Articles by Sharee Ann Narciso-Tolentino

A writer, curator, and online marketing aficionado. But most of all, a loving mom of two amazing kids, and wife to a weirdo slash husband.
Art

Instagram artist makes lip art to die for, paints pregnant Beyonce on her mouth!

Jazmina Daniel is not your ordinary woman. She is not just talented. That would be an understatement. Her canvass of choice? Her lips! She has been posting amazing lip art on Instagram, and her latest work involved her painting Beyonce's pregnant photo on her lips. Without a doubt, Queen Bey's fans went crazy. The Australian artist captioned her photo: “I know I have a lot of Queen 🐝 Fans out there! This one is for you! @beyonce Tag the Queen if you think she’d approve 🐝,” She explained, “I chose to recreate Bey’s pregnancy announcement because everyone was so excited about it. There were a lot of people recreating it in pictures and I know that a lot of my followers were Beyoncé fans so it just seemed right to do. I felt inspired in the moment to do it!”  Some people can't even put lipstick on properly! Check out more of her amazing works below: ...
Art

Selfies gone bad: Tourist accidentally trips onto an $800,000 art piece inside exhibit

How far will you go to get an Instagram-worthy photo? A visitor at the recent event, Infinity Mirrors - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama, held at the Hirshborn Museum in Washington, D.C. accidentally tripped on one of the installations while attempting to get a selfie. Although no official announcement was made, it is rumored that the sculpture amounts to $800,000. It may not be entirely the visitor's fault, though, since there is a limited number of people allowed inside the installation at a single time. This means that there is low to no security personnel to guide the tourists about the proper behaviors acceptable. The installation is described as "narrow walkways, transparent barriers, and plenty of darkness". But whether this is the case or not, people should really start behaving more like civilized tourists during these sophisticated shows. After all, the artist did work really hard to get these done, don't you think? ...
Art

Renowned artist from Myanmar was destined to become a painter from childhood

“My father ordered us to play music, paint, and more until we were 10 years old. After we turned 10 if we didn’t have any interest in the arts we were allowed to choose something else. But I took an interest in art. I created art and music, I became a movie director… Directing is the art of storytelling." These were the words of Myanmar icon Win Pe. Throughout his career, he has become an award-winning director and filmmaker, as well as a radio producer in other Western countries. He is now 82 years old - and has dabbled into various fields of art, including working as a cartoonist, writer, and editor. However, painting seems to be the core of his interests even after all these years. “I have always created paintings. I read painting books. I even dream of paintings,” he says. Learn more about his work. Win Pe's latest exhibition is at the Yangon Gallery. ...
Architecture

Handcrafted and industrial materials woven into highly expressive and functional pieces

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently having an exhibition entitled Design Currents. It opened last November and will continue to run until the 12th of March. The exhibit is the culmination of the work of three contemporary designers, Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, and Zanini de Zanine. All of them use handcrafted and industrial materials, turning them into functional and expressive pieces of art. The event creates a bridge between context and creativity. It gives us an insider look at the distinct culture of each designer, who all come from different countries. At the same time, we learn how collaboration and experimentation can help us improve our relationship with different objects. The event creates a bridge between context and creativity. It gives us an insider look at the distinct culture of each designer, who all come from different countries. At the same time, we learn how collaboration and experimentation can help us improve our relationship with different...
Art

Science appreciated through art, art appreciated through science in ‘Science as Art’

The “Science as Art” exhibit is a one-of-a-kind event that will run until March 3 at the Washington State Legislative Building. It will continue from March 6 to April 8 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. This has been an annual exhibition that featured images courtesy of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "I always really like science as art because it lets you show something in a way that is more universally relatable. You don't have to have a technical background to be interested," says Nicole Overman, a materials engineer who captured the tungsten-copper alloy's close-up. The researchers at PNNL have been selecting, coloring, and submitting images for the Science as Art event since 2010. John LaFemina, the laboratory director, said, "We had all these images that were too interesting and too beautiful to hide in a drawer somewhere." And thus, the yearly tradition was born - and the rest of the country is now enjoying these exceptional...
Art

Artists from all over the world converge in the Centre for Computing History to create Teletext art

