SNOW AND WILLIAM KURELEK

william kurelek snow mountain

after blizzard in manitoba william kurelek


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October 23, 2009

PAINTING SNOW

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Ben Reeves

“These works highlight formal structures while causing the figurative image to slip away within an apparently abstract field: the language of representation supersedes its subject. Reeves investigates the inevitable gap between ‘reality’ and representation: a space where the world is rationalized through visual conventions.”


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October 21, 2009

LANE CODER

white forest, still, photograph, lane coder

still lake, photography, lane coder

ocean, photograph

landscape, photograph

city, smog, photograph

landscape, photograph from above, river

Beautiful photographs by LANE CODER.  Found on ART RUBY


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October 20, 2009

TREES BY ED PIEN

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October 19, 2009

RAG CHAIR

        rag chair

Chair made from recycled , reused fabric pieces /  discarded scraps. By Fernando and Humberto Campana from Brazil.


AUREL SCHMIDT

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Burn face, Aurel schmidt

Vancouver and New York based artist Aurel Schmidt.


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ISLANDS AND BREATHING SPACE

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Island #2
Janaki Lennie
oil on canvas

Island
2008

My artwork is a response to my immediate surroundings and in a larger context to our complex relationship with the natural environment. My recent relocation from downtown Houston, Texas to St John’s, Newfoundland represented a dramatic shift in my point of view. I have been inspired by the wonderful coastline of this province and its unique social and political situation to explore the mystique that islands hold in our culture and history.
Islands fire the imagination, sometimes as places of entrapment or dread but more often as alluring utopias shimmering on the horizon, promising a serenity normally absent from modern life, an image often at odds with the reality of their isolation.
This series of paintings explores the island as an ephemeral vision, slightly beyond reach, embedded in an uncertain atmospheric space and separated, sometimes by distance, sometimes by the trappings of urban existence. The nostalgic pull of this island dream persists. - Janaki Lennie

breathing space, ainting

breathing space, painting

Breathing Space
2006

For the last several years, I have explore the possibility of calm in the midst of chaotic contemporary experience, which is believe is often characterized by a profound disconnection between people and the natural world. They present the natural world as the experience of space itself; her images push man and nature to opposite sides.  The images are softened models of industrial sites and/or intensely lit tree limbs existing together or facing each other.  Her colors suggest distortion of light through pollution, another unseen sense of man’s presence. The final result is a strangely beautiful and surreal illumination of an imaginary window of space and stillness of time. -Janaki Lennie


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October 18, 2009

CREEKSIDE GRASSES

creekside grasses, painting, gordon smith

Creek Tangle A/2, 2009
Gordon Smith
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 67 in.

creek tangle, painting, gordon smith

Creekside Grasses #1, 2009
Gordon Smith
Acrylic on Canvas
67 x 85 in.


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KEVIN SCHMIDT

fog, photograph

Installation view, Fog, 2004
2 rollei medium format projectors,
medium format slides

fog, photograph

Fog study, 2004
Lightjet photo
24” × 24”

fog, photograph

Fog study, 2004
Lightjet photo
24” × 24”

fog, photograph

Fog study, 2004
Lightjet photo
24” × 24”

burning bush, art, kevin schmidt

Burning Bush, 2005
HD DVD
05:03:15

burning bush, installation

Burning Bush, 2005
HD DVD
05:03:15

face lake, photograph, painting

Face Lake, 2006
KEVIN SCHMIDT
Lightjet photo
48” × 48 ½”

little blue lake, photograph, painting, kevin schmidt

Little Blue Lake, 2006
KEVIN SCHMIDT
Lightjet photo
48” × 48 ½”

johnson lake, kevin schmidt

Johnson Lake, 2006
KEVIN SCHMIDT
Lightjet photo
48” × 48 ½”


sad wolf, installation

Installation view,
Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)

sad wolf, installation

Installation view,
Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)

sad wolf, installation

Still, Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)

sad wolf, installation

Still, Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)


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PRAIRIE

Kevin O'Connel

Semi #2, 1999
Kevin O’Connell
Platinum palladium photograph
4.75 x 6.5 inch

prairie erosion

Erosion #3, 2001
Kevin O’Connell
Platinum palladium photograph
4.75 x 6.5 inches

jet trail, kevin O'Connel

Jet Trail #4, #2/25, 2001
Kevin O’Connell
Platinum palladium photograph
4.75 x 6.5 inches


Prairie photographs by Kevin O’Connell


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ANTIQUE VINTAGE TABLEWARE

old vintage bowls

old vintage plates

Red Chair Antiques.  Found on Wabi & Sabi blog.


