Au Courant Art News in Italy

April 17th, 2014

This news came to me by surprise. I was looking for a post and found it in The Local,

an online pop news-paper that gives the latest Italian stories. Uncanny that they so many appear to be art oriented.

You can see news about a Rome Street Artist Painting in New York to The Island Carpenter with the Pope’s Blessing to a Spaniard Strips in Front of a Botticelli Masterpiece all among other sensational, Star-like posts about How to Park Like an Italian or Why Italy Might Not Exist in 5 Years to even The Mafia Has Infiltrated Every Sector in Germany.

What struck me was even though most of these captions grabbed my attention, as if I were reading them while waiting in the grocery line and even though I knew they were teasers, I was pleasantly pleased to see so many art related posts among them.

I may even put The Local in my sidebar. Heck there are also other versions from other countries to check out. It’s nice to see what’s going on in Italy, my favorite country, and written in English.

This online journal seems to have a little bit for everybody.

The Local - Italy Art News on Art Is Everhwhere

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mural

April 10th, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was painted in this mural at the onset of the tragedy.

Onlookers pay their respect.

Malaysia1 on Art Is Everywhere

Mural painted by Filipino artists from the Guhit Visual Arts Group in the Philipines

The mural after the announcement that the plane most likely crashed and all aboard were lost at sea.

Notice the people are gone but the children are still enjoying the mural and have incorporated it into their play time.

Malaysia2 on Art Is Everywhere

The mural serves an important purpose to commemorate those lives lost

and the hope springs eternal to be able to move past this terrible tragedy.

PS: Sorry, this was supposed to run last week but for reasons I still cannot explain, it missed it’s scheduled time.

There must be a glitch in WordPress….

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Update on Loving Vincent

March 27th, 2014

The Loving Vincent film project that I previously blogged about has now been successfully funded and the donors are receiving updates. I thought you might want to know about some of these and will periodically give updates on the progress for this animated film using reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting.

Prepairing for painters' training on Art Is Everywhere

The founder of the project, Hugh Welchman, has been keeping all the patrons posted through their Kickstarter campaign with videos. In this particular one, he informs us that March 17th is not only St. Patrick’s Day but is also a very important day in 1901 in which Vincent Van Gogh became the famous painter he is known as today.

It took 11 years, many years after he and his brother, Theo’s death. for an exhibition of Vincent’s paintings to be assembled in Paris. When it opened, Vincent became an overnight sensation.

Hugh also lets us know that the training for 30 – 50 painters for this project is now underway.

Hugh Welchman_Loving Vincent project 2 on Art Is Everywhere

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Diaphanous Gesture Gradient to Celebrate Spring

March 20th, 2014

Happy first official day of spring!

I imagine so many people are looking forward to this unusually cold winter to be over.

Personally, I wish we had gotten more snow where I’m located just to shut everything down and cover everything in a pristine white blanket. I unexpectedly got my wish this past weekend.

However, when I saw this Kickstarter campaign for Janet Echleman, an artist who creates such diaphanous sculptures as soft-gesture gradients that float in the air like giant beautiful jellyfish and counterpoint to hard-edged city surroundings, I couldn’t resist posting for the first day of spring.

Wouldn’t you like to look over head and see this?

It just opens up your world.

Click the image/ video link to learn more about this project: how her sculptures first started from adaptation, what they celebrate and where you can see it soon, as it has been funded.

Now I have another reason to go to Vancouver.

 

Her project was funded and I’ll share updates as a contributor.

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Living Tree People

March 13th, 2014

Mardi Gras has past and I had other posts that kept this one from being posted at that time but had I been in New Orleans, I wouldn’t have been able to think of a better costume than these!

I saw these wonderful photographs by Clark Vandergrift featured  in my local the Washington Post Magazine. He takes the scenic photos and combines them in Photoshop with models painted as trees that become “Living Tree People.” The models are painted by Jen Seidel, a professional body painter. The first model is Vandergrift’s son.

Tree People by Clark Vandergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

To view more inspirational photographs, go to Clark Vandergrift’s website.

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Loving Vincent

March 6th, 2014

Do you love Vincent Van Gogh? If you do, you’ll love Loving Vincent.

The Loving Vincent Van Gogh project on Kickstarter is worth your attention — if you love Van Gogh’s paintings.

It is the first feature-length animated documentary on Vincent Van Gogh’s life — fully visualized and told by his paintings by Break Thru Films.

The project is by Hugh Welchman, the Oscar Award winner for his animated movie, Peter and the Wolf. The crowdsourcing campaign is seeking a £40,000 goal (about $66,620) to

“…allow us to train 40 painters who will then be able to work on the film, bringing the paintings and life of Vincent Van Gogh to swirling life on the big screen!”

At this writing, the project has been funded with £42,940 (about $71,800) by 600 backers, and I’m one!

