Hold onto Knowledge

Giovanni Pisano
Lectern for the Reading of the Gospels with the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist
Marble
Tuscany, Italy

Artist Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Pisano

Image Source: http://metmuseum.org/

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Resist All Extremists

The irony of the title, is intended. Islam has gotten a lot of bad press lately for the terroristic actions of psychos who kill people who dare to create any illustration of the prophet Muhammad. You don’t hear much about other religions being intolerant of artistic representations that they don’t agree with but apparently it does happen.

A statue by the sculptor John Darren Sutton, who has worked on the Games of Thrones series, attracted the attention of religious extremists. Mr. Sutton’s sculpture of the Celtic god of the sea (located in Northern Ireland) was taken down and replaced with a cross engraved with the words “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME”. You know that you have crossed the line between being devout to full-blown fanatical, when you feel the need to control the non-believers.

To be clear – if representations of characters from ancient mythology (Celtic in this case):

Are just too much for you to bear:

Then you deserve an opportunity to share your religious convictions with your fellow inmates.

Source: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/regional/sculptor-shocked-after-sea-god-statue-stolen-from-mountain-1-6537426

“The story of the stone” sculpture for Saint Andrews, Canada

I had not heard of the sculpture trail in Maine. I get a kick out of the fact that the Atlantic Provinces decided to expand the trail into their coastal area. I hope that New Hampshire becomes inspired to join the trail as well.

Karin van Ommeren Sculptor

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Over the course of ten years an international sculpture trail has been created in Maine, USA. This trail is situated all along the coastline and consists of 34 monumental, granite sculptures. Two years ago the idea was born in Canada to continue this trial of sculptures along the East coast of Canada.sculpture-saint-john

As I could participate in “Sculpture Saint John” I was pleased to make a sculpture for St. Andrews, a beautiful town in New Brunswick at the Passamaquoddy Bay.

The granite comes from the local “Hampstead Quarry”, a quarry of gray-pink granite. The quarry was last worked in the 1990s.karinvanommeren-stone-saintandrews“The story of the stone”  granite. 280x190x80 cm.   (the picture was taken on the workplace)

Stone is the earth on which we walk,

it gives us life and it carries our history.

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Is Artistic Innovation a Meaningless Periodic Cycle of Fashion?

Yes. When seen from a distance, it is hard to argue otherwise. When a movement manages to generate some “heat”, in the moment, it may seem to be so much more.

Over at ArtNews they published a post called “Can Abstract Art Still Be Radical?” The item is a review of a history show on geometric abstract art put on by the Whitechapel Gallery. It sounds like the show does a good job of highlighting when the movement was so inspirational to artists. It also covers how, given the passage of time, the movement evolves into clichéd material to be quoted by more “modern” artists.

What the show then deftly gets you to consider is how the geometric form turns from a sort of window onto the future, into an oppressive, opaque blank wall, an advert for going nowhere, with no way out. That’s perhaps why much of the latter works in this chronological show betray a sense of inertia, like Peter Halley’s airless abstract canvas Auto Zone (1985), which hints more at the claustrophobic world of office blocks and daily commutes than it points to an exciting, unknown tomorrow. But then, geometric blank form, you start to feel, end up meaning what you want it to mean─it is its sheer emptiness that allows artists to project their desires and frustrations onto it. Meanwhile, since minimal geometric design has been co-opted by everyday commercial culture─thank you IKEA─it’s easy to condemn it as the slave of corporations, as in Gunilla Klingberg’s sardonic video animation that turn supermarket logos into a rotating kaleidoscope of almost-abstract patterns (Spar Loop, 2000).

A couple of random examples of geometric abstract sculpture:

Fabrizio Pedrali

Richard Walker

Source: http://news.artnet.com/art-world/can-abstract-art-still-be-radical-216436

3D Printed Venus Sculpture

Kim Thoman is a Nebraskan artist who started as a painter but has moved on to become a mixed media 3D sculptor. Here current work is of color 3D printed sculptures on welded steel displays that she then surrounds with one of her paintings.

I was interested in the fact that she uses OffLoad Studios to do her 3D printing. Unfortunately their website doesn’t contain much useful information about their services (http://offloadstudios.com/).

“I learned more and more about 3D printing and discovered the Z printer. As a painter, none of the other 3D printers are of particular interest…as the full spectrum of color is paramount for me. Since I was already wrapping the Venus shape with my paintings for the diptychs and triptychs, it seemed an obvious evolution to 3D print the shape. I am in the process of making new Venus shapes, wrapping with new paintings and designing new welded steel structures to hold her.”

Source: http://3dprint.com/38897/emerging-venus-kim-thoman/

Is it Sculpture?

I’ve never been completely comfortable calling a nicely designed object, art. For decades museums and galleries have held exhibitions of items that the average person wouldn’t normally consider as art. Of course, part of the fun is trying to decide where the “line” between art and non-art is. In the right mood, I can also see the argument that there is no such line.

The latest item that rekindled this debate for me, was a post I saw about a couch being marketed as an “Outdoor Interactive Chair And Art Piece”. Apparently they have been installed in a couple of resorts. I’m sure they are very nice and imagine that most guests would enjoy the view while setting in them. I’m just not sure I’d call it sculpture.

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/etazin-sculptural-spinning-outdoor-sculpture-kate-brown.html

PLA-Based Filaments Blended With Composites

Filaments that have wood or metal blended with the plastic, have been available for some time (check this blog’s material category for some examples). At this year’s CES, MakerBot has announced their own version of these filaments. The new PLA-composite filaments types include limestone, maplewood, bronze and iron.

MakerBot’s market share should help expand the availability and use of these composite filaments. Perhaps more significantly, MakerBot has also developed so-called “Smart Extruders” which are tuned to each material type.

The news item at PSFK.com has some nice graphics to illustrate each composite material (cropped from MakerBot’s site):

Source: http://www.psfk.com/2015/01/3d-printing-materials-makerbot.html

Shapeways to Expand Into 3D Printer Networks?

Shapeways has launched an expansion of their Global Partner Network. The network of Shapeways users potentially has access to tens of thousands of 3D printers.

“What we’re really trying to do here is work with our community to figure out what is possible. Yes, there are others doing similar things but we just want to make sure we’re gathering and using the resources we have to benefit our entire community… Our goal has always been to make 3D printing accessible and affordable to everyone by bringing the best technology to market at the lowest cost,” explained Mansee Muzumdar, Public Relations Manager at Shapeways to 3DPrint.com “We have our own 3D printing factories in New York and Eindhoven for the majority of our production, and we also work with various production partners across the world to bring our community more materials at the lowest cost and fastest turnaround time. 3D printing is changing rapidly, with new materials being tested and introduced (including our own!), and we always want to give our community first access. With the Global Partner Network, we are exploring ways to expand our network of production partners so we can constantly improve our offering, including what materials we offer and how quickly we can deliver.”

Source: http://3dprint.com/36984/global-partner-network/