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Wednesday, 23 August

22:29

Miniatur-Riot-Wunderland Installation im Mastab 1:87 im Hamburger Schanzenviertel "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Der britische Knstler Jimmy Cauty zeigt in Hamburg noch bis Sonntag seine bekannte The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Installation, ein Miniatur-Riot-Wunderland im Mastab 1:87. Anlsslich des Internationalen Sommerfestivals ist zur Zeit die Installation The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) des britischen Knstlers und Musikers Jimmy Cauty im Hamburger Schanzenviertel zu sehen. Die Installation, die in einem Miniaturmodell im Mastab 1:87 eine Post-Riot-Stadt zeigt, steht auf dem Vorplatz des Bahnhof Sternschanze. Installiert ist die Modellstadt in einem 40-Fu-Container, der durch Gucklcher Blicke auf das Szenario zulsst. Die Installation war vor rund zwei Jahren bereits in Banksys Anti-Freizeitpark Dismaland in dem britischen Ferienort Weston-super-Mare zu sehen. Seit dem tourt sie durch mehrere Stdte. Zu sehen ist die Installation noch bis zum 27. August 2017 direkt an der S-Bahn Sternschanze. Mehr ber die Hintergrnde der Installation sowie das Internationale Sommerfestival gibt es auf der Website von Kampnagel. Dort findet man auch ein interessantes Interview mit Jimmy Cauty, in dem er unter anderem ber die Installation spricht. Alle Bilder: Urbanshit / The Aftermath Dislocation Principle / Dismaland 2015 / Hamburg 2017

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22:00

Brooklyn Academy of Music Puts Online 70,000 Objects Documenting the History of the Performing Arts: Download Playbills, Posters & More "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Yesterday the sad news broke that The Village Voice will discontinue its print edition. Co-founded by Norman Mailer in 1955 and providing New Yorkers with savvy music writing, raunchy advice columns, juicy exposs, reviews, entertainment listings, apartments, jobs, band members, terrible roommates, and pretty much anything else one might desire every week for over half a century, the paper will be missed. Though it wont disappear online, the loss of the street-level copy in its comfortingly familiar red plastic box marks the abrupt end of an era. Those of us inclined to mourn its passing can take some solace in the fact that so many of the citys key cultural institutions still persist.

Prominent among them, Brooklyns Academy of Music, or BAM, has been at it since 1861, when it began as the home of the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn. It has inhabited its present Beaux Arts building in Fort Greene since 1908. In its 150 years as a performance space for opera, classical, avant-garde theater, dance, and music, and film, BAM has amassed quite a collection of memorabilia. This year, on its century-and-a-half anniversary, it has made 70,000 of those artifacts available to the public in its Leon Levy Digital Archive. Like future issues of the Voice, you cannot hold these in your hand, unless you happen to be one of the museums curators. But researchersor anyone else interested,...

21:00

Hear What Music Sounds Like When Its Created by Synthesizers Made with Artificial Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

When synthesizers like the Yamaha DX7 became consumer products, the possibilities of music changed forever, making available a wealth of new, often totally unfamiliar sounds even to musicians who'd never before had a reason to think past the electric guitar. But if the people at Project Magenta keep doing what they're doing, they could soon bring about a wave of even more revolutionary music-making devices. That "team of Google researchers who are teaching machines to create not only their own music but also to make so many other forms of art," writes the New York Times' Cade Metz, work toward not just the day "when a machine can instantly build a new Beatles song," but the development of tools that allow artists "to create in entirely new ways."

Using neural networks, "complex mathematical systems allow machines to learn specific behavior by analyzing vast amounts of data" (the kind that generated all those disturbing "DeepDream" images a while back), Magenta's researchers "are crossbreeding sounds from very different instruments say, a bassoon and a clavichord creating instruments capable of producing sounds no one has ever heard."




You can give one of the results of these experiments a test drive yourself with NSynth, described by its creators as "a research project that trained a neural network on over 300,000...

20:37

Lustful and lush paintings depicting The Seven Deadly Sins by Gail Potocki "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Lust. A painting from artist Gail Potockis latest series, The Seven Deadly Sins.
 
The artwork of Chicago-based artist Gail Potocki may be familiar to you as her work has been shown in galleries the world over. Her modern paintings would look right at...

20:36

Meet the original Nirvana: A pioneering sixties psychedelic rock duo "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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In the early 1990s, there were a lot of people who were buzzed by thinking (and talking ad nauseam) about Chaos theory and the odd possibility that the fluttering of a butterflys wings in Brazil could cause a tornado somewhere...

DIARY: Missing Pieces "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Gkcan Demirkazik on the Sharjah Biennial 13 Off-Site Project in Ramallah

20:21

Sagrada Familia Among Sites Targeted by Barcelona Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Sagrada Famlia in Barcelona in 2011 (photo via Wikipedia Commons)

The terror cell responsible for the vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils last week were planning a much larger, deadlier one that involved filling three vans with explosives and detonating them at three of Barcelonas busiest sites. One, as a suspect revealed yesterday in a Madrid court, would have been the Sagrada Famlia, the towering Roman Catholic church designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaud. The second, as El Espaol reported, was Las Ramblas avenue, where a driver plowed a van through crowds last Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring over 100 others; authorities speculate that the third target may have been along the citys busting port.

Interior of Sagrada Famlia in 2013 (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

The conspirators at least 12 of them ...

19:11

How to Win at Texas Hold Em: A Free MIT Course "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In 2015, we featured a short MIT course called Poker Theory and Analytics, which introduced students to poker strategy, psychology, and decision-making in eleven lectures. Now comes a new course, this one more squarely focused on Texas Hold 'Em. Taught by MIT grad student Will Ma, the course "covers the poker concepts, math concepts, and general concepts needed to play the game of Texas Hold'em on a professional level." Here's a quick overview of the topics the course delves into in the 7 lectures above (or find them here on YouTube).

  • Poker Concepts: preflop ranges, 3-betting, continuation betting, check-raising, floating, bet sizing, implied odds, polarization, ICM theory, data mining in poker
  • Math Concepts: probability and expectation, variance and the Law of Large Numbers, Nash Equilibrium
  • General Concepts: decisions vs. results, exploitative play vs. balanced play, risk management

You can find the syllabus, lecture slides and assignments on this MIT website.  How to Win at Texas Hold 'Em will be added to our collection, 1,250 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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19:03

Sex up your baking game with this Kama Sutra rolling pin "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Behold the Kama Sutra rolling pin!
 
I must say that this lovely Kama Sutra-themed rolling pin that can be shipped to you directly from the Ukraine takes the cake when it comes to its originality. Also,...

19:00

Clever Street Artist Paints Fake Shadows to Playfully Trick Passersby "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Shadow Art Street Art Damon Belanger Redwood City

Working in a myriad of mediums, California-based creative Damon Belanger is known for his eclectic oeuvre. While he dabbles in everything from package design to culture-inspired paintings, his most recent endeavor is a playful street art project that gives ordinary objects silly and surprising shadows.

Belanger was commissioned to adorn the streets of downtown Redwood City, California, with 20 fanciful public pieces. By painting faux shadows on the sidewalk, he has transformed the seemingly ordinary city into a whimsical wonderland. Using public features like benches and bicycle racks as inspiration, the artist creates peculiar shadows that breathe new life into the city's overlooked sites. In Belanger's world, a mailbox is actually a smiling monster, a parking kiosk is transformed into a monkey on a pedestal, and a city map is revealed to be a robot.

To create each curious piece, Belanger first chooses the object that will cast the shadow. He then creates a chalk outline of a character, strategically angling it in such a way that resembles a real cast shadow. Once he is pleased with his sketch, he uses dark grey paint to fill it in, andvoila! An everyday fixture becomes a quirky character, proving that any public space can be an artist's playground!

For his latest street art project, Damon Belanger has introduced a series of playful shadow art to downtown Redwood City.

Shadow Art Street Art Damon Belanger Redwood City
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18:45

A Film About Falling in Love and Geeking Out About Modernism "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Still from Columbus (all images courtesy Columbus)

Ten years ago, I helped organize a panel in conjunction with the Asian American International Film Festival called On Asian/American Aesthetics. The featured speakers included playwright David Henry Hwang, fashion designer Mary Ping, architect Billie Tsien, and filmmaker Wayne Wang. The promptWhat are Asian or Asian American aesthetics?provided an interesting entry point for a discussion about art, as well as identity and race. But in many ways, the question also felt impossible to answer and seemed almost facetiously posed, because first one had to unpack what is considered Asian and what is considered Asian American. And were we primarily talking about an East Asian aesthetic, as reflected by the ethnicities of the panelists?

Video essayist turned narrative filmmaker Kogonada offers a surprisingly elegant response to this question in his debut feature. Visually arresting and replete with contemplative moments, Columbus spotlights the eponymous Indiana town, notable for being the birthplace of Mike Pence and an unexpected haven for modernist architecture. Deborah Berke, I.M. Pei, and Eero Saarinen have all left their mark there. The Korean-born and Midwest-grown director uses this spectacular backdrop to cultivate the fateful friendship forged by circumstance and isolation between a small-town girl and a transient outsider thats at the heart of the movie.

Still from Columbus

Aesthetics play a central role in their relationship, as the younger Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) and the older Jin (John Cho) initially bond over a fascination with the towns unique landscape. Having foregone college, Casey doesnt yet have th...

18:22

Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 31 Actors Playing Real People "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

Dialect coach Erik Singer takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. To best break down this concept, Erik analyzes some actors playing real people. Just how close was Jamie Foxxs Ray Charles? What about Cate Blanchetts portrayal of Bob Dylan? Is Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln accurate?

 

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18:18

The kids are not alright: Nasty notes, death threats & other troubling pieces of art done by kids "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Kids these days.
 
So first things firstIm a parent myself (terrifying, I know), and have seen my fair share of questionable illustrations done by my own kid. Everything he drew from a very young age was full of blood and guts, and as a bonafide ghoul myself...

18:17

Two Comics Artists Draw Their Ways Through Depression "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

From Nothing Lasts Forever (courtesy of Image Comics)

The trope of the tortured artist has long been held in popular culture; from Vincent Van Gogh to Virginia Woolf. A quick internet search finds a lengthy Wikipedia page devoted to creativity and mental illness, a 2003 cover story in the journal of the American Psychological Association on The Sylvia Plath Effect, and Christopher Zaras controversial book Tortured Artists. Recent political events, particularly shootings by and of those with a history of mental illness, have brought this issue into the wider political and cultural consciousness, making an otherwise rarely discussed private struggle something debated by politicians, police, and social activists.

Sunburning by Keiler Roberts (image courtesy of Koyama Press)

Against this fraught backdrop, two artists have produced accounts of their ongoing battles with depression and their careers as comic artists. In Sunburning, Keiler Roberts describes her life as a wife, mother, and artist in a series of witty vignettes illustrated with simple line drawings. In Nothing Lasts Forever, Sina Grace outlines the years after his first book, Self-Obsessed, was released, when he struggled to find and maintain romantic relationships and t...

