NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR HOLIDAYS

iceland, fog and ice, nature photography by stanislav ginzburg, design squish blog

Fog and Ice, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland, September 2006 BUY

iceland lagoon, icebergs, nature photography by stanislav ginzburg, design squish blog

Icebergs, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland, September 2006 BUY

Stanislav Ginzburg recently launched SG Print Shoppe - a place to buy beautiful nature photography from all over the world while benefiting iconic North American wildlife (A ten percent donation from each sale will be made towards creating American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana. This future three-million acre wildlife sanctuary will provide an uninterrupted area that will harbor more than 90 species of mammals, 300 birds and over 1,500 kinds of plants. For the first time in a hundred years it will restore migratory routes for pronghorn antelope, grazing fields for bison and will reintroduce entire colonies of prairie dogs and foxes back into their native habitat. )
This is truly the best present for holidays!


http://www.sgprintshoppe.com


Read more about American Prairie Reserve:
http://sgprintshoppe.com/protect-wildlife/

 


November 23, 2010

MICROCOSMS, ERNST HAECKEL

ernst haeckel illustrations, microcosm and macrocosm, design squish blog

ernst haeckel illustrations, microcosm and macrocosm, design squish blog

Botanic illustration drawings by Ernst Haeckel


November 19, 2010

ABUNDANT, ENDANGERED AND EXTINCT SPECIES

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Mycetozoa (still life with porcelain #4), from Hidden Place series. Inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s botanic illustrations, 3D rendering and photography.

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Portrait of Ernst Haeckel.

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Mycetozoa drawings by Ernst Haeckel.

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Untitled (still life with porcelain #2), from Hidden Place series, 3D rendering and photography..

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Untitled (still life with porcelain #3), 3D rendering and photography.

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3D renderings of various creatures….

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Above is an installation piece with secret silent film/animation hiding within.  Inside is a 3D animation on loop based on folktale about two women finding shelter under a whale skull amid the frozen landscape:

Animation below is based on folktale about the origins of snow. Ancient whale left the ocean to die on land.
Air and wind withered away his body until all left was a colossal heart. It wasn’t too long before it too gave away. When it burst open millions of white particles escaped and fell all over the ground.

What a beautiful story about the origins of snow!!

Stanislav Ginzburg is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Orenburg, Russia.  A lot of Stanislav’s artwork is inspired by folktales that deal with nature, strange species, microcosmic organisms, as well as animals which could have been living on earth or not. 

http://www.stanislavginzburg.com


November 14, 2010

DRAWINGS BY HIROYUKI DOI

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Hiroyuki Doi drawing, design squish blog

Hiroyuki Doi drawings, design squish blog

“Suppose every creature is a circle, which exists in this world, how many of them can I draw? This is my life’s work and my challenge… By drawing circles I feel I am alive and existing in the cosmos.” — Hiroyuki Doi


Hiroyuki Doi cosmos drawings, design squish blog

 


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November 08, 2010

SKY

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New watercolor http://anastasiaugorskaya.com


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October 21, 2010

BUY SNOWBALLS (BEFORE THEY ARE GONE)

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snowballs, finnish design, helsinki design district, design squish blog

Handmade snowballs made from rubber and seeds by Everyday Design.

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Above: Artist David Hammons selling real(100% snow)
snowballs on the streets of New York.


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October 18, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOSHUA CITARELLA

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Oak Tree, Spring
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5

climbing an oak tree, design squish blog

Oak Tree, Winter
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5

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Sealed and Buried For All Time
2010, C-print, 30 x 40”, edition of 5

Striking photographs by Joshua Citarella. 


October 14, 2010

HATCHLING

hatchling performance, design squish blog

hatchling performance, design squish blog

Nathaniel Lieb’s MFA performance piece Hatchling:

http://www.youtube.com/Lx4pbXTJ0J8

Nathaniel Lieb grew up in Lexington, MA, went to Syracuse University, Brooklyn College and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The forms in his sculptures/performances suggest natural structures like the mud daubers nests, however they were inspired by the conjoined impulses of measuring/mapping the extent of ones physical reach given a particular stance and the desire to make a sculptural form without having a pre-conceived idea of the finished form, rather responding to the situational relationship between myself the space and the materials. The similarity to nests lies in the similarity of method.  Both are built around the body from the inside out.
Nathaniel uses the cardboard because it is from the waste stream, is cheap (free) and available. “When I am finished with them they can be recycled, I love the way the material handles and looks. It has great tactile and manipulational advantages. I also like the color and textural variations within any given source, from smooth and hard to ribbed and gray. I like that I can tear it for an irregular edge” - Nathaniel.

