Monday, May 04, 2015

Remembering the war victims

The 4th of May is the day that we Dutch remember all those who perished in wars throughout the ages. The bell at the Waalsdorpervlakte, depicted above, rings at 8PM while most Dutch take 2 minutes of silence in memory. Image sourced from here.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Made in China project

The linked art-icle is a really interesting read, which makes you think. The Dulwich Picture Gallery replaced one of its paintings (by Jean-Honoré Fragonard) by a copy made to order in China. They then told the visitors that one painting was replaced by a copy, but not which one. The challenge was to discover which one was the copy in the exhibition. About 10% of the visitors got it right, but the curator noted a vast increase of number of visitors and a clear increase of interest in looking at each painting. Full story in the link - the gif that I created shows the original and the copy (the latter is the brighter one with a small white line on top in this gif).

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 34. Don't cry for me Argentina (Julie Covington)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #34, we find the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice song about Evita Peron, Don't cry for me Argentina in the original version by the British singer Julie Covington (#1 in 1977). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, May 01, 2015

Victim

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. This is a painting version of a photograph I took over two years ago, at a small exhibition in a nearby museum. The link leads to the original photograph.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Potpourri: 404 - not found

From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from some time ago. This one was originally posted 16 August 2013.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Calbuco volcano eruption

A volcanic eruption of the scale like the Calbuco volcano in Chile last week is both spectacular and frightening. This news photograph manages to convey this mixture of moods perfectly. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Alex Vidal Brecas/EPA).

Monday, April 27, 2015

The lion king

Appropriate for today, as it is King's Day in the Netherlands (and the lion and the colour orange are Dutch symbols as well). There are better known posters for this animated movie, but I love this one for its minimalism.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Synesthesiart by Melissa McCracken

This is a truly unique art project: Melissa McCracken has synesthesia, a condition that makes her see colours and patterns when she hears music. It has inspired her to create paintings based on the images provoked by different songs. The example above is what she sees when she hears John Lennon's Imagine. More examples in the link. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 35. Arms of Mary (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #35, we find Arms of Mary by the British folk rock band Sutherland Brothers & Quiver (#1 in 1976). The main claim to fame for the Sutherland Brothers had been that they had penned the Rod Stewart million seller Sailing. Then came the summer of 1976 and Arms of Mary, taken from the album Reach for the sky, suddenly raced up the charts in Europe. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Schoolyard ghosts

No-Man is one of many side-projects by Steven Wilson, the singer and leader of Porcupine Tree. In No-Man, he partners up with Tim Bowness, who takes the lead singer role on the variety of beautiful pop/rock songs that they have turned out over the years (between 1994 and 2012). Schoolyard ghosts from 2008 may well be their best album, and it surely comes with one of the best covers.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lars Tunbjörk

Earlier this month Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk (1956-2015) passed away. He will be remembered for his images of office spaces and sub-urban lifestyles. I really like the one I selected for this post with its obvious echo of Edward Hopper. More about Tunbjörk in the Swedish Wikipedia entry linked to below.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Concentric

I have been absent on Flickr for a while for various reasons. It was a pleasant surprise that one of the first photographs I posted after I returned to the site last week ended up in Flickr Explore, my 75th to do so (as well as hitting my top10 most faved shots). It is the ceiling of the Eusebius Church in Arnhem, which sports interesting modern lights.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 500
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Harper's Bazaar August 1940

Vintage covers that I select are usually from the 20s and 30s, this one is a bit later, but very striking. It was designed by Herbert Bayer.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum

This brutal structure is located at the top of the stunning Timmelsjoch mountain pass between Austria and Italy. Part of me protests violently against spoiling such a beautiful piece of nature, part of me marvels in the daring concept and the almost outer-worldly result. It was designed by Werner Tscholl Architects and opened in 2010. More on this building can be found in the link below.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Awakenings

After some thoughts on the subject, I have decided to continue the Flickr Favourites theme in the blog. Here we have a beautiful image of dawn breaking over Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
East Java, Indonesia. It was shot by my Flickr friend cormend. I love how this reminds me of oriental paintings. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 36. Yesterday (Beatles)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #36, we find Yesterday by the Beatles  (#1 in 1965), the most covered song of the twentieth century bar none. Hardly any song has suffered so much from over-exposure, and it makes it easy to forget how experimental this song was for its time. Sure, a nice ballad, been there done that, but producer George Martin deserves all the credit for realizing that the song cried out for a totally different instrumentation than the standard Beatles guitar-driven combo. It was still a big leap from there to the wonderful and brilliant choice of a string quartet! Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Sloten

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. This is a photograph I took almost two years ago of the small Frisian city of Sloten, given a painting-like effect by the programme. The link leads to the original photograph.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vogue April 1934

A beautiful vintage Vogue cover from the thirties, depicting Paris in the spring. It was designed by Eduardo Benito, one of the greatest in the genre.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ode to Dali

More photoshop brilliance taken from the advanced Photoshop contest section of Worth1000. Here is a shot created by their member funkwood for the Out of bounds 20 contest: extending art works into the real world. Dali is of course a great subject for this theme, and the execution is excellent. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

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