With 8 more days to go, they are now reaching for £65,000 (about $108,673).

Get on board if you Love Art and Vincent Van Gogh!

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A Little Birthday Art

February 27th, 2014

Look what Google gave me for my birthday last week?

At first I thought, “How cool! What famous person’s birthday is Google celebrating?”

Maybe I’m new to discovering this new technology, or on the flip side, how “Big Brother” seeming Google can be,

but it helped make my birthday all the more memorable.

Happy Birthday from Google on Art Is EverywhereThank you Google and for helping to celebrate my birthday with personalized artwork and for confirming that Art Is Everywhere!

Sometimes it’s where you least expect.

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Thinking of the Beach?

February 20th, 2014

Thinking of the beach with all this winter weather?

 These are beautiful sand murals to think about visiting,

even if only in your mind.

Andres Amador beach design 1_Art Is Everywhere

Andres Amador beach design 3_Art Is Everywhere

Andres Amador beach design 2_Art Is Everywhere

Andres Amador beach design_Art Is Everywhere

Andres Amador, San Francisco resident creates these intricate geometric beach-scape designs

with over 100,000 square feet of sand during low tide.

Now I know what I can do when I visit my family beach spot in Rhode Island.

Or, I can always take a tropical getaway to Hawaii to see some colorful murals during their Street Mural Fesitval.

This is a nice one — even on a cloudy day.

pow-wow-hawaii-2014-05 on Art Is Everywhere

But, I’m opting for the beach, right now!

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A Highly Addictive Interactive Video

February 13th, 2014

What do you do when you’re late to post while snowed in? You click on ads while web-researching, especially one that shows a tropical cruise. This one from Heineken is one of the most clever, interactive videos you’ll see. Warning: It’s highly addictive but heck, if you’re snowed in, you might have plenty of time to spare. ;)

Be sure to click on the casting calls. They don’t take you away from the video — only momentarily — to add to it. The videography, film, acting, script, etc., all unexpected finds as art is everywhere and all around us — just a daily click away. In a word, delightful.

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Captivating Ice Caps

February 6th, 2014

Here’s something that might make you think twice about how stunning the cold can be. These are not photos! They are photo-realistic pastel paintings by Zaria Forman, who has painted beautiful depictions of Greenland’s icebergs in homage to her late mother. As she states:

These drawings were inspired by this trip [Chasing the Light Documentary in Greenland]. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice.

They are captivating!

Zaria’s work has been used as set design backdrops at the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland in October 2012 and her drawings were used as artwork for the drama series, House of Cards.

Zaria Foreman - Giselle backdrop on Art Is EverywhereZaria Forman artwork on House of Cards on Art Is Everywhere

From the artist’s bio:

The inspiration for my drawings began in early childhood when I traveled with my family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of my mother’s fine art photography. After my formal training at Skidmore college I now exhibit extensively in galleries and venues throughout the United States and overseas.

zaria-forman-1 on Art Is Everywhere

zaria-forman-2 on Art Is Everywhere

zaria-forman-3 on Art Is Everywhere

zaria-forman-5 on Art Is Everywhere

zaria-forman-6 on Art Is Everywhere

zaria-forman-9 on Art Is Everywhere

zaria-forman-11 on Art Is Everywhere

You can view them all via 123 Inspiration and by going to the artist’s website. Also, Ohhdeer has a great interview with the artist. They ask several questions about her creative process, which is always is the most intriguing to me — what’s the inspiration and how is it achieved?

…I developed an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sky and sea. I loved watching a far-off storm on the western desert plains; the monsoon rains of southern India; and the cold arctic light illuminating Greenland’s waters. In my work I explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape and their impact on the viewer. In this process I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature. The act of drawing can be a meditation for me, and my hope is that the viewer can share this experience of tranquil escape when engaging the work. Aside from the natural world, my mother, landscape photographer Rena Bass Forman was certainly one of the biggest influences in my life, and continues to be even after passing away in 2011. William Bradford, Robert Longo, and Clifford Ross are a few of the many other artists who inspire me….For the Giselle series I used charcoal pencils, stumps, various erasers, and a straight edge. For the landscape drawings, I only use my hands.

She also paints beautiful water imagery, capturing the incredible light and reflection within the water so superbly. These are just a few from her Maldives series.

Zaria Foreman_Maldives 2 on Art Is Everywhere blog Zaria Foreman_Maldives 3 on Art Is Everywhere blog Zaria Foreman_Maldives 5 on Art Is Everywhere blog

And she turns foreboding storms into inspirational artwork.

Zaria Foreman_Untitled #43_storm on Art Is Everywhere Zaria Foreman_Greenland #36_storm on Art Is Everywhere

If you’d like to see her artwork in person, she has ongoing Gallery showings in New York as well as upcoming exhibitions planned.

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