Costumes and Murals (without Political Commentary)

Actually, I’m not interested in the political commentary associated with these murals, only the murals themselves. I came upon them quite by accident — when I was searching for this picture below in the Washington Post of the ballerinas’ costumes — and the online version of the front page featured these murals. Look how they help to enliven this run down area of Steubenville, Ohio and no one would necessarily expect to find them there. I really like this panoramic feature for viewing them as well, especially mute — with no political commentary.

It was these NYC Ballet costumes, however, that caught my attention. I really like how the complementary colors of ethereal blue and flesh-tone/orange appear to meld into one another with a type of diaphanous irradiance — almost dreamy.

Ballet Costumes in the Washington Post

I am reminded of Modern Masters iridescent, flash-blue paint that I would love to colorwash on walls someday. It changes color as one moves around the room — appearing metallic blue one moment and pearlized amber/white the next — all depending on how the light is reflected. It’s a paint with dual personality.

Modern Masters Flash-blue paint

More about this can be downloaded from my August 2008 Casart eNewsletter (p. 3), and seen on the Modern Masters website.

TV surprise 2

I’ve been watching this silly TV series called Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles and the humanoid, female machine that the main characters have befriended (actually she was sent from the future to help them), lacks emotion and other human-like qualities like a soul, but looks human and in fact, exemplifies human perfection on the outside. However, “Machines,” as the voice of Sara Connor says, “cannot possess faith or create art, for then they would be able to replace us.” The last scene is of the female machine practicing ballet and dancing so beautifully that she brings tears to the one of the humans, who suspects her of being a traitor to them and the human race. For a silly show, I was surprised it was so poignant.

This clip got me thinking about the role of technology and art and even the philosophical question, “What is art?” More on that later, but here’s a link to a very cool, artistic video, for of all things, The Madrid Metro. It could only be done with technology.

It remindWiesner bk Tuesdays me of some wonderful illustrations I saw in Peter Spier’s children’s book, Fast-Slow, High-Low: A Book of Opposites, looking from below the subjects, as well as the mysterious, “moving” pictures of oddly, flying (Leap Year?) frogs in Tuesday by David Wiesner. Featured here on Google’s new scanned book page–so great that you can “scroll” through pages.

And why is art so emotionally moving? Could it be because it connects us on such a universal, yet indescribable, basic level — beauty in its purest form? There is no doubt in the YouTube video clip of the New York Philharmonic Symphony, which played this week in Pyongyang, North Korea, that the art form of music reached out and touched an entire country, at least those there who saw it, as well as here and around the world. Very moving.