Pablo Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror (1932)
Pablo Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror (1932)
La Pointe Courte (dir. Agnès Varda - 1955)
Persona (dir. Ingmar Bergman - 1966)
Love and Death (dir. Woody Allen - 1975)
Mulholland Dr. (dir. David Lynch - 2001)
Vintage automatons: charming relics of an earlier era or creepy precursors to Chucky?
(Photo: Nina Leen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
What the protestors in Kiev today can learn from previous generations of Ukrainian nationalists: http://fam.ag/19aLptH
Phenakistoscope - France - c. 1835
Phenakistoscope - England - c. 1833
Swiss sound / kinetic artist Zimoun creates works with simple materials - cardboard, motors, and cotton balls, to great effect. Here are a couple of examples embedded below:
In 2003, graphic designer Marc Beekhuis and Zimoun founded Leerraum [ ] - which has become a platform for artists, designers or architects,… who explore forms and structures based on reductive principles and careful yet radical use of materials.
«Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of curiously collected material, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena blends effortlessly with electric reverberation in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions.» bitforms nyc
«The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». It’s an artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviors in sound and motion. Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.»
FEATURED ARTIST: Robin Cameron, Ribless, 2013, Ceramic with metal stand and wood base, 22.5” x 13” x 12”. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.
Joseon period, 15th centuryKoreaStoneware with white inlay under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs5.9 x 13.2 cm
Ferocious drug jar from Santa Maria Nuova, the first hospital in Florence dedicated to focusing on patient care.
You may be wondering, what kind of hospital doesn’t focus on caring for the sick? Well, Middle Ages Florence fell into the trend of having simple city-limits hospices that acted as a kind of B&B service to weary travelers, instead of full hospitals for the sick.
You go Santa Maria Nuova!
Two-Handled “Oak Leaf” Drug Jar, about 1431, Unknown. Tin-glazed earthenware. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Sancai earthenware camel found in Luoyang among the other figurines in a tomb which is said to belong to General Liu Tingxun of the Tang dynasty (618-907AD) following his death in 728AD
What is difficult? asks the spirit that would bear much, and kneels down like a camel wanting to be well loaded. What is most difficult, O heroes, asks the spirit that would bear much, that I may take it upon myself and exult in my strength? Is it not humbling oneself to wound one’s haughtiness? Letting one’s folly shine to mock one’s wisdom?
Or is it this: parting from our cause when it triumphs? Climbing high mountains to tempt the tempter?
Or is it this: feeding on the acorns and grass of knowledge and, for the sake of the truth, suffering hunger in one’s soul?
Or is it this: being sick and sending home the comforters and making friends with the deaf, who never hear what you want?
Or is it this: stepping into filthy waters when they are the waters of truth, and not repulsing cold frogs and hot toads?
Or is it this: loving those who despise us and offering a hand to the ghost that would frighten us?
All these most difficult things the spirit that would bear much takes upon itself: like the camel that, burdened, speeds into the desert, thus the spirit speeds into its desert.
—Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Robert Doisneau,The Fallen Horse (1942)
Andrei Tarkovsky, Stalker
André Breton’s Slipper Spoon Man Ray 1934
Happy birthday to Wifredo Lam, a native Cuban of Spanish, African, and Chinese descent who became associated with Surrealism beginning in the late 1930s. His attraction to the voodoo magic and witchcraft aspects of Afro-Cuban religious practices paralleled the Surrealist fascination with the ritual cultures of non-Western, often colonial, lands. #TheSurrealists
This haunting image by Lam is now on view in the exhibition “The Surrealists: Works from the Collection”
“The Spirit of Morning,” 1942, by Wifredo Lam. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris