  • Words to explain the world
    The Tree of Life, by Gustav Klimt We need metaphors to communicate complex ideas. Art, religion and science know it since thousands of years. Circles, pyramids, tress, spirals, nets. I had the opportunity to notice a language change (maybe of adepts of a philosophical school would say: no paradigms!) during the time of my life -- which is not that long. Perceiving these changes...
  • Erotic Sculpture
    The French self-taugh Dominique Regnier, born in 1951, was, for many years, a publicity photographer of the automobilist industry around Paris. He got retired of this career and since almost one decade he dedicates his body and soul to the feminine sculpture. Above all, he intends to transmit an extreme eroticism through uncommon materials to this kind of job, paying attention to the voluptuous...
  • Sculpture with trucks - big rig jig
    Mike Ross is an architect who has been projecting buildings and sculptures at a monumental scale since 1998. Among his many works of art, the big rig jig, in the middle of the Nevada desert (USA), is a stand- out....
  • Robert Hardgrave - experiences from the beyond
    Self-taught artist, Robert Hardgrave has created an intricate body of work, filled with personal symbols. With lines that are faithful to his own state of mind, inspired by his own experiences, illness and recovery, his paintings and drawings are a reflection of his idea of reincarnation and life after death....
  • Cai Guo-Qiang - explosive art
    For a contemporary artist any material is good enough to work with, be it noble and soft or poor and aggressive. Cai Guo-Qiang made a radical choice: he chose gunpowder. With black dust and the inhereted wisdom of hundreds of years of Chinese pyrotechnic tradition he composes works of art that are made visible in a detonation of light, smoke and colour. Explosive art....
  • A shoes museum
    Virtual Shoe Museum is, at least, a curious place. Created in 2004 by Liza Snook, it assembles a remarkable shoes collection -- from the ancient models to the contemporary ones; from the bizarre models to the classic ones; from the hightech models to the conceptual ones. There are works of designers from all over the world assembled in a very odd virtual gallery......
  • Haddon Sundblom - the creator of Santa Claus
    The image of the old, good-natured St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, in Russia, has been transformed, over time, into the well-known figure of Santa Claus. Although the basic elements had been well-defined for a long time (beard, clothes, etc) only a Coca-Cola ad campaign would turn it into the famous image we know and love today. Its author was Haddon Sundblom....
  • That Which Conceals, Reveals - The Masks of Lauren Raine
    Lauren Raine is a painter, a sculptor, a choreographer and a mask maker. To understand her masks, we need to understand the connection between masks and the idea of a person. The connection goes back to ancient times. In Greek and Roman comedy and tragedy, the characters of the plays, called personae, wore the familiar happy and sad masks. These masks contained little brass...
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