Artist Michael Benson has made some pretty fun and stunning images of celestial bodies in our solar system rendered in a manner that supposedly mimics the way our human eyes would perceive them if we were to fly by. For those of you in London, check out an exhibition of his photos along with original music by Brian Eno. > Read more and see more … Continue reading What would our planets look like if you flew by?
This is brilliant art–visually arresting while intellectually stimulating. Switzerland-based Corinne Vionnet is our guide to the world’s most famous landmarks, monuments millions have visited before. Her art is created not by acrylic, oil, or watercolor, each piece is made by combining hundreds of tourist photos into one. After conducting an online keyword search and sifting through photo sharing sites, this Swiss/French artist carefully layers 200 … Continue reading Hundreds of Tourist Photos Woven into One
For those of you in LA/visiting LA soon, I highly recommend checking out the Arshile Gorky retrospective at MOCA (the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art). The museum has put together a great collection of beautiful and compelling pieces. Until I visited, I’d only been roughly familiar with Gorky’s work–the color, the amorphous shapes, and haziness of form. But up close, there’s a depth to … Continue reading Gorky Retrospective at MOCA
Just tried this “cloud art” using Wordle–a self-proclamied “toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.” You can pipe in your website URL, or paste in any text. Then you have a bunch of cool control over design, layout, color, and more. Here’s one of the pictures it made for SalvoLavis.com: Continue reading Wordle – word cloud art
Nathan Sawaya creates some amazing sculptures entirely from Legos. Check out his “Art of the Brick” Gallery for more cool pictures. (Thanks to Andrew Sullivan’s blog for turning me on to this.) Continue reading Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick
In the Wall Street Journal, Johah Lehrer explores the connections between youth and creativity in the sciences. For one, he notes the demographic shift toward older scientists: In 1980, the largest share of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) went to scientists in their late 30s. By 2006 the curve had been shifted sharply to the right, with the highest proportion of grants … Continue reading Fleeting Youth, Fading Creativity in Science