Olafur Eliasson is part artist and part mad scientist. He is a very curious guy and manages to consistently makes incredible objects and environments. This video is about turning a massive hand made metallic sphere in the studio but the real magic begins after the job is done and the thing begins to spin….

His current exhibition sadly ( if you live in America ) is in Europe at the Langen Foundation in Germany.

Olafur Eliasson: Boros Collection 1994 – 2015 
On view until 18 October, 2015

via http://www.olafureliasson.net/

 

Olafur Eliasson: Sphere

Entering its 3rd year of drought California is in a water crisis of unimaginable magnitude should this continue at the current rate. Yet the state continues to develop desert lands. There have been volumes written on this subject yet one photograph can say everything we need to know in mere seconds. Damon Winter nails it with a photograph that screams out why?

This is the power of documentary photography and a new series I will add to this blog.

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via the New York Times

 

 

One Photograph: Unintelligent Land Development

Joni Mitchell has taken ill this past week and since most only know her for her 1960’s folk tunes lets remember her for her fitting exploration of mortality and love in her now recognized masterpiece: Hejira.  For her mind, music and ethereal beauty she is possibly one of the most mesmerizing yet original artists of the this lifetime, moving from folk to jazz  with effortless grace; Something few have done – or will ever achieve.

She is a true Artist of uncompromising artistic achievements.

“We all come and go unknown
Each so deep and superficial
Between the forceps and the stone

Well I looked at the granite markers
Those tribute to finality to eternity
And then I looked at myself here
Chicken scratching for my immortality
In the church they light the candles
And the wax rolls down like tears”…

 

 Hejira

I’m traveling in some vehicle
I’m sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
There’s comfort in melancholy
When there’s no need to explain
It’s just as natural as the weather
In this moody sky today
In our possessive coupling
So much could not be expressed
So now I’m returning to myself
These things that you and I suppressed
I see something of myself in everyone
Just at this moment of the world
As snow gathers like bolts of lace
Waltzing on a ballroom girl

You know it never has been easy
Whether you do or you do not resign
Whether you travel the breadth of extremities
Or stick to some straighter line
Now here’s a man and a woman sitting on a rock
They’re either going to thaw out or freeze
Listen
Strains of Benny Goodman *
Coming through the snow and the pinewood trees
I’m porous with travel fever
But you know I’m so glad to be on my own
Still somehow the slightest touch of a stranger
Can set up trembling in my bones *
I know no one’s going to show me everything
We all come and go unknown
Each so deep and superficial
Between the forceps and the stone

Well I looked at the granite markers
Those tribute to finality to eternity
And then I looked at myself here
Chicken scratching for my immortality
In the church they light the candles
And the wax rolls down like tears
There’s the hope and the hopelessness
I’ve witnessed thirty years
We’re only particles of change I know I know
Orbiting around the sun
But how can I have that point of view
When I’m always bound and tied to someone
White flags of winter chimneys
Waving truce against the moon
In the mirrors of a modern bank
From the window of a hotel room

I’m traveling in some vehicle
I’m sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
Until love sucks me back that way

© 1976; Crazy Crow Music

via http://jonimitchell.com/

Ok one old one (as she is just mesmerizing here…)

Music Break: Joni Mitchell Live

Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography is a very interesting show of young photographers at the huge Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. The exhibition originated at the Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam  better known across the pond as Foam. Looks like the the still life and constructed image is alive and well…

Group exhibition featuring works by Joshua Citarella, Jessica Eaton, Daniel Gordon, Matthew Leifheit & Cynthia Talmadge, Matt Lipps, Matthew Porter, Sara Cwynar, Kate Steciw and Sara VanDerBeek

ON VIEW: March 14 – April 26, 2015

 

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Via: http://pioneerworks.orgFotografiemuseum Amsterdam

 

Foam devoted an entire magazine to the show. You can see a preview here:  http://issuu.com/foam-magazine/docs/08-081_underconstruction_issuu_elis

 

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via Foam

 

Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography

All you need to know about every different photographic process before digital can now be found in this labor of love titled, The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes. There is a reason they call it an Atlas…  Brought to you by the very smart folks at the Getty Conservation Institute.

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via  http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/pdf_publications/atlas.html

The Atlas of Photographic Processes