Knossos: Fakes, Facts, and Mystery.
"The masterpieces of Minoan art
are not what they seem... The truth is that these famous icons are largely modern. As any sharp-eyed visitor to the Heraklion museum
can spot, what survives of the original paintings amounts in most cases to no more than a few square inches. The rest is more or less imaginative reconstruction, commissioned in the first half of the twentieth century by Sir Arthur Evans
, the British excavator of the palace of Knossos
(and the man who coined the term 'Minoan' for this prehistoric Cretan civilization
, after the mythical King Minos who is said to have held the throne
there). As a general rule of thumb, the more famous the image now is, the less of it is actually ancient."
posted by homunculus
on Aug 30, 2009 -
Painting +puzzle +compulsory 'Da Vinci' ref.
Glasgow artist Frank McNab Previously
has an interesting series of paintings on display in an exhibition at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.
Running until the end of October the paintings have the common theme of 'Libraries in the Community" and are a celebration of both the buildings themselves and their patrons.
Check out the link not just for the obvious quality of the works on display but also to see if YOU can be the one to solve the riddle hidden within the paintings themselves.
posted by Wrick
on Aug 28, 2009 -
The Art & Life of Annie Truxell
[via mefi projects
]: Annie Truxell is a well known painter who has lived a long and fascinating life. Her adventures have been legendary, encompassing Greenwich Village in the 50s, London in the 60s and India in the 70s. She was friends with Franz Klein, Bill de Kooning, Truman Capote, Terry Southern, Mati Klarwein & many other wild & woolly people.
posted by The Whelk
on Jul 12, 2009 -
:"What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? This idea inspired Reza Dolatabadi
to make Khoda. Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film."
posted by dhruva
on Jan 20, 2009 -
While you may not be the shoe hoarder some people are
, you have shoes in your closet you never wear and you'd like to know what to do with them. Are they just boring? In that case you could just experiment with new ways to lace them
, or find a way to make them light up
when you walk into a room. Or you could draw on the shoes with markers
. You could also paint them
, going with the theme of your choice: Art Nouveau
, Day of the Dead
, or any of the ideas here
. You could cut motifs from fabric and glue them on to your lace-ups
, cover your flats with new fabric
, bling up a pair of strappy shoes with glitter
, or embellish your flip-flops with some yarn
. Is the old upper worn out? Knit
or crochet a new one
. Want to get where you're going faster? Make custom roller skates
, or modify your bicycle
. Do your shoes hurt your feet? Put them on your face instead as a wrestling mask
, or turn them into an iPod case
. Your shoes could also become a birdhouse
, a planter
, a centrepiece
, or an integral part of a coat rack
or leg lamp
. If you're really not up to crafting, here are 11 non-crafty ways to recycle old shoes
. But what fun is that?!?
posted by orange swan
on Oct 29, 2008 -
is a collection of photographs taken of the sketchbook/scrapbook of designer Wil Freeborn (and a few other tumbled bits and pieces).
posted by nthdegx
on Sep 6, 2008 -
Color Is Relative
, pretty and interesting eye candy created by Gabriel Mott, is a website dedicated to showing luminosity achieved through simple color combinations. On the site, the image is interactive. By moving the mouse over a single swatch the background color of the page will change to the same color. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Aug 29, 2008 -
"It's somewhat fitting that a man named Charles Bird King
--a name both eminently European yet vaguely Amerindian--would depict the natives of the American East (Creek, Crow, Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, Iowa, Fox, Winnebago, etc) at a time when there was a semblance of parity (parody of parity?) between the Old and New Worlds. This was expressed in the dress of natives as well as many whites who lived among them: European brass gorgets and artfully knotted cravats around the neck of a men with painted faces and feathers in their hair. The synthesis is breathtaking: both fierce and fey. It's a damn pity the European influence eventually crushed the Native--this could very well have become our national mode of dress." Lord Whimsy
posted by vronsky
on Jun 25, 2008 -
"I've switched from building my own installations to painting ones I've found".
NewArt Tv interviews artist Cindy Tower
at one of her many makeshift studios in the industrial ruins of East St. Louis, where she's covertly creating paintings as part of her Workplace Series
. "We need to find a way to sell more paintings
so I can hire you full time", she tells her bodyguard, Edgar. Until then, most days she makes do with a dummy. [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper
on Jun 19, 2008 -