Eternity Clock

I guess it should come as no surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I like objects around the concept of time. I like how time is simultaneously stretchy and rigid, I’m endlessly challenged by the notion of planning for the future but living for the moment, and the necessity of thinking about projects…

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Cross-species Collaboration

Over the past year, I’ve highlighted a few examples of land art by some wonderful artists. Land art is the integration of land, space, and natural elements as art. The works are often impermanent, or subject to slow alteration and deterioration, as part of the artist’s intent. Art that is written in the sand and…

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Pocket of Protest

We were in Trondheim, Norway, last week – the third largest city in the country. It’s a tidy collection of picturesque wood houses, some modern developments that blend in well to the existing architecture and environment – and then this small stretch of alternative existence between a posh harbor development, an industrial area of what…

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Barrel Art, Without the Whisky

I feel that so many traditional handicrafts qualify as art, and one of these still has to be barrel-making – the cooper’s art. When it comes to whisky, the type of barrel used and what was previously stored in the barrel make up a good portion of the art of the spirit. A few years…

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Reflected Structures

I came across these images today – paintings by Greg Dunn, a painter who recently completed a PhD in Neuroscience. Or a neuroscientist who is currently painting. At any rate, he paints natural subjects, some of the neuroscientific kind, using a lot of gold leaf and influences from the Japanese Edo Period. I like the…

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Animal Aesthetics

Who hasn’t marvelled over an intricate spider’s web at one point or another, admiring the beauty of its filigree almost-uniformity? Or wondered how birds know just exactly how to construct a nest that will make efficient use of available materials, withstand the elements, and be able to hold both eggs and then squirmy young? Still,…

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Smoky Tornado

The creation of a good whisky, like any other good alcohol, involves an alchemy of place, weather, ingredients, containers and skill. All the tangibles that go into making an intangible experience, taste. Bompas & Parr have created an art installation that refines a whisky experience (in this case, of Talisker single malt) into the very…

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Seeing all the way through

Nick Veasey is a 47-year-old English artist who x-rays things. Lots of things. “I’m interested in how things work, and x-rays show what’s happening under the surface,” he says. “Plus, they look cool.” I’m not quite sure what Nick Veasey is up to with his x-ray art – but I like the way it looks.…

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