Mud wasp nest above my door entrance:

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October 08, 2010

TREES. ROXY PAINE

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Tree drawings and sculptures by Roxy Paine.


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October 03, 2010

HAPPY LITTLE TREE

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Sculpture on Governor’s Island, New York.


September 28, 2010

BIRDHOUSES

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unconventional bird houses made from odd objects, design squish blog

Unconventional artsy birdhouses made from odd objects and milk crates.  I saw them on Reference Library and fell in love with ever since!

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DRAWINGS BY ARNAR ASGEIRSSON

art and nature, drawings by ARNAR ASGEIRSSON, design squish blog

art and nature, drawings by ARNAR ASGEIRSSON, design squish blog

art and nature, drawings by ARNAR ASGEIRSSON, design squish blog

art and nature, drawings by ARNAR ASGEIRSSON, design squish blog

Nature and art in the eyes of Arnar Asgeirsson.

http://www.arnarasgeirsson.com/


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September 22, 2010

OLAV WESTPHALEN

olav westphalen, art, sculpture, design squish blog

olav westphalen, art, sculpture, design squish blog


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September 18, 2010

FRAGILE FLOWERS: DUTCH PAINTERS AND NATURE DETAILS

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Detail from: A Still Life of Tulips and Other Flowers.
Jacob Marrel
1681, Oil on Canvas

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Details from: A Glass of flowers and Orange Twig
Abraham Mignon
1660, Oil on canvas


September 16, 2010

SCRAP ECOLOGY:  INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL GOERS

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Above: Shelving/vase system displaying thistles, dried plants and exotic flowers.

Daniel Goers is a local Brooklyn designer, architect and artist who has a show right now called Scrap Ecology at Brooklyn coffee shop K-Dog in Lefferts Gardens.  All pieces are made from reclaimed materials except some lighting components. Daniel has been collecting scrap materials and remaking them into beautiful designs and sculptures for some time now. His other great project is in collaboration with artist Jennifer Wong called Birdtown. Fifty birdhouses were built from recycled materials and installed in Fort Greene:


http://myrtleavenuebirdtown.com/


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Above:
Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong.


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Above: Birdhouse from Birdtown.

Scrap Ecology aims to rearrange the raw materials of our urban and natural environments into objects with new meaning and purpose. These materials include abandoned shipping pallets from Red Hook, wood cutoffs from carpentry projects, recycled packaging, discarded architectural samples, donated plant stems and foraged specimens from Prospect Park and the mountains of Harriman State Park.


http://dgoers.com


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Why reclaimed materials?

New York is a great place to find raw materials to build with.  every day the streets are filled with “trash” that can be so much more. But maybe the best reason is that material is free. The reclaimed material also tends to have more character.


Do you enjoy living in New York? Would you if you had an opportunity move somewhere where there are more trees and less garbage?

Of course, New York is a great place to be a designer but my sculptures do hint at the desire to be closer to nature.  I would love to live in a barn in the mountains but in the meantime I will work to bring nature to people’s homes here.


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Above: Lamp made from glass jar moss terrariums.


Why do you think using reclaimed materials is popular today? 

It’s just marketing for many people. I like to believe that myself and many other designers simply see some intrinsic value and potential in the waste around us. What was once a shipping pallet can become a hundred new things, so why cut down another tree?  More people come to this realization and the ‘green’ movement will become less about marketing & more a part of the collective conscience.

 


September 10, 2010

AHH…

vija celmins, design squish blog

I love this painting by Vija Celmins.


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September 09, 2010

SUN BOXES

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Sun Boxes  are installations by Craig Colorusso powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.


June 22, 2010

A FOREST FLOOR STILL LIFE…

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Forest Floor Still Life by Otto Marseus Van Schrieck. Otto was a Dutch painter best known for mysterious dark close-ups of the live undergrowth of forest floors that give detailed views of
wild flowers, weeds, thistles, and mushrooms, lives of insects.

Even though it is not really a still-life, I think this painting is particularly amazing because of how still it is.


June 04, 2010

LAND ART /  FOREST ART

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Signe Parsegel land art.

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Forest Art Wisconsin.

