Category: Inspiration

Architecture

The 7th Room is a 33-foot tall treehouse in the Swedish woods

The 7th Room puts a whole new shine on the concept of tree houses. The structure is one of seven cabins available from northern Sweden’s Treehotel and offers a stunning view of the Aurora Borealis. The 7th Room was designed by architecture firm Snøhetta and features a base with black and white images of pine trees that give the illusion of reflection. The 33-foot tall cabin camouflages itself into the surrounding woods and floor-to-ceiling windows provide gorgeous views at all angles. Check it out below and find the other six cabins, like The Mirror Cube, on their website. ...
Art

Various groups pushing effort to redress long-standing gender inequality in art through powerful initiative

The Uffizi Galleries in Florence will open an exhibition on March 8 until April 30 to coincide with International Women's Day. Aptly so, it will feature more relevant works from female artists in an effort to address the gender imbalance in the art world which has been around for quite a while. The initiative will be a long-term effort together with other galleries and organizations. In fact, just two weeks after their exhibition, the Pitti Palace (a sister museum of Uffizi) will showcase self-portraits by Maria Lassnig, a late Austrian feminist and artist. The two museums will be the primary headers for an "open-ended" series of female-centric exhibitions which will focus on artworks from the past and present. This series is projected to become an annual celebration. The initiative has been in part an answer to the conversation the museums' director had with the US group Guerrilla Girls, an activist collective who have been fighting for the past three decades...
Art

New gallery opens in Rhinebeck, gives the art community a new chance to come together and connect

The Gallery@Rhinebeck a new destination for art lovers and aficionados. Technically, it is a non-profit organization and will be available for members who have registered. On a larger scale, the gallery will serve as an economic platform to help boost the community's tourism, while adding more opportunities for business and employment for the locals. It also is a chance for weekenders to get outside, enjoy some art, and come together and connect as a community. The Gallery will feature various types of art - installations, sculptures, and paintings hung on walls. On top of this, it will also serve as a home for many other forms of art, such as spoken word, theatric plays, poetry slams, and poetry readings. Live jazz and classical music performances will also frequent the new venue, giving musicians and songwriters a new hub to flourish their talent. There will also be fashion shows, fundraisers, and other events that will benefit Rhinebeck in many ways. See some of...
Architecture

Artists come together in clever and touching fundraising effort to help restore the burned-down Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building

From Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor to Antony Gormley and several other artists (including Simon Starling, Cornelia Parker, the Chapman brothers and Sir Peter Blake) - there has been an immense number of individuals who stepped up in the Ash to Art project to restore the historic Mackintosh building, which has been gutted by the May 2014 fire. The artworks cleverly use the actual ashes and debris that were left in the wake of the burned-down portions of  Glasgow School of Art. Perry says, “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy. I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obvious thing to do. The idea of memorializing or celebrating the difficulty – honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.” Each artist was...
Art

Filipino celebrity hand-paints designer bags

Heart Evangelista is a Manila-based Filipino actress. She joined the entertainment industry in 2000 and has made quite a name for herself since then. Aside from being an actress, singer, and VJ, Heart is also a painter. Also known as Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero, it was only in 2014 when Heart launched this facet of herself as an artist through a solo exhibit that was held in Ayala Museum entitled "I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco". It was a huge success that it was followed by 9 other exhibitions and collaborations. Although her earliest works comprise of traditional paintings in a canvas, she became particularly known for her hand-painted designer bags. She first took a risk by painting on her Hermes Birkin bag with an acrylic for leather. It scared her the first time but the finished product was great and she never looked back since then. Aside from handbags, Evangelista has also been painting on clutches, dresses, collars and even children’s...
Art

David Hockney’s life’s works on display at Tate Britain, creates record-beating history

Tate Britain will house the biggest ever collection of works by David Hockney. It will be a retrospective exhibition, with more than 250 pieces of art from the artist. Hockney, who was born in Bradford, has produced many influential works during the length of his career. Most of these stayed in private collections and were kept from the public eye, until now. One of his more famous pieces is A Bigger Splash, which has inspired the movie of the same title, starring Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. A lot of Hockney's pieces include water and swimming pools. He kept revisiting to these themes over the years. This is probably because of the influences he caught from living in Los Angeles on and off for decades. Another style he is accustomed to is the use of multi-panel paintings, often depicting scenic countrysides. You can learn more about this exhibition from Tate Britain. ...
Art