Teletext seems like an ancient relic to most of us. But just recently, artists from all over the world came together in an event to create Teletext art. They met in Cambridge at the Centre for Computing History, reveling in the wonder of the artform. For these people, this is not all old news - instead, it is a current, exciting, and real way to express themselves. They spent an entire weekend celebrating this unique form of art in a congregation known as the "Block Party". Raquel Meyers, a Swedish artist who has been amazed in using Teletext as an art form since 2012, explained: “It isn’t something you can make a profit from, so you can actually play with it. The idea is to show to people that you can do really crazy things and be really creative with something that’s supposed to be limited.” See the celebration and learn more about Teletext from the museum's website. ...
Art

Vandalism turns into something marvelous thanks to local artists’ hard work and creativity

Richard Miller owns a variety store and received a notice to clean up the parking lot beside his property, which was teeming with graffiti. He initially thought that the graffiti was actually pretty good, but got excited when some local artists opened up about ideas with him. The artists are members of Art for Art's Sake (AFAS), a group that promotes expression through art. “Originally the plan was to put framework around the graffiti to show that we support the artistic pieces that can be created through graffiti. I discussed it with a few artists and the artists started incorporating their own designs into the letters that were already there,” said artist Stewart Knight. Artist Sarah Hensley said, “I didn’t want to cover up or totally remove the graffiti. We got our friends involved and now it is this huge crazy art wall, and it looks really cool. I kept the graffiti in my art. People kept walking by to see it and said that looks like fun.” ...
Art

Becoming the truest form of yourself is the best way to express and create art, a young man realizes

As a third-year student, Matthew Bateson never thought that the time would come when his life would revolve around art. When he was younger, all he ever cared about was "guy" stuff, like sports and skateboards. Of course, these activities led to more than a few physical injuries. He reached a certain point where he realized that he was mortal - and he cared enough to preserve his health and life. Unknown to him, then, was the opening of another opportunity: the window of art expression. “I want my art to be the truest manifestation of myself,” according to him, “It’s hard to verbalize the style or feeling behind my work so I would say that I have a loose style. My sculptures, my prints, they all have this fluid quality. I’m inspired a lot by spontaneity and whatever feels right. The most important thing is to just work really hard at what you’re doing and not care what other people think of you.” You can find more of Bateson’s work on Instagram. ...
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The coolest PR firm in the entire world, Freuds, is beaming chock full of art

Have you ever wanted to work in a "cool" office? I bet that you have. Well, if you are any one of the employees in the London-based PR firm Freuds, then you're probably pretty contented with your workplace. As it turns out, this seemingly regular office from the outside is filled with eccentric and vintage artwork inside. The firm was founded by Matthew Freud (yes, he is related to Sigmund Freud). Once you get inside, you'll find everything from dinosaur remains to motorbikes to paintings to vintage furniture. There's an Obama painting, as well as art pieces by Banksy and Damien Hirst. When you view the office from the Fitzrovia side street where it is situated, you would never for a second mistake it to be uber exciting indoors. Whether you're in need of public relations services or not, you will surely want to take a peep inside their unusual offices. ...
Art

#CompulsiveCharcoal advocate inspires people with Dermatillomania to face their compulsions and seek refuge through art

Liz Atkin, now of global fame, is a renowned artist who lives in London. For the most part of her life, she has battled compulsive skin picking (CSP) - clinically known as dermatillomania - and uses art to cope with this debilitating condition. She says, "Picking at skin is a very normal human behaviour, but CSP is categorised by the repetitive picking at skin to the extent that significant damage is caused, and it impacts on a person’s daily functioning. It’s not known why humans develop this disorder. For some, environmental factors influence the development of skin picking or hair pulling disorders, others have hereditary links where family members may pick. Drawing has become one of the best ways of all to channel the disorder and transform it. I’m now an advocate for the disorder, and speak and present about my work around the world. Making art about skin picking is not a ‘project’ but an essential tool in my life to work with the disorder and keep well....
Culture

New NSW exhibition features Warhol’s lesser known work, signifying that he always was ‘a commercial artist’ by heart

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has a new exhibition featuring the lesser-known career of Andy Warhol in the field of advertising, entitled "Adman – Warhol Before Pop". Nicholas Chambers, the exhibition curator, tells us, “He found New York at this incredible moment – the end of the 40s and start of the 50s, when ad land was on the rise. He was meticulous about keeping everything. He held on to all these things. The mono-printing technique is a distinctive aspect of Warhol’s early work. You can make multiple images – but all are unique. Between 1955 and 1959, go to page 93 of the New York Times and there would be a large-format Warhol illustration, signed of course. One thing I think is really important for Warhol around this time is the interconnected practices – commercial art and fine art. In his last interview, he said, ‘I was always a commercial artist.’ He was always crossing between high culture and low culture and doing it in a way that’s unashamed....
Art

