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Gutai Splendind Playground

Guggenheim New York

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils Walls

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils

Tony Becker Opening at Prairie

Tony Becker Opening at Prairie.

Friday February 11 2001, 6-9 pm

Book Release and Closing Reception Friday April 8, 6-9  

House opening at Prairie on February 11 is the end result of a long term community project conceivedby artist Tony Becker that combines the creative energies of children and adults from all walks of life.

Becker worked with students and members of 15 schools and community organizations to create small origami houses which were decorated or personalized in a variety of ways. A house is many things to many people. The dictionary states that it is "a building or place for human beings to live in". If we look closer at the root words that make up house, hus and keus, we see that a house is literally a "base that provides cover and a place to hide".  The definition is long, with many synonymous words that trigger a rich variety of associations; words like den and dwelling or contain and harbor. The word "family" helps us feel the gut impact of the word house, because it implies more than a structure that protects us from the elements, but also a place where people grow and are nurtured and plan for the future. Gaston Bachelard says a "house is a nest for dreaming, a shelter for imagining". This is key, because it places our concept of the word house into the sanctuary of the mind, where we can carry it wherever we go. 

"Where thou art, that is home." (Emily Dickinson). These and other thoughts were presented to all participants in this project just before they were asked to think about the word "house"; as a container for their own imaginations, and to create their own "dream shelters", using drawing, writing, collage or other media to transform their blank white pages into visual metaphors for these abstract ideas. Each of the nearly 500 participants who completed origami houses also produced a short piece of creative writing which explains the concept behind their visual work. These written comments reflect the widely divergent nature of the visual products. One writes, "A house is as simple as a rock, as delicate as a flower, as light as a feather, as round as a circle, as sharp as a knife". The creative work in the show represents work from a wide cross section of people representing all ages, economic backgrounds and abilities. Many of the participants have never before had a public forum for their creative expression, resulting in a body of work which is truly a representation of the life of our whole community. Becker will assemble all of these individual origami works and install them in groups suspended throughout the gallery space. Each group of suspended houses will be formed into a specific three dimensional shape by a variety of supporting armature. 

In addition to the gallery installation, thanks to the generous support from a Summerfair Aid to Individual Artist Grant, this project will be documented by a catalog which contains images of the top fifty houses as chosen by a panel of judges prior to the opening. This book will be released at a closing reception for this exhibit on April 8 from 6-9 pm.

Jen Stark's paper art

American artist Jen Stark cuts and layers paper to create amazing, psychedelic, colorful 3D sculptures.

And animation

Tunnel Vision Inside View from Jen Stark on Vimeo.

More on Jen Stark

Dai Haifei's Mobile Egg House

Acting on an impulse familiar to many young people these days, 
Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing, said to hell with high rents, and built himself a house. The six-foot-tall, solar-powered, egg-shaped abode is made of bamboo, wood and grass seed, and fits easily on a sidewalk. "The seeds will grow in the natural environment and it's cold-proof," Dai told China Daily. He then added that it's "a bit cold sometimes." Whatever. It's rent-free, dude! 
Read more at switched

12 extraordinary photo manipulated pictures

Photo manipulation is the art of digitally combining simple images with digital effects and/or textures in order to create a feeling, convey a message or just have fun. Photo manipulation is used extensively in advertising and produces stunning visual results and feelings, my preferred campaign is Lavazza's "espress yourself" campaign. Or photo manipulation is just used as a means of artistic expression for artists and designers alike.

Why do I like it so much? Because it is eye-catching, rich in textures and colors, complex in composition and visually interesting.

Here are 12 extraordinary images from 12 outstanding artists. Enjoy!

Guitar Splash | Gest0ert

Guitar Splash

So You Think You Can Splash | Stefanos Michaelides
So You Think You Can Splash

Colorful Nature Sounds | Cimoetz

colorful nature sounds

CD Cover 7 | Marcus Lorenzet 
CD Cover 7

Crescendo | Jesar One

Feel My Greatest Temptation | Fatkur Rokhim
feel my greatest temptation

Digital Skin | Benjamin Delacour
Digital Skin

Woman Souvenir | Alberto Seveso
Woman Souvenir

Nanopao | Thomas Kim and Benjamin Delacour

Life Stories | Umbrell4

EVE | Aryaz
Breakdancer | Wael.Hamdan
Camera Con Vista | Alberto Seveso
Camera Con Vista

Cobra Art Movement

Over Christmas, a dear member of my family, offered me a book dedicated to the CoBrA movement, a movement I knew very little about. It turned out that CoBrA is such a fascinating and inspiring art movement.

It started in 1948 in Paris and lasted for three years. CoBrA stands for Copenahgen, Brussels and Amsterdam because the artists participating in the movement came from Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands.

The 1948-1951 period was characterised by a lot of activity in all areas of art including literature and poetry, sculpture and painting. Europe was coming out of World War II and closer to a European ideal of unity and peace in Europe. CoBrA artists embraced this internationalist spirit and applied it to their ar. They overcame the boundaries of their nationalities by collaborating closely between them. They overcame the boundaries of their own art by seeking expression through other forms of art. The CoBrA movement influences and inspires art still today.

The Musée de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium hosts a unique exhibition about CoBrA until February 15. To find out more about the exhibition click here.

Here are a few examples of CoBrA artists. Enjoy them!

Anders Fosterling, Imaginary Red, 1950.
Oil on Canvas

Pierre Alechinsky & Pol Bury, Mixing Machine, 1964.
Ripolin paint on four transparent disks mounted on a central axle by Pol Bury, Indian ink on paper glued to a board, case by Pierre Alechinsky.

Christian Dotremont & Hugo Claus, Avant de dormir je compte mes insomnies, 1962. Watercolour and indian ink on paper.

Henry Heerup, Assemblage, 1951.
Oil on wood, assemblage of motorcycle wheels and parts.

To find out more about the COBRA movement try those links on the web

Marilyn Minter

I am inspired by ...

the visual strength and controversy of Marilyn Minter's work;
the way she demystifies glamour and high fashion;
the way she glorifies body imperfections;
her blurred, cropped images;

Marilyn Minter is an American photographer and painter living and working in New York. She uses her fashion photography pictures to depict in hyper realistic way all the imperfections associated with the human body creating an amazing visual contrast and challenging contemporary perceptions of beauty and feminality. She paints on aluminum boards using enamel paint that she ultimately smudges with her fingers to create the blurry feeling of her lens.

Experimenting with the idea of painting with the body she created the video Green Pink Caviar where models she photographed for a MAC campaign are pushing bakery products with their tongues on a glass table. The video was used by Madonna on her recent tour.

Marilyn Minter's work will be on display at the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati until May.

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