Fairy Tale Foodstuffs

28 04 2015

What do you get if you cross Vancouver’s creativity with the need to help the less fortunate with the daily basics of a good meal?

Canstruction! An annual competition to build art pieces out of (mainly) canned food around a theme. There’s a few venues around town each year. One is in the Four Seasons hotel, and I happened to see a couple of this year’s entries there last night.

Kudos Vancouver. An imaginative way to bring focus onto a real issue. Despite the wealth of our city, there are still people who struggle to put nourishing food on the table and this is a creative way to bring attention (and money) to it.

Canstruction 2015





Art meets… well, art!

24 03 2015

This Richard Wilson piece was inspired by the last line of “The Italian Job” (The 1969 original, not the travesty of a remake.) Installation Art Sees A Bus Precariously Hanging Off The Edge Of A Building – DesignTAXI.com.

I guess Kowloon is probably relieved it wasn’t inspired by that other great quote from the film…





“Boing!” said Zebedee

9 03 2015

Spring seems to have sprung.

At least in my neighbour’s front garden where his blossom tree has, well, blossomed.

Delicate  blooms

Delicate blooms

And yes… it’s supposed to be largely out of focus! That’s art that is. A deliberately tight depth of field.





Light & Motion – Motion Exposure by Stephen Orlando

3 12 2014

Stephen Orlando is fascinated with capturing motion through time and space into a single photograph. He uses LED lights and long exposure photography to get some amazing images. No Photoshop trickery – just the beauty of human motion over an extended period.

Check out more of his work at his website: Kayak – Motion Exposure. There’s beautiful work there from kayaking, canoeing, tennis… many graceful creations.

Kayak - Motion Exposure





Ansel Adams

15 07 2013

Last night I watched a DVD from the library. A biography of Ansel Adams.

It had lots of his wonderful photographs from Yosemite and explained how he came to take them. I know his images of Half Dome would appeal to climbers out there.

Ansel Adams Gallery: Moon and Half Dome

Not as much of the photographic technique as I’d expected, but an interesting insight into his life never the less. I was a little disappointed how they kept trying to make out he was driven as a true patriot and how his work was especially American, rather than simply celebrating his skill, determination and love of nature. He happened to be American.

Anyway, the purpose of the blog entry is a quote from Adams of his friend Alfred Stieglitz‘s intended epitaph. I thought it was witty. Almost Oscar Wilde so.

“Here lies Alfred Stieglitz. He lived for better or for worse, but he’s dead for good.”

The entire programme’s transcript can be read here… unfortunately without the wonderful photographs: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/filmmore/pt.html





A Hilltop Solarium Made with Sugar by William Lamson

7 06 2013

As a small kid, I remember having 3-4 sugars in my tea. In fact the tea was just an excuse to have the sugar. By the time I hit my teens I’d left that behind and rarely use sugar now. Just as well given my pre-diabetic status at the moment!

Anyway, I spotted this piece on Colossal today – using the various hues possible from caramelized sugar to form an art installation. The range of tints is amazing. As a kid, my mum used to make “cinder toffee” for us on bonfire night. Now I’m older, I realise she likely just burned it.  :)

The imperfections add to the overall effect I think.

A Hilltop Solarium Made with Panels of Caramelized Sugar by William Lamson | Colossal.

There’s a video where Mr Lamson explains his earlier work and the concept. Kudos!





Experiment. Fail. Learn. Repeat.

27 05 2013

 

Great posters for small startups… or large companies that have lost their way.

Poster “Experiment. Fail. Lear. Repeat.” Startup Vitamins by Startup Vitamins on The Bazaar. Buy creative products by Startup Vitamins online!.








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