Hundreds of artists create chalk paintings on the streets, turning Lake Worth into a temporary “outdoor museum”

The 23rd Annual Lake Worth Painting Festival was another resounding success this year. Last February 26, the final day of the festival took place. Hundreds of artists flocked to create an "outdoor museum" of sorts on the street, catching the attention of passers-by, both local and tourists. Located at the Lake Worth downtown area, the streets were paved with colors and shades using chalk to create art that can captivate the hearts of art lovers anywhere. This festivity is unique because the art was ephemeral, lasting for a mere few hours or until the rain and traffic has washed it off of the streets. It is thanks to the photographers who can keep these temporary moments eternal, for everyone to see. The street Painting Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. all proceeds raised produce the street Painting Festival event, and benefit the street Painting Festival scholarship and community projects associated with the arts. ...
Art

Inspirational and rare ‘rock art’ found in Burrup Peninsula may be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site soon

There are but a few remaining natural places in the world that are fully safe from any form of destruction. Case in point: Burrup Peninsula's aboriginal rock art. The area has been the center of many a political controversy, which has put off the petitioning of it to become a renowned World Heritage site for many years. Greens MP Robin Chapple said, "it is unfortunate that he has waited this long to do so, given I first nominated the place in 2003 and was met with overwhelming opposition from both sides of politics. Mr Barnett was given an opportunity to nominate it again just 12 months ago; that he is doing so now just smacks of political opportunism." Adding to this, former Greens leader Christine Milne, who was active in pushing for the site to be listed as a World Heritage site, said, "we want UNESCO protection because it is one of the world's truly great cultural sites. However, we should be under no illusion that on its own it will fully protect the rock art. We are concerned...
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Exceptional choreography through contemporary dance and performance art creates a visual spectacle for public audiences

Branch Nebula aims to engage its audiences through performance art, continually pushing the boundaries of political and social awareness. The founders, Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters, have used the project as a platform for their communal creativity since they began in 1999. Through modern dance and performance in the public sphere, they reach out to audiences who would not ordinarily go to theaters (mostly because of socio-economic reasons). "This is site-specificity of the most immediate kind, a visceral connection to a place of play, not its social role or its history, in a display of what is often regarded as fun but here as art without losing the integrity of its popular foundations. The outcome is a visual spectacle, impeccably choreographed so that star turns are embedded in and shoot out of the mesmeric poetry of the grand sweeping collective rides and runs that transform the concrete into a magic, enabling vessel." – Keith Gallasch, Real Time ...
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See food in a new light as various artists mix up common offerings with creativity

Food art is a fan favorite here at Design Faves, and it's not hard to see why. When a talented artist mixes food and art together, we get something that is pleasant both to our sight and our taste. The fact is that there are virtually unlimited possibilities with food art - you just have to let your imagination run wild! Below are some photos showcasing this very feat. Who knows? You might be inspired to create your own food art pieces, too! In photos, from top to bottom: Brown rice and Omelette teddy bear (Fancy Edibles), Ogbono delicacy African beauty (Haneefah Adams), Bread and coffee Instagram logo (Daryna Kossar), Pineapple parrot (My Honey's Place), Red Onion Owl (Abhay Chatre), Leafy green dress (Sarah Illenberger), Carrot crab (Becky90210), Banana Dolphins (Michelle from Crafty Recipes), and Zobo lady (Haneefah Adams). Which one caught your attention the most? ...
Art

2017 Oscar noms get pop poster treatment thanks to amazing design team

It's awards season once again! Just last year, we saw amazing poster art for each of the Oscar-nominated movies from the amazing design team at Shutterstock. This year, they are at it again! Featuring fan favorites such as La La Land and critically-acclaimed masterpieces such as Manchester by the Sea, Fences, and Hidden Figures, the Shutterstock design team are creating "pop" posters, taking inspiration from a handful of artists and icons (Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, to name a few). It may be hard to believe, but every element used in creating these fantastical posters came from their collection of stock photos! If you haven't seen these movies yet, you can bet that after browsing these posters, you'll get your interest piqued in no time. Whether you're a fan of the movies or just the poster art, you will be in for a real treat. Check out the collection below:  ...
Cute

Do you want to learn how to draw a pineapple in just 20 seconds?

