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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

Painting in an abandoned soap factory, French artist Seth takes on Rome’s urban planning problem

Artworks created in decaying spaces are nothing new. We’ve all seen sprawling graffiti on the walls and floors of abandoned buildings, haven’t we? Untended structures seem to have some sort of an irresistible allure that beckons artists to create something in them. However, French street artist Seth’s (real name: Julien Malland) colorful paintings and installations in Mira Lanza, a long-since-deserted soap factory in Rome, Italy, make use of the space to pose a sobering question: Why do we just leave things to rot? Art organization 999Contemporary mounted the project, which consists mostly of paintings of children, to put Rome’s problem with urban planning in the spotlight, as well as juxtapose innocence (represented by the children in the works) with decomposition (symbolized by Mira Lanza). “This place [built in the 19th century] has been abandoned since the factory closed in 1957. Since I was a little boy there have been plans to turn it into a museum,...
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

Singaporean artist Chua Chye Teck zeroes in on forests’ lines and forms in first book of photos

Singaporean artist and photographer Chua Chye Teck perhaps got more than he bargained for when he turned to hiking. Initially a way for him to increase physical activity, hiking provided an opportunity to observe and appreciate the composition of a forest -- not the obviously beautiful landscapes, mind you, but the way the trees are connected to form an expansive body. This is all thanks to his training as a sculptor, in which he is most attentive to lines, form, and structure. Enthralled by the splendor, Chua, 43, took photos of trees as he perceived them. The result of the two-year photography sessions in the forested domains is his recently released first book, "Beyond Wilderness." At first glance, many of the black-and-white photos look like ones of freely applied paint rather than trees. Chua is adamant in his belief that the wilderness possesses codes waiting to be deciphered. “There is a visual language to the wilderness that, just like English or Chinese,...
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...
Art

Creepy photo montage scenes created with old matte painting techniques

Suzanne Moxhay has been creating some amazing photo montage scenes lately. The surreal, often dreary, scenes combine photos from Moxhay's own archives as well as those transferred over from her professional practice. The artist uses a technique called matte painting, dating back to to the early 20th century, which involves creating backdrops on glass panels which are then integrated into movie sets. Talking about her recent works, Moxhay says, "Architectures are disrupted by anomalous elements – contradictory light sources, faulty perspective, paradoxes of scale." Check out some of her photomontage scenes below and find more on her website. ...
Art

Art exhibition to feature Hillary Clinton’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a pantsuit (sculpture)

Hillary Clinton is one of the biggest female icons in politics. Aside from her long list of accomplishments, previous posts in the U.S. government, charitable deeds, and years of public service, she is also popular because of a recent comment she gave back in 1992 during the Democratic presidential primary: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”  Jennifer Rubell's new show, "Housewife", is partly inspired by this comment. The artist has already made herself known in the art world as an expert in making installations and pieces that involve food in witty and interactive ways. Her new show includes a five-foot tall orange pantsuit with an orange cookie jar on top. Entitled "Vessel", the piece is an homage to Clinton's famous orange pantsuit and features Rubell's own attempt at replicating Clinton's cookie recipe. Jennifer Rubell:...
Art

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...
Art

High school students design and create 29 sculptures to adorn their neighborhoods

Students from various public high schools have come together in a nonprofit project to beautify their city. The plan is to plan, design, and put up 29 pieces of sculpture. So far, the group has successfully erected their first installation - entitled Piece 24 ("Let Me Walk in Beauty", as inspired by a native American poem about respecting nature) - in Oak Cliff, just a few steps away from the famous Texas Theatre. The goal of the project is to "uplift and awaken the creative spirit to make genuine social change.” And this is definitely starting to happen. A real estate investor has helped the group in finding the location for their first sculpture. Many other individuals, companies, and philanthropists have helped with the project financially. All of the work is done by the students, as encouraged by their schools and teachers. At the end of the whole initiative, there will be 29 neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas, that will be adorned with beautiful works of art. Each piece...
Nature