17:25

NASAs Best Photos of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Composite image, made from 4 frames, showing the International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 from Northern Cascades National Park in Washington. (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The spectacular total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 was witnessed by millions in the United States. But perhaps no one appreciates the rare phenomenon more than the scientists, researchers, and astronauts of NASA. In anticipation of the event, which hadn't occurred for 99 years, the organization even set up a special Eclipse 2017 website.

NASA is known for its ability to capture incredible images of the solar system, whether they're detailed images of Jupiter taken with the JunoCam or fly by photographs of Pluto. So, it's only fitting that they were able to get some interesting photographs of the 2017 total solar eclipse. Whether taken from outer space or planet Earth, NASA is publishing its best photographs to Flickr. How else could you see the moon's shadow passing over the planet?

And the fun doesn't end there. NASA is collecting total eclipse photos in a special Flickr group open to the public. This effort to engage the public in all things space related is common to organization, as it continues to encourage interest in astronomy.

Let's take a look at some of the best NASA imagery of the 2017 total eclipse, a memorable moment in history.

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16:37

This Street Artist is Painting Fake Shadows and Making People Do Double Takes "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

If youre staring at your phone youll probably miss them. I mean shadows are everywhere, do you really pay that much attention to them? Artist Damon Belanger was recently commissioned by the business owners of downtown Redwood City, California to inject a little life into the downtown core.

So Belanger, a graphic artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay area, painted 23 shadow artworks all around downtown. Theres no rhyme or reason for their locations, no explanation for who or what the characters are. But if you happen to notice them, youll surely do a double take and maybe scratch your head when you realize something isnt right.

The project was recently selected as a Merit Winner at the...

16:15

Alexander Girard, the Designer Who Made American Modernism Less Sterile "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Detail of installation from Alexander Girard: A Designers Universe at the Cranbrook Art Museum (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Alexander Girard, Wooden dolls (1952), four of 23 different models)

Girards work was prescient, mitigating the stark sterility of American Modernism with the introduction of bold color, materials that are at turns earthy and futuristic, and the quotidian aesthetics inherent to folk art. Items from Girard and his wifes prodigious international collection of folk art are on display, enabling visitors to make some straight-line connections between Girards points of inspiration and his output as an architectural, interior, and textile designer.

Born in New York, he spent most of his upbringing in Florence, Italy, and trained as an architect in London. However, it was during the years he spe...

16:10

Dazzling movie posters from the golden age of adult cinema "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Motorpsycho, 1965
 
The urge to observe the sex act is probably an un-displaceable mainstay in the human animal, and the 1960s, ushering in revolutions in so many different arenas, also featured a noticeable mainstreaming of the X-rated movie. Interest in sexual subjects was brewing in the period just prior to that, for sure....

16:00

Detailed Graphite Hair Drawings by Hong Chun Zhang "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Chinese artist Hong Chun Zhang creates graphite drawings that replace everyday materials with ribbons, sheets, or swirls of shiny black hair. The works, titled Hairy Objects, are intended to be humorous while also a bit unsettling, allowing the beauty of hair to also repulse the audience when caught emerging from the spine of a book or the spout of a bathroom sink.

The surreal drawings also focus on her cultural identity, especially connections with her family in China, and her identity as a woman and sister. The hair represents a powerful life force, imbuing each piece with an aspect of herself.

In addition to graphite drawings, Zhang also creates ink paintings in the traditional Chinese fine style which requires applying ink from lighter to darker shades through eight successive layers. The technique is very realistic and time consuming, requiring years of specialized training. Hong studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing for four years, as well as learned from her parents who had a strong influence on her artistic style at a young age.

In addition to getting her BFA in Chinese painting from CAFA, Zhang received her MFA at the University of California, Davis. She currently lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas.

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16:00

Whats a Scientifically-Proven Way to Improve Your Ability to Learn? Get Out and Exercise "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Wikimedia Commons Image by the U.S. Navy

The benefit, nay necessity, of physical exercise is undeniable. The medical community has identified sedentary lifestyles as an epidemic, sometimes called sitting disease (or as people like to say, sitting is the new smoking). Prolonged sitting has been established as a cause of all sorts of chronic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Combine this problem with the steady stream of processed foods in more and more diets and we have a full-blown public health crisis on our hands that requires some serious intervention on the part of doctors, dieticians, physical therapists, and scientists.

And as more and more researchers are finding out, a poor diet and lack of exercise can also have seriously harmful effects on the brain. Conversely, as a recent University of California study shows, exercise boosts brain function; it enhances learning and memory, improves executive function and counteracts mental decline. To put the theory of enhanced learning to the test,...

15:47

Visual Sounds of the Amazon: Digital Lifeforms that Respond to Audio Recorded in the Amazon Rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Australian artist Andy Thomas (previously here and here) presents his first installment of Visual Sounds of the Amazon, a responsive artwork that alters its visual shape based on audio Thomas collected from the Amazon rainforest. The animation sequence is one that can hardly be described, as bright bursts of light escape a tangle of blue and yellow helixes each time a bird squeaks, with similarly colored balls orbiting the digitally-composed mass.

Previously Thomas has made responsive artworks to other flora and fauna, specifically using recordings created in Australia and the Netherlands. This particular iteration will be screened at Render, a festival of animated hybridizations in Lima, Peru. You can view/listen to more of his otherworldly and adaptive video work on his website.

15:45

Illustrator Turns Her Beautiful Line Drawings into Charming Tattoos "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Illustrative Tattoos Sollefe Black Ink Tattoo

Citing illustration as her predominant passion, Mexico City-based artist Sollefe embraces the art form regardless of whether the final result is static or moving, whether it is large or small, whether it is personal or commercial. This versatile approach to the practice culminates in an eclectic portfolio, including drawings, graphic design, animation, and, most fascinatingly, a collection of charming tattoos.

Ranging in subject from delicate flora and fauna to quirky anatomical drawings, each distinctive tattoo is inspired by Sollefe's own illustrations. Much like the original drawings themselves, the tattoos are rendered only in black ink, accentuating the details' subtlety and the forms' simplicity. Similarly, the artist employs traditionally illustrative techniques when creating each work of body art, including dappled shading, an emphasis on the contrast between dark and light, and an interest in stylized subjects.

Unlike many tattoo artists who work in a variety of aesthetics, Sollefe retains her signature, subtle style when creating her tattoos. This gives each piece a distinctive look and captures the artist's unique approach to both the black ink tattoo trend and contemporary body art in general.

Illustrative tattoo artist Sollefe specializes in black ink body art.

Illustrative Tattoos Sollefe Black Ink Tattoo

Each charming piece showcases both her love of illustration and her tattooing talent.

 

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15:00

How to Embed a Shout: A New Generation of Black Artists Contends with Abstraction "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Tariku Shiferaws studio in Bushwick (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Im in Tariku Shiferaws studio because of a conversation about black masculinity. We met several months ago at a dinner event, Elia Albas Supper Club, held at the 8th Floor gallery where we collectively several artists, historians, curators chewed over how we now deal with each other as black men and how me might improve our relationships. Shiferaw is a 34-year-old artist originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who earned his MFA degree from Parsons School of Design. He invited me to his studio in Bushwick to check out his work, and then we ran into each other again, randomly at a opening a few weeks later, thereby reminding me of our scheduled meeting. After I place my backpack down, I take out my notebook and pen, but dont write yet. I take stock of how orderly Shiferaw has placed the work he wants to show me. There is rigor apparent just in that choice. I start mentally listing the obvious aspects of his paintings which hang on the two walls nearest the entrance, at eye level: first of all, the canvas isnt canvas; its clear plastic thats stretched taut over wood frames, acrylic paint thinly applied in inch-wide, horizontal bars that are ruler straight and evenly spaced, but with jagged ends, the palette a matte black or a darker royal blue. The paintings are big squares, perhaps two feet by two feet. This is some hard-hearted abstraction giving me no narrative, hardly any painterly flourishes, and no reference to anything from life that I recognize, not even symbolically. I want to mention Pierre Soulages, who is now a very old French modernist painter, but his work was much more texture and uses reflective and non-reflective blacks against each other, and his paintings tend to be grand flights of ego. Shiferaws work is so much quieter, tightly held, reserved. Shiferaw offers me a beer; we sit facing each other and then get into it.

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14:00

Recommended: JD Allen Radio Flyer "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Its more than just focused intensity with JD Allen.  Lots of musicians have that.  Some express it better than others, but its not a unique thing.  No, what JD Allen has got is grace.  No matter how furious the tempo may grow and regardless how patient a ballads melody might be exhaled, the saxophonist []

13:00

Six Dancers Make Ephemeral Marks on Rockaway Beach "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Madeline Hollander, ARENA (photo by Samantha Casolari)

By late August on sandy beaches, the forces of nature have already filled many hand-dug holes, toppled plenty of castles, and washed over the patterns and messages people have left behind. On the windy shores, its hard to make a mark that lasts.

On Saturday, August 26, six dancers will attempt to document the impressions we make on Rockaway Beach. In a series of duets titled ARENA, choreographed by Madeline Hollander, the dancers will follow a truck as it drags a beach rake behind it, delineating a path for them to wander and move in. The work, which is part of the Beach Sessions Dance Series, is in line with Hollanders other performance works that experiment with how our bodies are limited and defined by our surroundings. Observers can follow the trail of the dancers tracks, which will then be wiped out when the truck reverses course and follows the performers in the delicate, mutable sand. The truck and dancers will continue to chase one another until sundown.

When: Saturday, August 26, 6pm
Where: Beach 110th Street & Shore Front Pkwy (Rockaway Beach, Queens)

More info here.

The post Six Dancers Make Ephemeral Marks on Rockaway Beach appeared first on Hyperallergic.

10:00

TOY Crew wendet sich mit kritischer Botschaft an The Haus "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Die Berliner TOY Crew hat sich vor etwa drei Wochen mit einem kritischen Statement an The Haus gewandt. Dafr haben sie einen lngeren Text mit ihrer Kritik auf die Rckseite der Bauplane des Gebudes, in dem vor ein paar Wochen das Ausstellungs-Projekt stattfand und in Zukunft Eigentumswohnungen stehen werden, geschrieben und die Plane an drei Seiten herausgeschnitten, so dass sie offen zur Strae runter hing. TOY werfen The Haus in ihrer Kritik vor, Graffiti in den Dienst von Investoren zu stellen und sich mit Graffiti, welches als gesellschaftlicher Gegenentwurf gestartet wurde, dem konservativen Normen der Gesellschaft zu unterwerfen. Bei Facebook haben TOY ein Video der Aktion verffentlicht. The Haus haben bereits am Tag nach der nchtlichen Aktion ein Foto von der Botschaft auf ihrer Facebookseite verffentlicht. Auf dem Plakat steht: Es wurde geklatscht und gejubelt von den Schundblttern der Stadt. XI-Design, ihr seid der Ekel Berlins. Einer verrottenden Stadt und ihr tretet auch noch nach. Arglistig erschleicht ihr euren Vorteil auf dem Rcken der Berliner Graffitigeschichte und lasst sie unter eurem Konsumdreck verschwinden. Ja, einen tollen Erlebnispark hattet ihr geschaffen. Wo der sonst so intollerante Pbel vom chter zum Versteher der ihnen so verhassten Kultur werden durfte. Doch das war kein Graffiti. Das war keine ...

