Lana Norris

Lana Norris is a recent graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, where she double majored in Piano Performance and Theology. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she moved as soon as possible to New York City. She is spending a year gaining experience as a collaborative pianist and preparing for graduate school; she is pleased to be working with IAM in curating content for artists pursuing thoughtful and communally affective creation. Lana is currently enjoying walking her lush neighborhood of Washington Heights and mastering the NYC subway system.

BMW i3 and Design

July 29th was the international debut of the all-new BMW i3 electric car. While clearly part of the BMW brand, BMW Group’s lead designer Adrian van Hooydonk talks about the new fusion of design and eco-awareness that they hope to bring to the automobile industry.

“The design or the shape of the thing becomes the most important means of explaining what it is or what it can do,” van Hooydonk says. [1] While other electric cars attempt to retain the sporty shape of cars traditionally meant for a combustion engine, van Hooydonk says that this car is “not about how fast; it’s about how good, how efficient … It’s authentic.” [2]

The i3 has a dashboard made of dried grass; its driving is emission-free; its navigation chooses the most energy efficient route and analyzes your driving style against energy needs. All the while, the new i3 is attempting to pioneer an aesthetic unique to its luxurious field.

 

[1, 2] Quote

[3] Images via coolhunting

 

Aerial Candy

Photographer Jakob Wagner specializes in wide-angle and aerial photographs, working both commercially and privately. Based in Dusseldorf, he travels the world and uses both his flights and destinations as an opportunity for his craft. The images below should whet your appetite to lose yourself in his website.

 

 

Initial discovery via COLOSSAL.

 

 

Let’s Eat Paper

It may or may not have been lunchtime when I discovered this treat. Artist and designer Pawel Piotrowski has created the Sandwich Book, a book made from pages fashioned to look like common sandwich ingredients. Sandwich Book utilizes many different textures of paper and unusual page shapes.

While the playful nature of the book is what initially caught my eye, consideration of the images refreshed my standard concept of “book”.

Take a look-see … after lunch.

 

via Colossal

On Artistry and Human Dignity

Artists create not only for the sheer joy of the creative act, but also to meet the challenge it inevitably entails—to communicate and articulate an aspect of reality that is best heard, shown, or experienced. In this way, the artist gives form to the intangible dimensions of humanity. In viewing art, one is given the privilege to peer into the artist’s soul; invited, as it were, to receive the artist’s gift of himself, through his work. In this way, art is an act of love that provides a voice for what would otherwise remain hidden.

Art enables us to move beyond ourselves, and to shape, through our imagination, the world in which we live. We affirm the transformative power of art in society and culture, and its capacity to reveal man’s desire for the transcendent. We encourage artists to participate in the noble work of elevating the human spirit, which we believe is the great task of art in the modern world. In this way, artists have a crucial role in understanding human life, and building societies and cultures that affirm the dignity of every human person.

~ from the World Youth Alliance‘s Declaration on Art and the Human Person

RUMINATE Magazine 2013 Kalos Art Prize

RUMINATE Magazine is currently accepting entries for their 2013 Kalos Foundation Visual Art Prize, and you’re invited to enter. If you haven’t read RUMINATE and would like to get a better feel for the type of visual artwork that they publish, you can order a copy of last winter’s Issue 22: Up in the Air featuring the 2012 Kalos Visual Art Prize winners, here.

First Place: $2000 cash prize and publication in the Winter 2012/2013 Issue will be awarded to the winning artist.

Second Place:  $500 and publication in the Winter 2012/2013 Issue

The Ruminate panel will be reviewing of all entries and will select 15 artists as finalists. The final juror, to be announced in the coming weeks, will then select the winning artists. Winners will be announced in the Winter Issue, December 2013, and all entrants will be notified of submission status in late November, 2013. You may submit multiple entries.

Guidelines:
  • The submission deadline for the visual art contest is August 26th, 2013.
  • The entry fee is $20 (includes a complimentary copy of the Winter 2012/2013 Issue).
  • You may submit up to three images per entry fee–please submit a sampling of images from a larger body of work.
  • Multiple entries accepted.
  • Artists must have PRINT-quality images available upon request (a minimum of 300 dpi).
  • Close friends, family, and students (current & former) of the finalist judge are not eligible to compete. Nor are close friends or family of the RUMINATE staff.
  • Previously published work not accepted.
For more info, click on the links below.

Art and Resistance in Istanbul

The relationship between Turkey and its public spaces has recently been personal, political, and  dramatic.  The Mural-Istanbul Festival, held in Kadıköy, Turkey, continues exploring this relationship. The first of its kind, the festival presents four of the world’s leading street artists  supporting the Turkish in their dreams by creating vibrant and attractive points in the city out of four empty and intimidating facades.

 

For more of Chilean artist INTI’s mural, check out Wooster Collective.

From One Of Our Own: A Novel About Willful Death And Redemption

A Chair Between The Rails, the latest novel from The Curator’s own George Anderson, takes the concept of willful death and works it into something almost transcendent. The book will launch on November 1, 2013. An Indiegogo campaign, running now through July 31st, will fund its publication.