Stunning photos show dinosaur tail preserved in apricot-sized piece of amber

Time for a DesignFaves Palaeontology lesson. Just recently, the first dinosaur tail was uncovered by paleontologist Lida Xing in Myanmar. Preserved perfectly in amber, the tail, which dates back to the mid-Cretaceous Period (approx. 99 million years ago), measures about 1.4-inch with an appendage of 8. It's also covered in what appear to be feathers and presumably comes from a juvenile coelurosaur. National Geographic says, "While individual dinosaur-era feathers have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions, this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers." Check out some images of the amber-infused tail below and read more on National Geographic. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
Art

Artist creates Donald Trump installations using a very unflattering medium

A graphic designer and artist who goes by the name Allan Adler has various art installations in Miami Beach. The installations were created to demonstrate a very blunt form of symbolism. Each exhibit has a random sampling of dog poop with a photo of President-Elect Donald Trump stuck into it. In addition, there are also direct quotations said by Trump throughout his political career. Adler strolls around the area each day, choosing a random piece of dog excrement that fits his next art idea the best. Each installation is photographed and posted on his Facebook page, named "Pieces of Trump." Social media audiences are responding strongly to the posts, mostly from amused passers-by from Miami. The art is meant to be a critique of the on the correlation between irresponsible pet owners and the views that many hold in regards to Trump's leadership.  ...
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Unique Art Installation Made of Sticky Tape Wows Australian Audiences

A group of installation artists is bringing an exhibition called "TapeScape" to Australia. The art exhibit has once wowed audiences in the U.S. and the Middle East. Now, it's time to take it Down Under. As the name suggests, the entire installation will be made of tape - sticky tape, to be exact - and some scaffolding. The artists will create slides and tunnels that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy slipping into, crawling through, and sliding down. On top of looking eerily unique and fun to experience first hand, it also provides its audiences a tangible multi-sensory environment. The concept came from Eric Lennartson, an American artist. He says that the inspiration for the installation came in part from a funnel web spider. The installation is able to maintain its structure and is kept in a suspended 3D state because each part is in tension. The installation opened to the public on December 5 and will run until February 26, 2017. Interested viewers can see it at the Ipswich...
Design

Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
Art

Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
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Bansky exhibition in Rome is the largest showing to date

A Bansky exhibition titled War, Capitalism & Liberty has opened at Rome’s Palazzo Cipolla museum. Bringing together about 150 artworks from private collectors, curators Stefano Antonelli, Francesca Mezzano, and Acoris Andipa spent nearly two years preparing for the exhibition which they are calling “one of the single biggest exhibitions dedicated to the artist ever staged”. Including only his commercial works and none of the artist's street works, the selected pieces include his well-known stenciled image “Girl With Balloon”, as well as “Laugh Now But One Day I’ll Be in Charge”, and “Kids on Guns”. The anonymous street artist was not involved in hosting the exhibition, and the question has been asked if Bansky will show up to this exhibition of his own work. And if so, what might he think about the show? ...
Design

National Design Award Winners announced by Cooper Hewitt

The winners of the 2016 National Design Awards have been announced by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Now in its 16th year, the video about the competition quotes designer Massimo Vignelli who says, “Design is the profession that allows you to make things better.” This year’s winners include Lifetime Achievement winner Moshe Safdie, Director’s Award winner Make It Right, Design Mind winner Bruce Mau, Corporate and Institutional Achievement winner The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Architecture Design winner Marlon Blackwell Architects, Communication Design winner Geoff McFetridge, Fashion Design winner Opening Ceremony, Interaction Design winner Tellart, Interior Design winner Studio O+A, Landscape Architecture winner Hargreaves Associates, and Product Design winner Ammunition. See examples of work by this year’s winners below. ...
News

