Category Archives: Art

Gandalf the Grey pumpkin carving

What else would you do with a grey pumpkin?

Artwork cc by Jeremy Parnell.

Da Vinci encounter

davinci

Hanging out in Washington, DC, at the National Gallery of Art.

I think I can finally say that over time I have managed to see works from all of my favorite artists in person. With this piece, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1474, my fav list is complete. It’s the only da Vinci on public display in North America.

I am literally inches away from it and suddenly realize that these brush strokes were laid over 500 years ago. It’s a very direct connection to history to be in the presence of a masterpiece.

Photos cc by Jeremy Parnell.

Before I die…

Before I Die

This is one of my favorite public art projects (I linked to it before) and I was excited to see that they put one up locally. The original was added to the side of a house in New Orleans by a woman who lost a friend to Katrina.

The installation is a chalkboard with open-ended lined sentences that start with the words “Before I die I want to”. It’s an example of open source art; that is, anyone can put one up, and at any given moment it can be modified by the viewer. The art is constantly changing.

The project challenges you to pause and consider what matters to you and what you would like to do while you’re still around. It’s a collection of hopes, dreams, and irreverent attempts at humor.

What I appreciate most, however, is the framework upon which all this occurs, and how like-life the board actually is. Periodically all of those comments are simply wiped away, and the writer’s thoughts become just a chalky film that the next person will scribble over with their own thoughts.

This one is in Lexington, KY, but you can build your own or see others around the world through the project’s website: http://beforeidie.cc

Sacred electronics

Mandala
Mandala

Drawing on Hindu and Buddhist symbolism, London-based artist Leonardo Ulian explores technology and spiritualism through these sculpted mandalas created with soldered computer and radio components, in a collection he calls Sacred Space.

We live in a society that worships electronic technology,” he states “both for necessity but also because it makes us feel better, not unlike its own new form of fashionable spirituality.”