Archive for the ‘Artwork’ Category

The Art of Making films show people who overcome the dim and dismal that is so ubiquitous today, and create beautiful things by combining art with science.

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The first shows the making of a flamenco guitar. The 299- hour project Alma Flamenca is condensed into a gorgeous 3-minute film by Dimitris Ladopoulos.

If you are interested in the precise art of carpentry, the second very short film (1 minute 41) features the carpenter, and is also by Dimitris Ladupoulos.

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by Frederick Leatherman

Bodiless Buddha in Bodhi tree
Bodiless Buddha in a Bodhi Tree

Photo by James Castle
Creative Commons Flickr

Cross posted from my law blog.

Archaeologists discovered in 2010 a stone stele or free standing stone slab with a carving on one side in an ancient Buddhist monastery in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, which is approximately 25 miles (40Km) east of Kabul.

Professor Gérard Fussman, a professor at the Collège de France in Paris examined the stele recently and he believes it depicts the young Prince Gautama Siddartha before he abandoned a life of royal wealth and privilege to seek enlightenment. We know of him today as the Buddha, who founded Buddhism.

Live Science reports:

Standing 11 inches (28 centimeters) high and carved from schist — a stone not found in the area — the stele depicts a prince alongside a monk. Based on a bronze coin found nearby, Fussman estimates the statue dates back at least 1,600 years. Siddhartha lived 25 centuries ago.

The prince is shown sitting on a round wicker stool, his eyes looking down and with his right foot against his left knee. He is “clad in a dhoti (a garment), with a turban, wearing necklaces, earrings and bracelets, sitting under a pipal tree foliage. On the back of the turban, two large rubans [are] flowing from the head to the shoulders,” writes Fussman in his new book. “The turban is decorated by a rich front-ornament, without any human figure in it.”

To see the stele and a photograph of the ruins, go here.

Professor Fussman believes the stele depicts the young prince because of the iconography of the stele and the pipal leaves. He also believes the stele was used by a monastic cult that was dedicated to the worldly prince before he achieved enlightenment. According to their monastic code, they transported the stele in a wagon during a procession.

Professor Fussman has published a book about the stele, The Early Iconography of Avalokitesvara” (Collège de France, 2012).

These images are part of a Smithsonian American Museum of Art set on flickr, with a fair-use statement:

Personal, educational and non-commercial use of digital images from the American Art Museum’s collection is permitted, with attribution to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for all images unless otherwise noted. http://americanart.si.edu/collections/rights/

The Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition called Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models From the Rothschild Collection features thirty-two scale models of inventions submitted for patent in the late 1800s. The models are part of the Alan Rothschild collection, and reflect the exceptional craftsmanship of the time. Building a Better Mousetrap will run through November 3, 2013.

Sofa Bedstead image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Sofa Bedstead

Sofa Bedstead, 1877
Abraham Morris (Inventor)
mixed media 8 x 13 x 6 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.10

Fence Fabricating Machine image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Fence Fabricating Machine

Fence Fabricating Machine, 1888
Conrad F. Bartling (Inventor)
mixed media 12 x 17 x 7 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.9

Paper Bag Machine by americanartmuseum on flickr

Paper Bag Machine

Paper Bag Making Machine, 1881
Edgar Stocking (Inventor)
mixed media 9 x 17 x 9 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.13

Mousetrap image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Mousetrap (1 of 2)

Mousetrap, 1870
John O. Kopas (Inventor)
George W. Bauer (Inventor)
mixed media 10 x 8 1/2 x 9 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.15

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid, 1865
Jefford L. Weaver (Inventor)
mixed media 14 x 7 1/2 x 5 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.22

Vegetable Slicer image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Vegetable Slicer

Vegetable Slicer, 1879
Anthony Iske (Inventor)
mixed media 11 x 10 x 10 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.19

hat tip, Kyle, who knows I love hip-hop, electronica, and fast-paced mixed genre music. This recommendation is perfect.

Mad Rad wiki.

Sander van den Berg is a 25-year-old Dutch photographer.