The complex and innovative art of Kari Bienert

Kari Bienert is an Australian painter who investigates visual planes, the volume inside a two-dimensional structure, and the boundless probability of chromatic and tonal scales. Her artwork is in various private and open collections around the world including Artbank and Macquarie University. Kari Bienert's color palette is mind-boggling and in its creative scale. To make each shading in her canvas, she blends at least 25 distinctive oil paints. Bienert's utilization of both natural shapes and pixelated frames serve as references to living creatures and the universe of innovation. Music assumes a vital part in Bienert's wellspring of motivation. Her inventive procedure incorporates a staggering level of inborn exactness and suddenness. She depends on impulse to convey the crisp assorted qualities that are now inherent to her pieces. Bienert refers to her brush as an extentionof her body that is guided by the beat of her heart in addition to the peaceful song...
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‘Non-conformist’ artist adorns home, studio and car with fantastical art pieces found from junkyards and antique shops

Clarke Bedford comes from Hyattsville, Maryland. As a professional, he spent his career in the Smithsonian, where he worked as a conservator of art. However, he also enjoys exploring different materials to create his own art. These materials, for most of us, can be defined as "eccentric" - to be put bluntly. He admits that he finds art in thrift shops and junkyards, and uses various pieces to decorate his home, his studio, and even his car (which actually runs on the street). Bedford says, “It’s making a whole thing that has a whole feeling out of individual parts and allowing the individual parts to still show their individuality and their histories and their feel and all that. So you get the overall and then you can start to look through it and see the things. I think that’s a modernist notion.” Peter O’Day, a neighbor of Bedford, says, "People stop all the time and they stop in the middle of the road and take pictures all the time. It’s curious, it's quite curious....
Art

Annual ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibit takes place in Cottesloe Beach, features awe-inspiring works by different artists

Sculpture by the Sea is one of the most famous events in Sydney, Australia. It all began with Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, where over half a million people come in to see the work of various artists. It has been a resounding success since 1997 and continues as an annual tradition to this day. Because of its success, the organizers have expanded to a second location: Cottesloe, Perth. Now, we are looking forward to this year's Sculpture by the Sea: Cottesloe, which will take place on March 2017. Cottesloe has staged the event since 2005, amassing over a quarter of a million visitors each year, thanks to the many sculptures on display. But this isn't just about art - because Sculpture by the Sea has become an inspiring moment for all of us. For some reason, during these events, every person who participates or even just visits spreads goodwill in a way or two. You can experience this, too. The 2017 event will take place on March 3 to 20 at the Cottesloe Beach in Perth. For...
Art

Exhibition honors the life and work of artist Keith Haring

The influential American artist and activist Keith Haring was a protégé of Andy Warhol and produced an unrest in art amid the 1980s. 'The Political Line' is a noteworthy exhibition devoted to his life and work. Keith Haring's specialty was enlivened by comic strips, "high" workmanship, mainstream culture, unmistakable visual style, spray painting, music, and dance. The artist was the main figure in New York's urban art scene, which took its inventiveness from street culture. It was the time of Reagan's conservatism, and the overtly homosexual Keith Haring made it his own central goal to highlight societies shameful acts against minority groups through art. He had an effect in his era, and in spite of the fact that his profession spread over only a solitary decade, the impact of his visual dialogue is no less for it. His cadenced lines and patterns express his colossal pizzazz. In his work, Haring took a reasonable position against the excesses of capitalism and he...
Art

Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist’s sketches become inspiring art exhibit in Spain

