Ahh, its’s now a work week again and I’m still thinking of memories of the beach, wishing we could have that relaxed pace all year long. But alas, we’ll just have to reflect on these times that help make vacations all the more appreciated. Meanwhile, here are some stunning beach photos that will leave a lasting impression.
Light painting on Britain’s beaches by Jamie Wardley from the UK’s Daily Mail.
Artwork can be found in political unrest. I cite this graffiti – mural, not because it is exceptional but because it is expressive. Due to the instability in Libya and the Muammar Gaddafi’s crack down on his own people, I thought this mural was particularly insightful as an antithesis to America’s recent Fourth of July celebration, where freedom reigns. In Libya it does not.
Pent up rage seen in Libyan graffiti, via the UK Guardian
No, not that one, but I bet Pamela Anderson, the talented abstract artist in Milwaukee, WI, gets that reference all the time. Funny though, I never brought it up when I spoke with her recently. We had a nice conversation and realized that we both had a New Orleans connection. She had lived there a few years back and we both confessed that we missed the food.
What struck me most about Pamela’s artwork was her vibrant use of color. Some examples below and more can be seen on her website, Paint My Sky.
Pamela also does sculpture as well as figurative work. She participates in an event called Open Canvas in Milwaukee that calls for artists to perform — create their artwork on the spot. When called to duty, she could easily draw Picasso-esque portraits of people, which I’m sure would gather a crowd. Now that I’m connected to these Milwaukee artists I’ll look forward to see what they continue to do.
Not related to the above but this song, Uprising by Muse has been on my mind, particularly in light of the recent health care debate and vote, so I thought it appropriate to post to Kick Start the Weekend.
The coordination and tight symmetry in this performance of The Thousand-Hand Guan Yin is truly stunning to watch. Beautiful performance art. I wonder if those pointed apparatuses on their fingers are sharp?
This came in an email to me and it’s worth sharing:
There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, which is making the rounds across the net.
Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they
were not all deaf. Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual
spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring.
Its first major international debut was in Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine
Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year.
I’m actually not a big Muse fan but here’s a video that I think is appropriate for this Kick Start Your Weekend post, “Bliss” from their Origin of Symmetry album:
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