He says:

The footage in this video is derived from image sequences from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions. I downloaden a large amount of raw images to create the video.

The song is The Cinematic Orchestra -That Home (Instrumental).
(Used under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution Share Alike license.)

Mr. van den Berg posted this beautiful piece, featuring gas giants Saturn and Jupiter, on Vimeo within the last day, where it amassed a steady stream of very favorable comments before he disabled the comment option (perhaps he is shy?). The artistic piece continues to collect ‘likes.’

Here are a few comments:

STAR PATH 1 day ago
this is more of a “love” than a “like”

and

i q 10 hours ago
This is utterly amazing. I am literally dumbstruck by how beautifully you have managed to capture the fabric of reality, outside of our own modern, ruined human vision. Spectacular.

and

Don Hendricks 18 hours ago
Only a true artist could take these components and produce the end results. Absolutely beautiful work! Thank you for sharing.

These images are part of a set from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The images are posted under Creative Commons on flicker, with this statement:

Personal, educational and non-commercial use of digital images from the American Art Museum’s collection is permitted, with attribution to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for all images unless otherwise noted. http://americanart.si.edu/collections/rights/

Marion Post Wolcott: Child in Doorway of Shack of Migrant Pickers and Packing House Workers, near Belle Glade, Florida, 1939
Marion Post Wolcott: Child in Doorway of Shack of Migrant Pickers and Packing House Workers, near Belle Glade, Florida, 1939

Marion Post Wolcott
Born: Montclair, New Jersey 1910
Died: Santa Barbara, California 1990
silver print on paper
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Dr. John H. and Jann Arrington Wolcott

Marion Post Wolcott: Migrant family from Missouri camping out in cane brush. One woman said, "We ain't never lived like hogs before, but we sure does now." Canal Point, Florida, 1939

Marion Post Wolcott: Migrant family from Missouri camping out in cane brush. One woman said, “We ain’t never lived like hogs before, but we sure does now.” Canal Point, Florida, 1939

Marion Post Wolcott: Negro men and women working in a field. Bayou Bourbeaux Plantation. Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1940

Marion Post Wolcott: Negro men and women working in a field. Bayou Bourbeaux Plantation. Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1940

27-0637a

27-0637a

Millard Sheets: Tenement Flats, 1934

Millard Sheets: Tenement Flats, 1934

Tenement Flats, 1934
Millard Sheets, Born: Pomona, California 1907 Died: Gualala, California 1989
oil on canvas 40 1/4 x 50 1/4 in. (102.1 x 127.6 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service 1965.18.48

Marion Post Wolcott: Farmers Sleeping in a "white" camp room in a warehouse. They often must remain several days before their tobacco is sold. Durham, North Carolina, 1939

Marion Post Wolcott: Farmers Sleeping in a “white” camp room in a warehouse. They often must remain several days before their tobacco is sold. Durham, North Carolina, 1939

note: This post was inspired by my mother, who lived through the depression. She was born on a farm in Missouri in 1924, and left home at age 12 to pursue an education and teach. I am hoping to work with her, in the months to come, and share some of her amazing story here.

cross posted at Firedoglake.com/MyFDL.

Saturday Art: Spray Paint Art

Posted: February 11, 2012 in Artwork
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Champagne Supernova by Matt Sorensen spray paint art, space art

I hope that you will enjoy this as much as I did.

Here are some other beautiful things created with spray paint:

Class: Spray Paint Art
Class: Spray Paint Art by DoNight on flickrcreative commons

Rail Art
Burlington Northern train car in Montana with spray paint art, image by Nomadic Lass on flickr, creative commons.

2006 - awesome SciFi spray-painting Christian & Shannon got in Aruba - 163462992_255db1b761_o (by Christian)
By Christian D under creative commons on flickr with caption:

2006 – awesome SciFi spray-painting Christian & Shannon got in Aruba – 163462992_255db1b761_o (by Christian)
By Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

Spray-painted Street Art in Taipei, Taiwan
Spray-painted street art in Taipei, Taiwan, by Taekwonweirdo under creative commons on flickr.