The winners from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

The winners of the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival in NYC have been announced. “Dean,” the quirky coming-of-age comedy directed by Demetri Martin won the Founders Award for best narrative feature. The best international feature was awarded to “Junction 48” which tells the love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists. Telling the story of the militarization of the US police force, “Do Not Resist” won the award for the best documentary feature. The prize for best new narrative director was awarded to Priscilla Anany for the film “Children of the Mountain” about a mother in Ghana who has a child with birth defects. “Adult Life Skills”, a dark comedy by Rachel Tunnard, won the director the Nora Ephron Prize for the tale of a 30-year old women who moves back to her rural home-town. David Feige won the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Prize for “Untouchable”  which looked at US sex offender laws. Take a look at a few of the movie trailers...
Creativity

Turn your plastic bottles into rope

Concerned about where your plastic bottles go once you throw them out or recycle them? Worry no more. Check out the Plastic Bottle Cutter. Creators Pavel and Ian created “a smart pocket-size tool with which you can very easily cut any plastic bottle — of juice, soda  or other — into a fine plastic rope that can be used for just about as many purposes as you can think of.” Even if you still recycle your plastic bottles the amount of space the waste takes up will be substantially less with the use of this cutter. The cutter is made from eco-friendly materials, easy to carry and store, and is quite durable. The plastic ropes are also extremely durable. For instance, the plastic ropes can tow a car. To find out more click here. ...
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Climate change photographer wins the first Jackson Pollock Prize for Creativity

The series, Drowning World by South African photographer Gideon Mendel, is an art and advocacy project that looks at climate change from a personal lens. Creating intimate portraits of individuals around the world, the works share a narrative of what daily life might be like if we were living partially submerged. The photographer has been working on the series since 2007, and in his search for “the commonalities and differences” between cultures, he has visited flood zones in countries such as Haiti, Pakistan, Australia, Thailand, and Germany. Mandel has recently been awarded the inaugural Pollock Prize for Creativity which is specified for a mid-career artist who is working with social and cultural themes. Speaking about Jackson Pollack, Mendel says, “I’ve always loved for his freedom in breaking barriers. Because my own work increasingly straddles the border between art, documentation and activism, it’s all the more important to me that the prize...
Creativity

The Wearable Shelter

10 students of design from the London’s Royal College of Art made a jacket that converts into a tent, and sleeping bag. Created for Syrian refugees, the jacket is made out of Tyvek, a tear-resistant material. The jacket is also waterproof and reportedly breathable and thanks to Mylar insulation, retains body heat when slept in. The prototype is still in the works and experimentation is on-going with differing materials. The team of students are trying to see if a kite pole might work into the jacket for the sake of building a stronger tent frame and they are also experimenting with inserting inflatable designs into it. The project is currently featured on Kickstarter. ...
Creativity

Floating trash collector for the oceans

The Seabin Project is one of dreams. The idea? A floating trash collector for the oceans. The Seabin is designed to catch oil, fuel, and detergents. The device floats at water surface and is attached to a water pump on land. The surrounding water circulates into the Seabin where it collects floating debris and liquids. Water then filters out the bottom of the device. The creators, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, are thinking of installing a liquids separator for situations involving oil. After the water flows through the pump, it returns to the ocean clean and clear. Check out the project on their website here. ...
Creativity

Paper Recycling In-Office

Thanks to Epson, recycling paper and paper related products can now be reformed into newly recycled paper in an office. Epson developed the prototype of the printer, called PaperLab, and announced the product in December of 2015 and showcased the product at the Eco-Products 2015 Exhibition. PaperLab uses a dry, no water, process which involves fiberizing, binding, forming, and printing completely recycled paper. The printer cuts transportation costs of moving recycling to recycling center and back, lowering Co2 emissions and travel costs. Besides that, the PaperLab completely destroys documents, eliminating a need for contractors to dispose of sensitive documents. As for speed, PaperLab makes about “14 A4 sheets per minute and 6,720 sheets in an eight-hour day.” ...
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