Supernatural

Art is our only salvation from the horror of existence.

I would like to introduce today’s post with this quote, because I think it is true in every perspective. When we step back and scrutinize society and the rhythm of life, it seems paradoxical to live against our desires- and yet only extremely few people lead the life they love. A certain system determines the lives of man, we go to school, to work, we marry, get children, become old, acrimonious and life for the ‘good’ moments of life, the vivid memories which are rare and precious and become scarcer over time.

It is this system, this rhythm, whose routine takes away the pure joy and beauty of life. I dare to claim that artists, true artists who are artists for the sake of expressing themselves through art, capture the world’s beauty and the diversity of art demonstrates that this beauty can lie within anything. However one aspect of human nature is especially present within this inspiration process: curiosity. Modern human has the desire to understand and discover everything (literally everything) as he is eager to learn and develope by nature.

Andrew Millar presents a vast variety of interesting and mysterious elements in his work. He combines modern earthly motives with an antiquarian photography technique as he uses Polaroid dias and cameras. His motives have a supernatural aspect which make them so fascinating, as we cannot truly grasp its meaning- they seem positively alien. Furthermore, Millar combines contrary objects and by that he gives his works the tensions that constitutes and excellent art work.

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CREDS TO ADREW MILLAR, found on Tumblr.

Alienation?

Dear readers,

vast technical progress is inevitable. New technologies became a part of our lives so strongly integrated we could not imagine anymore to live without them. Although it can be argued if one can identify a revolutionary era whilst being part of it, I do dare say: we are at the dawn of a new era. This new era, the technical revolution has just begun and its extent is surely unpredictable. Movies as “I, Robot” have shown us the worst-case scenario, on the other hand people dream of futuristic machines making life easier and more pleasant than one could ever imagine. However the central question remains: To what extent can machines imitate and even replace the human being?

This question and the difficulty of modernity occurred to me, as I came across the work of Echo Yang: ‘autonomous machines’. Surely, any person, who is only shown the finished version of the work, would call it art. What else would it be? Anyways, art is hard to define. But no matter how one might define ‘art’, it is clear that an artist created it. Whether it is created out of rationality or emotions- art must essentially be a product of a human’s creativity. No matter if its deeper meaning is very shallow, abstract or of the opposite: extremely profound, the intentional creation of a creative product defines art.

So can these works still be called art? No matter how you decide, I found them, and especially the production videos, extremely fascinating!

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Photos taken from designboom.com // CREDS TO ECHO YANG

Isolated Living

My dear fellows,

The work I would like to write about today is a series of art, produced by Johanna Walling, that depicts the style of life many people, consciously or not, chose to live. ‘People I never got to know’ is the title of this project, which initially was a side effect of a film she shot during her Asia travels in 2010. As she developed the film, she noticed, that she shot photos of several people from behind, which she apparently never got to know.

This realization is a process many people do not live through in their lives. I believe that this way of living, here represented exemplary by those people she photographed, but never got to know, is an attitude that is commonly held, but makes life much less of an experience. Just to open your eyes and experience the world consciously can make a huge difference in your every-day life. My dad once told me, to always be aware of the persons walking in front of me and behind me when I go home at night. It is all about little that make your life either richer, or in some cases safer and it is a true shame to miss them.

Now back to the art. The element that makes these pieces special is the tension it puts upon the onlooker by not exposing the subjects faces. When he looks at the picture the eye directly falls on the person and sticks with it. As the face is seen as the mirror of the soul and stands for an individual’s identity, the onlooker senses subconsciously that some elementary part of the central subject is missing and cannot find it, no matter how hard he is looking for it.

This tension makes a normal photograph a piece of art and is the reason I chose it.

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CREDS: © http://www.johannawallin.net/

We Love China (pureandreal)

My dearest Readers!

First of all, I would like to apologize for the long break of posts. I was really caught up with schoolwork during my finals.

Now back to the topic. Today I would like to present a modern photography artist to you, Louis Porter. Porter is an australian photographer who has taken several photo series on different topics. I personally like “I Love China” the best, I just couldn’t stop looking at it without at first knowing why.

Louis Porter depicts China in a way that is abnormal or even abstract to you, because it is in no way connected with the stereotype we all have in our heads. Most people- whether they have been to China, or not- combine this country automatically with crowded streets, millions of people, bright lights and of “Time is Money”. We think of metropolises and always smiling, friendly people. This all came up in my head, when I read the title “I Love China”.

In his work however, Porter shows a colourful, but quiet China, almost as if it was frozen. Everything seems at rest, all the pulsing life we imagine is nowhere to be seen. This change in perspective made me think about the stereotype and I believe that under closer observation Porter really shows us the human side of China- pure and real.

