PopMuse: Sculpture http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ ’Tis not the season for cheesy songs | Brief letters https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/11/tis-not-the-season-for-cheesy-songs https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/11/tis-not-the-season-for-cheesy-songs Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:23:51 UTC Letters at Sculpture | The Guardian Welsh border towns | Paolozzi statue | Christmas songs | Brexit metricsThe Harp (50 of the cosiest places to stay around the UK this winter, 9 November) is indeed a worthy winner of the country pub of the year but to suggest that the place to visit is Hay on Wye when much closer are the two brilliant little towns of Presteigne and Kington is madness. The glorious walk to the latter along Hergest Ridge will improve your wellbeing so much more than plodding around bookshops. Also, remember there’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes. Janis BellOld Radnor, Powys• What a pity that the Arts Council didn’t think of relocating the Eduardo Paolozzi sculpture from outside Euston station (Historic sculpture stranded in middle of building site, 11 November) to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.Ann NewellThame, Oxfordshire Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The time of her life: how Nnena Kalu turned Patrick Swayze videos into art https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/11/nnena-kalu-compulsive-art-disabled-artist https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/11/nnena-kalu-compulsive-art-disabled-artist Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:57:17 UTC Tom Emery at Sculpture | The Guardian Kalu, who has autism, channelled her compulsive behaviour into creativity – and now her bristling, energetic work is wowing HullHumber Street Gallery in Hull was a blank slate two days ago, but by the time I arrive the ground-floor space is already half full with newly made sculptures. Nnena Kalu works fast and she works big. The artist repurposes waste material like old VHS tape, and as I watch her in action, she unspools it in long, satisfying reams to garnish her boldly expressive sculptures. A massive stockpile of raw material sits at one end of the gallery, from videotapes to assorted coloured adhesive tapes, and piles of fabric, like puzzle pieces waiting Kalu to fit them together and make sense of them.She paces across the gallery at regular intervals to dive into this trove, beginning a process that repeats its basic steps yet produces something new each time. A pre-made group of boulder-like forms are bound together, and then attached to an ingenious system of adjustable frame-like structures, where they’re wrapped and bound further, to create messy forms that seem to bristle with energy. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Arts body criticised for leaving Paolozzi sculpture on Euston building site https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/11/arts-body-criticised-for-leaving-paolozzi-sculpture-on-euston-building-site https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/11/arts-body-criticised-for-leaving-paolozzi-sculpture-on-euston-building-site Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:01:03 UTC Dalya Alberge at Sculpture | The Guardian Two buildings around artwork are being demolished as part of HS2 redevelopmentArts Council England has been criticised for failing to remove a sculpture by the British artist Eduardo Paolozzi from outside Euston railway station, where it is now in the middle of a building site as part of redevelopment work to prepare for HS2.Toby Treves, a former Tate curator and trustee of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation, said the council had assured him that it would transfer the sculpture to another site by the end of last year, but nothing had happened. It is understood meetings took place last week about another possible site. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Painting With Code: UI Engineer Diana Smith Creates Baroque-Inspired Portraits with CSS http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/7EvUypf0t_U/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/7EvUypf0t_U/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 16:29:25 UTC Christopher Jobson at Colossal With little more than a text editor—and years of experience as a web developer—UI engineer Diana Adrianne Smith creates Flemish and baroque inspired portraits using HTML and CSS, the two primary presentation markup languages designed to display web pages. The portraits fill thousands of lines of code, and Smith has a stringent rule that leaves this former web developer a little flabbergasted: all elements must be typed out by hand. Meaning that she doesn’t rely on libraries, shortcuts, or some kind of visual editor. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Salvador Dalí’s Surreal Tarot Card Designs from the 1970’s to be Released as a Complete Deck http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/Zg9iTelYAbo/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/Zg9iTelYAbo/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:43:41 UTC Laura Staugaitis at Colossal The surrealist master Salvador Dal� often dabbled in modes of mainstream culture, whether designing wine guides, appearing on game shows, or—in this instance—designing a deck of tarot cards for a James Bond film. Dal� undertook the project in the early 1970’s for Live and Let Die, starring Roger Moore and Jane Seymour. The deck didn’t end up appearing in the film, apparently due to Dal�’s high fees, but the artist continued to work on the cards for a decade and completed them in 1984. