Monthly Archives: April 2014

Celebrate St. George’s Day with an orgy of dragons

If you, like me, are grumpy about the complete dearth of dragons in the past two episodes of Game of Thrones, the British Library is providing a healing unguent for that burning sensation in the form of gorgeous illuminations of dragons from Medieval manuscripts. The library’s always outstanding Medieval Manuscripts blog kicked off the homage to the winged serpents of lore with a selection of diverse representations.

Dragons were popular subjects in Medieval literature, making appearances in manuscripts from Bibles to bestiaries to histories to romances to hagiographies. Although St. George may be the saint most associated with dragon-slaying today, he was far from the only holy figure to have that claim to fame. Dragons in this tradition are symbols of demonic evil and paganism, and indeed like George, many of the saints whose legends have them fighting dragons lived in the fourth century when the battle between Christianity and the traditional polytheistic religions came to a head.

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‘8-Bit Watercolors’ Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
The Kiss

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Bob Ross

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Mona Lisa at the Louvre

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Mona Lisa

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
The Selling of “The Scream”

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Wonder Woman

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Inspired in part by the 8-bit graphics of old Atari and Nintendo game graphics from his youth, artist Adam Lister paints quirky watercolor interpretations of pop culture icons, art world happenings, and famous paintings. Trying to describe his style can be difficult as it’s not quite digital and it’s not quite Cubism (and maybe it’s a tad Etch A Sketch?). While all of Lister’s works are distinctly humorous, many are also strangely nostalgic, recalling moments from the recent past including comic book characters, Star Wars references, and even numerous interpretations of iconic TV painter Bob Ross.

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New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospina

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Cattedrale di Milano (2014). Oil on canvas, 40 x 40in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Manhattan (2013). Oil on panel, 35 x 48in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Driving on Madison Avenue (2013). Oil on panel, 48 x 24in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Broadway and West 25th (2013). Oil on panel, 24 x 16.5in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Duomo di Milano (2012) Oil on linen, 39 x 56in. / Facade (2012). Oil on panel, 24 x 30in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
Bivio (2011). Oil on panel, 40 x 24in.

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio DOspina painting New York Italy cityscapes architecture
La Strada (2014). Oil on panel, 48 x 40in.

It’s hard not to get lost in these dramatically blurred architectural renderings and cityscapes of New York and Italy by Italian painter Valerio D’Ospina (previously). The artist transforms the street The Pennsylvania-based artist most recently had a show last year at Mason Murer, and you can now follow him on Facebook and Instagram. (This Isn’t Happiness)

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CGI 3D Animated Short HD: “Navigation in Dreamtime” – by Julius Horsthuis

Check out this fantastic new work called “Navigation in Dreamtime” from the talented Julius Horsthuis! It’s 1596 AD and a ship is frozen in the deep arctic. No help is coming. The Navigators and Cartographers aboard, suffering from hypothermia and frostbite are starting to hallucinate. This is their Fractal Hallucination. Julius used Mandelbulb3D to render his works. For more information, please see the credits below.

2014
By Julius Horsthuis
Rendered with Mandelbulb3D
music: “Soul Medicine” by Mari Boine, stretched with Paulstretch

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Refreshment

Water is spilled on a stone pavement leaving a small stain. As time passes the stain dries up, shrinks and changes shape. Just before the water is completely evaporated the process is put on hold. The new shape of the stain is then being enlarged and recreated with new water. This process repeats and with these interventions the ‘life’ of the stain is artificially refreshed and extended to an unnatural length. Which allows new shapes to evolve that otherwise could never have existed.

www.johanrijpma.nl

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