Beauty in bitmaps-
Some artists work in watercolors, some oils, and some with clay. The 'artists' at tacoholic express themselves in the universally accessible medium of really bad MS Paint drawings. Its public so you can submit your own masterworks.
posted by AVandalay
on Aug 18, 2006 -
Fascination with ground and figure
carries on in various fields after The Rubin vase / face Illusion
, M.C. Escher
, and Marshall McLuhan
Besides being extremely important in the fields of photography
, the figure/ground relationship is important to physicist Paul Davies
, who says "the true miracle of nature is to be found in the ingenious and unswerving lawfulness of the cosmos, a lawfulness that permits complex order to emerge from chaos, life to emerge from inanimate matter, and consciousness to emerge from life."
Also, Peter Grundy and Yiang Yan discuss how contextual ground relates to linguistic figure
in Bill Clinton's famous apology,
plays with the distinction between sound as environment and sound as music, and W.C. Richardson creates paintings
in which "positive and negative spaces seem unstable; figure becomes ground, ground becomes figure."
posted by Aghast.
on Aug 12, 2006 -
Bali is an island in Indonesia that attracted Walter Spies
, a Russian born, German artist who settled in the colonial Dutch East Indies from 1923 on. Adored by the Balinese, Spies was the co-founder of the Pita Maha
artists' cooperative, he shaped the development of contemporary Balinese art and established the West's image of Bali that still exists today. [more images and background inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Jul 29, 2006 -
At least one commander told him, "Follow the soldiers' instructions, because they'll put their lives at risk to save you." But no one tried to censor his drawings or discourage him from going out on missions.
-- Steve Mumford is a New York painter who was embedded as a "combat artist" in Iraq. The archives of his Baghdad Journal
make for fascinating reading. He has recently published a large book
of the art he created on this voyage.
posted by Gator
on Dec 18, 2005 -
An unfortunate name for a really fun program. From the site: "ArtRage is all about playing with paint without the mess, and having fun in the process. You can paint your own image from a blank canvas to completed work, or load in a picture to trace and have the tools pick their colours for you as you paint over it." Friday fun that can keep you occupied all weekend. Enjoy.
posted by FunkyHelix
on Aug 26, 2005 -
Legend has it that Charles Dellschau (1830-1923)
was the draftsman
for the secret Sonora Aero Club
, a collective of 60 or so mostly German immigrants who reportedly constructed dirigible like aircraft
in California in the 1850's. One club member was said to have discovered suppe
-- the magic antigravity fuel alleged to have lifted the craft. There were sightings of these 'airships'
, tenuously linked back to the club, up to the end of the 20th century
, described variously as butcher, inventor, civil war spy, scientist and America's first visionary artist
, retired at age 70 in Texas and spent the last 2 decades
of his life as a recluse, producing mixed media art works
that record the craft
and workings of the fabled Sonora Aero Club. They are accompanied by cryptic symbols
, newsprint about aircraft and detailed notebooks and were salvaged from the garbage in 1967. His artworks were selling for $15,000 each 5 years ago
. A would-be author and long-time sleuth believes he has unlocked the mysteries of Dellschau's cryptic accoutrements
and may be publishing a book on the legends
this year. via
posted by peacay
on Jun 15, 2005 -
(NSFW) Martin Armand gives a whole new meaning to the term "anatomical art" with his airbrush paintings on bare skin. Five galleries of photos: the first page only links to a few larger images, but the rest of the galleries work fine. More bodypainting here
(E-cards site, but very cool images), here
(very nice "camouflage" body art), here
(especially artistic) and via this previous MetaFilter thread
. But remember; if you worky, no clicky the linky!
posted by taz
on Jun 2, 2005 -
An artist who's story is not unlike that of Henry Darger
- a recluse who's lifetime of work has only recently been discovered. But unlike Darger, Woodrow was British, and a trained artist who studied alongside Frank Auerbach
and Peter Blake
. And he's still alive
. Now this pensioner, who's lifetime of painting, drawing and sculpture was discovered by accident
while his family were halfway through incinerating it, is being called "one of the great British artists of the 20th Century" and the price of his paintings, which call to mind
Picasso, Soutine and Rouault, are skyrocketing
. Aged 77, and confined to a nursing home, he is unwilling to ever paint again or discuss his art
, and it is unclear if he is enjoying the benefits of his belated success.
posted by fire&wings
on Mar 28, 2005 -