 

 

Anderson, who publishes fiction under the penname G. T. Anders, discussed the origins of the novel:

“Suicide is a resonant theme in A Chair Between The Rails. I’m a little concerned that this may bother people. However, the book settled into its current state not by design, but by me listening to what it had to say. As I delved into… the psyche of an insane coworker, his insanity began to infect my mind as well. I worked it out through writing the novel. The resultant character is James Feckidee, the narrator of A Chair Between The Rails. I cannot apologize for James’s tendencies, nor for the strange way in which they come to fruition (and to redemption) in the story…

That said, I like to think that the book’s presentation of willful death has something to say to us. Growing… in my relationship with my fiancee (now my wife), I began to learn the hard way what it is to die for someone else. Taking this and applying it to the almost constant passage of blaring trainhorns in this city, I stumbled upon the climactic scene in the novel.”1

A Chair Between The Rails is the prequel to The Tower of Babel, which launched last summer and gave us our first glimpse of the Feckidee family and their otherworldly abilities. These two novels, together with two more that are still in development, will form the Vaulan Cycle, which the author describes as “a new attempt at myth-making.”1

Anderson plans to use the Indiegogo campaign to fund the publication and marketing of the book. He has had such a positive response to The Tower of Babel, he says, that he would like to give A Chair Between The Rails a chance at success in front of a much larger audience. You can support his Indiegogo campaign here.

1 http://www.gtanders.com/creativity/a-chair-between-the-rails-origins/

Cartoon Genius

VERY SEMI-SERIOUS is a documentary six-years-in-the-making about the legends, hopefuls, and culture behind the iconic New Yorker cartoons. Its unprecedented access to the world of cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, and the private studios of acclaimed cartoonists pieces together “an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel.”

Leah Wolchok, director/producer, says her interest in the New Yorker cartoon world was piqued when she discovered her Cartoon Contest submission was similar to hundreds of nearly identical captions. She says, “I started researching the cartoonists (first surprise: there are dozens of regular contributors), learning about their routines (they submit 10-15 a week, every week, to the magazine), rejection (even some of the best cartoonists sell just one a month), rituals (they commiserate about the rejection during weekly lunches, a tradition that started in the early days of the magazine) and day jobs (gravestone portraiture, fit modeling, furniture reconditioning). And I though, Why isn’t someone making a documentary about this?”

So she set out to make one.

In 2011, VERY SEMI-SERIOUS was the recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute and HBO’s “Documentary Screen Test” Fellowship, which supports documentary projects that emphasize “the role of character in film.” Beth Janson, Executive Director of TFI, said that “while social issue documentary films continue to be funded more and more, character-driven documentaries often go unnoticed.  Our hope is that the support provided through the TFI Documentary Fund is recognized in the industry and helps open up even more opportunities for this critical funding.” [1]

Now the film is moving into an additional 2 weeks of shooting and 12 weeks of editing, making an early rough cut of the film. The extra shooting time will be spent interviewing celebrity cartoon collectors and Caption Contest diehards; Dominic Ciafardini, who has submitted more captions than any other participant; and more of Bob Mankoff’s personal research about the science of humor. VERY SEMI-SERIOUS will even be talking with cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan, current co-executive producer of Girls and and the writer behind Seinfeld’s infamous episode about New Yorker cartoons.

The film is a “stylized blend of documentary and animation”, and explores how the evolution of the cartoonists’ humor reflects that changing social and political landscape of urban life. Just a few featured cartoonists are:

Be sure to follow their great Facebook page for updates as the film approaches post-production and release!

http://www.verysemiserious.com/

 

Playing with Earth

GOOD recently featured creative ways artists and developers are using Google Maps and Google Earth. Seasonal comparisons, human faces, and melting apocalyptic images are all part of the mix.

Google Maps and Google Earth are pretty awesome on their own—you can see the whole world on your laptop in the comfort of your living room. But what’s even more awesome is the myriad way artists and developers are using these tools to create games, videos and photo series that are a delight to the eye. Here are a few to check out.

Daniel Schwartz is a computer science student in Berlin. He created “juxtapose” , showing Google Maps images of contrasting seasons and weather conditions.

Design studio Onformative shows with Google Faces that machines find faces in nature, too.

 

Peder Norrby, the founder of Trapcode, curates a flickr stream of apocalyptic Google Maps glitches.

If you need even more, here’s the GOOD compilation.

Urban Intervention

Street artist r1 from Johannesburg, South Africa works with found objects in urban spaces in South Africa and England. r1 labels his work as “urban interventions”, and they function as a sort of health injection.

He says,

The streets are the veins of a city. They gather, transport and transform our daily experiences and interactions.  We can read a city by its streets, the same as we can read a sample of blood from a body. … my role as an artist is that of a mediator.  My work subtly changes the city streets to create a dialogue and interactions between the environment and our experience of it. The artworks take ownership and manipulate city spaces, opening new relationships with daily familiarity. The end result carries conversations, becoming a fragment of the ever changing city’s history.

View more work here.

A Patchwork Childhood

This recent fantastical work of Seoung Won Won captured my imagination. These landscapes, part of “My Age of Seven”, are legendary and surreal. Isn’t this childhood? You’re shorter than everything around you; then you grow up, and the act of remembering childhood becomes surreal. Certain moments from the mists become signposts and harbingers.

 

JUE Festival comments:

Her way of creating photographic stories of the people around her by combining different image sources from the photographs taken by her throughout the country, has been the ‘hallmark’ of the artist.  … Consequently, the completion of each piece takes quite long time, and there the intervals between new creations are longer than those of other artists. However, this explains why her photographs, though digital ones, appear to be a result of detailed manual work. They look even like quilts which are made by sewing together different pieces of fabric.

Seoung Won Won has been hallmarked by her focused telling of the stories around her, but in “My Age of Seven” she shifts to speaking of herself. Perhaps her engagement with the stories of others caused a fresh consideration of her own.

“My Age of Seven” is sparkling clear fantasy. Rather than being disorienting or exclusive, its detailed presentation of memory is at once particular and universally inviting. The viewer is placed within the artist’s childhood and invited to revisit their own, perpetuating a legend in which we all participate.

 

To view more of Seoung Won Won’s work, check out her page at the Google Art Project: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/entity/%2Fm%2F0t504sj?projectId=art-project&hl=en