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Brain scans of artists while drawing

In a previous post we learned that artists scan the world differently than non-artists do.

What about the neural activity inside the brain during the act of drawing? What structures in the brain come into play? Is the activity in those structures different for experienced artists compared to non-artists?
Neuroscientist Robert Solso, who headed the Cognition Lab at the University of Nevada-Reno, asked an experienced portrait painter named Humphrey Ocean (British, born 1951) to draw a picture of a face while his brain was being monitored by an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imagery) scanner. As a control, he had a graduate student with no particular experience at drawing do a similar task.


Documentary about Ornamental Glass Art

The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.
(Link to video on Vimeo)

David A. Smith is an artist from England renowned for his traditional hand-crafted signs, which are etched and gilded on the reverse side of glass.

David recently produced a cover for American singer/songwriter John Mayer‘s album “Born and Raised” by matching the style of turn-of-the-century trade cards and letterheads.

This behind-the-scenes video captures the many stages of the process. The video is by Danny Cooke, shot on a Canon 7D.
Previously on GJ: The style of lettering known as engrossing.

Thanks, Dick Hill

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Modern art by robots, 1959 style


(Direct link to video) In this 1959 video, Parisian inventor Jean Tinguely demonstrates his kinetic sculptures that he calls “Meta-Matics” or “happy” machines. Participants insert a five shilling token into the slot to activate the whirring kinetic sculptures. They then choose from an assortment of pens and markers to make randomized “do-it-yourself abstract art.” Note the old fashioned barrel-handled magic markers at 1:25.

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Ulysses S. Grant broken

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After Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940), Ulysses S. Grant death mask, July 23, 1885. Plaster. Laurence Hutton Collection of Death Masks. Gift of Laurence Hutton.

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Our death mask of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the 18th President of the United States (1869-1877) and Major General of the Union Army during the American Civil War, was recently requested for loan. Unfortunately, a quick trip to the vault revealed that the plaster had been broken in several places, sometime in the past. It was a sad reminder of just how delicate these very heavy commemorative objects can be.

Grant’s head is framed with oak leaves on one side and laurel on the other. Oak leaves can stand for power, authority, longevity or victory. Laurel represents special achievements, distinction, success, triumph of worldly accomplishment, and heroism.


patrickleger: Another Mars piece!  This one for The Atlantic…


Another Mars piece! This one for The Atlantic about the future of martian colonization. The article was an interview with an enterprenuer who represents some investors that are beginning a company built around mining asteroids and future living on Mars. I thought it was pretty funny how flippant he was in addressing the idea of manned travel / colonization of another world.

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