Back in the 1890s, the world didn't know as much about neuroscience as we do now. And this is all thanks to Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Spanish neuroscientist who questioned current beliefs about the brain. Originally planning to be an artist, he became a man of science as well. Back in the day, he produced a lot of sketches of the brain and its deepest, innermost structures. But because they are so striking, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis decided to organize The Beautiful Brain, a traveling exhibit of his work. According to Larry Swanson, a brain scientist at the University of Southern California, "Cajal was the founder of modern neuroscience. Most of the neuroscientists in the mid-19th century thought the nervous system was organized almost like a fishing net." But Cajal thought otherwise, and began to study more. In fact, he won the 1906 Nobel Prize because of his extensive work. Now, after years and years, an exhibition has been arranged to feature his...
Art

Behind the scenes: Stop-motion artist creates important advocacy film in collaboration with Lena Dunham and JJ Abrams

The world is going through a lot of issues right now, and we need - now, more than ever - to have artists and celebrities fighting the good fight. Fortunately, we are in a surplus of these good people. An Emmy-winning stop-motion animator and director, Kirsten Lepore is collaborating with dozens of actors, artists, musicians, producers, directors, and visual artists to create a short film as an advocacy for Planned Parenthood. The film raises awareness about the pro-choice movement for women, which highlights their right to be free to know, own, and control their own body. The film is a collaborative effort between Natalie Berkus, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Lepore, and Alex Ronan. They had a lot of help from certain famous people, including America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Hari Nef, Andrew Rannells, Cecile Richards, Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, and Sasheer Zamata. The film's...
Art

Silver linings: Botched restoration of sentimental art piece boosts town’s tourism

Cecilia Giménez was once the laughing stock of the Internet community when they discovered her "botched" restoration of the Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), a sentimental artwork of Jesus Christ. She is by far no artist, but she had the best intentions when she took it upon herself to restore the deteriorating fresco, a process which proved to be more arduous than she expected. Because it took her so long, she took a bit of vacation before she continued working on it. However, before she was able to take a second look at her unfinished restoration, others have already discovered and swarmed over it. It was instantly viral news, and before she could defend herself, thousands of memes about her "botched" work have flooded the web. What would have been an unfortunate story ended on a positive note. Because of the fame that the art restoration garnered, the tourism of her little town, Borja, Spain, has skyrocketed. Now, locals are finding income in making and selling various...
Culture

Fun photo collections showcases vintage roller coasters

It seems that people have been enjoying roller coasters since time immemorial. Of course, roller coasters didn't always feature such modern and cool designs as they do today. Moreover, they were also a little bit terrifying, but always fascinating. Some say they were first seen in Russia in the 17th century. Some believe they were first constructed in Paris 1817. In any case, we have collected a couple of epic photos that show the evolution of the roller coasters in America. ...
Art

Art Dad debuts in Fashion Week, showcases clothing that embodies responsible yet fun fatherhood

Gone are the days of the traditional dad. The dad who focuses on working during the day, watches the game at night, and gives a stern look to misbehaving kids. Now, we have Art Dad. What is Art Dad? “Art Dad is a reaction to everything being about ‘youth youth youth’. There’s something to be said for being responsible, having health care, taking care of business but still having fun.” This is how co-founder and collaborator Tremaine Emory explains the phenomenon. He says that Art Dad doesn't always have to be a dad. It's about embodying creativity, style, and a good fashion sense while harboring maturity beyond your years. At the OFF-WHITE Paris show, Art Dad opened with an oversized shearling coat, leopard print boiler suit, graphic tees and socks, and a whole lot more. You can learn more about Art Dad by following Emory on Instagram or checking out his ShowStudio profile. ...
Culture

Photographer asks the question:What is your American dream?

Harmony, peace, beauty, freedom, capitalism, multiculturalism, respect, security, success, possessions, religion - which of these is actually part of the American dream? Is it all about material gain? Or is it something more intangible? The subjects Ian Brown has photographed mainly emphasized priorities dedicated to harmonic life. Is it still achievable? Brown photographed and interviewed Americans during the period of Barak Obama's presidency to ask what their personal vision of the American dream was. Are these dreams now different? Take a look at these inspiring photographs below. ...
Art

