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Discover Britain’s best (and weirdest) artist – the Turner Prize 2012

Every year the Tate Gallery in London awards the Turner Prize to Britain’s weirdest artist. The award is £25,000 and there are four finalists exhibiting their work:

  • Paul Noble – drawings of his invented city “Nobson Newtown” and scatological sculptures (poo statutes).
  • Spartacus Chetwynd – medieval morality plays with characters dressed like trees.
  • Luke Fowler – a film covering the life and work of maverick Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing (1927-89), and photographs of people in everyday poses.
  • Elizabeth Price – a film in three parts, The Woolworths Choir of 1979, about a fire in 1979 that killed 10 people set to the music of girl pop bands.

The winner is selected on December 3, 2012.

Photos of their work and a video of the exhibitions with Adrian Searle.

 

Intricate drawing of Nobson Newtown by Paul Noble. (source: Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features)

 

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A stunning light installation for 75th anniversary of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco

For the 75th anniversary of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge the city is installing a world-class art installation. It will feature 25,000 white LED lights strung all across the bridge – some 1.5 miles wide and 500 feet high. And will be on display from February 2013-2015.

An artist rendition:

 

 

The artist is Leo Villareal who creates pieces composed exclusively of light. One of them is on permanent display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.:

 

 

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A force in the sport of surfing – photographer Aaron Chang

The Aaron Chang bio:

As a force in visually defining the sport of surfing Aaron has pursued his photography to the far ends of the earth. For 25 years, as a senior photographer for Surfing magazine, Aaron was at the core of the surfing world discovering new talent and surf spots on a global scale. Having traveled to 40+ countries in search of the perfect adventure Aaron’s work has graced the covers of over 100 magazines.

 

Aaron is a legend and his work is amazing. His next great adventure is opening his own gallery in Southern California. Below are some pieces of his, including many shots from his gallery.

 

 

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Julie Goldstein’s beautiful woodcut prints

 

A friend introduced me to Julie Goldstein’s art and I am totally blown away. I love the strong colors, proportions and simple iconic images.

From her bio:

Julie’s art practice draws inspiration from the natural environment, the sea, surf culture, and experience from her travels. In multimedia works on paper and fabric, she mixes lithographic and woodcut printmaking techniques with sewing embroidery, and other traditional “women’s arts” – the result is a hybrid, contemporary style with urban motifs and lively depictions of friends and family.

“I carry small blocks of pine and poplar with me wherever I travel – these serve as drawing surfaces on which to quickly record the changing environment around me. I relish the tactile process of incising and carving the image onto the wooden surface.”

 

It also says that she loves to swim and you can tell in every piece. Enjoy!

You can find her work:

 

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Why we write — What is 1X57 about?

1X57 is a daily publication about sustainability, and all the related topics. The primary subjects are zero waste, farmers markets, and clean energy. Beyond that is an array of fun topics like: do-it-yourself (DIY), crafts, sports, art, and creativity.

We talk about all of them and, of course: reduce, reuse, recycle.

5-6 pieces a day are published. A few are opinion pieces written from an expert point-of-view following research, experiments, and field tests. Comments, criticisms, and queries for help are welcome.

The remaining content is blend of support pieces and fun stories. The support pieces are studies, other experts and their opinions, and facts that support each opinion piece. They are designed to give you a broader perspective while also bringing together the best knowledge available.

The fun stories shake things up and are thrown in purely because they are interesting. Anything from short shorts to amazing surf artwork. It’s a little of the playful with the serious.

These are the topics we are passionate about, and would normally be gabbing to our friends about. This publication is the perfect way to share our obsession and invite you to become our friend. Enjoy!

 

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*Enjoy Handplanes turns bodysurfing into art

*Enjoy handplanes set themselves apart in the bodysurfing industry by turning their creations into one-of-a-kind art. It is amazing, the creativity and beauty they put into these little planes, with everything from DIY craft to pure artist illustrations, simple coloring and classic lines.

Of course, one has to mention that all of these handplanes are made from recycled and reused material. They use old, trashed surfboards and environmentally responsible resin for glassing. Definitely a part of the Zero Waste mantra.

Take a look and you might just be tempted to buy one. You can also join the *Enjoy community by visiting their vibrant Facebook group.

 

**All these photos, and more, can be found on the *Enjoy Facebook Photos page

 

 

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I love concert fliers – an underrated art form

I’ve always enjoyed the art that comes out of events and concerts. A promotional flier put together by some creative genius. Sometimes printed, sometimes not, used for a few short weeks and then gone forever.

Here are eight from the website of the band, The Mattson2:

 

 **Hint: my favorite is the last one, but only because of the name.

 

 

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Creativity: giant colored pencil art installation, that “both awes and threatens”

JeannieJeannie:

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Field is a fantastic and wonderfully impractical art space in Japan, where artists from around the world have scattered large-scale installations across 160 kilometers of land.

In the midst of this art field is this set of giant colored pencils from Cameroon-born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, titled “Reverse City:” enormous colored pencils hewn from trees dangle 2 meters above the ground, pointing down at the visitors below.

 

 

More about this installation:

On each pencil is written the name of one of the countries of the world. The giant pencils are variously colored; some are short, some are tall…Suspended upside-down, the points of this colorful city are aimed at human visitors who, looking up at it, feel both awed and threatened.

 

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