October 12, 2009

WHATCOM MUSEUM - THE LIGHTCATCHER BUILDING

bellingham, whatcom museum new building

new museum, lightcatcher

The Lightcatcher building (opening- November 14, 2009) designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects will feature multiple exhibit spaces in new climate controlled galleries. The Lightcatcher is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) Silver standard and includes a “green” roof, providing a venue for the Museum to offer programs around sustainability and conservation.


lightcatcher building-art museum, bellingham, wa


“The basic concept for this new museum is that museum turned inside out—to make the building as active on the outside as it will be on the inside. An iconic 36-foot-tall, 180-foot-long translucent wall, “the lightcatcher,” is conceived as the focal point and backdrop to a central courtyard that will become a new gathering place for the city. The exterior of the museum will be an invitation to engage in art and will allow pedestrians walking by to view the art and activity within” - Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects


October 08, 2009

ICELAND GREEN

iceland green saculant

iceland green fern cave

iceland waterfall and moss paradise

iceland moss


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September 27, 2009

CORNFLOWER


blue cornflower field

Mandra on Earth Day Network writes: When I was a child, the cornflower was a very common view in every grainfield in Sweden (we grow barley, wheat, rye and oat), as in many other countries. Then, because of the over-use of herbicides, they disappearded, I haven’t seen them in over 40 years!
When I last traveled from my country-house to Stockholm - they where suddenly there again! Not everywhere, of course, but i saw a huge field with this blue in it - it was a lovely scene! :—)
Centaurea cyanus (cornflower) in the past often grew as a weed in crop fields all over Europe, hence its name (fields growing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats were formerly known as “corn fields” in England). It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat.


September 17, 2009

PINE FOREST, UKRAINE


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September 13, 2009

BOOKSHELF

bookshelf made from recycled books

Book’s Shelf. Bookshelf made from books by Bernardo Gaeiras, Rietveld Academie Sandberg Institute.


September 12, 2009

ART MADE WITH NATURAL MATERIALS: WOLFGANG LAIB

wofgang laib, contemporary art, minimalism

Wolfgang Laib ar Work

wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials, pollen

Wolfgang Laib was born on 25 March 1950 in Metzingen, Germany. Laib studied medicine in the 1970s in Tübingen. From early on he had been interested in art, foreign cultures, Zen Buddhism and Taoism as well as in the mystics of the European middle ages.
Wolfgang Laib employs natural materials, such as beeswax, rice and large quantities of intense, yellow pollen that he collects by hand near where he lives in a small village in southern Germany.  He has spent time in the Far East and in New York.


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials, rice, marble

Wolfgang Laib
Rice House, 1990
marble and rice
7 3/8 x 25 3/8 x 4 7/8 inches


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials,

Wolfgang Laib
Ziggurat, 1999
Beeswax, wood


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials,

Wolfgang Laib
Ricehouse, 1988/89
White marble, rice, pollen from hazelnut


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials,

Wolfgang Laib
The Five Mountains Not to Climb On (Die fünf unbesteigbaren Berge), 1984.
Hazelnut pollen, height: approximately 2 3/4 inches.


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials

Wolfgang Laib
Milkstone, 2001
Marble and milk
2 3/8 x 23 7/16 x 28 3/4 inches


Milkstone sculpture is a block of marble into which very shallow depressions are sanded and then filled with milk.


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September 08, 2009

TERRI ZUPANC PRINTS AND PAINTINGS

ink single brushstroke painting, terri zupanc

Untitled
Ink on paper, 33 x 60 inches
2002



These works of ink and watercolor on Chinese paper are influenced by Terri Zupanc’s continued interest in Japanese and Chinese painting and Zen Buddhism. Zupanc’s forms record a moment in time. Terri: “my interest in simplifying form has continued into an interest in simplifying process, with many of the pieces being done in one breath.”

contemporary ink painting, terri zupanc

Terri Zupanc
Untitled, 2002
Watercolor on paper
30 x 30 inches


japanese ink calligraphy inspired painting

Terri Zupanc
Untitled, 2002
Ink on paper, 55 x 70 inches


contemporary ink painting, influenced by zen buddhism

Terri Zupanc
Untitled, 2002
Ink on paper, 30 x 30 inches


terri zupanc, contemporary etching

Terri Zupanc
Untitled(Creek) 1997
etching, Edition of 35
24 x 22 inches



etching, contemporary

Terri Zupanc
Untitled(Brown Creek) 1997
etching, Edition of 35
24 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches


