Category Archives: Artists and Designers

Focuses on designers, artists and architects.

Black And White: The Hyundai Pavilion By Asif Khan

One of the most dramatic cultural offerings at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea is a pavilion commissioned by Hyundai and designed by the English architect Asif Khan. The structure is 10 meters (33 ft.) high and 35 meters … Continue reading

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Golden Thrones

At the start of every week I begin to investigate a topic for my Thursday post. Usually I’m at a loss for an idea and just as I’m ready to panic one emerges. On Monday, after several hours searching online … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Light Festival

Here in the northern hemisphere it’s Winter with cold temperatures and long nights. This is a perfect time for a festival celebrating art and light, and that’s exactly what the city of Amsterdam hosts every year from the end of … Continue reading

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Design Exercise:Texture

In several recent posts we’ve discussed artists who use the design element of texture. I’m asking you to put the new knowledge you’ve gained from those posts to use. The best way to begin to do this is by reviewing … Continue reading

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Texture As Material And Metaphor

In several recent posts we’ve discussed the design element of texture. I want to add to that discussion by presenting the work of two additional artists, Alexandra Kehayoglou and Sigalit Landau. Argentinian artist Alexandra Kehayoglou is known for her elaborately … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 4)

In this series of blog posts we have been exploring artwork designed to cause viewers to look again (and even again) at what they think they are seeing. So far we have discussed examples of imaginary space and hidden symbolism, … Continue reading

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Barack and Michelle Obama, Two Portraits

In the spring of 2015 we presented two posts about the art of portraiture, Portraits in the Age of Selfies and I’m Not Whom I Seem: Fictitious Portraits. I was thinking about these posts when I read that the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate My Blog Post

In my years of university teaching I heard many excuses for late work, and yes, “The dog ate my assignment,” was one of them. So here I am today, joining the ranks of those derelict students and proclaiming “The dog … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 3)

In two earlier posts we described the work of artists who create artwork that challenges the viewer’s perception – work that goes beyond simple representation and fools the eye as well as tricking the mind. The first post looked at … Continue reading

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Unknown Spaces: The Photographs of Willa Nasatir

Today I’ve chosen to write about the photographer Willa Nasatir and to use her work as a way to begin a discussion about artistic process. Many of you reading this blog are students or beginning artists just learning how to … Continue reading

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