Marco Melgrati: The art of conceptual illustration

Marco Melgrati is an Italian artist presently situated in Mexico, working in news media as an illustrator. His style is fundamentally centered around what he calls conceptual illustration. A great deal of his work discusses the topics of war and social media since war is constantly present in man's history and web-based social networking and the web are one of most pervasive societal changes ever. For Marco Melgrati, drawing is the most straightforward approach to exploring and associating with the world. He generally begins with pencil and paper. Once the work is dispatched, he utilizes a portfolio so that art directors can pick the best image to accompany upcoming news publication topics. The artist believes that working this way gives him more flexibility. You can check all his work and conceptual representation in his Salzmanart's page. ...
Inspiration

Aerial photographs show Australians who don’t have to travel the world to find a perfect beach

Yes, it's absolutely true; life on the beach can be absolutely perfect and dreamy. Fortunately for those of us who don't have a sunny beach nearby, photographer Kati Bills has made a photo series of Australian beaches taken from a bird’s view. On a sunny, picturesque Australian day, Bills was in a helicopter taking these beautiful pictures. As a photographer, she has the ability to capture the simplicity and beauty of human life in nature. She is an excellent travel photographer and has many other beautiful works. For more from Kati Bills check out her website here and Instagram here. ...
Creativity

Voices of Gatlinburg – Photographer captures portraits of people who lost everything

After one of the worst fires in America, photographer Jeremy Cowart made a project in order to honor, help, and gave a voice to those who lost their homes in Gatlinburg. More than 2.000 houses and businesses were destroyed in the fire. Jeremy made powerful portraits by setting a simple white mattress in the middle of the rubble of their homes. Cowart beautifully captures these families as they sit in what was one a bedroom, but today is nothing but a burned ground and ashes. For more photos and more about the project click here. ...
Art

Young artist spent 3 months creating Michael Jackson portrait using just string and nails

In a span of three months, Zenyk Palagniuk was able to create an amazing portrait of Michael Jackson.The artist, who is just 21 years old, made the pop icon's image using nothing but string and nails.The portrait started out as a mere formation of nails, but when the artist started manipulating and placing the string, an artistic masterpiece was formed. Palagniuk used a total of 15,000 nails for this project.This isn't his first work, he has done portraits using the same materials in the past years as well. Zenyk Palagniuk says that most people have the preconception that art should be made from drawings or paintings, or garden sculptures. He believes in going beyond the confines of traditional medium and using whatever is available to create something beautiful. And his work is indeed beautiful. Check out some photos of his Michael Jackson portrait below and be awed by his sheer skill and talent. ...
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Olga Diego brings an exhibition for all the senses in her exhibition for UC Merced Arts

As part of the UC Merced Arts Presents Artist-in-Residence Spring 2017, Olga Diego will fly in from Spain to showcase some of her best artwork. Her show will take audiences into an exhibition designed for a complete sensory experience. The art will stimulate the sight, touch, and hearing of its audiences. New technologies will also be an important part of the show. UCM Arts has been featuring artists and performers from all over the world, sharing their work with the Merced community. Diego's showcase will take place on February 10. She says that her inspirations are life and people. She claims that public participation is a huge and vital element in her art. Diego is a graduate of Fine Arts and has undergone other art-related courses, such as technology and strategy for artistic creativity and theory and practice of art performance. Find out more about her art on her blog. See the details of her UCM event on Facebook. ...
Art

Fire department chief moonlights as exceptional portrait artist, paints famous icons as a hobby

So much can be said about Scott Ferguson, the chief of Murrieta's Fire Department. For over 34 years, he has served in fire protection for seven different departments. Although he isn't retiring anytime soon, we might have a good idea what he'll be doing when he has all the time to spare. Ferguson was recently named Artist of the Month last December 2016 by the Murrieta Arts Council. This honor is aptly given because his talent, although only very little people know about it, is unprecedented. Ferguson has painted icons such as Tom Selleck, Johnny Depp, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali, Morgan Freeman, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wayne, Jay Leno, Demi Moore, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Robin Williams. However, his all time favorite, according to him, is that of his wife Maria in a pirate costume one Halloween. He says his next portrait is going to be of Johnny Cash. ...
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A new era of feminist art emerges as a response to Trump’s electoral win