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September 07, 2009

BIODEGRADABLE ORGANIC MOSS CARPET

Biodegradable moss planter, organic carpet consisting of assortment of mosses


Biodegradable moss carpet


Biodegradable moss planter(organic carpet consisting of assortment of mosses) by Japan-based flower artist Makoto Azuma  

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September 06, 2009

SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

john james audubon, finch bird scientific illustration

john james audubon scientific illustration

john james audubon, blue birds

Falcon, scientific illustration by John James Audubon

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration poster

mushroom illustrations poster

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration, podosinoviki

hummingbird, scientific illlustration

Hummingbird

hummingbird, scientific illlustration, detail


Humming bird, detail


bird scientific illustration

Crimson necked bullfinch


BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

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Brunonia Serica
Ferdinand Bauer
1760-1826
from Floral Illustrations of New Holland

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Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
15th or 16th century
Gouache on vellum

old botanical illustration

From Vienna Dioscorides

old botanical illustration

From Vienna Dioscorides

old botanical illustration, grape wine, Codex Anitia Juliana

Botanical Illustration from Codex Anicia Juliana, AD 512

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From Vienna Dioscorides

lower illustration, botanical, Ferdinand Bauer

Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia)
Ferdinand Bauer
Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae
Early 19th century


botanical illustration for brooklyn botanic garden, adele rossetti morosini

Adele Morosini Rossetti (for Botanic Garden)
Rosa Abraham Darby
Watercolor , color pencil, tempera on paper



clifornia flowering plant, botanic illustration

California flowering plant


california snow flower, botanic illustration


California snow flower

peruvian flowering cactus, botanic illustration


Peruvian flowering cactus


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September 05, 2009

IBN WAGENINGEN ATRIUM

Behnisch IBN Wageningen atrium, green architecture

From http://www.redesign.co.il/


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August 21, 2009

ELECTRIC CAR…... FINALLY

electric car

Nissan’s electric automobile (EV) is set to go on sale in Japan, the U.S. and Europe next year. The blue hatchback had a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front. Nissan has promised that the Leaf, which goes into mass-production as a global model in 2012, will be about the same price as a gas-engine car such as the 1.5 million yen ($15,000) Tiida, which sells abroad as the Versa, starting at about $10,000.


August 03, 2009

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING: EARTHSHIP

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An Earthship is a type of home made of natural and recycled materials.  Earthships designed by Earthship Biotecture  and are built from 45% recycled materials - tires, bottles, cans.  Earth-filled tires utilize thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. Earthships also usually incorporate their own special natural ventilation system.

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Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources - energy from the sun, rain. For example, windows on the sunny side admit light and heat, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. Likewise, the thick, dense outer walls provide effective insulation against summer heat.
Internal, non-load-bearing walls are often made of a honeycomb of recycled cans joined by concrete and are referred to as tin can walls. These walls are usually thickly plastered with stucco.

Sustainable housing: Earthship

The Earthship costs next to nothing to operate annually and is independent of all municipal utilities.  Earthship Biotecture has a building prototype that harvests its own electricity and water; contains and treats its own sewage;  and heats and cools itself without fuel and produces a significant amount of food.


August 02, 2009

RECYCLED WINDOWS GLASS HOUSE

Modern house from recycled windows, Christiania

Glass house made from recycled glass windows in Freetown Christiania, neighborhood/commune in Copenhagen, Denmark created during the hippie movement. Christiania has its own flag and its own set of rules independent from the Danish government. Within Christiania itself no cars are allowed, stealing is forbidden as well as violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs and bikers’ colors.





July 19, 2009

SUSTAINABLE TRAILER PARK

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Emergency Response Studio, by Paul Villinski, is a solar-powered, mobile artist’s studio, rebuilt from an old trailer. An artist needs to be mobile and free just in case of the ocean water rising because Greenland is melting, and other devastating natural disasters, such as Katrina in New Orleans. 


PLASTIC WORLD INTO CERAMIC

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Ceramic rubber duckie by Futility l.t.d Really cool.

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Ceramic milk carton bt Hanna Risgaard.

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COEXISTENCE…...MINEO MIZUNO

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I ♥  Mineo Mizuno sculptures. Mineo Mizuno was born in Japan and currently resides in Los angeles, CA.  Water-drop/pebble like large ceramic forms are covered in small holes in which mosses are planted.


July 18, 2009

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