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Not Just For Bookworms: Helsinki’s Oodi Central Library Connects Residents Through Multi-Faceted Cultural Resources http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/2MFsWfa3UpQ/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/2MFsWfa3UpQ/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:32:49 UTC Laura Staugaitis at Colossal Readers, researchers, and other curious residents are encouraged to gather together in a massive new ship-shaped library in Helsinki, Finland. Designed by ALA Architects, Oodi Central Library, the long and narrow structure features a sweeping wooden exterior topped with two stories of glass walls. Oodi Central Library is situated in the heart of Helsinki, nestled in the capital city’s cultural district. About one-third of the space is dedicated to books. A cafe, restaurant, public balcony, movie theater, recording studios, and a maker-space broaden the institution’s ability to connect with, and serve the needs of, a diverse population. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Trevor Proudfoot obituary https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/08/trevor-proudfoot-obituary https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/08/trevor-proudfoot-obituary Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:10:46 UTC David Adshead at Sculpture | The Guardian Stonemason who conserved and restored historic buildings using techniques that were true to their originsThe stonemason Trevor Proudfoot, who has died aged 65 following complications from pancreatic cancer, pioneered the adoption of traditional materials, techniques and craftsmanship in conservation. He was a conservator in stone and plaster with a maker’s sensibility, a historian’s understanding and a curator’s eye. When an old building or sculpture needed attention, he always looked to prolong its life and beauty in the fewest possible steps.As a young man he trained under the London stonemason John Bysouth. In 1979, when he was working with John’s sons on the conservation of the 14th-century Bristol High Cross, which since the mid 18th century has stood in the landscape gardens at Stourhead in Wiltshire, Trevor’s skills were noticed by David Winfield, the National Trust’s first surveyor of conservation. In the early 1980s, as the charity’s newly appointed adviser for the conservation of stone and plaster, Trevor established a statuary conservation workshop on the Cliveden estate in Berkshire. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Project Reset Diverts Low-Level Offenders from Court with Art Workshops in New York City http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/Em9_YslozJc/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/Em9_YslozJc/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:01:51 UTC Laura Staugaitis at Colossal A unique program in New York City created by the Center for Court Innovation offers people who have committed a low-level crime like trespassing or criminal mischief the opportunity to completely divert their case out of the traditional court system. Instead, participants in the Project Reset initiative meet in group settings with teaching artists to share a dialogue about works of art over a three-hour course. Upon successful completion of the program, the case is declined by the local district attorney’s office, the arrest record is sealed, and the individual never sets foot in a court room. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ It Was Better Tomorrow: Fashion Designer Benjamin Benmoyal Creates Powerful Silhouettes Using Recycled Materials http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/C0GnEOI_yko/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/C0GnEOI_yko/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:19:42 UTC Laura Staugaitis at Colossal Hulking silhouettes are enlivened with vibrant multi-colored stripes in futuristic garments by fashion student Benjamin Benmoyal. The fabric for the collection, titled “It Was Better Tomorrow”, was woven on a loom using discarded video and cassette tapes intermingled with recycled yarns and Tencel (a wood pulp-derived fiber). In an interview with Dezeen, the French-Israeli designer explained that he was feeling pessimistic about the world after his compulsory service as an 18 year old in the Israeli army. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A Monochrome Dystopian World Holds an Eerie Beauty in New Animated Music Video for Thom Yorke http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/7rEL4K6la5o/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/colossal/~3/7rEL4K6la5o/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:20:03 UTC Laura Staugaitis at Colossal Saad Moosajee (previously) shows the richness and emotional power that can be found in grey-scale animation with his new music video for Thom Yorke. “Last I heard (…He Was Circling the Drain)” brings Yorke’s single to life in a hazy dystopian world populated by crowds of anonymous figures. Moosajee tells Colossal that the animation is comprised of more than 3,000 individual frames. Using 3-D and 2-D animation techniques, Moosajee and the team layered over the frames, integrating crowd simulation, charcoal washing, fire simulation, and stop motion powder texturing. More http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/