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A Meditation on Balance: New Stone Work from Michael Grab

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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It takes a love of nature, a lot of patience, and very steady hands to create work like Michael Grab’s balanced stones. The Boulder Colorado-based artist (covered previously) spends long meditative hours in the woods, finding stones large and small, and placing them at seemingly impossible rest atop their pointed end. Captured in exceptional photographs, his work contains that rare and poetic balance between stillness and motion. [Read more...]

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Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [Read more...]

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Understanding The Creative Battle: Steven Pressfield’s ‘The War of Art’

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Anybody who works in the arts knows that to create art is to struggle. We must struggle against our medium and ourselves in order to do our best work. There is something about the creative mind that makes it hard to create. This is a conundrum that is inextricably linked to the process.

Some artists, as I described in my post on Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals, understand this struggle and create systems of strict discipline to combat it. Others (I would include myself in this category) are more chaotic and disorganized in their creative habits, and while sometimes thriving off of this chaos, also know it can be a major hindrance to their ability to do consistent work. [Read more...]

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Mixed Martial Artist Rory MacDonald Shares the Self-Expression Behind the Fight

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Creating a masterpiece takes hard work, dedication, and focus, and Rory MacDonald is doing that with his passion for martial arts. The humble and unassuming Canadian UFC welterweight exudes a quiet confidence that verges on the meditative, focusing his energy into a passion for learning the techniques of his trade, rather than the aggression which makes it notorious. In this episode of Moving Portraits: Title Shots, we explore Montreal with Rory MacDonald and he tells us how he can only express himself through martial arts. [Read more...]

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Nope, These Glitchy Portraits Aren’t Digital. They’re Hand Painted.

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is becoming more dependent on technology, one has to ponder the impact on society. What are the tradeoffs to our personal freedoms and autonomy? Are we just codes that can be reduced or multiplied? This is a question that artist Justin Bower reflects upon and incorporates into his eclectic portraiture. At first glance one might believe that the art is created digitally, but there were no electronics involved – these works are entirely hand painted. [Read more...]

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Yes, That is a Frying Pan on the Beach. Sydney’s Coast Transforms into a Huge Sculpture Park

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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For a few weeks each year, the 2km coastal walk between Sydney Australia’s Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach transforms into a gigantic public sculpture park. This year there were over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and around the world. We kicked off our shoes and headed for the beach to capture some of the highlights from this year’s spectacular event. [Read more...]

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This Artist Uses Snapchat Doodling To Make Unsuspecting Strangers Look A Lot More Interesting

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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There is more to Snapchat than just sending selfies. A Norwegian Instagrammer who goes by the username @geeohsnap refrains from selfies and even people he knows. His Snapchat forte involves complete strangers. He uses the app to doodle colorful characters and accents into the scene, making the world a whole lot brighter. From giant bear hugs with cuddly pandas and grizzlies to koala bear ambushes and famous cartoon characters, @geeohsnap never seems to run out of new ideas. The doodles are also used to keep the unsuspecting strangers anonymous. [Read more...]

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What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities. [Read more...]

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OK Go’s Unbelievable New Video: Thousands of Dancers with Synchronized Umbrellas

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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At this point, “OK Go” is basically synonymous with “viral video.” The band has a knack for dropping music video bombshells like it’s no big deal, popping them up online like their latest video for the song “I Won’t Let You Down” which appeared today. Get ready, because it’s actually amazing. [Read more...]

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Photographer Brings The Outside In (Or The Inside Out?)

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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What if walls had leaves and trees had windows? These are the kind of questions that artist Carolyn Lefley explores in her recent photo series Realm. Using Photoshop, she layers images of natural settings over humble interiors, creating beautiful and impossible images in which architecture and landscape become one. [Read more...]

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