Earth

With this Monday being Earth Day and our Art installation focusing on Penn’s environmental impact, I thought this video was appropriate for my blog post. Lil Dicky, the rapper, came out with a music video and song, Earth. It is essentially an art installation bringing attention to the environment. It features 30+ famous singers all…

Vintage Photograph Murals

I did a post that was somewhat similar to this last week, but I found out about another artist that also creates large scale murals. Mohamed L’Ghacham paints large murals based on scenes from vintage family photographs and everyday objects. When I first saw his work, I really did get a nostalgic vibe that vintage…

A Sound-Painting of Eternity

In 1941, pianist and composer Olivier Messiaen–trapped in a German prison camp with a violinist, a cellist, and a clarinetist–wrote his Quartet for the End of Time, a pivotal 20th-century work inspired by birdsong, the nature of time, and Messiaen’s own beliefs about the divine. What I’d like to talk about is the fifth movement…

The Golden Haggadah

The Haggadah is the book from which Jews read at the Passover seder. The text provides order both thematically and practically for the Passover meal, and is constructed in order to elicit questions from young attendees about the meaning of slavery, freedom, Jewish law and ritual. The Golden Haggadah is a manuscript from mediaeval Spain…

The Timely Dissent of a Vietnam War-Themed Show

A show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum called “Artists Respond” is a political exhibition of artists reactions, thoughts, and opinions on the Vietnam war. This piece, “Vietnam Garden” by artist Judith Bernstein, mentioned by the article caught my interest, described as depicting “erect penises with military tombstones flying US flags” that fuse displeasure with…

Artist-Come-Hacker Thomas Webb On His Data Driven Art

https://www.forbes.com/sites/felicitycarter/2019/04/02/artist-come-hacker-thomas-webb-on-his-data-driven-art/#313751255806 Thomas Webb’s works, which primarily explore the intersection between data, computer algorithms, and art, reminded me strongly of the project we are currently working on, although Webb’s explorations involve more text-based data and photography and are kept within a 2-dimensional medium while we are working with more abstractions of numerical data and translating them…

The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth

Opening on May 1 in the Brooklyn-based art space Pioneer Works is a new exhibit titled ‘The CruptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth,’ by artist Atelier Van Lieshout. It’s an immersive installation featuring a large steel furnace sculpture in the center, surrounded by “domestic elements such as a kitchen, toilet, and sleeping quarters.” AVL’s message…

Street Art

Melbourne based artist Kitt Bennet specializes in illustration and murals. His work explores topics of individuality, existence, and mysterious phenomena around us. Not only does he paint regular murals, he also paints ginormous murals on the ground that are best seen from a birds eye view. The scale of his work is outstanding. It almost…