A Name in Art and Mathematics

Written by Ira Katz on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

With the name "Delaunay," art and science find an intersection at the representational and mathematical frontier of the modern.

A Name in Art and Mathematics

An old friend and colleague passed away recently bringing to mind a little puzzle that he brought to my attention several years ago. Through my collaborations with him I ended up working in Paris for a French company for which he consulted. His research concerned the prediction of aerosol deposition in the lung related to environmental and pharmaceutical science. To develop lung morphology models in 3D (see below) my friend used a mathematical technique named after Delaunay. My friend also was interested in art and enjoyed visiting the Paris museums when he was in town on his consulting trips. Thus, he viewed the art of Delaunay. Were they related, he had wondered?

The Artistry of Temporary Tattoos

on Monday, 18 March 2013. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

Permanently engraving the body is not for everyone. The stylish trend of temporary tattoo art is the hottest accessory to hit the scene this spring.

The Artistry of Temporary Tattoos

The creative art of tattoos have been around for thousands of years and is an important part of many religions and cultures. Not only is it a great way to showcase amazing designs on various parts of your body, you can also express your individuality and expression through temporary tattoo art. 

When and Why You Need Archival Print Mounting

on Monday, 31 December 2012. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

Properly securing and mounting a painting, print, or fine art photograph is itself an exacting art. To get the most out of your artwork, and to ensure it is displayed properly and protected, follow these mounting suggestions.

When and Why You Need Archival Print Mounting

Framing fine art and limited edition prints is not as simple as sticking them in a ready-made frame and calling it wall art. Special precautions need to be taken to ensure that the piece remains protected and retains its value. This can be done with acid-free mats as well as UV-blocking glass, but the most important aspect to archival framing is the mounting technique.

The Attraction of Handmade Products

on Sunday, 18 December 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

Handmade productsAlthough handmade products usually carry a higher price tag than their mass produced equivalents, there is certainly still an attraction towards them. But why do people believe paying extra for handmade items is a worthwhile investment? There are many reasons that people choose to turn away from the high-street, whether they’re searching for the personalised effect, or maybe looking for something that could hold a higher sentimental value. We thought we’d explore some of these reasons and see if there is still a place for handmade products in today’s world.

More than Just a Product

If you look back in time at some of the most successful companies in history, they all stood for something much more than just business. They all had something to say and believed that they could make a difference to people’s lives. It’s much the same when you are looking into handcrafted products. Often times, consumers will ‘buy in’ to the values of the designer or maker they are purchasing from. Buying something that’s been made by hand often means that the item carries more meaning that simply being a product.

Artists Explore the Cultural Meaning of Coffee

on Thursday, 15 December 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

Saimir Strati's mosaicFor some time now, artists have been veering away from traditional “art materials” in their artwork. Instead of the typical paints, polymers, lacquers, gels, pastes, charcoal, and inks you find at your local art store, artists are finding art media elsewhere. For example, Albanian artist Saimir Strati found his inspiration for his latest mosaic in the humble coffee bean, which he then used as the medium for his work.

On Monday, Strati submitted what is the largest mosaic made out of coffee beans to the Guinness Book of World Records. According to Strati, the mosaic measures 25.1 square meters and contained 309 pounds of coffee beans.

Broadway Tribute to Vince Lombardi Wraps Up in Wisconsin

on Sunday, 07 August 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

The Broadway show Lombardi ended its run in Wisconsin. After the opening performance of the play Lombardi on Broadway, lead actor Dan Lauria who played legendary Green Bay Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi, explained that while he was on stage performing he witnessed former packer players Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer crying.

Like Lombardi himself, Kramer and Robinson are legendary stars of the dominating Green Bay teams of the 1950s and 1960s. Both tough guys par excellence, what is it about a broadway play that could make them cry?

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to find out first hand. After immense success during an eight month run on Broadway, the cast and crew of the play came to the heart of Packer country in late July to share the play with green and gold faithful. Having written about coach Lombardi before, I wasted no time getting four tickets for the special reading that was to be held at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin — just about 30 miles southwest of the Frozen Tundra itself. After viewing the performance on July 30, I understood why the play could provoke Kramer and Robinson to the heights of emotion, and why the play resonated with audiences while on Broadway.

Declaration of Independence: The Stone Copy

on Wednesday, 03 August 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

Declaration of Independence, the stone copy.On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed a committee of five to draft a statement asserting the American colonies' independence from Great Britain. John Adams and the other committee members agreed that Thomas Jefferson should undertake the task. On July 4, after debate and revision, Congress approved the document and soon ordered that the declaration be written large and legibly on parchment for official purposes, and signed by all members of Congress.