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09:32

1UP Wholecar Aktion in Berlin "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Die Berliner Graffiti Crew 1UP One United Power ist bekannt fr ihre Spektakulren Aktionen und ihre Dokumentation auf Video. Nun ist ein neues Video aufgetaucht von einem Wholecar in Berlin. Video und Bild: 1UP / AGGRO.TV / Youtube Video Screenshot Inklusive Fahrt ber den besten Spot der Stadt, der Brcke Warschauer Strae und Abseilen von den Gleisen. Um auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben, folgt 1UP bei Facebook.

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08:00

Gauguins Stirring First-Hand Account of What Actually Happened the Night Van Gogh Cut off His Own Ear "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Between two such beings as he and I, the one a perfect volcano, the other boiling too, inwardly, a sort of struggle was preparing.


Gauguins Stirring First-Hand Account of What Actually Happened the Night Van Gogh Cut off His Own Ear

Certain relationships are charged with an intensity of feeling that incinerates the walls we habitually erect between platonic friendship, romantic attraction, and intellectual-creative infatuation. One of the most dramatic of those superfriendships unfolded between the artists Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848May 8, 1903) and Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853July 29, 1890), whose relationship was animated by an acuity of emotion so lacerating that it led to the famous and infamously mythologized incident in which Van Gogh cut off his own ear an incident that marks the extreme end of what Sir Thomas Browne contemplated, two centuries earlier, as the divine heartbreak of romantic friendship.

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889

In February of 1888, a decade after Van Gogh found his purpose, he moved to the town of Arles in the South of France. There, he exploded into a period of immense creative fertility, completing more than two hundred paintings, one hundred watercolors and sketches, and his famous Sunflowers series. But he also lived in extreme poverty and endured incessant inner turmoil, much of which related to his preoccupation with enticing Gauguin whom he admired with unparalleled ardor (I find my artistic ideas extremely commonplace in comparison with yours, Van Gogh wrote) and who at the time was living and working in Brittany to come live and paint with him. Th...

05:26

30 Times Low Cost Cosplay Absolutely Nailed It "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

Anucha Cha Saengchart aka Low Cost Cosplay has amassed a massive online following (2.77 million Facebook followers and counting) for his creative and downright hilarious budget cosplays (costume + role play).

For more, check out his wildly popular Facebook page!

 

 

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00:52

A Mythical Memoir of Pre-1900 LA Turned into Theater "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Otis Woods, artwork for Seor Plummers Final Fiesta (image courtesy Rogue Artists Ensemble)

When the book Seor Plummer: The Life and Laughter of an Old-Californian was first published in 1942, it reflected a time and place that was surely unfamiliar to many living in Hollywoods Golden Age. Written a year before Plummer died at the age of 91, it tells of a dusty, Wild West town that was the site of land battles between the original Latino Californios and newcomer Anglo Americans. Plummer portrayed himself as belonging to both of those groups. Born Eugene Plummer, the son of a Canadian father and a mother with Irish and Spanish roots, he reinvented himself in LA as so many do as Don Eugenio. Fusing history and personal narrative with healthy doses of myth and humor, the book is a colorful, bittersweet recollection of a bygone Los Angeles.

Inspired by Plummers outsize life and story, the Rogue Artists Ensemble is creating Seor Plummers Final Fiesta, an interactive theatrical event featuring masks, puppets, and music. Before the work has its official premiere next year, audiences can witness a workshop performance this week in West Hollywoods Plummer Park, located on the last parcel of his homestead. Live mariachi music will be performed by the all-female trio La Victoria, with food provided by the Best Fish Taco in Ensenada.

When: Thursday, August 24Saturday, August 26, 7pm nightly (suggested donation $550)
Where: Pl...

00:01

Philadelphias Fight to Remove a Monument to Former Mayor Frank Rizzo "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Frank Rizzo monument fenced off at the Municipal Services Building, Philadelphia (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)

PHILADELPHIA In the wake of the violence that racked Charlottesville last week ostensibly over the fate of a Confederate monument Americans are looking at public works in their hometowns with more scrutiny. While Philadelphia is not home to any Confederate monuments, one statue attracting criticism is the statue of former Philadelphia Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo, situated across from City Hall at the towering Municipal Services Building.

Rizzo descends the wide steps of the Municipal Building, raising his arm in a wave. He presides over the stark International Style building, home to many of the citys most tedious bureaucratic offices, and the broad, somewhat neglected Thomas Paine plaza, which smells faintly of urine. The plaza is prominent, however, and hosts a gigantic, bronze, inverted pyramid of writhing, twisted bodies by Jacques Lipchitz called Government of the People. Another sculpture, Your Move, by artists Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulos, and Roger White, presents a series of giant board game pieces perhaps a cheeky commentary on the Kafkaesque hours of forms and waiting occurring inside the building. And then theres Rizzo. Ten feet tall, in an oversized suit jacket, his extended arm reaches toward City Hall. His face is stern but serene, like that of a benevolent dictator.

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Just last week, the Rizzo statue was put behind barriers and guarded by police. It was egged on Wednesday, and then on Friday, tagged with the message Black Power. Like the Confederate monuments, the sculpture of Rizzo is salt in an open wound for many of the citys residents of color. Frank Rizzo served two terms as Mayor from 19721980, and ran for a third term on a vote white campai...

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23:28

From the Bronx to Brooklyn, Confederate Symbols Come Down Across New York City "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The push to dismantle Confederate monuments across the United States is not just restricted to the South.

Two streets inside New York Citys Fort Hamilton army base dedicated to Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are the latest targets in a nationwide movement to remove public symbols glorifying the Confederacy.

Brooklyn Rep. Yvette Clarke held a renaming rally at John Paul Jones Park on Tuesday morning with several Congresspeople and Brooklyn politicians. Lee served as an engineer at the Fort Hamilton army base from 1841 to 1846, and is one of the most prominent military figures associated with it.

The time has come for the Army to remove from Fort Hamilton and other military installations the disgraced names of men who waged war against the United States to preserve the evil institution of slavery, Clarke spokesman Patrick Rheaume told Hyperallergic. It is clear that these symbols remain an inspiration to some who espouse white supremacist ideology to perpetuate acts of terror and violenc...

23:10

The Dance Floor as a Site for Queer Memorials "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Khadija Griffith, Oisin Monaghan, and John Alix during an open rehearsal as part of Brendan Fernandess residency at Recess, Steady Pulse (image courtesy Recess)

For some people, a nightclub is just a nightclub a place to dance and have a good time. For others, including many LGBTQ folks, a nightclub can be a political space of possibility, at least until its sanctuary is shattered by violence. Artist Brendan Fernandes is using his current session at Recess to explore the valences of the dance floor as a queer space that is variously safe and unsafe a site for joy and fear, release and reflection. As part of the project, hes constructed a dance floor comprised of panels in varying flesh tones, along with several coat racks bearing 49 hangers one for each victim of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

In the space this Friday night, August 25, Fernandes will stage Free Fall. Its conceived as both a dance party and a performance, during which music DJed by Thomas Ian Campbell will stop 49 times; with each break, the performers will fall to the ground (and then, presumably, rise again). The day after this meditation on the frailty and resilience of the human body, people are invited to stop by Recess and sign the dance floor. Inspired by Santa Monicas Highways Performance Space, where the names of dancers and actors who died of AIDS are inscribed on the floor, Fernandes will close out his residency by turning his own dance floor into a memorial.

When: Friday, August 25, 79pm; Saturday, August 26, 126pm
Where: Recess (41 Grand Street, Soho, Manhattan)

More info here.

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22:55

Winners of the 2017 MonoVisions Photography Awards Explore the World in Black & White "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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The Mara by Anup Shah. Black & White Series of the Year 2017

Celebrating the art of black and white photography, MonoVisions has just announced the winners of their 2017 photography awards. The leading photography magazine created the MonoVisions Photography Awards to allow amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to show off their best monochromatic photos.

The awards cover 12 categories, from conceptual and nude photography to wildlife and architectural images. The awards give prizes to single images, as well as photographic series. The winners compete for $5,000 in prizes and are judged by an expert panel of photographers, critics, and gallerists. This year, Kars Tuinder took him the single image grand prize for his expertly framed photograph of a fish market in Africa.

Anup Shah took home the grand prize for his series The Mara, which is a set of stunning wildlife photos shot in Kenya. I think black and white photography can communicate my feelings better. Black and white also has the potential to reveal the essence, to lift out the soul, of wild animals, Shah shared with us. It seems to capture the truth that lies beneath the surface.

Love black and white photography and want to get in on the prize? MonoVisions is already accepting entries for its 2018 contest.

The winners of the MonoVisions Photography Awards were selected from over 4,000 black and white photographs, entered in 12 categories as singles or a series.

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22:15

Woman Discovers Her Pet Chameleon Will Hold Anything She Hands Her "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Pet Chameleon

We think of dogs and cats as being the only pets that can make us laugh, but as artist Emma Ward shows us, thats not true. In a brief series of amusing images, she photographed her pet chameleon Olive holding tiny toy objects. Tweeting that the reptile will grab anything you give them, Ward armed the green creature with miniature swords and battle axes. This is all as Olive looks on, clearly unimpressed with the great power that they now wield.

Since tweeting the three pictures of Olive, the reptile has gone viral with over 169,000 retweets. Although Ward didnt anticipate such a fervent response, the series is a perfect combination of her and Olives interests. Ward is a fantasy-style illustrator who enjoys creating imaginative characters and worldsand collecting things from them. Olive, on the other hand, simply appreciates smalls things. Knowing she likes to grasp anything that goes in her hands, I thought Lego swords and Evangelion weapons would be an interesting idea, Ward explained to Chron.com.

Since Olives explosive debut, Ward has continued the trend and put her leopard gecko Stimpy in a variety of fabulous hats. Maybe it could be friends with this similarly fashionable toad.

Artist Emma Ward has charmed the internet with her pet chameleon, Olive, who will grab anything she's given.

Pet Chameleon...

