Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pagani- a vison of Art and Science in automotive

This is a Documentary film by National Geographic recording the production of Huayra. This is a good example of how he created this car from a vison to concept to a final piece of art.

Horacio Pagani

Date of Birth: Nov 10, 1955
Origin: Argentina/Italy
Title: Owner, Founder of Pagani Automobili S.p.A.


Horacio was born in the town of  Caslida,  Argentina. 

He studied Industrial Design at the University of La Plata and Mechanical Enigineering at the University of Rosario. 

At the age of 20, he was introduce to Lamborghini by legendary F1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio working as the lead engineer of composite department.

Later to complete his dream he started his own company in 1991 specialized in composite manufacturing and development.  

In 1999 the company debuted the genesis Zonda 

2008 creation of  Zonda R

Jennifer Wen Ma

Havoc in Heaven: Sun Wukong and Political Activism

New Adventures of Havoc in Heaven I

As China was preparing to show off Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, thousands of people who helped build the city were bussed out of town and many others were arrested for their protestsThe government had deemed these people as not being good enough to be seen by the world. They were not invited to participate in the festivities. Chinese-American Jennifer Wen Ma, who was part of the creative team for the Beijing Olympics compared the incident to the Great Immortal Peach Festival from the great Chinese epic, Journey to the West.

New Adventures of Havoc in Heaven III

For those unfamiliar with the story of Journey the the West (arguably China's greatest epic), the most beloved character is a mischievous and naughty monkey. He is a symbol of anarchy and a mascot of rebellion towards all authoritarian figures – including the Jade Emperor and Buddah! Monkey is such a recognizable symbol of China, he was ironically used by the BBC as a mascot for the 2008 Olympic coverage.

BBC Sport's Olympics Monkey

In one of the most memorable tales of monkey's adventures, all the immortals of heaven were invited to a great peach festival to commemorate their immortality. Every 3000 years the immortals ate the fruit from the immortal peach trees. Monkey, however, was not invited to the feast. Furious for not receiving an invitation, monkey takes revenge by ambushing the feast and eating all of the peaches, thereby destroying the party. The flesh of the peach fruit granted the monkey immortality and he declared himself "equal to heaven" and launches a campaign of revenge – an all-out war against the immortals of heaven. He is so powerful, no one can hope to stop him as he creates "havoc in heaven".

Monkey Stealing the Immortal Peaches

The New Adventures of Havoc in Heaven I, originally titled The Monkey King, is the beginning of a series of smoke-screen animations projected over historical landmarks. During the Olympics Jennifer Wen Ma hoped that there could be a hero who would stand up to the injustices and abuses of the Chinese government. There was most likely an intention of inciting an uprising with the piece and many cops were placed on standby while the monkey was projected into the sky.

New Adventures of Havoc in Heaven III

Ron Mueck

Hi everyone!!

While researching Ron Mueck for our research paper I stumbled across this really interesting video that just described one of his works and the creation process! I hope you all enjoy I did! :)

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli was a fashion designer who created women’s clothing in the late 1920's and the 1930’s. She was born in Italy, but had a storefront in Paris. The works of artists from the Dada, and Surrealist movements heavily influenced her work. Coco Chanel, her rival, famously called her “that Italian artist who makes clothes”.  Her clothing was whimsical as well as innovative.  She was the first to use a zipper on clothing, molded Lucite buttons, and “Shocking Pink”. (A color synonymous with female youth these days.) She had a bow knitted in a sweater for a trompe de l'oeil effect. She did go on to collaborate with Salvador Dali to create a shoe hat, and a lobster dress.  Jean Cocteau worked with her to create wonderfully timeless embroidery designs.  She also worked with Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Alberto Giacometti,  and Pablo Picasso. Her clients included Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Mae West among many others. Just after the Germans invaded Paris in 1940, she closed her doors, and moved to New York City. She was both Jewish, and part of the circle of artists in Paris. These were not very fitting qualities with the Nazi regime. After the war she returned to Paris but her label never regained it's previous status. In 1954 she finally gave it all up and stopped designing. Gone but not forgotten. Unlike many of the design houses of her time, her line has not yet been revived. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York exhibited her designs along with Miuccia Prada, in an exhibition called Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. So that revitalization may not be long in coming. Do you think it should be revived? Because she was so heavily influenced by the artists of her day is it even possible to recreate her label?