Last January 12, 2017, the first of the thirty Nasty Women art exhibits was opened in Knockdown Center, in Queens, NY. More than 700 female artists hung their work on walls. The show was spearheaded by a 12-foot-tall series of block letters that spelled out N-A-S-T-Y W-O-M-E-N, clearly playing on a Trump reference from the previous presidential debates. There are many pieces of art included in the show, such as a Trump voodoo doll by artist Sandra Koponen, a portrait of well-manicured middle fingers, a bracelet that is etched with the word UNGRABBABLE, a painting of flaming high heels, and more. All of the pieces were on display and for sale for $100 or less. Over 2200 people attended the event on its opening night. The show was able to achieve $34,950 from art sales, and all of these proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. Angel Bellaran, the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, has been an active protester in many political issues in the past but says that...
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Fête du Graphisme 2017 showcases the rich, diverse, and dynamic culture of graphic design

With three successful Fête du graphisme events behind us, a new festival is coming in hot this year. It will be a free festival event for everyone. Co-produced by D’Days and Artevia, the celebration will put graphic designers and their work on the spotlight. They will showcase how dynamic, multi-faceted, rich, and diverse this form of art is. To many people, graphic design is simply the fine print and colors on books, posters, and advertisements. But beyond these, graphic design has become part of all of our lives. You can see it on the Internet, on magazines, academic books, marketing and advertising, signages, packaging of virtually all products and services, and even in industries like textile and fashion. Without a doubt, graphic designers play a huge, vital role in how society and culture is shaped every day. It has crept not just into public spaces, but across private and intimate requirements as well. The Graphic Design Festival will run until February...
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Visually impaired writer and graphic designer teaches typography, encourages other blind individuals to follow dreams

Graphic design is not simply clicking and clacking on a computer keyboard. It has become a widely accepted form of art in our modern world. This art involves many elements, and typography is one of them. Typography is not just any kind of art - it is an entire process on its own. It involves setting, arranging, and designing type. Because of the importance of text in overall design, it has become one of the biggest aspects of a good, sound graphic design project. Not only does it provide the proper context to the visuals, it also rids it of miscommunications and misunderstandings. Because of this, graphic designers have an obligation to make sure that they pick the right typography for the needed message. Eryn Stubblefield offers a straightforward lesson on typography, targeting first-timers and rookies in graphic design. You can check out her post on Freepik.com to learn more. Stubblefield is a visually impaired individual who freelances as a writer and graphic designer....
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Naotaka Hiro’s exhibit is filled with revealing artwork, captivates his audience’s minds and eyes alike

The Box in L.A. plays host to Naotaka Hiro's current exhibition of artwork. Hiro's concept is to have one work reveal something about what the other piece of art conceals. It is as if you are watching an essay come to life, filled with contradicting action and constraint - having limited information versus understanding its entirety. And for all of the pieces, the artist's focus is on the human body. Other pieces are works made using bronze, which extends the artistic legacy of Bruce Nauman, Hiro practices precision and elegance, as he realizes the notion of the human body as a way to create representations of itself. Truly, each and every artwork in this show by Naotaka Hiro is able to captivate the mind and the eyes. You won't just appreciate art in its beauty - your mind will also go through a journey of not knowing and then fully understanding. Hiro's show is currently at The Box, 805 Traction Ave., L.A. It will run until January 28, 2017. For more information, visit TheBoxLA.com....
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The role of Art Deco in fashion and textile designs over the years

During its conception, Art Deco was the newest style of its kind while boasting of strong attachments to other art styles and periods. It nurtured elements but at the same time reacted and even turned away from others. It gets a lot of similarities from its predecessor, Art Nouveau, such as geometric forms, exotic elements, as well as multiple dimensions and perspectives. During the Art Deco period, a lot of attention was given to textile design. At the time, fashion was the second biggest industry in export and carried heavy importance in the recovering economies right after WWI. Furthermore, Art Deco associates the technological innovations of the machine age, carrying with it a tendency to lean towards the urban and industrial scenes, which are prevalent in the metallic color palettes and the clean ergonomic lines of vehicles and objects. All of these were seen clearly in the evolution of textile and fashion design. The images below show the evolution of Art Deco design....
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