21:53

Der Film I Needed Color gibt einen Einblick in das Knstlerleben von Jim Carrey "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mit I Needed Color gibt der Schauspieler und Komiker Jim Carrey einen intensiven Einblick in sein Schaffen als Knstler und lsst die Kamera einen Blick in sein Atelier werfen. Vor kurzem hat der Schauspieler und Komiker Jim Carrey bei Vimeo eine Kurzdoku ber sein Schaffen als Knstler verffentlicht. In dem Film I Needed Color beschreibt Jim Carrey wie er dazu gekommen ist Kunst zu machen und die Kamera begleitetet in bei der Arbeit in seinem Atelier. Video Bild Jim Carrey / Screenshot Vimeo Video I Needed Colors Angefangen zu malen hat Jim Carrey vor sechs Jahren, aus dem Grund eines gebrochenen Herzens, wie er in dem Film erzhlt. Seit dem malt er Leinwnde und macht Skulpturen aus Ton. Der rund 6 Minuten lange Film ist so etwas wie ein Trailer fr seine kommenden Ausstellung im Herbst.  Am 23. September stellt Carrey das zweite Mal mit einer umfassenden Ausstellungen in der Wyland Galleries (Las Vegas) aus, die Teil der Signature Gallery Group, ein Zusammenschluss von Galerien aus Kalifornien, Las Vegas und Hawaii, ist.

Der Beitrag Der Film I Needed Color gibt einen Einblick in das Knstlerleben von Jim Carrey erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

21:53

Blue Angel Sneaks Behind Crowd For Surprise Low Pass Flyby "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

At the air show in Chicago this past weekend, a member of the Blue Angels snuck behind the crowd for a surprise, high-speed low pass flyby. Needless to say, most of the crowd had no idea!

 

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21:15

500 WORDS: Tyree Guyton "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Tyree Guyton discusses his monument The Times in Philadelphia

20:45

Primitive Drawings Discovered on Newspaper Rock Reveal Daily Life From 2,000 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Along the Utah State Route 211 a monumental rock covered in Native American carvings juts out. Now a state historic monument, Newspaper Rock is one of the largest collections of petroglyphs and is easily accessible from the road leading to Canyonlands National Park.

The 200-square-foot rock is peppered with rock art dating back about 2,000 years, the surface scratched away in this primitive form of communication. Hundreds of images were created by a variety of cultures, including Archaic, Anasazi, Fremont, Navajo, Anglo, and Pueblo. In fact, in Navajo, the rock is called Tse' Hone, or rock that tells a story. The name Newspaper Rock is owed to that fact that certain areas seem to depict narratives that tell a story, making the rock a visual journal of important events.

What are petroglyphs and why are they important?

A form of rock art where the rock surface is picked, carved, or incised, this incredible form of primitive communication gives incredible insight into daily life during this archaic time. Not to be confused with petrographs, which are images painted or drawn onto a rock surface, this form of communication is widespread throughout the American southwest, and examples can be found on almost every continent around the world.

Though the precise meaning of most petroglyphs cannot be deciphered, especially as the rocks have multiple narratives etched over each other during the course of a long period, the simple drawings give clues in...

20:24

Artist Practices Drawing by Turning Words Into Cartoons "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

Illustrator and designer Jonathan Stephen Harris has gained a huge following on YouTube for his amazing drawing videos. The talented artist is best known for his 3D illustrations, hand paintings and optical illusion drawings.

One interesting exercise Harris does to practice sketching, is spelling out a word and then incorporating the letters of the word into a cartoon representation of the word itself.

For more, check out Harris work on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram

 

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19:11

Electric Universe - David Talbott - Remembering the End of the World redux "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

if you haven't seen David Talbott's poignant and revelatory exploration of the Mythological Foundation of the contemporary Electric Universe concept already, here's your chance to correct that omission:

19:00

20+ Spectacular Photos From the Rare Total Solar Eclipse Across the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Location: Madras, Oregon
Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

On August 21, 2017, people across the United States looked to the sky to witness a rare total solar eclipse. This was the first time in 99 years that the Moon had seemingly swallowed the Sun and was visible from coast to coast. Starting near Salem, Oregon and spanning to Charleston, South Carolina, there was an arched path of 100% totality, meaning that whomever was along it could see the entire thing event perfectly. During this magical time, people from all walks of life were transfixed on the sky (and hopefully wearing protective eye wear).

For those who werent able to catch a glimpse of this celestial sightor simply want to relive itphotographers captured history in spectacular astrophotography. Depending on the location of the photographer, the total solar eclipse looks different. For those in the 100% totality zone, the moon is dark and outlined in a brilliant illuminated ring. Any less totality yielded a crescent moon lit in a fiery orangestill an amazing thing to witness nonetheless.

No matter where you were in the U.S., however, the International Space Station had the best vantage point of all. Astronauts there had a crystal clear view as they cross its path three times from an altitude of 250 miles.

Although you needed special glasses for the eclipse, you can gaze at these stunning total solar eclipse photos for as long as you like.

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18:25

Reality Is Nothing But a Hallucination: A Mind-Bending Crash Course on the Neuroscience of Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If you've been accused of living in "a world of your own," get ready for some validation. As cognitive scientist Anil Seth argues in "Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality," the TED Talk above, everyone lives in a world of their own at least if by "everyone" you mean "every brain," by "world" you mean "entire reality," and by "of their own" you mean "that it has created for itself." With all the signals it receives from our senses and all the prior experiences it has organized into expectations, each of our brains constructs a coherent image of reality a "multisensory, panoramic 3D, fully, immersive inner movie" for us to perceive.

"Perception has to be a process of 'informed guesswork,'" says the TED Blog's accompanying notes, "in which sensory signals are combined with prior expectations about the way the world is, to form the brains best guess of the causes of these signals."




Seth uses optical illusions and classic experiments to underscore the point that we dont just passively perceive the world; we actively generate it. The world we experience comes as much from the inside-out as the outside-in," in a process hardly different from that which we casually call hallucination. Indeed, in a way, we're always hallucinating. Its just that when we agree about our hallucinations, thats what we call reality. And as for what, exactly, constitutes the "we," our brains do a good deal of work to construct that too.

Seventeen minutes only allows Dash to go so far down the rabbit hole of the neuroscience of consciousness, but he'll galvanize the curiosity of anyone with even a mild interest in this mind-mending subject. He leaves us with a few implications of his and others' research to consider: first, "just as we can misperceive the world, we can misperceive ourselves"; second, "what it means to be me cannot be reduced to or uploaded to a software program running on an advanced robot, however sophisticated"; third, "our individual inner universe is just one way of being conscious, and even human c...

18:06

Temporary Calligraphy Illuminates Historic Sites Throughout Europe "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mexican calligraffiti artist Said Dokins combines calligraphy writing with graffiti techniques to create public murals that address conflicts of power, destruction, and control imposed by both historic and contemporary regimes. His latest project, Heliographies of Memory, uses luminous tools to explore displaced memory, creating light paintings that use famous historic buildings or other iconic sites as temporary backdrops.

Heliographies of Memory consist in a series of photographs that capture the calligraphic gesture, the very moment where the action of inscription is taking place, said Dokins. The texts are written with light, so the words disappear as soon as they were suggested by the moves of the calligrapher, invisible to the simple eye, they just can be captured by a process of long-exposure photography, that reveal what happened, even though no one could see it.

Dokins collaborates with photographer Leonardo Luna to capture each of his ephemeral interventions. Together they opened the 2017 OASTRALE Biennale of Contemporary Art in Dresden with a choreographed calligraphy presentation. You can see more images of their project Heliographies of Memory on Dokins Instagram and Facebook. (via I Support Street Art)

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17:57

A Dutch Street Photographer Who Pursued Darker Truths "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ed van der Elsken, Vali Myers (Ann), Roberto Inigez-Morelosy (Manuel) and Graldine Krongold (Geri), Paris (1950) (courtesy Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Ed van der Elsken / Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)

PARIS The St-Germain-des-Prs area has always been chic. Well-heeled locals slip into its glossy storefronts and leaf through the latest fiction at its many bookstores, and they and tourists alike continue to flock to the legendary Caf de Flore and Les Deux Magots, which count Sartre, Beauvoir, and Hemingway among their former patrons. But the neighborhood has belonged to others as well: students living off whatever they had in their pockets, bohemians drinking and taking drugs in the bistros, and others who, lacking a home base, turned the cafs and streets into their stomping ground. It was this outsider energy that fascinated Dutch photographer Ed Van der Elsken, and in the early 1950s he trained his lens on the young people roaming the edgier parts of the neighborhood. They were untethered, having left behind their own countries and families after the war, entangled in love affairs, and often marked by violence and addictions.

These images formed the heart of van der Elskens 1956 book Love on the Left Bank, which was a radical departure from the more optimistic humanist photography of the time and one of the first to document Europes fledgling youth culture. The pictures are notable for their grainy texture and high contrast van der Elsken often shot the cafs of St-Germain-des-Prs at night, a haze of cigarette smoke hovering over his subjects, and he played with chemicals to bring out the black tones in his photos. But the images are also undeniably romantic: van der Elsken conceived the collection as a semi-fictional account of a generation living on the margins of society, and his narrator was Ann, a young bohemian dancing, falling in love, and wandering her way through Paris.

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17:36

PASSAGES: Derek Walcott (19302017) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Abraham Adams on Derek Walcott (19302017)

17:25

Airplane Passenger Captures Stunning Video of Total Solar Eclipse From 38,000 Feet "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Solar Eclipse Plane Solar Eclipse Video

Photo: Jessica Grief

Yesterday, millions of people across the United States were treated to a rare solar spectacle: a total eclipse of the sun. Since then, websites like Instagram and Facebook have been flooded with images and videos of the event. While most of these posts feature shots of crescent shadows and photos of darkened skies, a unique video shared by broadcast journalist Jessica Grief shows the stunning solar eclipse as seen from an airplane.

Grief was one of several individuals lucky enough to snag a seat on Alaska Airlines Flight 9671. Described by the company as a 2,000-mile flight to nowhere, the sole purpose of the journey was to offer passengerswho ranged from NASA astronauts and astrophotographers to journalists and professorsa rare glimpse of the phenomenon. Taking off in Portland and heading southwest, the flight promised an exceptionally once-in-a-lifetime view of the occurrence above the Pacific Ocean.

Just before 10 AM, as the plane cruised at 38,000 feet, passengers were among the first to witness totality. As expected, it did not disappoint. You could prepare, you could know everything, you could be right on top of every fact of what it should look like, but when you see it, all that just goes away and you breathe it in, Dr. Michael Barratt, a NASA astronaut, explains. It was really spectacular.

Broadcast journalist Jessica Grief was one of several lucky individuals invited to view the total solar eclipse from the air.