Collaboration with Jean Cocteau

  Lobster Dress collaboration with Salvador Dali
trompe de l'oeil Bow Sweater

Curiosity piqued? Check these sites to learn more.


Thanks for reading!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Came across a documentary on contemporary artist Vik Muniz during his two year stay in Rio de Janeiro, helping the trash pickers in the world's largest landfill.

Muniz has a unique style in which he will photograph images he makes out of very non-conventional materials, such as sugar, motor oil, bottles, and other various objects. The film Wasteland follows Vik Muniz to the world's largest landfill located in Rio de Janeiro as he photographs portraits of the pickers made out of the same recycled materials that the pickers pick out of the garbage in the landfill. He then sells the portraits at auction in London to raise funds for the pickers to help them with their working conditions as a way to give back to his childhood community.

The film is on netflix and is definitely worth the watch as it touches on so many issues and and the lives of many people.

"Ninety-nine is not one hundred" 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jean Michel Basquiat Documentary

Hello all!

Upon researching Jean-Michel Basquiat for the paper we had to do, I found a brilliant documentary on his life.  Nothing gave me more insight for my research paper than the information I found in this movie.  The documentary includes all of the people Basquiat surrounded himself with telling us stories of his time on Earth before his death from a drug overdose.  There are also several clips of Basquiat himself in interviews and creating his art.

The documentary shows just what an intriguing individual he was and farther explains what makes him a unique and intelligent artist.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  (I feel that the documentary is far more interesting than the movie "Basquiat")

see documentary for free here:

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Yayoi Kusama

Hi, while looking for information for my research essay I found this interview.  I’m writing about the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  This interview was published in 25/09/2012 and it gives some information about who she is and her art.  Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Destino (2003)

Well, I have an item to share! This is an interesting little animated film called Destino, which was apparently financed by Walt Disney and produced by animator Bob Hench and a noteworthy surrealist for a time in 1945 to 1946. It wasn't completed until 2003, and I surmise that the chief reason for this hiatus rested upon the development of the necessary medium-for-funds means to create Da...I mean, a noteworthy surrealist's vision. I mean Dali's vision. It was Dali.

You can't hide that sort of thing forever.

It's ostensibly a tale of the impossible love between the personification of time and a wispy mortal woman, accentuated by a somber Spanish love song (titled Destino) from way back when. There are numerous distinctly Dalist motifs. Figures morph and fade into graceful transition, and strange allusions to baseball and other mid-1940s sensibilities call into themes of desperate reaches for an embrace.

How artful. Anyway, enjoy the film. It's six minutes or so, and you'll love it if you get a kick out of cartoons or, alternatively, surrealism. It's surrealism in motion. Seriously, it's one thing to have a static image of a hyperreal, fluid world like The Persistence of Memory. It's quite another to have that world move and live.


Kyle William Branham

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for student postings for extra credit (and perhaps some posts from the professor). The blog will be open only to members of the class. You can post items on the blog such as images, videos, links, etc., or your own original work or thoughts. All posts must be accompanied with a brief explanation in your own words (45-word minimum) of what each posted or linked item is about. No explanation is required for posts of original thoughts (it’s assumed that such posts will be more than 45 words). If an original post uses sources for information and/or ideas, these must be cited in footnotes. Always use your own wording unless you quote directly (in which case you will put the wording within quotation marks). Students should link to articles rather than copy and paste entire articles on the blog (to comply with copyright laws). Topics must be related to the art of the modern or contemporary periods (post-1900). 
John Alford