The Rise & Fall of Internet Art Communities

Before advanced search engines, information floated on databases like a string of scattered islands. Communities formed out of necessity to help early users surf the boundless web. Many of you may not be aware of the internet art communities of old, but maybe you noticed the lack of communities and the ubiquitous art you may…

Famous Room Paintings IRL

Just wanted to share this article about a group called “neomam studios” who recreated famous room paintings in real life. I am fascinated by this because it makes the idea of these painters, who are long gone, more real in the space that is recreated. I imagine them being in the room, seeing what we…

KIMOKAWA Cancer Baby

I, personally, love the kawaii/manga aesthetic and when I find it in art that conveys important messages, like here, I am in LOVE. Lu Yang, a Chinese artist (she might be my favorite artist), has taken her subject of cancer cells and the people they live inside and made them into a thought provoking and…

Water Lines

I really appreciate art that calls attention to the future (near or far) and that is no different here. Artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho have added luminous lines to buildings, fields and and mountains to illustrate where the sealine will rise to in the future due to global warming. It is a simple, thoughtful…

FREE BEAUTIFUL CRISP PHOTOS

In case nobody knows about this, check out unsplash.com for lovely images that you can use for free and do whatever you want with. The website is a collection of photographs gifted by photographers for people to use without buying a license (commercially and non-commercially). It’s a great resource to get high quality images for…

Art and Marketing

Today, I came across some very clever marketing that reminded me of the Ikea lamp commercial we viewed in class yesterday. In this “commercial,” artist Jody Xiong built a hand sculpture to hold musicians who performed music for live audiences. The hand and the crisp in-person quality of the music was meant to symbolize the…

Burning Man, Fyre Fest and Art

A few posts ago, I mentioned the two recently made documentaries about Fyre Festival and this week is sort of continuation of that. I saw this article from the BBC about Burning Man and how the “über rich” are ruining its culture. Per this article, they “glamped,” spent hundreds of thousands on luxury housing, and…

Kensington Blues

Last week I was wandering around campus, near 34th and Walnut, looking for something to occupy my attention while I waited for my Lyft ride to arrive. I sipped my coffee and stopped in front of Penn Bookstore (not the Penn Bookstore with the school merch and Starbucks cafe, but the one around the corner…

Inside a Pixel

As I was looking for design inspiration on designboom.com before making some sketches of objects for Project 1.2, I found a really interesting art/design collective called Pneuhaus (perhaps a play on the words pneumatic and Bauhaus?). They specialize in exploring design concepts in connection with inflatables and the play of light on said structures. In…

Capturing Memories

The idea of capturing memories came up last week in class when we talked about the artist (can’t remember his name at the moment) who built a diorama of a building from memory – complete with holes at the edges of his memories. Earlier that day I had actually been thinking about how my grandmother’s…