Art, Article of the Day, Photojournalism

Nocturnal procrastination with photographer Navid Baraty

O’ the internet, what would 3 am insomnia be without you? There would probably be the adored-cliche sheep, jumping while regretting their unitary existence in a imaginary situation, or maybe just a lamb preparing to debut at a Korban Pesach. Yet, tonight the situation is different, my stumbling skills of following candy-visuals instinctively landed me on Navid Baraty’s portfolio. However, it was not his ‘eye’ what captured my short-term attention span since photography is not as intellectually stimulating as drawing is in my collection of interests. No, no. He left an unfulfilling career in engineering to pursue his photographic passion. Yes, this guy opted out of engineering to pursue his photographic passion. I chose to share only one of his sets, the one that appealed to my current field of study: urban planning. Yes, I relate to him on the technocratic matter.

Here it is, “Intersection”.

Midtown, New York City – 2013 Financial District, New York City – 2011 Ginza, Tokyo – 2009 Midtown, New York City – 2011 Ginza, Tokyo – 2009 Midtown, New York City – 2011 Ginza, Tokyo – 2009
Midtown, New York City – 2011 Chelsea, New York City – 2011

Good night.

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Art, Article of the Day, Drawing, Inspiration

On neglected artists and Nicolas Jolly’s fingerprints

It has been a while since my last post here. Well, hello!!! Welcome back ;) — I tell myself… Yes, welcome… Alright, this is not working. Sorry for the a w k w a r d n e s s.

Indeed, it has been some time since I took the time to write for this lovely and neglected blog of mine. There is no real reason, or at least not worth the sudden abandonment. Youth, perhaps, and a shameful lack of interest. Either way, my fingers are back into typing. Writing pages and pages of research papers for school have kept them in shape, which is great! One less complain about the inhumane overprice of university in O’ Canada… Cheers, I say.

Now, let me be brief.

Once in a while I have been digging deep in procrastination, and have found some pretty good artists…neglected artists. Yes, yes, just like this lovely and neglected blog of mine. Because, let’s be honest, not all artists have the talent of a sales person. In fact, for some artists, “selling” comes across as a CAPITAL sin. Who knows, maybe it is a sin — what if the Vatican concurs? Pfff, yeah, right.

Life is not easy for those artists. Specially when it is expected they have to be making a living from their artwork. After all, some of them dedicated three to four years of their early 20s and late teens to graduate from school with a Baccalaureate in Fine Arts and, most likely, got in debt (unless, of course, they were blessed and did not have to pay for it themselves or at all… lucky beasts). A few others might even pursue a post-graduate degree. “It is a brave new world”, Van Gogh would say if he was still around.

To make it worse, since artists have a tendency of being over sensitive, if not melodramatic, Sir Depression engages Madame Frustration. An over rated couple. The result, a poor artist who feels misunderstood or merely not understood by the WHOLE world.

No, no, I am not exaggerating. This is based on empirical observations and from close acquaintances. However, who am I to judge? Exactly. A good reason not to name some instances.

Life is also wise. Sooner or later the neglected artist finds him/herself in the prosperity of mature age, smiling… although there could be some exceptions. Maybe being a Dali is not listed in his/her lifetime, but why cry about it? Isn’t creating art the ultimate goal of an artist? How can an artist be an artist without producing like an artist? Selling is not essential, creating is… Idealism is! Daydreaming is!

If the artist just likes the connotations of being an artist, yet does not create with a modest and silent honesty, sorry but such ‘artist’ is lying to him/herself… which is cool, but sad… or not. Okay, it is not of my concern.

I will stop with my mental flu now (you are welcome).

Here are some good looking pictures by Nicolas Jolly, from France.

This does not mean I consider him a ‘neglected artist’, his work just happened to be of my sincere liking. Jolly’s technique, actually, captured my chaotic attention. Ink and paper seem to be his medium of preference, and lines that characterize fingerprints define his illustrations. Jolly himself calls his style fingerprint, so I am not making it up.

 

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Terrasson Village

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Storm

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Averse

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Les Ombres

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Black Rain

 

His style is not confined to this technique, nonetheless. As it is clearly observed in the following selection.

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Sarlat

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Corbeil

Judge by yourselves and do not forget to visit his website.

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Tripping with Stainer

Keeping an eye on street artists, here is a collection of 24-year-old Przemek Blejzyk (aka Stainer) from Poland. Like snapshots of psychedelic trips, there is a mix of surrealism and naturalism in the scenes where his characters stand. Size doesn’t seem to be a problem. In fact, the bigger his scales, the more vibrant they become within the urban landscape they are sited. A world within a world, I might express.

You can find more of his work through Behance.

 

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December 10: Canadian Museum For Human Rights

Because today is Human Rights day, why not have a look at the still in progress Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba?

As it seems, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be the first of its kind in the world, aiming to “enhance the understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue“. It has been going on since 2005 and it’s planned to be completed by 2012.

Lebanon architect, Antoine Predock was chosen by Canada’s Architectural Review Committee, after an International Architectural Competition held in 2003. According to the project website, there were “entries from 64 different countries around the world“. Predock’s entry was chosen because “[it] was one that ‘could fulfill the objectives for an inspirational building that achieves a complexity relating to the diversity of human experience.’

The Architect: Antoine Predock

Antoine Predock

For the artist, “The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is rooted in humanity, making visible in the architecture the fundamental commonality of humankind-a symbolic apparition of ice, clouds and stone set in a field of sweet grass.

The museum will be a LEED Silver Certified Building, which means that sustainability standards will be followed, making it a ‘green building’.

There will be a Tower of Hope, a winter garden, a Great Hall, and other symbolic zones throughout the building. Tyndall limestone of over 450 million years of age is one of the materials used in the construction.

It seems like there will be also “over 47,000 ft2 of exhibit space, 10 zones, and a temporary exhibition gallery where visitors will be able to examine human rights issues in depth.

O’ Canada, are you competing with Icelandic Phallological Museum?

In any case, hopefully this monument of tolerance and equality will change some of the main flaws in the country, such as the still present racism, isolation of the natives, and abuse of immigrant labour. And, of course, let us also not forget the newly passed C-10 bill.

I leave you with a few photos of the project, wishing you all a merry Human Rights day :) !

 

 

 

Construction workers hard at work on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

 

 

aerial picture of downtown Winnipeg with a computer generated image of the new Museum fully built

 

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