Sometimes, things do not have to be as complicated. When drawing or sketching, there are a lot of ways to keep things easy and simple. This is especially useful if you are just a beginner who wants to get hands into drawing (or art, in general). So if you are one of these people, take note of this post. Beano posted another "Quick Draw" tutorial, where you can find a video as well as step-by-step images of how to draw a pineapple. It's the most straightforward kind of instruction you can ever find online today. If you want, you can check out some of their other tutorials and posts in the "Quick Draw" category. Everybody starts from the easiest exercises. Soon enough, you'll be a pro artist capable of the most complicated sketches and subjects. By that time, you won't have to follow any tutorials at all. Check out some of Beano's step-by-step photos below. ...
Art

Julian Schnabel’s long-awaited return to painting celebrated with a larger-than-life exhibition

Julian Schnabel returns to painting after almost a decade of making a career shift towards filmmaking (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, nominated for an Oscar last 2007). Now, a full collection of plate paintings will be on display at New York's Pace Gallery. This will, in fact, be one of the most anticipated social and cultural events this February - and perhaps this year. When you get a chance, take a stroll down West 25th Street and see the show, which will run from February 24 until March 25. Schnabel says about the new series, “the fragments and colours make it feel like they’re made of leaves and that you’re not looking at a painting but at nature. Yet as soon as you step back from them, they assume a pictorial quality.” “Julian is one of the seminal artists of the 20th century, and he was a huge force for change in the 1980s and ’90s. And although he has been out of the spotlight for a number of years, people recognise him as a truly great artist who is rising again,”...
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Contemporary sculptures by today’s most important and talented artists on exhibit this year

Many colleges and universities give importance to art. All over the country, you'll find amazing appreciation for various art forms, some even putting into place extensive programs to nurture talent. One of these is Jesus College, which houses a grand permanent collection. You can find impeccable sculptures on their grounds, created by artists such as John Bellany, Stephen Chambers, Barry Flanagan, John Gibbons, Antony Gormley, Albert Irvin, Richard Long, David Mach, Sarah Morris, Humphrey Ocean, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, and Alison Wilding. In addition, they also hold an event called "Sculpture in the Close" every year. Since 1988, this has been an annual tradition. The college has historic courts and properly maintained lawns, which make for perfect backdrops to the artworks. Of course, the sculptures themselves are the highlight of the event. Check out some of the astonishing sculptures found on the Jesus College grounds, photographed below:...
Architecture

Historic plans and drawings from the Nazi era available online at the Library of Congress

Roman Totenberg, a Polish violinist, was an immigrant who came to America in 1938. At the time, Europe was widely antisemitic, thanks to the influences of Nazi Germany. Totenberg put in a lot of effort to make sure his family is kept safe from the inevitable force of cataclysm. Previously - in 1935 - his mother joined him until she was also able to escape to the US when the Nazis took over France (1940). Totenberg's efforts, however, were not enough to save his sister Janina Ferster and her family, who were trapped in Warsaw as the war broke out. Janina lost her husband but survived together with her daughter until the Allies won the war. Janina's daughter, Elizabeth Wilk, now gifted the Library of Congress with some of the family's papers to be part of the Totenberg Collection. Vital materials such as documents, drawings, photo albums, letters, and telegrams are proof that they were in Poland before and during the Holocaust. These also serve as evidence of Totenberg's efforts...
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This galactic keyboard design looks good, but can you type well with it?

Massdrop is now selling the "GalaxC Keycap" keyboard set, now at $58. The purchase will only include the keycaps, without an actual keyboard, so you'll probably have to use the one you have. It is technically a set of mechanical keyboard caps that look like a galaxy. Now, this can be so much fun to look at. It will be exciting and unique, for sure, but once you actually use it, it can be quite a hassle. From the design point of view, it's absolutely stellar. But for functionality? We're betting you're probably going to pass on this one, unless you can type without looking at your keyboard at all. Otherwise, it may take you hours to finish a simple paragraph. So is it worth it? We'll leave the judging up to you. See some photos of this novelty keyboard below, with some closeup images, too. ...
Art

Classical paintings get a dose of humor with these meme-like captions

Medieval Reactions is taking the Internet on a rollercoaster ride of laughs and memes. We're used to seeing memes about celebrities, even politicians and athletes. But this Twitter account is taking the comedy up a notch - by using photos of medieval and classical paintings and adding a modernistic and humorous twist. This collection of photos definitely isn't for those who can't take a good joke and roll with it. Some will argue that it's not "proper" to make a laughing stock of such exceptional pieces of art, especially those created by renowned artists and icons, but we all need to relax and chill every so often. Thanks to whoever is responsible for this Twitter handle, we're seeing a modern glimpse of these centuries-old art pieces. It's not an easy task, too - imagine having to come up with constantly funny and new content for all your audiences! Kudos, Medieval Reactions! ...
Art

