Artistic Coincidence

Imagine my surprise to read of another artist with my name and in the same week about a Spencer mural. This is some interesting artistic coincidence.

The first alert had the headline, “Ashley Jackson’s paintings feature as murals at Wakefiled Kirkgate Station underpass,” via the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. This is my full maiden name but happens to be profiling a male British artist who paints lovely murals and watercolors at age 75.

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via Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Photos by Ashley Jackson

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Coincidentally, my parents named all their children, including all the sisters, with English male first names, which helped to make our pretty common last name, Jackson, stand out.

You can see more of his wonderful work on his website. You can see more of my work on mine. šŸ˜‰

Farmhouse on Blackshaw Moore by Ashley Spencer of Yorkshire on Art Is Everywhere end of day when all is calm by Ashley Jackson of Yorkshire on Art Is Everywhere

The second coincidence regards the Spencer mural in Spencer, Iowa. It’s actually a proposed mural by Myles and Amanda Musser, owners of Salon M Spa.

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Spencer Iowa Salon M proposed mural via The Daily Reporter

They were smart to go to the City Council prior to painting. There have been plenty of businesses in other cities where murals have unfortunately been painted over because they violated the city’s sign ordinance. As lovely as this murals is, it sadly has been put on the back burner because it’s an issue that Spencer town officials are reluctant to address. Here’s a synopsis with some of the quotes from the Daily Reporter:

Currently, city ordinances limit a building’s commercial signage to 20 percent of any exterior wall. In addition, if murals were deemed to be art, they would not be allowed to be used for advertising, as they would generally exceed the allotted 20 percent…

In order for the mural to be “less distracting to traffic and so forth,” Don Hemphill, the City Attorney drafted an amendment to the ordinance which states:

…defined murals as signs and specified several regulations the murals would be subject to, such as limiting text in the mural to 3 percent of the composition and a limit of one mural per wall face. The draft allows murals an exemption from a portion of the sign ordinance that requires a licensed sign erector to install the signage. In addition, murals would be limited to walls that do not face a street…

The Salon’s mural would face the alley.

Hemphill went on to clarify, “We have a provision in our ordinance that prohibits obscene signs, to the extent that those can be defined. That would still apply here…” and “…We don’t regulate content. So this could result in a mural that you would think is just horrible but, as long as it’s not obscene or somehow distracts from the traffic, it’s going to be permitted,”

The City Engineer Jim Thiesse mentioned:

Everybody here is like-minded and the people that are proposing the mural are like-minded,” Thiesse said, referring to the original request by the Mussers. “They’re going to put something out there that’s decent and that’s what you’re addressing and trying to allow.”

However Thiesse went on to say that changing the ordinance would also make it more difficult to remove a mural the public found objectionable. Rather, Thiesse noted that variances for murals could be approved on a case by case basis.

“There’s a lid on the box and you’re going to take the lid off the box. I would just caution you that it seems good when everybody’s thinking alike. The problem with the public is that there can be people out there that think differently and it can be not good.”

The Council also seemed to question, what is advertising, really? There was some interesting philosophical discussion regarding this but:

Ultimately, the commission voted to not forward a recommendation of the current draft on to the Spencer City Council. Hemphill indicated that the commission could potentially conduct a public hearing regarding murals at a later time, as could the City Council.

Hopefully the mural will eventually get painted. It says a lot without words!

And here’s an added way to bind these together with all the different uses of the mighty binder clip. This video will make you think differently of this magical tool.

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Little Things Make a Big Impact

The most unsuspecting, least little things can make a big impact with Spanish artist Ampparito’s murals.

Take note of the juxtaposition of some of the terrain / landscape surrounding the murals. There is secondary meaning, particularly with the zip tie that could hold the building behind it together.

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images via Fubiz

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His bio is unusual too as seen from Ampparito’s About page, buried in the middle of “BlaBlaBlaBla” repeated over and over:

[Ampparito] works subverting objects, meanings and realities to generate new experiences or situations. These may arise a wide range of results from the most absolute indifference to the deepest reflection, through disorientation or contemplation.

More of his unusual murals can be found on his website.

Here’s an interesting video about his artwork.

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Starting 2017 with Striking Murals

Happy New Year!

We’re starting 2017 with striking murals that grab your attention in various ways.

Kaleidoscope and Color

Murals painted by Miami-based street artist, Hoxxoh.

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Kaleidoscope Mural pics via Fubiz

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Mind Bending GraPHICs

Trompe l’Oeil Graphics by Parisian-based artist, Astro.

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Photos via Fubiz

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Anamorphic Mural for Children

This anamorphic butterfly mural at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC was painted by Sergio Odeith and featured in the Charleston City Paper.

The butterfly indicates for me starting 2017 with “change” for the new year.

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Photo by McCown Griffin

Transformative Trompe l’Oeil

These before and after building facade images show the transformative power of trompe’loeil murals and their ability to make the buildings look more attractive and interesting. They help to enliven the space and create a sense of activity where there might not otherwise be much. This helps eradicate urban blight and crime. These intricate murals were painted by Patrick Commecy via WebUrbanist.

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Photos via WebUrbanist

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Here’s to starting 2017 with something interesting and different and with a welcome change!

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Angelic Music in 3-D Sistine Chapel

Here is a link that you can have active in the background in your browser to listen to angelic music with a 3-D Sistine Chapel tour.

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There was a piece on the Pope’s Choir on 60 Minutes recently so this is very timely.

Enjoy the contemplative sounds and 3-D interactive tour of the Sistine Chapel Mural for your holidays.

