My Close Pin

As the semester ends, I think this giant clothespin sculpture is very appropriate because it is the “close pin” of my posts.  It was created by Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal and works on the illusion that the clothespin is actually pinching the ground.  As artists, often times we have to put on an illusion to make things seem magical and wondrous for the audience.  As artists, we must make people use their imagination.  The medium through which we do this could be anything.  It could be through an imaginary street sign, a video, or a piece of clothing. It could just be some wood and metal around some dirt like in this post.  Art can be anything.

As we’ve learned this semester in Arts, Design and Digital Culture, it’s the thought that counts 🙂image (1)image


Feeling Salty?

If you had 50 hours and 2000 pounds of salt, what would you do with it?  For Motoi Yamamoto, the answer is simple: make a salt labyrinth.  The patterns are meant to convey a sense of eternity while the salt itself is used because it possesses “a close relation with human life beyond time and space.”  In Japanese culture, salt is often sprinkled after leaving a funeral in order to ward off evil.

However, like most public installations, the salt labyrinths are impermanent.  Yamamoto encourages the salt to be returned to the ocean because he “likes to think the salt in his work might have, at one time, been part of some creature and supported its existence.”

Painting by Touch

Below are some of the most captivating paintings I’ve seen.  The colors pull me into the image and capture my imagination.  Here’s the catch.  They were painted by John Bramblitt, who lost his vision 13 years ago due to complications with epilepsy.

Bramblitt learned to distinguish between different colored paints by their textures.  Using raised lines and haptic visualization, he is able to “see.”  He has even produced paintings of people he’s never actually seen like his wife and son.


If the Palestra had this . . .

A few posts ago, I talked about athletes being portrayed as gods.  Here’s a perfect example of how the media accomplishes this. Many NBA games begin with a montage of the home team’s players.  You see highlights with cool graphics and a powerful voice over that sends chills down your spine.  Here’s the catch, these videos are done on the very courts the game is played on.  With 3D court projectors, sports and their athletes have reached a new level of OMG!


When Ball is Life

When ball is life, the various sounds of the court become music.  This video takes this concept literally as a cool rhythm is created with ball slaps, clapping, dribbling, dunking, etc. Basketball is awesome because it brings people together.  If you can play, you can connect with people anywhere.  I think this is what this video was trying to capture.  With just a hoop and ball and a desire to play, a community is created.

Ball is life.

One Jelly Bean at a Time

This video by zefrank1 represents life in the form of 28,835 jelly beans, the average number of days an American will live.  Some of those jelly beans will be spent sleeping, working, traveling.  But after you “eat” those jelly beans, there are some left.  Jelly beans to be used for laughing, hiking, playing basketball, learning guitar.  Things that your heart desires.

How many of those jelly beans do you have left?  What if you only have half of those?  What if you only had one jelly bean left?  What would you do differently?

Zefrank1’s video makes you think about life and what it really is.  It’s a finite amount of time spent on this planet.  This artistic representation makes life seem so formulated, but it also touches you because it’s true.  It’s sad, yes.  But perhaps this is a good thing.  The only reason why we value life is because it is scare.  It does end and it can’t be recovered.  The video’s message?  Use your jelly beans wisely.

Frozen 21.0

To continue off the Pixar trend that I created from my last post, here is a video of “Let It Go” sung by various characters from Disney and Pixar movies.  What makes this amazing is that there is only one singer, Brian Hull, who voices 21 different characters, from Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow to The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa.  What’s more, each character’s lyrics sort of match the personality of the character.  Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast sings “Let is go” while Scar from The Lion King sings “The wind is howling like this swirling storm in side.  Couldn’t keep it in, Heaven knows I’ve tried.”

Hull captures the magic of Disney and Pixar in this video by reminding us of the amazing characters that we’ve grown to love (or hate).  I love this piece of art because Hull recognizes that Frozen was built on years and years of Disney/Pixar excellence and, at least for me, seeks to give a nod to the shoulders on which the song and film stands.