17:08

Maine College of Arts American Genre: Contemporary Painting Closes September 15 with Daylong Symposium "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Amy Bennett, Nothing New Under The Sun (2016)

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is pleased to announce American Genre: Contemporary Painting curated by artist, writer, and curator Michelle Grabner. Grabner is the Crown Family Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

American Genre: Contemporary Painting is an exhibition built on a triad of traditional painting genres: still life, landscape, and portraiture. Fifty-two paintings by fifty-two American artists offer a critical balance to the conditions of atemporality, affected responses, and the material turn shaping much of contemporary painting discourse. Alternatively, this exhibition employs historically recognized groupings of subject and forms. Genres incorporate and invoke structures of knowledge by performing classification. Deeply embedded in everyday life, genre is conspicuous and powerful in its ability to chart historical continuity and differences through its organizing forces.

The exhibition will close with a one-day symposium hosted by Maine College of Art and featuring a panel discussion moderated by Barry Schwabsky on September 15. The daylong symposium consists of series of conversations about the power of painting and the idea of genre as a cultural structure one that guides interpretation, anticipation, and imagination.

Due to limited seating, RSVP to the September 15 symposium by emailing ica@meca.edu.

The post Maine College of Arts American Genre: Contemporary Painting Closes September 15 with Daylong Symposium appeared first on Hyperallergic.

16:29

Incredibly Lifelike Felt Paintings of Pets and Plants by Dani Ives "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Fiber artist Dani Ives conjures the natural world in her unique take on the traditional craft of needle felting. Ives describes her method as painting with wool, in which she applies her love of animals and her background in biology to build intricately layered portraits of a variety of flora and fauna.

Dogs, cats, birds, and farm animals come to life alongside toadstools and fruits, and Ives ability to capture the moisture and glint of animal eyes and noses adds an impressive degree of realism. While her plant life depictions take more of a traditional botanical angle, most of Ivess animal subjects take center stage on the embroidery hoop, peering out at the viewer, further adding to the strong sense of unique personality, and its no surprise that she is in high demand for pet portrait commissions.

Ives sells originals and prints of her work on Etsy, and she continues her love of teaching by traveling from her home in Northwest Arkansas to lead workshops around the country, as well as offering e-courses in needle felting. You can also follow her work on Instagram.

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16:10

A 1980s-Style Game Takes You Through a Wikipedia Rabbit Hole "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Wikipedia: The Text Adventure by Kevan Davis (all screenshots by the author for Hyperallergic)

You are standing in a crowdsourced world with millions of destinations. You can take several directions, each leading to a new pixelated place. The starting point is one of your own choosing, but the following locations can all be altered by volunteers around the globe.

Wikipedia: The Text Adventure turns the Wikipedia databases API into an old-school text adventure, which you navigate through typed directions. Created by developer Kevan Davis, who previously used the data of Wikipedia in the autogenerated novel Around the World in X Wikipedia Articles, the Wikitext game offers a fresh perspective on this massive organized dataset of information. At the beginning, you can choose from suggested entries, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Tree That Owns Itself, or enter anything you want (provided it has geographic coordinates). From there, players move along the cardinal directions to new entries, each announced with a brief snippet of its text and an image pixelated like a 1980s game.

Wikipedia: The Text Adventure by Kevan Davis

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16:00

Repairing Willie Nelsons Trigger: A Good Look at How a Luthier Gets Americas Most Iconic Guitar on the Road Again "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Fellow lefty Kurt Cobains ingenious Jag-Stanga mashup of Fenders Mustang and Jaguar guitarsseems more legit, on the other hand, since Fender made prototypes for Cobain from a design he himself sent to the company (or rather from two Polaroids he taped together). Theres a proprietary relationship here between artist and guitar maker, a prior arrangement. We dont see that relationship between another famous player and his guitars famous maker. Like Hendrix and Cobain and their Fenders, Willie Nelson has inspired generations of players to pick up Martin acoustics. But I very much doubt that Martin would ever produce a replica based on Trigger, Nelsons stalwart classical ax, even if such a thing were possible.




Thats for the best. Trigger is and should remain an entirely unique object. It has an aura of its own, much of it emanating from a huge hole in the middle of the guitar. Like its owner, Trigger is weathered and worn, and instantly recognizable. It has been with Nelson since he restarted his career in Austin after his first bout of Nashville fame, and it represents Nelsons transformation from traditional crooner into the outlaw troubadour who emerged in the ea...

16:00

Extraordinary drawings in ballpoint and gold leaf "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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With just an ordinary ballpoint pen, the kind weve all used to scribble down classroom notes or phone numbers for possible Friday night dates, Toronto-based artist Rebecca Yanovskaya creates exquisite, magical worlds filled with mythical beings and characters out of creepy old folktales (

15:45

Hauntingly Surreal Sculptures of Split Figures Holding Hands "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Figurative Sculpture Bronze Sculpture Surreal Art Anders Krisar

Renowned for his surreal approach to figurative sculpture, artist Anders Krisr explores the duality of human nature in his work. Though the multidisciplinary artist experiments with various motifs and mediums, his bronze sculpture series features his most revisited theme: the human body split in half, right down the middle.

Each of Krisr's split sculptures demonstrates the artist's unconventional approach to figurative forms. In some cases, entire bodies are bisected, culminating in two nearly identical halves of full figures. For other pieces, Krisr simply slices already-fragmented torsos into even smaller fractions. Whether halved humans or dismembered body parts, many of Krisar's pieces poignantly reconnect by holding hands, giving the illusion of two separate identities.

In addition to their surreal forms, the lustrous sculptures also exhibit an otherworldly aesthetic. This is achieved by Krisr's thoughtful choice in materials. Cast in bronze and polished with a patina, each piece features a shiny surface that perfectly captures and reflects the light. This unique luster accentuates the bodies' realistic details while also emphasizing their fascinating surrealisman impressive aspect prevalent in Krisr's entire oeuvre.

In his bronze sculpture series, artist Anders Krisr experiments with the human body.

Figurative Sculpture Bronze Sculpture Surreal Art Anders Krisar...

15:08

This Satellite Imagery of the 2017 Solar Eclipse is Amazing "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

 

Reddit user alex_neises shared two fascinating vids of yesterdays solar eclipse showing satellite imagery of the path of totality passing over the continental US.

For those that find the superimposed state lines distracting a second video has been embedded below without them.

 

 

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15:00

Women of Color Find Their Rightful Place in the History of American Abstraction "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields (1991) oil on canvas, triptych 70.5 x 150 inches (art and photo courtesy and copyright of the Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, GA)

KANSAS CITY Art history rarely gets it right the first time, but the established accounts of American abstraction that canonized particular artists before the paint on their work was dry, is proving particularly vulnerable to criticism. Whether due to a rejection of the staggering certitude of Greenbergs formalism, the deep veins of racism/classism/sexism running through twentieth- century criticism and curation, or the closely guarded access to institutions of art, these historical narratives are undergoing an intensive curatorial corrective.

An important achievement towards this end is Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, organized at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, by independent curator Melissa Messina and Kempers director of curatorial affairs, Erin Dziedzic. The exhibition, generously funded by the NEA and the Andy Warhol Foundation, is on view through September 17, after which it travels to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. According to the Kemper, this is the first museum exhibit in the US to show abstract artwork created exclusively by women of color. Stylistically varied and teeming with formal flights of bravura, the exhibit seems to engage the magnetic forces of the Mildred Thompson painting from which it takes its name.

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14:34

Creeping death: The decadent mythological artwork of Jaroslav Panuka "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


An eerie painting by Jaroslav Panuka,1907.
 
Czechoslovakian artist Jaroslav Panuka started his art career sometime around 1887 after becoming a student at an art academy in Prague run by Julius Mak. Mak, a talented Czech landscape painter, ran the school which...

14:00

Recommended: Joao Mortagua AXES "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  On AXES, they all come out swinging.  This sextet session from Joo Mortgua features four saxophonists, and not a one of them is thinking ballad as they crank up their instruments.  The sextet is rounded out by two drummer-percussionists, and they aint looking to display a delicate side, either.  Each melody clears out a []

13:46

Milk and cookies: Andy Kaufmans legendary Carnegie Hall performance, 1979 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Kaufman wrestling Deborah Croce on the Staten Island Ferry. Photo: Bob Mantin
 
As as true of Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufmans most noteworthy live appearance occurred at Carnegie Hall. The date of the gig was April 26, 1979, and the show could...

13:30

My Modern Met is Searching for Contributing Writers "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If you've been a fan of My Modern Met and want to go from a casual reader to an actual contributor, guess what, you're in luck. We're now hiring! It's an exciting time for us here as we continue to expand our business.

We're looking for applicants who are web-savvy, love all things creative, and want to share their passion with the world. You'll not only get to polish your writing skills, you'll have the opportunity to help build a dynamic internet-based business that makes it a priority to stay on the pulse of what's new and exciting. Most of all, we're looking for passionate, motivated people who want to be a part of something bigger.

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Excellent writing skills
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Previous blogging experience
Passion for art, design, photography
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Daily and Weekly Tasks:
Assist editors in writing blog posts
Contact artists, designers and photographers for interviews
Help manage social media accounts

Perks:
You'll have a very flexible schedule you can work from anywhere
You'll build a great portfolio of published articles covering a range of topics

Our writers will work 2-3 hours per day for five days a week and will gain first-hand knowledge about working with a top art and culture website. Writers will be paid hourly.

Here's How You Can Apply:
Email your resume to eugene@mymodernmet.com.
In the email, please give us a brief background about yourself and answer these two questions:
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13:05

A Designers Game About Arranged Marriages, Inspired by Her Own Journey "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Arranged! The Arranged Marriage Board Game (courtesy Nashra Balagamwala)

Five years ago, designer and illustrator Nashra Balagamwala left Pakistan for the United States to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, and to avoid an arranged marriage. Now her student visa has run out, and shes crowdfunding a game about arranged marriages on Kickstarter. Its partly a way to fund her escape from a loveless union, as well as to support her application for an artist visa.

There is a higher chance of people having a conversation about something when they experience it together, Balagamwala told Hyperallergic. Arranged! The Arranged Marriage Board Game is designed as an accessible platform for dialogue about the issue. In Pakistan, arranged marriages remain prevalent, with women often forced to marry men to improve their familys social, financial, or business status. Sometimes refusals can lead to violence: Human Rights Watch cites an estimate by Pakistani human rights NGOs that there are around 1,000 honor killings a year, including women who married someone of their choosing or rejected an arranged marriage.

Arranged! The Arranged Marriage Board Game (...

13:00

Guitarist Randy Bachman Demystifies the Opening Chord of The Beatles A Hard Days Night "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

You could call it the magical mystery chord. The opening clang of the Beatles' 1964 hit, "A Hard Day's Night," is one of the most famous and distinctive sounds in rock and roll history, and yet for a long time no one could quite figure out what it was.

In this fascinating clip from the CBC radio show, Randy's Vinyl Tap, the legendary Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman unravels the mystery. The segment (which comes to us via singer-songwriter Mick Dalla-Vee) is from a special live performance, "Guitarology 101," taped in front of an audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto back in January, 2010. As journalist Matthew McAndrew wrote, "the two-and-a-half hour event was as much an educational experience as it was a rock'n'roll concert."




