Monday, March 1, 2010

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March 01st Monday

Third World Art Exhibition, March 1981

California-based Wonderful World Art Gallery is presenting Whimsical Delights, a colourful and highly imaginative solo exhibition featuring new works by San Francisco-based Australian artist Luke Feldman. Feldman has transformed the gallery into a surrealist’s dream, with each display celebrating the beautiful and the bizarre in his magical world, commonly known as SKAFFS.

Open to the public, Whimsical Delights exhibition will be on view until July 11, 2009. In this latest collection, Feldman breathes new life into his SKAFFS. Feldman’s style is one based on symmetry, flow and vibrant colours. Each work features luminous, yet subtle paintings on panel, and defined lines with elaborate detail designed though black pen ink on paper.

The result is an alternate, often mystical universe created in Feldman’s mind and brought vividly to life through his art. In addition to Feldman’s paintings and illustrations, the artist will be signing copies of his limited edition book Chaff n’ Skaffs: Mai and the Lost Moskivvy. Illustrated and co-written by Feldman himself, the book follows a young girl named Mai on her courageous journey into a colourful, fantastic world, in hopes of reuniting a lost mosquito with his family.

On display are the original drawings used in the making of the book, sure to be enjoyed by both fans and art lovers alike. San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum describes Feldman’s art as “blending the classic stylings of 1950’s Disney with a modern design sensibility to create something both cutting edge and timeless,”

In addition to being a world renowned artist, Feldman had the honours of being a finalist in the 2007 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival for his short animation “Who Saved the Moon”, as well as a finalist award at the 2008 Little Big Shots Film Festival.

Located in the Culver City Art District, Wonderful World Art Gallery was established in 1993 by passionate animation art collector Debbie Weiss. WWA presents a wide range of artists, from members of the new underground art movement, such as Luke Feldman, Amanda Visell, Tim Biskup,

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September 13th Sunday

Top 15 Arts and Culture Stories of 2009

Not surprisingly, the Digg community has its finger on the pulse of Arts and Culture in the world. While some Diggers focus on tech, others on politics, we thought it was time to celebrate the respect for arts and culture in the Digg community. From the Obama fist bump to the graffiti of Banksy to the history of the five dollar bill, here’s a list of the 15

Ladies and Gentlemen, the pound has gone presidential. On June 3rd, 2008, our President-Elect shared a fist bump with his wife after a campaign speech in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was the “fist bump heard round the world”, being documented even by Time Magazine. While called “terrorist” by others (looking at you, Fox News), Obama didn’t cave to conservative media and just kept on pounding. Digg celebrated the fist bump in their own way– by making the photo above the most popula

Anyone with an active radio and a willingness to learn knows NPR. The horns of All Things Considered, the guests of Science Friday, the insight of This American Life are more than just a passing radio show, they’re a ticket to a more informed, fulfilled life. The gem of public broadcasting is not immune to an economic downturn, as was shown in NPR’s needs to cut costs by laying off staff and canceling programming on its lineup. If public radio has a counterpart online, it is certainly the democratic nature of Digg’s community stood to support NPR in its time of need with Digg’s second most popular culture topic of the year, with 6927 Diggs and 618 comments. We’d love to know how much money was raised for National Public Radio by Diggers alone…

Somehow, Rene Descartes’ eternal question of “what does it mean to be?” has slid down the slippery gene slope to the mind of Lil Jon, who boldly asks “WHAT?!” While if you examine it closely, Mr. Jon may be in tune with Zen more closely than our maya-affixed minds can comprehend, we’re going to safely bet that he’s nothing short of clueless. If you haven’t seen the image that Digg voted its third most popular culture item of the year, you can’t miss it. Comparably, the philosophies of Aristotle, Descartes, Nietzsche and others are compared to the thoughts of Mr. Jon himsel

The acclaimed Graffiti artist Banksy is not one to toss up a piece that isn’t wrought with political commentary. His works are not so much about pushing the barrier on the font level, but telling a story and informing his viewers. This work, his largest yet in the city of London, portrays the stride of the public against their unblinking overseer, that of CCTV. This isn’t your Ramon vs. Spit graffiti art, this is the next level of subversive artwork in illegal execution. Ramon himself would be jealous. Digg apparently loves Banksy, as this entry and the next are testament.

