Fog and Ice, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland, September 2006 BUY
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!
Read more about American Prairie Reserve:
Botanic illustration drawings by Ernst Haeckel
Mycetozoa (still life with porcelain #4), from Hidden Place series. Inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s botanic illustrations, 3D rendering and photography.
Portrait of Ernst Haeckel.
Mycetozoa drawings by Ernst Haeckel.
Untitled (still life with porcelain #2), from Hidden Place series, 3D rendering and photography..
Untitled (still life with porcelain #3), 3D rendering and photography.
3D renderings of various creatures….
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.
“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
Handmade snowballs made from rubber and seeds by Everyday Design.
Above: Artist David Hammons selling real(100% snow)
snowballs on the streets of New York.
Oak Tree, Spring
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5
Oak Tree, Winter
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5
Sealed and Buried For All Time
2010, C-print, 30 x 40”, edition of 5
Striking photographs by Joshua Citarella.
Nathaniel Lieb’s MFA performance piece Hatchling:
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:
Tree drawings and sculptures by Roxy Paine.
Sculpture on Governor’s Island, New York.
Unconventional artsy birdhouses made from odd objects and milk crates. I saw them on Reference Library and fell in love with ever since!
Nature and art in the eyes of Arnar Asgeirsson.
Detail from: A Still Life of Tulips and Other Flowers.
1681, Oil on Canvas
Details from: A Glass of flowers and Orange Twig
1660, Oil on canvas
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:
Above: Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Signe Parsegel land art.
Forest Art Wisconsin.
Michel de Broin “Superficial”
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.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, portrait. 2004. Oil on reclaimed wood. From “Russian Writers” series.
Requiem. Series of portraits. 2000-2001. Oil on wood
Nikolai Semyonovish Leskov, portrait. 2004 from “Russian Writers” series.
Sugar. 2002. Oil on found metal.
Beloved vegetable garden. 1995. Oil on wood.
Sculpture by Michel de Broin made from discarded batteries.
“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.”
“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
Mare Humorum. From Study made in 1875.
Sun as Revealed by Telescope and Spectroscope
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.
Pursuit, chromogenic print
Cessna, archival pigment print
HWY Drive, chromogenic print
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.
Found on EMPIRICISM, new blog aimed at keeping track of all things beautiful, innovative or interesting.
I actually do not remember where I found this post card or who made it but I really love it.
Ivan Shishkin. Winter. 1890. Oil on canvas.
(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.
(The Rye Field, detail with grasses)
(The Rye Field, detail with birds)