One highlight of the show was Bachman's telling of his visit the previous year with Giles Martin, son of Beatles' producer George Martin, at Abbey Road Studios. The younger Martin, who is now the official custodian of all the Beatles' recordings, told Bachman he could listen to anything he wanted from the massive archive--anything at all.

Bachman chose to hear each track from the opening of "A Hard Day's Night." As it turns out, the sound is actually a combination of chords played simultaneously by George Harrison and John Lennon, along with a bass note by Paul McCartney. Bachman breaks it all down in an entertaining way in the audio clip above.

You can read about some of the earlier theories on The Beatles Bible and Wikipedia, and...

12:34

Electric Universe 2017 - Duardu Cardona r.i.p. - worlds in collision and such... "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

this year's Electric Universe conference Future Science has just ended with very little in the way of mainstream scientific journalism to its name, ho-hum.

Some things never change, until they do... and until they do, here's Wal Thornhill's 2015 presentation of historian Duardu Cardona's ideas (during the debilitating period of his illness prior to his final demise in 2016) about how the History of the Ancient World. Cardona was an advocate of the scientific analysis of the contents of Mythology and created four books God Star, Flare Star and Primordial Star with Newborn Star published postumously in 2016, to expore his ideas.

It's fascinating viewing...


11:43

Ramy El Zaghawy for Ajman Murals in UAE "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Ajman Murals project in the United Arab Emirates welcomes a brand new street art piece in the City Center with this artwork by Ramy El Zaghawy that was recently completed.

Painting under the intense heat, the Egyptian artist brought to life some of his signature imagery which will be enjoyed by the locals for years to come. This was made possible with the help of NA7T and Ajmans Municipality.

Take a look at more images after the break and if you are in the area, youll be able to find it on Rumailah 1, opposite of the Al Tebet Building.

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10:07

Zeichen fr Vielfalt: Ein Hamburger Supermarkt nimmt alle Waren aus dem Ausland aus den Regalen "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ein aktuelles Beispiel von kreativem Protest aus Hamburg zeigt, dass auch ein Supermarkt im Alltag ein effektives Zeichen gegen Rassismus setzen kann. Ein Hamburger Supermarkt hat ein sehr gelungenes Zeichen gegen Ausgrenzung und Rassismus und fr Vielfalt gesetzt. Dafr haben sie fr kurze Zeit alle Waren aus den Regalen genommen, die nicht aus Deutschland stammen. Das wiederum hat dazu gefhrt, dass die Kunden nicht mehr die gewohnt groe Auswahl und prall gefllten Regale vorfanden. Edeka in Hamburger Hafencity macht Aktion gegen Rassismus. #saynotoracism pic.twitter.com/S3puFdn62g Sven (@opendev) 19. August 2017 Die Idee hatten die Betreiber eines Edeka-Marktes in der Hafencity und die Aktion hat in den Medien eine ziemlich groe Welle an Berichten erzeugt. Das Beispiel zeigt nicht nur, das auch ein Supermarkt ein Wirkungsvolles Zeichen gegen Fremdenhass setzen kann, sondern auch, dass friedlicher, kreativer Protest am besten funktioniert.

Der Beitrag Zeichen fr Vielfalt: Ein Hamburger Supermarkt nimmt alle Waren aus dem Ausland aus den Regalen erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

10:00

On the Power of Teaching Philosophy in Prisons "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Philosophy is often seen as an arcane academic discipline, in competition with the hard sciences or laden with abstruse concepts and language inaccessible to ordinary people. Such a perception may be warranted. This is not to damn academic philosophy but to highlight what has been lost through professionalization: classical notions of ethics as the art of living or what Michel Foucault called the care of the self; the ancient Greek idea of parrhesiabold, honest speech unclouded by proprietary jargon; philosophy as a practice like meditation or yoga, a technique for self-knowledge, self-control, and wise, just, and considerate relationships with others.

From Socrates to Aristotle to Epicurus and the Stoics, ancient Western thinkers believed philosophy to be intimately relevant to everyday life. This was very much the case in ancient Eastern thought as well, in the Jainist sages, the Buddha, or Lao-Tzu, to name a few. We will find some form of popular philosophy on every continent and every historical age. And while plenty of modern teachers still believe in philosophy for everyone, they operate in a consumer culture that often deems them irrelevant, at best. Still, many educators persist outside the academy, endeavoring to reach not only ordinary citizens but a class of disempowered people also deemed irrelevant, at best: the imprisoned, many of whom have had few educational resources and little to no exposure to philosophical thinking.




We have many examples of influential thinkers writing from prison, whether Boethius early Christian Consolations of Philosophy, Antonio Gramscis passionate Marxist prison letters, Oscar Wilde's De Profundis, or Martin Luther King, Jr.s essential Letter from a Birmingham Jail. These have maybe provided readers who have never been jailed with tragic, yet romantic notions of doing philosophy while doing time. Bu...

09:50

Der Zeit voraus: Die Bedeutung des Verbs trump im Wrterbuch von 1977 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Das nennt man dann wohl seiner Zeit voraus sein. Ein Wrterbuch aus dem Jahre 1977 erklrt die Bedeutung des Verbs trump. Genau 40 Jahre spter bekommt das kleine Wort eine ganz neue gesellschaftliche Bedeutung. Gesehen bei Sddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

Der Beitrag Der Zeit voraus: Die Bedeutung des Verbs trump im Wrterbuch von 1977 erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

09:00

The Haunted Mind: Nathaniel Hawthorne on How the Transcendent Space Between Sleep and Wakefulness Illuminates Time and Eternity "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Yesterday has already vanished among the shadows of the past; to-morrow has not yet emerged from the future. You have found an intermediate space a spot where Father Time, when he thinks nobody is watching him, sits down by the way side to take breath.


The Haunted Mind: Nathaniel Hawthorne on How the Transcendent Space Between Sleep and Wakefulness Illuminates Time and Eternity

Something nameless hums us into sleep, wrote the poet Mark Strand in his sublime ode to dreams, withdraws, and leaves us in a place that seems always vaguely familiar. But where, exactly, is this part-real place of our nocturnal escape? Where do we go when we go to sleep, and what exactly happens there? Generations of scientists have labored to illuminate our complex internal clocks, how sleep regulates our negative emotions and affects our every waking moment, but in the end it is the poets who seem to capture the slippery otherworldliness of sleep with the firmest grip.

Nearly two centuries ago, and long before he rose to literary celebrity with his 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804May 19, 1864) shone a radiant beam of beauty and insight on the nocturnal consciousness.

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01:01

Cartier-Bressons Street Photography: The Perfect Take "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

61yXPxQLYXLOn the 22nd of August 1908, painter and pioneering photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson was born in Chanteloup-en-Brie, France. By self-admission, his first true love of photography was inspired by a 1930 photograph of Hungarian photojournalist Martin Munkacsi showing three naked young African boys, caught in near-silhouette, running into the surf of Lake Tanganyika. The picture captured the very essence of a joyful moment in time. Cartier-Bresson remembered:The only thing which completely was an amazement to me and brought me to photography was the work of Munkacsi. When I saw the photograph [] of the black kids running in a wave I couldnt believe such a thing could be caught with the camera. I said damn it, I took my camera and went out into the street. I suddenly understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant. Initiated into the mysteries of the simple Brownie snapshot camera as a boy, the later influence of masters such as Atget and Man Ray spurred him on to follow a career as picture taker. Travelling and photographing Africa with a miniature camera as a young man, the portability of a small camera l...

00:39

A Pop-Up Museum Devoted to O.J. Simpson "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of bootleg O.J. Simpson trial T-shirts at the pop-up O.J. Simpson Museum at Coagula Curatorial (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES More than two decades after his acquittal for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, O.J. Simpson continues to fascinate the public and inspire attempts to make sense of his 1995 criminal trial. Last years release of a dramatic miniseries and a multipart documentary film about the trial and ensuing media frenzy revived interest in what was, for better or worse, a major cultural moment in US history. Predating todays nonstop news and social-media cycle, the O.J. trials confluence of race, sex, celebrity, and violence enthralled the nation, splitting opinions along complicated racial, gender, and political lines.

Installation view, The O.J. Simpson Museum

Riding this wave of interest, a pop-up exhibition of O.J. memorabilia and art opened over the weekend at Chinatowns Coagula Curatorial. The O.J. Simpson Museum, curated by self-described O.J. expert Adam Papagan, features original artwork by various artists, related T-shirts and media dating back to the time of the trial, and other merchandise that captures the mania around the case. It may be obvious to point out what this museum is not: a tasteful or critical overview of the O.J. Simpson story with nuanced takes on the intersection of race, culture, and celebrity. For those things, youre better off watching the aforementioned documentary, directed by Ez...

00:30

A Nostalgic Trip Through Roadside Americas Weirdest Sites "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

John Margolies, Garys Ice Cream (1979), taken in Jacksonville, Florida (all images courtesy the Library of Congress)

Its impossible to not dream of setting off on a long road adventure while perusing the archives of the late John Margolies. Known for his photographs of Americas vernacular architecture, Margolies spent over three decades driving more than 100,000 miles with his eyes alert for strange sculptures, dynamic signs, and structures fast-disappearing from todays landscape, from mom-and-pop shops to drive-in movie theaters. His journey culminated in the photo book, John Margolies: Roadside America, published in 2010, which presents a sweeping portrait of the nation through its roadside embellishments. While Robert Frank showed us the often aching realities of the United States in the 20th century, Margolies gifted us with all its weird and its wonderful.

John Margolies, Snowman statue, angle 2, Margaret Street, taken in Minnesota (1984)

And quite literally, too: in a generous gesture, he placed all his work in the public domain. Now, a little over a year after his death at the age of 76, the Library of Congress has...

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Monday, 21 August

22:55

25,000+ Songs From the Early 20th Century Music Now Streaming Online for Free "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Gramophone playing a record. (Photo: R. Halfpaap)

As technology continues to advance, there are many forms of music playback that we will never experience. If youre of a certain age, for instance, you probably haven't touched a CD. Going back even further, theres one device that even fewer people alive today wouldve listened tothe gramophone. This invention was the preferred way to play tunes in the early 20th century; through 78rpm records, people of this era enjoyed listening to genres like bluegrass, swing, gospel, and ragtime. But just because the technology is obsolete doesn't mean it's gone forever. Through the Internet Archives Wayback Machine, you can now listen to the same music for free.

The Wayback Machine calls their endeavor The Great 78 Project, and it features a staggering collection of more than 25,000 digitized 78rpm recordings. They prove a great way to experience history. With every click, crackle, or hissthe fragile discs were made of shellacyou can picture yourself listening to it hundreds of years ago on a large gramophone player.