The Declaration of Independence traveled with the young government to Philadelphia, New York, and other temporary capitals. After 1800, it was brought to the newly created seat of government in the District of Columbia. James Madison was president when Secretary of State James Monroe spirited the document across the river to Virginia for safekeeping during the British invasion of the capital in August 1814.

By 1820, the parchment scroll was suffering the effects of time and exposure. To preserve its appearance, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned a Washington engraver, William J. Stone, to create a facsimile version on parchment, complete with signatures, to become the official representation of the treasured document. More than three years of work went into the creation of the copperplate, noted by a local newspaper at the time as being "executed with the greatest exactness and fidelity." It is this engraving, two hundred copies of which were distributed to surviving signers, government officials, and others, which provided the image of the Declaration of Independence that has been accepted into the popular consciousness. Today there are only 31 surviving copies of the Stone facsimile. The Stone facsimile is on view near American artist Gilbert Stuart's portraits of Declaration of Independence signers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. See these and other presidential portraits by Stuart.

Painting Identified as Work of Da Vinci

on Saturday, 02 July 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator MundiExperts examining a painting once sold at auction for less than $100 have declared that it is, in fact, a masterpiece painted by Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci.

An oil on wood painting, named Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) was originally thought to have been painted by one of Da Vinci’s students. The painting depicts Christ raising his right hand in blessing and holding a globe in his left hand.

According to London’s Daily Mail, “although its existence has been known for 50 years, it was attributed to a pupil of the great master Da Vinci and only recently authenticated by an international panel of art experts.”

Those experts didn’t need long to determine that the painting carried the hallmarks of one composed by the master himself.

First Ice Age Artwork of Mammoth or Mastodon Found in Florida

on Thursday, 23 June 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

First Ice Age Art of Mammoth or Mastodon Discovered in America.  The oldest and only known Ice Age engraving of a proboscidean has recently been discovered in America. Fossil Hunter James Kennedy discovered the bone in Florida and realized the importance of the find when he noticed the depiction on the bone fragment while cleaning it. Kennedy got in touch with scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Florida who announced that this approximately 13,000 year old discovery is one to marvel over.

"This is an incredibly exciting discovery," said Dennis Stanford, anthropologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and co-author of the research. "There are hundreds of depictions of proboscideans on cave walls and carved into bones in Europe, but none from America—until now."

The first goal of the researchers studying the engraving was to determine its authenticity. "There was considerable skepticism expressed about the authenticity of the incising on the bone until it was examined exhaustively by archaeologists, paleontologists, forensic anthropologists, materials science engineers and artists," said Barbara Purdy, professor emerita of anthropology at the University of Florida.

Senate Dedicates Portrait of Artist Charles Banks Wilson

on Thursday, 07 April 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

Charles Banks Wilson portrait hung in the Oklahoma State Capitol and painted by artist Mike Wimmer.Over the years, Charles Banks Wilson has painted many pieces for the Oklahoma Legislature and he was honored Wednesday when his portrait was added to the Capitol’s historic collection. The portrait, by fellow Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer, was sponsored by Howard and Billie Barnett and commissioned by the State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc.

“The state Capitol would not be the beautiful tourist attraction it is without Charles’ many extraordinary pieces of art. His work transformed the Capitol and essentially started the trend towards beautifying the building,” said Charles Ford, president of the fund. “As a painter, printmaker, teacher, lecturer, historian, and magazine and book illustrator, his accomplishments are many and we were so pleased to be able to honor him and his contributions to our state.”

Wilson has spent much of his career painting documentary portraits of Oklahomans. Born in Arkansas in 1918 and raised in Miami, Oklahoma, Wilson was accepted at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1936 to study painting, water color, and lithography.

Spider-Man: The Tangled Web We Weave

on Friday, 04 March 2011. Posted in Art, LifeStyle

spidermanAfter several postponements, Spider-man fans will finally get to see the much anticipated Broadway musical, “Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.” Producers have delayed the broadway show’s opening event, in part due to cast injuries. As a result of the injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is fining the production company, 8 Legged Productions LLC, with workplace safety violations.

Last year, four cast members were injured while working on the show. Among them, stunt man Christopher Tierney plummeted 30 feet, sustaining a hair-line skull fracture, broken ribs, cracked vertebrae, and other injuries.

Some critics feel that the producers are using these safety incidents as publicity stunts to boost sales of the show. According to New York Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz, Tierney “was a few days out of the hospital and was trotted out like a prize pony, pins in his busted body and on break from physical therapy sessions, to face camera crews and reporters and autograph hounds at the theater. Classy.”