If your winter weather is too cold this holiday to venture outdoors, enjoy these 16 surreal landscapes that could be too beautiful to be real.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Summer’s End and Olympics Begin

Just as Summer is ending soon, the Olympics begin.

It makes sense to reap Summer’s bounty before it fades — be it memories of carefree, less stressful days, or travel and being at the beach or even with Nature’s provision.

I thought these Nature murals were a wonderful to show off Ocala, Florida and the bounty of Her regional produce, while at the same time beautifying the city’s water tanks. I really like their colorful, illustrated style.

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As the Olympics begin with the Opening Ceremonies this Friday — tomorrow evening — in Rio, here’s an updated mural announcement on my last post regarding Eduardo Kobra.

His longest mural will be unveiled at the start of the Olympics. Click the image to watch the movie.

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Although not in Rio or associated with the Olympics per se, this Corpus Christi mural is so vibrant with a Latino flair that I thought it made sense to post with the timing of the Olympics. It’s entitled “Endless Sunset” by Sandra Gonzalez of Laredo.

Corpus Christi Mural on AIEHave fun watching the Olympics! I know I will.

Click here for previous posts written about the Olympics.

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A Mural with Timely Connection

There’s a lot going on in the world and it’s often uncanny to me when I find artwork that has a timely connection to separate but jointly pivotal events.

This 5-story,Ā kaleidoscope-style mural of Bob Dylan located on the side of the Hennepin Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota is by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra.

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via Hennepin Theatre. Photo credit Bill Hickey

The “times, they are a-changing” quote is not only attributed to and made famous by Bob Dylan but it signifies to me the current upheaval in the word and the political climate we are currently in, but also the possibility for hope that things will change. We cannot continue on this present course.This especially comes to light during recent and shocking terrorists attacks in France again and elsewhere along with racial division here among the very law enforcement who are supposed to protect us and also against them. This is all taking place during the Republican and Democratic conventions, while knowing how much is at stake for the US during this election.

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Abraham Lincoln mural credit Eduardo Kobra

At the same time, the Olympics are about to start in Brazil. The world is supposed to come together here but there is much unease, unrest, uncertainty and even unethical gaming-the-system with Russian athletes doping in the past to win. At this writing, the Olympic committee may ban them from attending.

What and who do we trust?

Coincidentally, Kobra has also painted one of the largest murals for the Olympics and it’s entitledĀ We Are All One, how timely…

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We Are All One Mural by Kobra for the Rio Olympics via Paste

Trust is the foundation for most every relationship, be it business, personal, political or for pleasure. There’s a lot at stake here at home and globally with no real, clear certainty.

As the days lead up to the Games and the Presidential Election gets closer, I hope it will become clearer that the best measures and actions will be taken for safety, security, and trust that our nation and the world can move forward while making sure the “the times are changing” — because they have to. There is no other choice but for peace and prosperity.

For further reading: previous posts on Eduardo Kobra and the Olympic Games and Brazil.

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A Thermodynamic Mural View

This post is just in time for some summer July heat, especially just after celebrating a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

As featured on Creativity, Lennox, the air conditioning/ cooling and heating company, has partnered with 5 street artists for them to paint L.A. murals using thermodynamic / thermochromic paint. The paint changes with the temperature while the murals morph into new images. There are basically 2 murals in one. Pretty spectacular!

This octopus mural named Adaptive by Bacon changes just like in real life.

It makes me think of one of my favorite books, The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.

Adaptive Octopus thermochromic mural by Bacon_Art Is Everywhere

Click this link to read more and see the full video, which is really creative and well done.

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via Creativity

Here are the other Degrees of Perfect video teasers for reference.

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Wall of Birds

I had posted before about Jane Kim and her InkDwell team painting a wall of birds for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Now you have the best, most interactive way to view them up close and personal. There are more than 700 images and the detail is incredible.

Cornell Wall of Birds_Art Is EverywhereHere’s another bird wall worth checking out in this time-lapse video of the Tautoko mural, honoring the endangeredĀ Kuaka bird painted by Charles and Janine Williams at Napier Port for the annual Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans street art festival. The event took place in New Zealand this year. Click to read previous posts regarding this event.

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SeaWalls Mural Tautoko, at Napier Port by Charles and Janine Williams

 

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In Praise of Some Women in Brazil

With the Summer Olympics coming and the warning alert to women traveling to the area due to the Zika virus, it is worth praising some women in Brazil who are already there.

I recently discovered these murals in my list of saves and coincidentally they happen to be by Fin DAC, the artist featured in my previous post, and Christina Angelina, who also paints beautiful street portraits of women.

Christina Angelina_street portrait muralist_AIEThese female portraits were painted in San Paolo, Brazil — only about 5 hours away from Rio de Janeiro.

South America Map_ Brazil_AIEThe images below were first published in the Huffington Post in February 2014.

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The finished “Splash” mural painted by FinDAC & Christina Angelina with women in Brazil Portraits

Here are some images of the murals in progress.

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The Bandeirantes is Another mural collaboration in Brazil

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Other joint mural projects in the US. Images via Christina Angelina

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FIN DAC fin de stencil

FIN DAC is a talented, stand-alone, self-taught, street artist. In the process of creating his artwork, he ends the traditional use of the stencil. Stencils are used as his essential template to start and then he builds upon them with layers. He also uses stencils as masks to diffuse and soften his spray paint additions while creating these beautiful and exotic images.

All images via WHUDAT.

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fin_dac_mural_spain_01_AIEHere’s an video clip that gives insight into his work and process.

Artist Series: FIN DAC from Abid Khan on Vimeo.

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