‘Maker Faire Kuwait’ exploded with technology and art, featured some of the country’s brightest talents

Maker Faire Kuwait took place at the Kuwait International Fair, the largest event space available in the country, last February 9 to 11. It was a grand event that highlighted "makers" to share their work, collaborate with each other, and inspire younger generations of makers. Many of the participants used everyday objects as well as recycled materials to create astonishing works of art. This event is only one of the series of Maker Faire exhibitions. Be sure to watch out for the next destination to be included in the series. Below are some of the artists who participated in the Maker Faire Kuwait event. Check these out and be inspired to CREATE and MAKE! (From top to bottom: Pottery and Sculpture by Sara Al-muail, E-buru Paper Marbling Demo by Wael Al-saleh, Model Ships by Ali Mohsen, Art by Omer Al-hamed, and Scroll Saw Art by Faten Fahad.) ...
Animation

‘The Dragon Spell’ is Ukraine’s first ever full-length 3D animated movie, proves successful overseas

Mykyta Kozhumiaka is the first ever full-length 3D animated feature to come out of Ukraine (in English, it translates to "Nicky Tanner and the Dragon Spell"). It has been collecting high praise and receiving warm reviews from various countries abroad. While it isn't at its target box office sales just yet, it isn't doing too bad for its first week - both in Ukraine and abroad. It is planned to screen the movie in as many as 60 countries, with Poland and Turkey as the first two on the list. The Dragon Spell traces its origins from the creations of Anton Siyanika, a Ukranian writer. The tale is about a young boy who takes himself on a grand adventure to save two worlds: that of humans and that of magic against an evil witch possessed by the ghost of a dragon. He goes on a quest alongside the wizard in training Eddie and a feral child, Rocky. In the process, they learn what it means to be a true hero. Find out more about the story from Siyanika's blog, and about the animation from The Dragon...
Art

Mandala sand painting courtesy of actual Tibetan Buddhist monks featured in college gallery

Drepung Loseling Monastery Buddhist monk all the way from Tibet will be constructing a mandala sand painting, to be featured as a highlight of Allegheny College's Year of Mindfulness. The painting will be housed at the art galleries of the college. The actual construction will take place on March 1 until March 3, from 10 AM to 6 PM daily and on March 4 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. It will be open to the public for free, which can create a nice opportunity for both the students and the locals. Mandala sand painting truly is one of the most unique traditions that root from Tantric Buddhism. Colored sand will be used, making the exhibit even more one-of-a-kind, as it is placed onto the platform for several days to create the mandala image. Mandala is a symbol of the universe, and it coincides with the event's theme of mindfulness. Be sure to check out this rare event if you can! ...
Art

Revisit WWI in an exhibition that highlights the impact of the Great War on American artists

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host a thoroughly in-depth look at how WWI has affected American artists and their wok. Entitled World War I and American Art, the event will showcase 173 works by 80 different artists. Popular contributors to the exhibit include John Singer Sargent, Horace Pippin, Ivan Albright, Georgia O’Keeffe and more. The exhibit is not limited to one form; it will host various kinds of artwork such as paintings, photographs, animation, sculptures, and many others. We shall be able to get a closer look at the evolution of American art, probably contrary to popular belief. The World War art genre has often been overshadowed by pieces that came from Europe rather than America. This show gives us a comprehensive examination from the perspective of our American artists. History and art lovers will appreciate this opportunity. It may even change public perception about the evolution of American Modernism. The event...
Art

Los Angeles-based artist creates inspiring and chic art from nothing but rope and metal fragments

For most of us, art requires a lot of fancy materials and resources. If we were given nothing more than rope, pieces of tiny metal fragments, and some watercolor, we'll probably stare at it and do nothing much. But for L.A.-based artist Cindy Zell, this is not the case. Given these items, she is able to create not just art, but magic in its rarest form. Zell is gaining a nice following because of her sophisticated taste and hands-down raw talent. Her sculptures are "material-driven" and have been decorating Los Angeles recently. She tends to lean towards pastel-washed and light-hued pieces, which reminds us that delicate isn't always weak. It can give us the balance that we all need, especially is such a fast-paced and competitive world. Minimalists and art lovers, in general, will love her work. Find out more about her by following her on Instagram. Her current exhibition is entitled "ROPETITION" and is on display in San Francisco, CA right now until March 7th.  ...
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