Thursday, November 30, 2017

Potpourri [14]

An overview of recent images that would have ended up in my parallel blog Art's Potpourri (now stopped). Clicking the icons in the left side of the table takes you to the picture on the site where I found it in a new window. The text includes a link to the site.

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Gender bender. All the discussions these days about the existence of more than two genders is a bit confusing by now - I've seen lists of over 70 options. Having toilets decorated like this sure does not help. Another example of the "you had one job" syndrome (Mixed Nuts). First seen here.
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Underwater restaurant. Scheduled to be built in Norway, the Under restaurant, largely located under water, looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie - or the next installment in the James Bond franchise (Special Designs). First seen here.
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Will it go round in circles? A stunning optical illusion that I had not seen before. Although the image appears to consist of straight lines only, forming a number of squares, at a certain moment your mind flips and you see 16 circles (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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The crowd goes wild. Nothing special to see in this photograph, just a crowd going wild at a rock concert. Until you look twice, and see that it is a corn field and a cotton harvester. Just goes to show you how easy it is to trick the eye (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Fearful symmetry. Hungarian photographer Zsolt Hlinka creates fascinating images by mirroring building shots so that the combination looks like a building on the corner of the street. Rather addicting to watch, and something I may try myself (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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Stamps of vanished countries. I found this a fascinating read, with many countries (and their stamps) that I had never heard of - examples are Manchukuo, Upper Yafa, South Kasai, Eastern Karelia, and the depicted Ryukyu (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Hokusai's The Great Wave Watch. Taken from a post about several art-inspired accessories, ranging from Botticelli laptop covers to Mondriaan earrings. I like this watch with the famous Hokusai painting in particular (Special Designs). First seen here.
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Miniature origami. Origami, the Japanese art to created small sculptures by folding paper, is already a very delicate type of art, but German artist Anja Markiewicz goes one step further, creating nano-pieces that fit on the tip of your finger (Remarkable Art). First seen here.

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Digital sculptures by Chad Knight

Chad Knight is a 41 years old artist, who creates digital sculptures that look amazingly real - and really deserve to be created in real life rather than stay on the computer screen. Many more examples in the link.

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues. The art image included is thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rethinking Guernica

Picasso's Guernica is not a personal favourite of mine, but there's no denying its importance. The linked website is a real treasure trove for anybody interested in this painting, including loads of background documentation, and most importantly a stunning 436-gigabyte image of the work, allowing one to zoom in on details (as shown above), showing all details of strokes and canvas.

Copyright statement: image is a screen shot of a small part of the complete work, and regarded as fair use.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Archaia Corinthia

A fascinating image by my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr, that had me completely stumped. I thought I was looking at a palisade, with some weird light effect going on. It turns out it is a sunset over electric wires, rotated 90 degrees. Stunning.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Worthless

An outstanding movie poster should ideally combine a high degree of artisticity with a design that immediately draws one'a attention - and this poster for the 2017 Rob Hawk movie Worthless succeeds on both accounts.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of movie posters considered fair use.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Drive home

Steven Wilson's 2013 album The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) continues to go up in my personal all-time albums ranking, and is now firmly in the top 10. Here is one of the best songs, Drive home, with a beautiful video. Art Rock score: 10/10, one of  200 best songs of all time.

Copyright statement: image is a screenshot of the video, considered fair use.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Eye spy

Not exactly a personal favourite of mine, but it received many good reactions on Flickr, so here it is. A zoomed-in close-up of a Ferris wheel in Geneva, converted to black and white in post-processing.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.00025 sec (1/4000)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 201.6 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Vogue November 1919

A vintage Vogue cover of almost a century ago, which conveys the typical November feeling very well. An early gem by famous illustrator George Lepape.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Remedies

Soup is a Norwegian crossover prog band who released their fourth album Remedies earlier this year. I have not heard anything from their music, but this album cover, which came up in an Amazon search, is quite impressive.No information about the designer and/or photographer.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of album covers considered fair use.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The lane of poplars at Moret-Sur-Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899) is one of my favourite impressionists. I selected this work from 1888 for today's blog post, inspired by the extensive ongoing overview of his oeuvre in the Art and Artists blog (here).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Enchanted garden

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). In this case, I took a photograph of my wife's palette with fresh oil paint, and a painting by Andre Derain (Mountains at Collioure). The result is a garden-like image in a post-impressionist style. The link leads to the original photograph.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The covers of Esther Verhoef's novels

One of my major 'literary' discoveries of recent weeks is Esther Verhoef, a Dutch author excelling in the 'literary' thriller genre. The covers of her novels are outstanding as well, beautiful photography with a hint of eroticism.

Copyright statement: all images are thumbnail size and considered fair use.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Palette

Here is another example how an abstract shot opportunity can offer itself any moment. This is the palette of my wife, photographed up close. The result is a symphony of colours and shapes, which suggests a nature scenery (e.g. underwater coral), yet remains abstract as well. A personal favourite of this year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How long do people really spend looking at art in museums?

It's an intriguing question: how long do people on average look at art pieces in a museum. I expected the answer to be 'short', but the linked art-icle tackles the issue in considerable detail and has numbers to back up the conclusions. It turns out to be 15-30 seconds on average, depending on the type of art/museum. I found it an interesting read.

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Interfaces

A masterpiece by my Flickr friend Ethan (known previously as Cormend). Everything is just right in this shot taken at a Mexican beach house: the composition with its strong diagonal lines, the grey tones, the contrast, the shadows, the mystery..... one of the best in an outstanding portfolio.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Khod Konem (Le Miracle des Loups)

Taken from a fascinating piece on the BBC Arts site (here) about early Soviet movie posters. This one is for the 1924 Raymond Bernard movie Miracle of the Wolves (Le Miracle des Loups). It was created in 1927 by Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg, and looks astonishingly modern.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of movie posters considered fair use.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The passing

This is not the first album by progressive electronic artist Steve Roach to feature in the blog, and it will not be the last. The passing was released earlier this year, and I have not had the chance yet to sample it - but what a beautiful cover, designed by Sam Rosenthal.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of album covers considered fair use.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Metropolis

A recent work by my wife, and a personal favourite of mine. This atmospheric image of a couple in the big city also gets lots of positive reactions since it hangs in our gallery.

Copyright statement: image created by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Menin Road (lest we forget)

Today is the day to remember the end of the misnamed Great War (1914-1918), which took the lives of 41 million people. No-one captured the madness of trench warfare better than Paul Nash (1889-1946), who witnessed the carnage of war first hand as an army officer, and later as Britain's official war artist. One of his best paintings is The Menin Road from 1918.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Just a friend (RIP Hans Vermeulen)

And another one bites the dust: yesterday Hans Vermeulen passed away, aged 70. He was the lead singer of the Dutch band Sandy Coast, who are represented on our car MP3 USB stick with half a dozen songs, including this one, Just a friend from 1971. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues. The video screenshot included in the image is thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.