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Ai Weiwei – China’s Artist Rebel

Ai Weiwei outside his studio that is under almost constant surveillance by Chinese authorities.

Ai has ruffled more than a few feathers in the Chinese government over the last decade with his unbridled pursuit of free expression and artistic commentary. Following several run-ins with the authorities, he’s been stripped of his passport, unable to leave the country. And so his fawning over the lazy resident felines of his Beijing studio, charting their every move like a proud parent, is part stop-and-smell-the-roses appreciation, part geopolitical necessity. For an internationally in-demand artist physically confined to a relatively minor art market, the ability to communicate and disseminate work over the internet is both a necessity and a godsend.

“For many years I’ve been carried away by this idea of talking to strangers,” says Ai, “talking to people you would never meet. And they would share their joy or their pain or anxieties. You can see how the Internet is really a celebration of the masses.”

Last November, the endlessly curious Ai broke through with his most engaging web-based work to date: the stark, ethereal “Moon,” a case study in 21st-century web-based collaborations and an alluring hint of what Ai’s future may hold. Co-conceived with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, “Moon” combines Eliasson’s infatuation with natural phenomena and Ai’s penchant for web-based dissemination.

“I’ve known Weiwei for a long time,” says Eliasson, “and we have spoken about art often enough. But we never had an opportunity to work together on something. I thought Ai’s situation would make that very difficult, but nowadays, the conversations we are having are not face-to-face; you can still share ideas disregarding the fact that you cannot be together.”

And so, “Moon” was born. The project is a digital platform (located at moonmoonmoonmoon.com) that urges users to stake out a quadrant of real estate on a lunar sphere and “make a mark” using a series of brushes and tools. The soft grey background recalls the squishy lunar regolith awaiting an astronaut’s bootprint, and the monochromatic palette maintains a clean simplicity. The site is a digital wall begging for graffiti, and like its celestial namesake, the appeal of “Moon” lies as much in its open possibility as its final form.

Read the entire article at Wired.com

The Art of Rube Goldberg

The Art of Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was an American author, humorist, sculptor, inventor, engineer and a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist. He is best known for his comical inventions such as those below that were syndicated in newspapers around the world.

 

 

Merriam-Webster lists Rube Goldberg as an adjective meaning: doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary and this train of thought is what’s illustrated above. This imaginative genius is what made Rube famous – creating complex machines to complete the simplest task by way of wacky chain reactions. It has also inspired many to create similar machines and is the motivation behind the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

 

The content is an annual competition that takes place nationally and challenges teams of student from middle school to college to compete in building the most entertaining and extravagant Rube Goldberg Machine.  See below for an example:

This month the release of the book titled: The Art of Rube Goldberg has been released.  This book was compiled by Jennifer George, Rube’s granddaughter and celebrates Rube’s life with cartoons, photos, essays and about 700 color illustrations.  Just in time for the holiday season – check it out! 

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Inspiring and Awe-Inspiring Artwork

Inspiring and Awe-Inspiring Artwork from Around the Web

From Tiny Buddha – simple wisdom for complex lives to art installations from Burning Man‘s 2013 art theme “cargo cult” here are some random inspiring and awe-inspiring artist creations from around the web that you don’t see every day. Some include words to live by and others may inspire you to create some artwork of your very own.

 

Rebekah Waites’ giant, decaying replica of a church tipped on its axis like a box trap and featured an LED interior.

Revelers loved climbing on Bryan Tedrick’s 25-foot tall steel coyote, whose head rotated a full 360 degrees.

 

By: Janette Gregson

 

From AIA Inspirational Gallery 68 Street Art

From AIA’s Inspirational Gallery 68 Street Art

From AIA’s Inspirational Gallery 68 Street Art

 

 

 

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