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Don't freak out! The art in this post is supposed to look (and feel) like it's moving! Animal Collective’s 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' album cover art above, is brilliant. Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a Professor at the Department of Psychology at Ritsumeikan University studies visual perception, visual illusion, optical illusion, and trompe l'oeil. Armed with the knowledge, of how the brain sees things, he creates stunning pieces of eye candy. Some say the art is on par with "tripping out". Umm, I agree!
Another example of his other well known work, "Rotating Snakes" is below:
Not too dizzy? Can't get enough?! You can trip on this work, all day here.
In this TEDxAmsterdam video, Dutch artist Christien Meindertsma discusses her project PIG 05049, a book documenting all the products created from different parts of an anonymous pig called 05049. Her research uncovered the obvious but to everyone's surprise, it also uncovered much, much more. Frankly, I was surprised to learn how many things had gelatin in them and also how much you could make with pig bones. Christien's last statement is poignant:
"... I really made this book because I love raw materials. What I think this book tells us is that we have no clue what is in our products. I think if we want to take care of what's behind these products, for instance, natural resources, the people working on all these products, as well as all the livestock behind it, we really need to know more about the stories behind our products."
Just last week a stranger stopped me at the market to ask me what plant I had purchased. I answered, "These are brussels sprouts still on the stalk." The person was a little embarrassed and surprised as she'd never seen brussels sprouts in "the wild" before. In a world where we hardly know where our food comes from, it's amazing to learn about where so many other things we use might come from too. Christien Meindertsma's body of work is truly breathtaking. I hope you enjoy her research as much as I did!
I met Herbert Baglione in 2001. Here's a photo the artist took of us at dinner with Os Gemeos, Lost Art, and Doze Green
back then. I remember Herbert didn't really speak English, but he
smirked a lot. I also remember him being pretty excited to be in New
York City. America was new to him. Fast forward eight years.
Herbert's beautiful work has been exhibited all over the world. More people are enjoying
and learning about his art and him. I've been watching his career blow up and it couldn't have happened to a more talented artist.
If you haven't already done so and you're in the Bay Area, be sure to check out Herbert's new show, "The Dark Wave" at Fifty24SF Gallery!
Check out this video of Copenhagen's kick ass bike culture/lanes/way-of-living by Street Films! I wish every city in the world would take the initiative to implement the infrastructure needed for such bike-friendly living. Aside from the obvious benefits to society, bicycling more would certainly also help reduce obesity and air and noise pollution. [Thanks @lostart]
"We've got the top 25 albums of 2009, as selected by NPR listeners in our online ballot, listed now on All Songs Considered. You can hear songs from each album and some brief comments from host Bob Boilen."