CREDS: © louisporter.com

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Wait, Stop. There’s more more more! ∞

Things That Make The World A Better Place (1)

Hi everybody out there,

throughout the visit of the MoMa New York I already talked about in my previous essay I discovered two inventions that can make the world a better place! I am truly amazed by these inventions which serve to help people who are in danger and need help or who have low living standards.

The first one is an earthquake secure table. We all sadly experienced what heavy influence an earthquake can have on people all over the world. Many houses are not build earthquake-proof and even if they are, people can suffer serious injuries by falling items like lamps or falling cupboards. Arthur Butter and Ido Bruno found a solution for that! The earthquake-proof table (EPT) is constructed in a way that items up to 1000 kilogram can fall on it without damaging the safe space under the table. Two people can fit under there and the EPT is compatible for bureaus and classrooms, wherever they are needed. I could not find any hint yet that they are produced for the last consumer but I hope they will be soon!

Click here for a video about the experiments they did to prove the safety of this table.

The glorious Edvard Munch

Dear Readers,

last weekend, the last weekend of my vacation, I was in NYC- the big apple- visiting the Museum of Modern Art. It is by far the museum I enjoy visiting the most as it has classic but also a vast exhibition of contemporary and very diverse art! At this point I must admit that I prefer contemporary art because I can identify with it more. Still there is one artist whose paintings I truly love: Munch.

The Norwegian who lived from 1863 to 1944 is in my opinion the greatest expressionistic painter of the modern time. His most known work by far is “The Scream” which he painted an re-painted several times and worked over it many years. There are four paintings in different colour schemes and a number of lithographs (also extremely fascinating).

I had the possibility to see one of them in the MoMa.

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Now, what is it, that fascinates people all over the world?

As many expressionists Munch does not see colour as a part of reality but more as a tool to express certain feelings. The wavy body and background stand in extreme contrast to the straight bridge. The body, which can be also found in his painting “Madonna”, seems ghost-like and surreal. Not only the colours are contrasted vastly. The scenery in the background shows a ship which is clearly suppose to swim in the water. But unlike in nature, Munchs’ sea is yellow, the soil is blue. This enhances how Munch does not believe in a naturalistic depiction of his scene but rather  in colour as a media of emotions.

What I found most striking is the following: He painted the body and also the background and the bride with very thick and strong and layered strokes, but the suffocated scream, the most desperate and important element of the painting, is just drawn by one, perfect stroke. You cannot see this very well one the photograph but it seems so light and real and unearthly that it takes you into its spell. I could have stared at it for hours if I weren’t always so hungry…

Beneath I included a lithograph of ‘The Scream’ Munch painted for a German fellow, I think it was an artilleryman but I am not quite sure. At the bottom it says “Ich fühle das ganze Geschrei durch die Natur” which can be translated as “I feel all the screaming through nature”

Wonderful line, really makes you think…

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These are some of his other works

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Thank your for reading, comments are appreciated!!

PAPER: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF AN EXCELLENT ART WORK

Hey guys, I wrote this paper and hope you enjoy it!

There are two main elements which are essential for a good art work. On one hand it has to be unique and innovative, something new the world hasn’t seen.  On the other hand  there needs to be a meaning behind it. A story, which breathes life into the art piece and widens the onlooker’s sensation to a dimension beyond its material existence.

Starting with the basis of any art work, the process of creation, I would like to point out one important basic: Every good art piece is not just made- it is composed!
The artist needs to have a clear concept and a concrete scheme of his project. This is because people will later on notice if the art work is a well-thought composition or just any art components put together with no deeper connection.

The first element, uniqueness, concerns solely the art work’s outward appearance. It is very important because with this surface impression the viewer decides if whether  the art work is worthy of a second view and if he is therefore interested in it.

To catch this attention, the art piece needs to be innovative. It can for example consist of a material which is not typically used in connection with art, or show a familiar situation which is presented in a new way. has been alienated . It has to be outstanding and eye-catching!

This all together already makes a quite good piece of art.
But for perfection one more component is required. The story behind the picture is the most essential element. When he tells explain the meaning of single elements of the picture or why it was composed that way, the viewer can imagine the artists’ ideas and motives.

Therefore a close connection between onlooker and art work is created.
Moreover it is no longer just any piece of art work. The onlooker starts looking for details, for hints which fit the authors given interpretation. He thinks about the art work, its title and how it was made. A relationship between the art piece and its viewer is created: a relationship which makes this one art piece special for him and assures that it will stick in his memory.

In summary, there are two essentials which the artist must consider while creating the art work. First, his work needs to be unique and special so that it catches the viewer’s attention. As many people as possible should be effected by this. Therefore the artist needs to be aware of his target group. It is then important to strengthen the viewer’s positive first impression. It is essential to give him back ground background information in terms of the artist’s intention. That could imply giving him the meaning of the composition or any additional information. Because of that this additional information the viewer notices details which give the art work its flair and understands why the artist composed his work in that this particular way. This creates a bonding between the art piece and the viewer!