Last Saturday we had the pleasure of taking a fun day trip to the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya with our Art Board. We spent the day on a remote island, enjoyed red snapper on a floating restaurant, and topped it off with a breathtaking trip through the Gulf. Not a bad "day at the office!" Pura Vida as they say...
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And then there was Basel.... A massive week of art in Miami. Everything one needed to catch up on what is happening in the world of art. Although the massive Art Basel normally takes the spotlight, I truthfully enjoyed PULSE, OHWOW, GGG and other shows much much more. Just walking the streets of Wynwood was a rare experience, watching each block get painted by artists like Futura, Shepard Fairey, and many more. There was something to be said about such a public process that lacks all exclusivity. There is also something to be said when one can witness art in process. Seeing my close friend David Abir put his piece together into the early hours of the morning grinding before PULSE opened doors, and then seeing the reaction on people's faces when they finally saw it was unforgettable. A girl ran up to David crying and said, "Thank You!" as she gave hive a warm hug. Everyone I've shown this piece to has been forever touched. Such moments are hard to describe but you see people connecting with art, that is the artist's most immense gratification, a true marker of their tremendous efforts.Walking through the shows some pieces stuck out more than others, others had a certain subtle yet genius quality, and as always there were pieces I couldn't connect to. But the saturation in this culture, especially when guided by friends in the industry, was an interesting experience as whole, especially learning more about the artist's purpose/background with each piece. The variety of mediums, materials, and ingenuity was mind blowing. The ability for such an immense display of expression and talent to exist and reach such a broad audience is truly a feat in and of itself. Enjoy the images I snapped while there...[gallery link="file" columns="5"]
LAPP: Light Art Performance Photography
One photo - no computer enhancement!
The fantastic spectacles of colour - which are the latest trend in street art - are as impressive as fireworks. A host of light sources, from flash lights and bike lights to blinking LED lights, are used to 'paint' a picture straight onto the camera lens.
Also known as light drawing or light painting, these arresting images are created with long exposure cameras in the dark. Sometimes the exposures run on for longer than an hour.These images are made by Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza, the brains behind Light Art Performance Photography. The pair from Bremen, Germany, have been working together since 2007 but neither are full-time photographers.
by Moe Beitiks
Although its name implies tongue twisters or dancing dwarfs, Prix Pictet is a distinguished international photography award for artists focused on environmental sustainability and has just announced their shortlist. Last year’s winner, Benoit Aquin, documented the effects and creation of deserts in China. This year’s 12 nominees depict the destruction of the environment through the exploitation of the world’s resources. Click through the gallery to see images from all the nominees!
Photography by Cody Cobb
American photographer, Cody Cobb, has some absolutely awe-inspiring photos. Predominantly nature based, his work shines some light on the otherwise ignored corners of this world. The photos quiet, serene and unspoiled perspective really triggers an appreciation for nature and its various occupants. His desaturated tonal styling acts as a mute and really pushes that empty, lonely feeling you get while absorbing and digesting his work.
Wooster Collective - "Found in the noose of the Fountain of Youth"
From Jerm IX:
"the first two lines from this piece are from a suicide note i wrote in jail at 16. i have found solace in letting go of my darkest pains on the streets in the form of poetry and for some reason this came out of me today. i am so thankful to have survived that attempt at ending it all."
Street Photography of Gareth James - London
Gareth James of London Street Photography showcases some fantastically gritty local street photography. Candid shots of what looks like primarily London’s lower-middle class are featured throughout the series which is completely in black and white. Among other themes, the series explores drugs, homelessness, music, and crime. Read More...
Crazy thing's I've recently seen and snapped with my cell phone cam...
From Yoga in Time Square to Purple Skies
Love NY! That's some nice graph on some guys truck!
Are you serious? Love this shot, click to enlarge. People doing yoga in the middle of Times Square. Such a serene and relaxing place!
It's a real life transformer! No it's modernity creeping up on my old ass. Vending machine 18 wheeler truck... Pretty crazy where we are going to sell soda pop.
Purple skies in Southampton, NY - Villa de Skulnik
Snapped these sculptures in a Southampton Gallery
Just took this photo because I loved the light. There is an amazing hour when the west side just lights up because the sun sets right over the Hudson River and creates this awesome effect. I know photographers who will camp out to get this light! Okay enough about light, I just really like 6 PM on Spring St. followed by some Veal Milanese at Giorgione!
Exposed beams on Houston St. (PS they are fake)
20 Cops arresting 1 Hustler
This is an outrage - when id these things start costing $1!!! They used to be 25c in my day and I'm not even that old!
Pablo Picasso's Drawing with Flashlight
LIFE photographer Gjon Mili visited Picasso in 1949. Mili showed the artist some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates jumping in the dark—and Picasso's mind began to race. The series of photographs that follows—Picasso’s light drawings—were made with a small flashlight in a dark room; the images vanished almost as soon as they were created.
Photo: Gjon Mili/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Jan 01, 1949
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Trip: Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium
We went for the highly acclaimed new space show, we got much more...
(I started slacking on the personals, and haven't been as active posting in general due to craziness at the workplace. Good news is that I've been saving up. Today will begin a flood of stuff I have gathered over the past week or two...)
Of course I have to look at the architecture behind the munchkins...
Notice how the walls look like a massive sheet of glass with little support. Notice that the glass has small glass braces with metallic hinges. Inside a metal frame holds the superstructure, but the color allows it to blend in very well. Thus the effect of the huge glass cube. Well engineered.
Tough questions for a 7 year old!
The museum had a photography exhibit that was incredible. I never thought I'd be looking at space art. Some of the photography really blew my mind.
Love the main hall. Reminds me of my childhood. Those iconic dinosaur bones in the Roosevelt room.
Great Quote! I choose Righteousness.
Beautiful street on the upper west side (off 71st and Columbus)
No better way to end a great day than a legendary 'Nolia cupcake!