Results tagged “Art” from Kazza the Blank One

Turrell

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So I never did get to see James Turrell's Retrospective at the Art Gallery (which I'm still pretty annoyed about).

But I did see his Skyspace on the weekend.  Really need a super wide-angled lens tho.  And maybe an overcast day for different lighting..

James Turrell Skyspace Canberra

James Turrell Skyspace Canberra

James Turrell Skyspace Canberra

James Turrell Skyspace Canberra

James Turrell Skyspace Canberra

James Turrell Skyspace Canberra

James Turrell Skyspace Canberra

This print of an ocean sunset used to hang above the oil heater at our old house.  I spent a lot of time when I was living at home looking at it, because if I was standing at the heater in winter, I would turn around to warm my front, and spent ages looking at the detail in the painting.  The oil heater was replaced some years back by a reverse cycle air conditioner (and the first time it was run in summer it leaked all over the picture because they hadn't connected the outlet host properly - ruined it somewhat).

Ocean sunset print

Ocean sunset print detail

This print also featured in The Henderson Kids.  See if you can spot it ;)

The print ended up being taken by the removalist that moved mum into her new place.  If he hadn't, I probably would have taken it.. 

Actew Sharks

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Did you know the foyer of ActewAGL has sharks circling about inside?

ActewAGL Sharks
ActewAGL Sharks
Funky!

So this is Canberra's latest piece of public art - Keizo Ushio’s “oushi zokei, dream lens for the future”

Oushi zokei

At first glance I'm like "Hey! They copied the one in Japan!"

Dream lens, Kobe
Except as it turns out, it's by the same artist!  

I think I like the one in Japan better - it has three twists instead of the one we have here.

Dream lens, Kobe Dream lens, Canberra
And a few more of both, just for fun

Dream lens, Canberra

Dream lens, Canberra

Dream lens, Kobe

Dream lens, Kobe

Even got myself on the RiotACT.  Again.  :)  
Typical of Canberrans though, everyone having a whinge about it.  Which is sad because this piece of art is *cool*!

The Art of the Brick

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While in Sydney I went along to Nathan Sawaya's Lego exhibition "The Art of the Brick" at the Town Hall.  It was pretty crowded with kids but was otherwise awesome, and unlike the money-hungry Warner Bros you were allowed to take photos at this exhibition.  Which made it all kinds of wonderful.

Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Blue Guy Sitting"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Mask"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Mask".  This kind of full face mask is called a Bauta.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Courtney Yellow"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Parthenon"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"The Artist's View"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Swimmer"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Peaces"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Yellow"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Hands".  The sculptor's worst nightmare: living without the use of his hands.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Skulls"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Rain"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Apples"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"T-Rex".  This piece took Nathan 80,000 Lego bricks and an entire summer to create.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Sing"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Globe"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Thinker"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick


Canberra Sculpture

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Taken in October

BFG??
Bum
Bum
Here and now
Corrogated iron spinning top

Art?

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So Canberra has a couple of new pieces of public art. 

First up, Belconnen's owl...

Belconnen Owl Sculpture
Belconnen Owl Sculpture
Belconnen Owl Sculpture

And then there's "Buckbeak" .. (that's what Stu's colleagues call it) .. with a freaky eye that glows in the dark

Civic bird sculpture

yeup....

And don't tell anyone, but I might have accidently just a little bit bought Life today..

Watercolour

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So other than our food shopping, didn't do much else today.

I did do the first couple of water colours in my new calendar...

I'd been looking at this calendar since late last year and umming and ahhing about whether to get it.  I almost got it a couple of times.  Then when the calendar place dropped to 70% off I decided to get it.

There's three a week - one for Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday and Friday/Saturday/Sunday.  I doubt that I'll be able to keep up with that (I only did two today!).  I was reminded of why I'm not the hugest fan of water colour paints - they're actually pretty tricky to work with to get strong enough colours - yellow especially is awful.  I prefer runny paints.  Not that I've painted anything in twenty years apart from model kits.

Anyways.

Here's the first two (original to copy on the left, my lame attempts on the right)

Watercolour Jan 1-2
Watercolour Jan 3-4

iPhone shenanigans

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The SIL has been playing with all sorts of photographic effects for a while now.  My brother is not impressed.  I can see where my brother is coming from.  Why take a photo of something then abuse it so it doesn't really resemble what you took a picture of.  And to some extent I agree (my biggest gripes are with the photos that take the image then mirror it or flip it around.. I really don't see the point of those).  But on the other hand, if you're just having a bit of fun, and the pictures you're taking really aren't *of* anything in particular, then putting some effects on them makes them a bit more interesting.

Like this photo of Stu taken at Knead Patisserie today.  I take plenty of pictures of Stu, but to be a bit different, I added an Instagram effect (can't remember which one!).  Not a very exciting (or even very good) photo, but the original is even less so.

iPhone fun
Or these pics of the Belconnen Markets.  The original was created with Pro HDR.  The HDR exposes for both the shadows of the shops and the bright sail.  So it's already looking better than a regular photo would.  But really the content isn't that exciting.  Why not apply an old-school filter to it, then you could look at it think it was out of someone's photo collection from the 1960s or 1970s.  

iPhone fun
iPhone fun
I really liked this picture of a random guy sitting at a table.  With the "antique" Lightroom filter it looks more interesting than the original below it.

iPhone fun
iPhone fun
And a picture of Stu's coffee.  Again, completely boring subject matter, but livened up with an Instagram filter.

iPhone fun
So I can see its point as art.  Because you're not trying to faithfully recreate the original scene.  You're manipulating something that would otherwise have little interest and have some fun with it.

Abstract Art

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Enjoy!

Abstract art

Abstract art

Abstract art

Abstract art

Abstract art

Abstract art

Abstract art

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