Wouldn’t it be fun if people could design and distribute their own emoji? From what I’ve read, it seems getting emoji characters added to the Unicode Standard is a long, drawn-out process. If it weren’t so difficult, though, we’d suggest a collection of street art and graffiti emoji … wouldn’t it be fun to be able to use these?
During a recent visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, I happened upon this video installation by Jennifer Steinkamp. Titled “6EQUJ5,” it references a possible radio signal scanned by “The Big Ear” radio telescope in 1977. The telescope was searching the heavens as part of a SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) project at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio. The entire signal sequence lasted for 72 seconds, but has never been detected again.
The asteroids in Steinkamp’s piece reference the idea of “panspermia,” which is a scientific hypothesis that life exists throughout the universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, and comets. Stephen Hawking suggested that an asteroid collided with the Earth accidentally, and the microscopic organisms from another planet, which were frozen inside the asteroid, survived the space travel. It was further suggested that when the organism-filled asteroid passed through the Earth’s atmosphere, the organisms were released and evolution began.
Are you still following me? The asteroids in Steinkamp’s video projection contain drawings and paintings. The artist states: “I decided to make intelligent asteroids inscribed with drawings and paintings that possibly collided with the Earth as another explanation” for evolution.
Check out the video below … note how the asteroids seem to know the confines of the space of the actual dome within the Art Institute, and bounce off the actual edges of the dome. (please note, the music accompanying this video was not part of the original art installation, but was added as a soundtrack for this video)
I took a quick look at both of these conceptual home designs and the first thought that comes to mind is: what a great setting for a James Bond movie!
Below left is a conceptual design by Modscape. Entitled “The Cliff House,” the design is a theoretical response to clients who have approached Modscape about design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia. Modscape explains that the design is inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, as far as attaching the home to the side of the cliff as opposed to being positioned on top. Click on the link above to get additional design concepts and information about this conceptual home.
Below right is “Casa Brutale,” designed by Open Platform for Architecture (OPA). This is a conceptual fantasy vacation house embedded into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. Casa Brutale is conceived to be made of concrete, glass, and wood and accessed by an elevator or a sweeping staircase. With a swimming pool for a roof, its design showcases the play of light and shadows on the raw concrete interior walls that pay homage to Brutalist design. Click on the link above to learn more about this conceptual home.
I made two trips to Jersey City, one yesterday and again today, in search of street art and graffiti murals … and I found it everywhere, especially in the area where Newark Avenue and Columbus Drive intersect. Below is a detail of a mural on Columbus Drive in Jersey City, featuring hands by Joe Iurato, and the background geometric art by Rubin415 – it brought to mind the well-known hands in Michelangelo’s masterpiece “The Creation of Adam” (see inset below right).
Check out these customized bicycles by artist Phil Frost … at top is a Cinelli ten-speed, and below is a Roadmaster BMX bike … wouldn’t it be fun to ride down the street on one of these? I like the idea of artists customizing everyday objects, here’s a look at some surfboards by Barry McGee as well.
As I mentioned the other day, I’m visiting family at Sandbridge Beach in Virginia this week, which is part of the reason why the Artsology blog has been somewhat quiet lately. But I needed a break from the beach scene yesterday, so I drove over to Virginia Beach to take a look around. I went on an Arts Adventure in Virginia Beach a few years ago, and I was curious to see if much had changed, as far as finding new murals or street art.
I did happen upon a couple new murals which I hadn’t seen before, and I’m sure I’ll put together another Arts Adventure to showcase all that I saw yesterday, but in truth there wasn’t a whole lot that was different. The one fluid aspect of the street art scene was the sticker art graffiti, which makes sense as it’s so easy to slap down some new sticker art at any given time.
Here’s a drive-by view of the exterior mural at King Neptune’s Blacklight Indoor Mini Golf, with their depiction of over-sized golf balls blasting through the wall in mischievous fashion. Seeing a few pictures of what it looks like on the inside via a Google image search leads me to think that I should make a visit there at some point in the future … it looks like a crazy placed to play mini golf!
I was in Minnesota recently, visiting family, and took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Minneapolis Art Institute. One of their exhibitions was “American Modernism: Selections from the Kunin Collection,” featuring approximately 80 paintings from the art collection of Minneapolis businessman Myron Kunin. I liked how both Kunin collected paintings that fit well together, as well as the way the curators played off of those connections in hanging the show. One room showed these two tree paintings: at left, “Banyan Tree,” 1938, by Joseph Stella, and at right, “Chestnut Tree – Grey,” 1924, by Georgia O’Keeffe.
By coincidence, the day before I went to the Art Institute, I bought some vintage photographs from an antiques store, and was drawn to the unusual tree in the photograph in the center. It’s just a random photograph, by an unknown photographer, and it was sitting in a pile of other random vintage pictures. I picked out and bought a handful of photographs that grabbed my attention, as I’m building a collection of small vintage prints by anonymous photographers. The next day after I saw these two tree paintings from the Kunin show, I went back and pulled out my tree photograph to compare the images. As I look at these three tree images together, I see that they’re similar in the way that they focus on the trunk and do not show the whole tree. Granted, some anonymous photographer doesn’t exactly match up reputation-wise to Stella and O’Keeffe, but I like the way they all fit together.
It could be … but it’s actually titled “Off the beaten path and other miscommunications,” by Jules de Balincourt, a French-born painter who now lives in Brooklyn. I like this painting, it’s almost a quirky take on the paintings of Hans Hoffman. To see more of de Balincourt’s art, check out his website here.