I’m feeling very Christmassy at the moment, and despite the fact it leaves me damp, cold, unable to use my bike and completely stranded, I am mourning the fact that it still hasn’t snowed – come on! It snowed in Texas!
To get my snow fix I’ve been looking at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. The sculptures are created by professional snow artists and most are taller than people. My favourite ones are the buildings. I know I’ll never be able to re-create anything like these, but I can dream right?
But if you’re not a snow fan like me, and are after something a little bit warmer, here’s a (frankly quite creepy) sand sculpture from India… Enjoy!
Sorry should maybe warn you that this exhibition may not be for those who are squeamish.
This artist/exhibition was really important to one of my projects during A-level Fine Art, which was titled ‘Self’.
Gunther Von Hagens uses the ‘plastination’ technique to preserve human bodies.
Plastination involves peeling off the skin to reveal organs, arteries and muscles of the body, before preserving them by replacing bodily fluids with a special plastic material. His exhibitions explore the cycle of human life and display the beautiful intricacy of the body.
I was lucky enough to see one of his exhibitions in the 02 arena a few years ago.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of photos on his website, which I’ve included the link to below so I’ve included a link to the results for ‘Body Worlds’ on Flickr.
Whilst trawling the internet and avoiding my personal statement I stumbled across the Miaz Brothers, two collaborating brothers from Italy. They work in acrylic to make blurred paintings, but it’s the colours in their Ghost Series that really caught my eye…
Spent the day at the Museum of London yesterday at an event with a terrible title, Teen Workshop, but full of great ideas for working with young people in museums and galleries. Here’s just some suggestions.
An Arnolfini TakeOver Day when young people take on the roles of all staff across the organisation, from Director down to gallery stewards and Front of House. This is a national initiative that happens in November, so plenty of time to work towards it. That young people are made visible in marketing material and have a presence in the brochure. That every exhibition has an interpretation event delivered by young people for young people. That young people become visible across the organisation by attending staff meetings, stewards gallery briefings etc. Just a few things to think about.
So today I was bored and decided to have a look at the videos on the front page of Vimeo and the thumbnail of one of them took my fancy. I’m a sucker for beautiful old engineering weather it’s a camera, car, watch, or whatever. If it looks good, I want it. The thumbnail of this video was what I thought was an old Ford Mustang, but it’s so much more. They don’t make them like they used to… they don’t have to when they can improve on it.