Preserving our analog history in a digital format is of great importance to the Wayback Machine. Though they're known for cataloging websites of yesteryear, the site is also a non profit digital library. Were trying to make sure the physical object is saved, as well as the digital, because we dont know which will last longer, explained sound collections curator B. George. When information disappears digitally, its gone forever.

The Great 78 Project makes it easy to peruse their collection. Use filters like style, year of recording, and language to get you started listening to a song you'll love.

The Great 78 Project is making it possible for us to listen to vintage gramophone recordings.

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22:25

Designer Suspends Tiny Hidden Art Studio Under a Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Plumber-turned-designer Fernando Abellanas has taken micro-dwelling to a whole new level with his new art studio, installed under a bridge in his hometown of Valencia, Spain. Showing incredible imagination and the ability to fabricate anything his mind conjures up, Abellanas suspends himself under the bridge, seeking solitude in an unexpected place.

Abellanas, who runs the design label Lebrel, created this urban hideaway using the concrete underbelly of the bridge as a skeleton. Using a hand crank, he is able to access a platform that moves him across the space toward a shelving unit, leaving himself suspended high in the air. Decorating the concrete walls with inspirational photos, the atmosphere is surprisingly homey as Abellanas settles in for the evening.

With a desk and chair, as well as a comforter and pillows, the mini-studio is quite functional. The distant hum of traffic gives just the right level of background noise, acting as a radio in the background. It took Abellanas just under two weeks to fabricate his wood and metal urban hut. What drew him to the space?

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It is a personal intervention that tries to put value in these type of spaces. It is also about recovering those sensations of the huts we used to make as small ones, the designer shares. To stay isolated but at the same time close to our house, the city.

Though Abellanas prefers to not reveal the precise location of the hut, he points out that our urban environment is full of small places that often go unnoticed. Allowing a refuge from the hectic pace of the city, Abellanas sees these spaces as opportunities, not obstacles. When we discover, analyze, and inhabit these...

22:09

A Concert of Protest Songs at LA Louver "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ed & Nancy Kienholz, The Non War Memorial (1970) (image courtesy L.A. Louver Gallery, photo by Jeff McLane)

The past few years have seen one of the most intense periods of activism in the US since the Vietnam War era, as millions of people have taken to the streets to express their outrage over police killings of African Americans, environmental racism on Native American land, and the calamitous path the current administration is pursuing. Two exhibitions currently on view at LA Louver bridge this 50-year span, beginning with the Non-War Memorial, a 1970 work by Ed and Nancy Kienholz that features a black book on a pedestal surrounded by stuffed army uniforms strewn about its base like corpses an illustration of the stupidity of war, rape and carnage, Ed Kienholz noted. This is paired with Ben Jackels Reign of Fire, a selection of ceramic weapons from medieval armor to stealth bombers alongside symbols of imperial conquest such as a bust of Teddy Roosevelt and a model of Trump Tower.

Steve Kalinich (photo by Lisa Thayer)

In conjunction with these exhibitions, the gallery will be hosting a night of protest songs led by poet, songwriter, and Beach Boys collaborator...

21:02

A Secret Work Studio Suspended Below a Highway Overpass by Fernando Abellanas "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

All images by Jose Manuel Pedrajas, courtesy Lebrel

Spanish furniture designer Fernando Abellanas has carved out a new creative home in a section of Valencia that isnt the typical artist neighborhood: hes built a studio affixed to a highway underpass. The workspace is complete with a desk and chair, as well as shelves stocked with homey framed artworks and potted succulentsall attached to the highways cement framework. The floor and walls function as a self-operated horizontal elevator. Using mechanics adapted from a metal dolly, Abellanas hand-cranks his way to his studio, completing the picture of a cozy four-walled workspace.

As he described in an interview with le cool Valencia, Abellanas has a lifelong interest in refugeslocating peace and solitude in unexpected places, like under the dinner table as as a child, and now, hidden underneath the whir of traffic. The designer is also inspired by the way people with very limited resources use neglected spaces to create homes.

The studio hasnt been sanctioned by the city of Valencia, so its exact location is a secret, and it will remain intact for as long as Abellanas is able to keep it there. You can follow more of Abellanas work  for his brand Lebrel via Instagram and Facebook, and the video below (in Spanish) offers a closer look. (via FastCo)

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20:55

Majestic Whale Sharks Seen as Good Luck Charms by Indonesian Fishermen "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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A whale shark cruises just under the surface of Cenderawasih Bay.

Photographer Pete Oxford recently traveled to the southeast corner of the Coral Triangle, home to more than 75% of the world's coral species, off the coast of West Papua to experience the unique bond between local fisherman and whale sharks. Known as lucky charms for the Indonesian fisherman who fish these waters, the area is a hotspot for young male whale sharks, a notoriously elusive species.

As the largest known existing fish species, these gentle giants can reach up to 40 feet in length and weigh over 20 tons. Spending much of their time in deep water, scientists know very little about their history. They've never been caught mating and it's been difficult to identify their birthing grounds. This makes their year-round presence in the tropical waters of Cenderawasih Bay all the more remarkable.

As Oxford shares in his story for bioGraphic, it's no accident that the whale sharks have come to enjoy the waters there. Traditionally, local fishermen have regarded the species with great respect. They believe these gentle giants bring good luck, and so, for decades, they have tossed the sharks fish scraps in the hope of keeping the behemothsand the good luck they bringclose by.

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A young male whale shark feeds on small pieces of fish that escape through the mesh of the fishermens nets.

The magical appearance of the whale sharks has also brought in tourists, who leap at the opportunity to swim with these sharks. And don't let the whale fool you, as this part of their name is a misnomer. They are most certainly fish, with gills and cold blood. They get the whale portion of their name from their feeding habits. Rather than using some of their...

20:21

A Jazz Documentary on a Summers Day "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Still from <em>Jazz on a Summer's Day</em> (1959) (screenshot by the author via YouTube)Still from Jazz on a Summers Day (1959) (screenshot by the author via YouTube)

Whats the best way to spend a hot, late-summer day? If you said, seeing outdoor performances by legendary jazz, rock, soul, and gospel musicians, you are correct! You are also in luck, because on Wednesday, August 23, the New York Public Librarys (NYPL) Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will host the next-best thing on a hot, late-summer day: an indoor (read: air-conditioned) screening of a documentary about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, which featured a legendary lineup including Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Anita ODay, Dinah Washington, Chuck Berry, and Louis Armstrong.

Directed by the fashion photographer Bert Sterns with music direction by George Avakian, a jazz producer at Columbia Records, Jazz on a Summers Day (1959) is considered one of the first music festival films. It was selected for this weeks screening by Edo Choi, a programmer at the Maysles Documentary Center, and will be shown in a 16mm print from the NYPLs collection. Its virtually dialogue-free, interspersing footage of the festivals performers and audience with glimpses of the concurrent Americas Cup yacht race off the shore of Rhode Island. Its chiaroscuro lighting, saturated colors, and silhouetted dancers combine for an aesthetic that is classic Sterns, placing the viewer in the audience for performances by some of the greatest musicians of our time.

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19:57

225-Year-Old Columbus Monument in Baltimore Attacked with Sledgehammer "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

(screenshot by the author via YouTube)

A 225-year-old monument to Christopher Columbus that stands near a Baltimore park was smashed early Monday morning, following a week of heightened controversy over the presence of Confederate public statues and other racist emblems around the country. The 44-foot-tall obelisk is believed to represent the oldest extant memorial commemorating the explorer in not only the country but also the world.

Video footage of the destruction was posted on Popular Resistances YouTube channel this morning and was first reported by Baltimore Brews Fern Shen. It records an individual who identifies himself only as Ty, taking a sledgehammer to the memorials base, where its inscription spells out or, rather, once spelled out Sacred to the Memory of Chris. Columbus Oct. XII MDCC VIIIC. Prior to the act, he tapes up a sign with the message, The future is racial and economic justice, while another anonymous individual holds up another poster that reads, Racism. Tear it down. The video cuts, after showing a few blows to the splintered inscription.

Christopher Columbus symbolizes the initial invasion of European capitalism into the Western Hemisphere, the individual who identifies as Ty says, narrating over the footage. Columbus initiated a centuries-old wave of terrorism, murder, genocide, rape, slavery, ecological degradation, and capitalist exploitation of labor in the Americas. That Columbian wave of destruction continues on the backs of Indigenous, African-Americans, and Brown people.

The 15th-century colonizer, who is often celebrated for discovering the United States, has proven to be a popular target of vandalism in recent years. In July 2015 following...

19:25

Enchanting Cocktail Glasses Turn Your Drinks into a Swirling Rainbow "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Rainbow Glass Coupe Cocktail Glass Wine Glass Urban Outfitters

If you like your stemware with a bit of sparkle, you're sure to love Urban Outfitters colorful coupe cocktail glasses. With a miniature rainbow at the bottom of each 6-ounce bowl, the multicolored glasses offer a new way to sip in style.

According to Urban Outfitters, each rainbow glass is intended as a fanciful way to add some rainbow Gatsby glamour to your next get together. With their wide, shallow bowls and thin stems, coupe glasses are ideal containers for an array of drinks, including bubbly beverages, craft cocktails, and even wine. Add a polychromatic film to the mix, and the already-appealing glasses can make any drink look like an enchanted elixir.

Urban Outfitters sells the gleaming glassware in sets of two, and recommends hand-washing them in order to preserve their kaleidoscopic colors. In addition to the coupe glasses, the store also sells similarly-designed diamond drinking glasses (both short and tall). Now, even drinking a humble glass of water can dazzle!

You can pick up your own pair of rainbow glasses on the Urban Outfitters website.

Urban Outfitters' colorful coupe cocktail glasses can add a touch of glamour to any drink.

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A close look at one of Blitzways new Hannibal Lecter figures. YIKES!
 
If you are a fan and collector of action figures, then I have some excellent news for you. Korean company Blitzway has created a figure homaging one...

18:54

India on Film, 1899-1947: An Archive of 90 Historic Films Now Online "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

India, the largest democracy in the world, is a rising economic powerhouse, and a major player in the fields of media, entertainment, and telecommunications.

But for many armchair travelers, subcontinental modernity takes a backseat to postcard visions of elephants, teeming rustic streets, and snake charmers.

Fans of Rudyard Kipling and E.M. Forster will thrill to the vintage footage in a just released British Film Institute online archive, India on Film (see a trailer above).




1914s The Wonderful Fruit of the Tropics, a stencil-coloured French-produced primer on the edible flora of India offers just the right blend of exoticism and reassurance (the fruit of a mango is excellent as a food) for a newly arrived British housewife.

A Native Street in India (1906) speaks to the populousness that continues to define a country scheduled to outpace Chinas numbers within the next 10 years.

An Eastern Market follows a Punjabi farmers trek to town, to buy and sell and take in the big city sights.