In millennia past, our ancestors expressed their experiences on walls with paint, showing the stages of their lives and what was most important to them. Fast forward to modern times, that history has repeated itself in the form of Graffiti. Again, Banksy has shown his take on this form of expression and its oppressors. Imagine if all of our ancestors stone walled history was erased and painted over to preserve public cleanliness? While it may not be that cut-and-dry, Banksy has a brilliant point with this work. While the prior listing may have been most popular

Sometimes art imitates life– and sometimes life imitates art. This was the goal of renegade sculptors Tim Nobel and Sue Webster, a pair of artists who form heaps of junk into the most elaborate, detailed shadow puppets you’ve likely ever seen. Nobel and Webster take these mounds of waste and shape them carefully into outlines that merge with light to form believable

The last time a story like this was so deeply woven into the culture of its time– it begat one of the world’s greatest religions. While the epic stories of Star Wars may not yield the same result, it has inspired an equivalent level of adoration and dedication by its fans. A few Star Wars fans focused their energies on rebuilding a Star Destroyer, to scale, in a perfect representation

While easy to ridicule and misunderstand, the lifestyle of dominants and submissives, goths and otherwise is deserving of its own respect. Not so in Yorkshire, England, where a bus driver would not let the duo on his bus. “We don’t let fr
eaks and dogs like you on.” Not to generalize against bus drivers, but there’s an inside chance that your common bus driver is a freak him/herself, let alone a canine. Either way, the gothic couple complained to the city and to the bus company

That famous phrase is cemented in many of our minds– that a “picture is worth a thousand words”. Artist Chris Jordan has taken this concept to the Nth degree with his series of works showing American numbers to the extreme. That friendly image above shows 2,000,000 plastic beverage bottles– the number consumed in the U.S. every five minutes. Pretty ironic if you think about it. Furthermore, can you imagine the shipping cost in foreign oil needed to transport thos

In spite of each user’s own religious beliefs, Diggers rallied around this flag in 2008– the dogma of the atheist. For those who don’t subscribe to a theistic religion, the goal is to avoid harming those who are religious. In life, there are far too many opportunities to separate oneself from others, so the vision of this image is to avoid making those differences anything less than positive. Your neighbor a staunch Christian, Muslim, Hebrew or Buddhist? Give ‘em a fist bump. Let them rock out with their own Lord, you rock out with yours. In the end, we’re all supposed to party together anyway

Raise your hands if you’ve been to a rock concert in the last year and you’ve seen ANY of the above stereotypes. Chances are, you’ve seen more than just one– but likely more than half of the 16 documented in this Digg topic. The typical 40+ dude who is REALLY into that new twenty-something band, they guy just there for the beer, the guy just there for the women, the guy who is going to turn his back on the band the second they get popular– they’re all there. If you haven’t at least glanced at this image, you owe it to yourself. Digger’s loved it, givin

When you push that over-sized button on the soda vending machine, nothing short of magic happens on the other end. Inside, a world of legend goes to work to make sure that a bottle of syrupy goodness drops out the other end just a few seconds later. But what goes into that process? The good people at Coca-Cola have their own impression of what goes on deep within the amazing vending box. If you haven’t seen this video, you can’t miss it– i

One of the greatest visionaries of the last 100 years was laid to rest in 2008. Futurist Arthur C. Clarke died at the age of 90 in the island nation of Sri Lanka. Clarke left behind a storied legacy of foreseeing works like the film-adapted 2001: a Space Odyssey, produced by director Stanley Kubrick. Clarke’s vision will be missed by many in this age,

On a much more blunt approach than someone like Banksy, as shown far above, this artist had a very specific goal with his/her graffiti work. Free your mind, says this artist with their work, as you are most certainly not free. Diggers, myself included

In a very different time, a nation’s character was represented in its printed notes of exchange. Due to counterfeiting and otherwise, the design of currency has become moreso about function than about form. Watermarks, translucent colorings and other elements protect bills from being copied– whereas 100 years ago, the U.S. Treasury employed a different tactic. Bills, at the time, were art. The depth and detail of the artwork on this $5 bill from 1896 wasn’t just beautiful, it was a system of protecting its authenticity. This detail was not easy for counterfeiters to reproduce in those technically early times. That bill above certainly does represent

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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September 10th Thursday

Image of youth takes 24HRs

Sydney photographer Peter Steele has won the Award of Excellence for his stark image of life as a youth in Albury-Wodonga for the Open section of the 24HRs AlburyWodonga photographic project, held earlier this month in the twin cities.

The project drew photographers from as far as Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra to take part in the event, which documented "a day in the life" around Albury-Wodonga on 1-2 June.

The judging panel, drawn from teaching staff in Charles Sturt University's photography degree, were enthused by the high quality of entries from the three sections, secondary, tertiary and open sections.

"The high overall standard of entries in the project is reflected by the exceptional images produced by the winners, particularly Peter Steele's entry," said head judge and the event's coordinator Karen Donnelly.

Over 150 high school students from the Border region joined 200 other contestants, who included commercial photographers, Border Mail photographers, interested enthusiasts, and students from CSU and Australian National University.

Entrants competed for cash prizes totalling $1 500, which was donated by Albury and Wodonga City Councils and CSU.

24HRs was run by the third year students enrolled in the photography degree at the University's Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Prize winners for the three competitions run during the 24HRs project were