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Michel de Broin “Superficial”


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May 18, 2010

IRINA ZATULOVSKAYA

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Irina paints on old wood boards, closet and wardrobe doors, metal pieces or simply on rocks she finds.  Irina’s paintings remind of Russian Orthodox icons, Avant-garde 1910-1920 and Russian folk art.  She paints portraits of Russian writers, happy couples, books, subjects and objects from villages and dacha life.  Irina says: The objects I paint on are just means of expression but their past affects my paintings. I find them in the garbage ...or they find me.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, portrait. 2004. Oil on reclaimed wood. From “Russian Writers” series.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Requiem. Series of portraits. 2000-2001. Oil on wood

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Nikolai Semyonovish Leskov, portrait. 2004 from “Russian Writers” series.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Sugar. 2002. Oil on found metal.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Beloved vegetable garden. 1995. Oil on wood.

 


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May 10, 2010

ECO ART: DEAD STAR

ECO ART: DEAD STAR BY MICHEL DE BROIN

ECO ART: DEAD STAR BY MICHEL DE BROIN

Sculpture by Michel de Broin made from discarded batteries.


April 19, 2010

DESIRE FOR PERMANENCE

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“Biopsy” photograph series by Yedda Morrison

This work takes as its starting point the human desire for permanence, a desire made acute by the inevitability of our passing. If photography itself is a manifestation of this desire, our attempt to arrest or “still life,” plastic plants and flowers are a low-rent corollary. Suspended mid bloom and scattered throughout graveyards and empty parlors, they offer the promise of perennial youth, an eternal flowering, life ever after. Fake flowers both immortalize and render static the natural world. As such, they articulate a crisis between beauty and horror, desire and loss, artificiality and “the natural.” In our fall from the “pre” or “no” time of Eden, we have landed squarely in the artificial garden, the stilled remains of paradise. These sights of frozen or no time and the scale, duration and technology that make them possible, work to articulate a world where boundaries between the real and the artificial are increasingly blurred. If, in our contemporary moment, we are experiencing a gradual substitution of the machine for the body/mind, the image for the thing, and the simulation of the environment for the environment itself, then perhaps we are realizing Robert Smithson’s “frozen actuality,” the hallucinatory disjunction where “nothing is known but the impenetrable surfaces,” where “the artificial ingenuity of time allows no return to nature.”

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April 13, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLISON BEONDE

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“I have been trying to visually find a means to express the turbulence, sadness and strange beauty that comes with personal struggles, relationships and dealing with one’s own personal history in a more poetic way. Whenever something arises in my life that is profound, I find that nature always mimics it, and some of the shots I take grow into more rich personal symbols as time advances. I am interested in this use of image as a sort of personal time-capsule of my own struggles with anxiety, self-doubt and frustration”  - Allison

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February 23, 2010

TROUVELOT ASTRONOMY ILLUSTRATIONS

trouvelot november meteors

November Meteors

astronomy scientific illustration, mare humorum

Mare Humorum. From Study made in 1875.

trouvelot astronomy sun as revealed by telescope

Sun as Revealed by Telescope and Spectroscope


February 20, 2010

THE LAST OF THE WILD FRONTIER LANDS

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White Wolf in Mossland, chromogenic print

Canadian artist Adam Makarenko creates series of dioramas which are then photographed with altered perspective.  Influenced by science and nature, Adam creates photographs concerned with human manipulation of nature.


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Pursuit, chromogenic print


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Cessna, archival pigment print


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HWY Drive, chromogenic print


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There is a raven on our way down the northern highway

Adam grew up in Atikokan, Northern Ontario, where the caribou once roamed. “When Adam was growing up there, Atikokan was coated in red ore dust, and boasted two of the largest ore mines in the world. It was nestled in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness, isolated from the rest of the world. In 1980 the mines shut down, and it was at that point when Adam began to nurture his artistic ideas by exploring fields of endless moss, muddy swamps, thick boreal forests, and abandoned open pit mines” - from website.


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February 18, 2010

ANDREW WYETH TREES

andrew wyeth and trees, spring beauty

Spring Beauty
1943

Found on EMPIRICISM, new blog aimed at keeping track of all things beautiful, innovative or interesting.


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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

beetle love, valentines day card

I actually do not remember where I found this post card or who made it but I really love it.


February 14, 2010

ENRIQUE MARTINEZ CELAYA PAINTINGS

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings


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January 29, 2010

IVAN SHISHKIN AND TINY DETAILS

Ivan Shishkin, Winter

Ivan Shishkin. Winter. 1890.  Oil on canvas.

Ivan shishkin, Winter detail

(Winter, detail with bird)

Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin born in 1832,  was a Russian painter who is known for his realistic forest landscapes, paintings of wildlife, grasses and especially pine trees. I like the tiny details in his paintings. Click on the images to see in full resolution.


Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field, 1878. Oil on Canvas,

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

(The Rye Field, detail with grasses)

Ivan Shishkin. The Rye Field

(The Rye Field, detail with birds)


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