The archives biggest celeb is surely activist Mahatma Gandhi, whose...

18:23

Densely Textured Murals Reminiscent of Topographical Maps by Klone "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

As part of an ongoing body of work titled Personal Topography, artist Klone has painted murals around the world in this distinct, striped style. The paintings of creatures and people are meant as a visual metaphor for the ways in which personalities and inner identities differ. The series explores both the way each [person] and other creatures have their own topography, represented by the topographical lines, Klone shares with Colossal. The simplicity of colour limitations provides the idea in a direct approach and there is a constant attempt to work wit the surface and not necessarily make it disappear, so the wall stays a wall and a building is still the building.

The works seen here went up in Canada, the United States, Poland, Norway, Ukraine and Israel over the last year. Klone was born in Ukraine and now lives and works in Tel Aviv. You can see more of his work on his website and on Instagram.

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17:25

Artistic Maps of Pakistan and India Show Embroidery Techniques of Each Region "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Pakistan Embroidery Map

Image: Generation

Pakistani clothing company Generation has found a clever way to remind us how much textile art can demonstrate the richness of culture. Their textile map of Pakistan, which uses native embroidery techniques to mark different regions, has become a viral sensation, with more than 20,000 shares on Twitter.

From traditional Swati embroidery to the balochi taanka stitch, the map is a beautifully visual way to explore Pakistan's cultural heritage. And this isn't the first textile map to catch our eye. Generations may have been inspired by Craftsvilla, India's largest online ethnic store, which put out their fabric tour of India several months ago. Using a similar concept, the map explores different hand-woven textiles by Indian state.

And if you really want to delve into things, Craftsvilla also breaks out each state and its respective textile, giving a little historical insight across the country. Certainly, both maps are a good reminder of how traditional textiles and textile art help shape culture across different countries.

These textile maps of Pakistan and India show the rich diversity of fashion across each country.

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15:45

Surreal Creatures from Boschs Garden of Earthly Delights Come to Life as Festive Piatas "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Bosch Pinatas Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights Homemade Pinatas Robert Benavidez

A master of the macabre, Hieronymus Bosch is known for his chaotic paintings of surreal scenes. One fantasy-filled piece that perfectly captures his wild imagination is The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych featuring otherworldly settings and odd hybrid creatures. Though it was created between 1490 and 1510, this whimsical work of art continues to inspire artists today, as evident in Roberto Benavidezs quirky collection of peculiar piatas.

Directly inspired by the beasts featured in The Garden of Earthly Delights, the American artist's piatas put a strange spin on the papier-mch party supply. Each crepe paper creation reimagines a two-dimensional figure as a life-sized sculpture. While many of the outlandish animals explored by Benavidez are based on birds, the series also features a two-legged, dog-like critter, a black-and-white giraffe, and a lamenting frog with only hind-legs.

As a self-described figurative sculptor, Benavidez plays with themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor, and beauty in his oeuvre. With these thematic interests, it is no surprise that he was drawn to Bosch's allegorical and often religion-based body of work. Given the creative capabilities and uniqueness of Benavidez's sculpturally elegant and fantastical piatas, Bosch's curious creatures are able to effortlessly come to life as contemporary works of art.

Artist Roberto Benavidez creates large-scale piatas inspired by the surreal creatures featured in Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

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01:01

Apollinaire and the Theft of the Mona Lisa "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

51I6rMCPXiLOn the 21st of August 1911, the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre. The absence of the painting was first noticed by the painter Louis Beroud, who in the morning of the 22nd of August made his way to the Salon Carr where the Mona Lisa had been on display for five years. However, in place of the image of the coy smiling La Gioconda, he found an empty wall. He reported the occurrence to one of the guards who assumed that the painting was taken to be photographed for marketing purposes. Within a few hours, however, it became clear that the artwork had vanished from the Louvre!

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Sunday, 20 August

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Argentinian Social Realism: Po Collivadino "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

518QSAHWXMLOn the 20th of August 1869, post-impressionist and social-realist painter Po Collivadino was born in Buenos Aires. Trained at the Italian Argentine cultural society and the Societ Nazionale de Buenos Aires, he travelled to Rome in 1889, where two years later he became part of the Accademia di San Luca. After his return to Buenos Aires, he founded the Nexus group along with Fader, Bernaldo de Quirs, Ripamonte, Lynch, Rossi, and renowned sculptors Dresco and Yrurtia. His paintings, which are worked in impressionist and pointillist styles, have a photographic quality to them, manly due to the angles and lighting that the artist explored in them. Collivadino was notably the director of the Pueyrredn School until 1944, when he was forced to retire by the new military regime of General Pedro Pablo Ramrez, a dictatorship, whose cultural policy was opposed to European influences.

A lot of Pio Collivadinos art was concerned with social issues. One eloquent example was a work called Futura Avenida, an evocation of the outskirts of the rapidly expanding city of Buenos Aires where mostly poor persons lived and where utilities were non-existent. Here we see Collivadinos skill with various etching tools as he delineates an off-balance scene on a cloudy day as work...

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Saturday, 19 August

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The Jewish Ghetto and Photonostalgia: Roman Vishniacs Vanished World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

51VZEZTZMQLOn the 19th of August 1897, one of the worlds most remarkable microbiologists and naturalist photographers, Roman Vishniac was born in Pavlovsk, the Russian Empire. Within the art world, however, he is best remembered for his photojournalistic coverage of the Eastern European Jewish ghettos prior to World War II. In the late 1930s, Vishniac was commissioned by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to photograph the Jewish poor of Eastern Europe. Out of the sixteen thousand photographs he managed to take, only two thousand survived. Most of them have been published several times in book form as Polish Jews (1947), A Vanished World (1969), and ...

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Friday, 18 August

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The Art of Alfred Wallis, Nave St Ives Genius "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

91AmQRtMUaLOn the 18th of August 1855, fisherman and artist Alfred Wallis was born in Devonport, Devon, England. The son of Penzance parents, Alfred was an apprentice to a basketmaker before becoming a mariner in the merchant service by the early 1870s. He sailed on schooners across the North Atlantic between Penzance and Newfoundland. He married Mary who was 20 years his senior. Following the death of his two infant children, then his wife, he had a modest business as a marine scrap dealer. The foundations of the St Ives artistic community are thought to have been laid in 1928, when Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood discovered the work of the retired, half-illiterate ex-mariner who took up painting for company after the death of his wife. Nicholson called his paintings events, powerful vistas that told a story. Produced on improvised materials, they were remnants of Wallis memories of the old days of sailing, which had since been replaced by steamships.

In postwar Britain, together with the advancement of the idea of personalism in art and that of the creative individual as part of a small, autonomous (regional) community promoted by Read, Savage, Baker and Eliot, special importance was given to aspects of the unformed, nave or primitive as in the untrained art of artists such...

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Thursday, 17 August

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Symbolic Pics of the Month 08/17 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

This post Symbolic Pics of the Month 08/17 appeared first on The Vigilant Citizen.

In this edition on SPOTM: Ashley Graham, Buzz Aldrin, Bella Hadid, and Jim Carreys highly symbolic paintings. As usual, the one-eye sign was everywhere in pop culture this month. One truly needs to be blind to NOT see it and how it represents the industry being owned by a small elite.   Special thanks to []

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The Worlds First Cartoon: Fantasmagorie "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Desktop22On the 17th of August 1908, Fantasmagorie, the first fully animated feature film was released in Paris by the Gaumont company. Created by Emile Cohl, Fantasmagorie is considered one of the masterpieces of animated cinema and of early cinema as a whole. Done in a white-on-black style, reminiscent of a film negative, the film broke with the realist tradition emerging in live action at the time. It was much more stylized and fantastic, in some ways anticipating the surrealist movement of later decades. Fantasmagorie is a brief line animation in which a mysterious puppet, Pierrot or fantoche, and his environment change seamlessly. Flowers become bottles become a cannon; an elephant becomes a house; Pierrot becomes a bubble, a hat, a valise. (Chris Gehman, Steve Reinke, The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema). There is no distinctive narrative to the successive images. Therefore, it is believed that Fantasmagorie is in a way a tribute to the short-lived French Incoherent art movement.  

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Wednesday, 16 August

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Ub Iwerks: The Real Grandfather of Animated Cartoons "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

511PZEM9YYLOn the 16th of August 1930, Fiddlesticks, the first ever animated sound cartoon photographed in two-strip Technicolour, was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in America. The 6:12 minute clip was the first part of the Flip the Frog series directed and drawn by Ub Iwerks, produced by Celebrity Pictures, with music by Carl Stalling. This ground-breaking cartoon was the first of Iwerks works since he left the studio of Walt Disney.

That cartoon was, ominously, a compendium of what had already become early sound-cartoon clichs. Fiddlesticks lacks both plot and gags, offering in their place lots of dancing, so to speak, and other synchronized action. There is casual vulgarity (a birds tobacco juice drips onto Flips piano keys), the characters squawk instead of speak (Flip quacks like a duck), the cast includes a Mickey-like mouse (he plays the violin, as Mickey did in just Mickey, released barely a month after Iwerks left Disney), and so on. Iwerks was locked in time. His first few cartoons presented synchronization as if it were entertaining in itselfas it had been, briefly, in his Silly Symphoniesrather than a way to strengthen already promising material. Flip the Frog was no help. Vague as a personality, m...

Tuesday, 15 August

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Introducing the Vigilant Citizens New Sister Site: The Vigilant Community! "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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The Vigilant Community is a brand new site featuring high-quality articles covering a wide range of topics including news, current events, health, technology and much more. The site is about understanding the agendas and being a more vigilant citizen. The Vigilant Citizen has been, since its creation in 2008, a website mostly dedicated to symbolism []

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Amir Naderi: Iranian Cinema after the Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

41262504JVLOn the 15th of August 1946, Iranian film director, screenwriter and photographer Amir Naderi was born in Abadan, Iran. He is considered one of the major directors of Iranian cinema before and after the Iranian Revolution (1978-79). Orphaned at a very young age, he was raised by a maternal aunt until he was old enough to leave home and take care of himself. He learnt about film-making as he grew up, by watching Hollywood movies starring Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin, before eventually embarking upon his own cinematic career. His first job was as a still photographer on film sets of the most important film-makers of his time. There he listened, watched and learned about all aspects of film-making. In 1971, he managed to make his very first movie, Khodahafez Rafigh (Goodbye Friend), which was shot entirely with the camera carried in hand and without a tripod. After that he produced Tangsir (1973), Dahani (Harmonica, 1974), Entezar (Waiting, 1975), and Marsiyeh (Requiem, 1978).  By the 1990s, Naderi moved to the United States, which had a significant impact on his filming style as he eventually abandoned thematic and narrative concerns with Iran, travelling even to Japan, where he made his 2011 film Cut.

One of his most important films is Davandeh (The Run...

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