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asylum-art:

How to make clouds indoors: The art of Berndnaut Smilde

Of course, recreating a cloud and all the physical elements that go along with it is an act that requires meticulous planning entailing carefully controlling the temperature and humidity levels of the room, constantly moistening the air inside it and adjusting the lighting to create a dramatic and realistic effect. When the room conditions are ideal, a fog machine unleashes a dense mist that appears heavy and damp, just like a real life raincloud. Floating proudly in the middle of the oddest of spaces, they last for only a few brief moments before dissipating into thin air.

In fact, very few people have actually seen Berndnaut Smilde's work in person. As short-lived as a summer storm, his whimsical clouds live only to exist in photographic form. Somewhere in-between reality and representation, the beauty of a fleeting haze is captured on a print that becomes the only medium to prove that they ever in fact existed. Building on awe and disbelief, it is this highly ephemeral nature of theirs that makes them so special, as if they were another urban myth that one has yet to witness but still fervently believes.

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a-bittersweet-life:

If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.
Charles Bukowski

a-bittersweet-life:

If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.

Charles Bukowski

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choosechoice:

Dove hired a forensic artist to draw how women see themselves versus how others see them - the results are moving.

One of the most beautiful projects. Be kind to yourself.

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f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

here and there’ by Maya Lin,

pace gallery, london

 using the forms of the diminishing geography of the world’s watersheds, american artist and architect maya lin has created a series of sculptural maps. lin uses pins to map critical bodies of water so as to emphasize their dimishing dynamism.

and drawings that seek to translate enormous natural phenomena into a relatable scale. the use of a single material in these visualized topographies
helps to abstract complex, scientific data points into marble, wood, silver and steel ideas of information. what begins as a rational translation becomes
streamlined forms that are both faithful to the essence of the landscape and transcendent in the their materialization of unseen surfaces.

Beautiful

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romanticnaturalism:

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011

‘Romantic Gothic’

The surface treatment in Romantic Gothic is primarily aged mirrors, a material that evokes the idea of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” McQueen often called himself the Edgar Allan Poe of fashion. One of the most prevalent and ongoing themes in McQueen’s work was the Gothic, particularly the darker side of the 19th century, of Victorianism. Many of the pieces are inspired by the cult of death, and it’s also peopled with characters associated with the literary concept of the Gothic, like vampires, highwaymen, antiheroes, or Byronic heroes. We have a casket featuring McQueen’s posthumous collection, unofficially called ‘Angels and Demons’, and it shows McQueen’s engagement with art history, as well as his love of Flemish painters that was his favourite moment in art history.

-Andrew Bolton

Where we connect.

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b-l-a-c-k-o-r-c-h-i-d:

Rejuvenation | Jonty Hurwitz

2008 | Copper and Chrome | 60 x 60 x 45 cm.

Check out the work of Jonty Hurwitz whose anamorphic sculptures express “calculations visually”. Hurwitz makes scans of hands, faces, or in this case frogs, then distorts them and turns them into warped 3D sculptures. When placed in front of a cylindrical mirror the original undistorted object is revealed.

A m a z I n g.

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