Category Archives: art

Architecture, Art, and Light in Marfa

Photo Credit: Mark Menjivar

Donald Judd moved to Marfa, Texas in the 1970s. Since then, Marfa has come to be known as a pilgrimage site for those interested in contemporary or minimalist art on view at Judd’s Chinati Foundation.

Artist Robert Irwin recently completed his contribution to the Chinati Foundation’s permanent collection. Irwin worked with the Chinati Foundation and the San Antonio-based architectural firm Ford, Powell & Carson for 16 years to create an architectural monument to light and space, receiving a 2017 design award from the Texas Society of Architects.

The building, a perfectly symmetrical ‘U’ shape, sits on the foundation of the ruins of a 1919 army barracks building. The artist, architects and the Chinati Foundation had hoped to accommodate Robert Irwin’s vision within the walls of the original structure, but ultimately its reinforced concrete walls proved too inflexible and unstable. Instead, Irwin’s building references the ruins that were once on site, and eye-level windows, sheer scrims, and polished interior surfaces allow the changing desert light to act as a material itself.

Source: Texas Architect Magazine and Artnet.

Animal Sculpture at the 2017 Wara Art Festival

Photo Credit: Spoon and Tamago

Northern Japan is know for rice production. After a harvest, rice straw—or wara—is recycled  to improve the soil,or it is woven into giant sculptures. For nine years Uwasekgata Park has hosted the Wara Art Festival, teaming up with creatives to create creatures from rice straw. Schools send art students to Niiigata to assist with the sculptures that remain on display well into the fall.

Source: Spoon and Tamago

SFMOMA Sends Images of Art to Match your Mood

Photo Credit: Observer

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will send you an image of a work in its collection based on your desire by texting one’s request to 572-51. Only 5 percent of SFMOMA’s collection is exhibited at any given time, but the message service pulls from the entire collection of 34,678 works of art, allowing one to view works based on individual taste. The message service has a few kinks, and it cannot evaluate complex sentences, but the range of artwork and efficiency of the service is phenomenal.

Source: Observer

Google Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture, created in 2011, is an exploratory tool for arts and culture. The website has access to 45,000 images of artwork from over 1,200 museums and archives. Google Arts & Culture recently released a new section on the page called “Experiments.” The “Experiments” page offers four methods of discovering and drawing connections between images of art, artists, and other cultural artifacts. The amount of data in this section causes the pages to load slowly but the tools available are unique. For example, the T-SNE map is a 3D network that groups artist together in proximity based on a specific commonalities.

Google Arts & Culture has a bright, clean interface and some of the other pages include categories like, artists, historical events, movements, and mediums. One of the most enticing features of the website is the interactive vignettes. One can scroll through a series of images and videos accompanied with text to explore topics ranging from Audrey Hepburn and the shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo to cats in Korean paintings. Because of copyright laws, some of the more famous artists are not well represented, but the breadth of the website is substantial and one could spend hours following the stories of a variety of art and artists. 

Source: Google Arts & Culture

Sleepin’ in the Subway Station

Image Credit: Pop Up City

Airbnb’s affect on Amsterdam has been highlighted through the installation of a bedroom in a local subway station. Artist Boudewijn Ruckert uses this piece to create awareness about the fact that people are desperate to live anywhere in the Dutch city because such a large percentage of its already-low housing selection has been employed for Airbnb. The corresponding advertisement for this bedroom states, “the views from the windows are absolutely unforgettable.”

Source: Pop Up City

Neo-Neon: Materials Lab Installation at 2017 Fusebox Festival

Image Credit: Fusebox

Image Credit: Fusebox

The Materials Lab fabricated an installation for this year’s Fusebox Festival, taking place this Wednesday through Sunday (04/12-04/16). The piece, called Neo-Neon, incorporates a variety of materials to manipulate light in unique ways. This is an opportunity for UTSOA’s visibility to grow in Austin’s art community and for UTSOA students to become immersed in Austin’s vibrant art scene.

Source: Fusebox

Interview Reveals the Origins of Comic Sans

Image credit: The Guardian

Image credit: The Guardian

Typeface Comic Sans—created in 1994—has generated more controversy than perhaps any other typeface. Vincent Connare, who developed the typeface while working for Microsoft’s typography team, explains the origins of Comic Sans in a new interview. Connare was attempting to develop a typeface suitable for Microsoft Bob, a software meant to help children learn computer skills. Microsoft Bob’s speech was written in Times New Roman, which Connare found inappropriate for a children’s software. Although he has only used Comic Sans once, Connare finds the backlash to the font “…just amazing—and quite frankly funny.” Read the full interview at The Guardian.

Source: The Guardian

Lives of Redwoods Revealed in New Installation

Treehugger: Wahoma is a new installation that combines data visualization and virtual reality to allow viewers to explore the nervous system of a 3,500 year old redwood tree. The installation, by creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, was on display at London’s Southbank Centre in December. Participants donned VR headsets after entering the space, allowing the data visualization of the sequioa’s nervous system to come to life. Marshmallow Laser Feast creative director Ersinhan Ersin claims that the installation is “…trying to give people a new perception of trees as creatures just a vibrant and alive as we are.”

Source: Visual News

SXSW ‘Infinity’ Installation Alters Your Perception of Space

Image credit: DesignBoom

Image credit: DesignBoom

Artist Refik Anadol has created an immersive light-filled installation that alters visitors’ perception of space and time. The mirrored chamber, which was showcased at the 2017 SXSW festival, surrounds participants with a programmed light show that features psychedelic patterns and disorienting shapes. Anadol describes the project as something that “…facilitates a temporary release from our habitual perceptions and culturally biased assumptions about being in the world, to enable us—however momentarily—to perceive ourselves and the world around us freshly.”

Source: DesignBoom

Massive JFK Sculpture Sits in a Hidden Desert Bunker

Image credit: Lance Gerber

Image credit: Lance Gerber

As part of Desert X, a showcase of site-specific artwork taking place in the Coachella Valley, artist Will Boone has buried a larger-than-life sculpture of John F. Kennedy in the same kind of underground bunker he would have used in case of a nuclear attack. Boone’s work was influenced by his emotional connection to Kennedy’s assassination as a native Texan. He hopes that the installation ‘speaks not just to all those things that have been driven underground since the extinguished optimism of the sixties but to those same fears – nuclear attack at the invasion of the other – that have been so vividly resurrected in recent times.’

Source: DesignBoom

32,000 Straws Turned Into Homemade Camera

Image credit: Petapixel

Image credit: Petapixel

A homemade camera created by placing 32,000 straws in a wooden box results in beautifully abstract, pixelated photographic images. The camera, which was first created in 2007 by Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes, turns each straw into a miniature camera that projects an image onto photo-sensitive paper. The image formed by each straw comes together to create large, intricate photographs. Because each straw is slightly different, the resulting images have an ethereal, disorienting atmospheric quality.

Source: Petapixel