September 21, 2013

Hands: A history of love

A royal hand, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (ca. 1349–1336 bC)

Michelangelo, Creation of Adam (1511-1512)

Rudolf Bonvie, Dialog 2 (1973)

Rudolf Bonvie, Dialog 13 (1973)

Hands of Nefertiti and Akhenaten, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (ca. 1350 bC).

September 20, 2013

Shadows: Camels, Cyclists

George Steinmetz (2005)

Sebastian Boue (2013)

September 17, 2013

3D printed gun bought by a museum

There has been much uproar –obviously– because of the American guy who 3D-printed a gun and uploaded the design to the internet. There was even an interesting docu film made by Vice.

Now, the Victoria & Albert Museum bought it. Even more uproar. (Look at the aesthetics of the pic!)

The paradox was pointed out by Jonathan Jones:
"What this gun really shows is the human propensity to make the worst of its own intellectual power. Within a few years of the Wright brothers making human flight a reality, war planes took to the air. As soon as nuclear fission was achieved, it was used to destroy cities. Now, as soon as 3D printing opens up a new age of design, it is used to preach the might of the gun."

September 14, 2013

Marylinne Robinson dixit

I am afraid I had never reflected upon the etymology of the word "novel", until now, when Marylinne Robinson draw my attention to it thanks to an interview:

"A novel by its nature is new."

September 12, 2013

Floating: Ophelia, Neil Armstrong

 John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-1852)

 Paul Fryer, Ophelia (2007)

 Neil Armstrong (1967)

September 11, 2013

Architecture: Roof triangles

Hans Sharoun, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (1978)

 David Chipperfield, Museo de la Colección Jumex (2013)

September 7, 2013

Vivian Maier's 8mm films

The photographic wonder Vivian Maier shot also 8mm films! This is the first one I just saw.

And please notice how obesity was unknown few decades ago.

September 4, 2013

Kate Moss Christ

It seems that girly Christs have become a trend. Now, photographer Nick Knight presented a sculpture of Kate Moss... as winged Christ: with thorn crown and loincloth.

September 3, 2013

"En puntas", by Javier Pérez

A few months ago I posted a sharp picture by Javier Pérez: a girl crucified on knives.

He now published a short version of a longer clip: a ballerina dancing on knives. 

September 2, 2013

Beautiful mess

Patternity is doubtless my favorite and most inspiring, from an aesthetical point of view, page on the web. It is intriguing, challenging, sweet, subtile and mind blowing. It helps to understand beauty from a pattern point of view. Now, even trash or mess can look really beautiful, if you look smartly.