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Enlightened by Art

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, exhibitions, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 11, 2010 by echostains

Always on the look out for new and exciting art forms, I spotted this article.  In Alys Beach, Florida USA today as I write this, the town shall be lit up by digital technology.  Artist shall project their work onto the white buildings of the town, using them as their canvas   – with dramatic effect.  Apparently, this is the third year of the event and 36 artists have been chosen from 300 applicants.  What a great way of promoting art and bringing it out of the museum!  More towns should do this!

an example of what happens

Inspired by this article I looked for other projector exhibitions and I found this video.  It is different from the other because although it uses projection, the buildings themselves are digitally changed and some of the effects are very dramatic.  Instead of using the building as a canvas, the artists have worked with the real structure of the buildings.  Love it:)

Video by Nuformer

Music: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Around the Bend

Alys Beach image (before) here

Alys beach image  (after) here


Alternative Mark making

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 9, 2010 by echostains


Buck and Julia Gnuse Most Tattooed Woman

I was reading an article about 55-year-old Californian Julia Gnuse, a woman who has 95 per cent of her body covered in art.  She has acquired more than 400 tattoos on her body including the Beatles and the Cast of Bewitched.  Julia who suffered from a skin disease  began  visiting a tattooist weekly and is now in the Guinness book of records. 

 The urge to decorate our bodies is strong within us.  As warriors, tattoos were a badge of belonging –  to a tribe though ironically they are now seen as a badge of individuality.  The actual act of being tattooed can  be undergone as a rite of passage or for spiritual purposes, rank, fertility, talismans – lots of reasons. 


 In the past tattoos were used to mark an outcast, a criminal, ‘ownership’ of fellow-men –  slaves and to mark victims of  the Holocaust.

Some tattoos can be very colourful and are art forms in their own right.  When I decided to write about tattoos, my first thought was about the artist who actually uses tattoos in his work – Wim Delvoye.

Wim Delvoye pigs

This Belgian artist’s work is highly controversial and has caused much debate in the past because he tattoos animals.  In 1992 he started to tattoo dead pigs.  By 1997 he began to progress this idea by using the pigs as ‘Piggy banks’ literally.  He tattooed live pigs much to the outrage of the media.  The pigs were sedated and tattooed, the tattoos growing and changing with the pigs.  Art buyers then bought the pigs…… and their skins.

There is something strange about this form of art to say the least and I can’t perceive what the artist is trying to get across in their work – apart from the obvious shock value.   Delvoye has done other projects which involves the stuffing of the pigs.  Not for me I’m afraid or for the faint hearted……

Wim Delvoye’s website

Brief history of Tattoos here

Article here

Info about Julia Gnuse and lots of tattoos here

Tribal Tattoo image from here

Melt in the mouth Art (Food painting)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 31, 2010 by echostains

Just a very speedy post tonight if I want to get it on in time.  Yes, its’ the EclecticAsylumArt man again – this time speed painting with chocolate syrup using a spoon!  Is there any end to this artist’s ingenuity and talent?  So far we’ve seen him painting with MacDonalds ketchup, Vegemite on toast, cheesy puffs on velvet and mascara!  What next?


Nature’s Copy

Posted in PAST PLACES, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 22, 2010 by echostains

Simulacra (plural) or simulacrum  is an archaic term for a ‘likeness’ or a similarity.  It can be used as ‘representation’ in an art form like a statue  or painting in post modernism.  Photorealism can be termed as a form of artistic simulacrum,  or where the artist is copying a photo so that the painting is a copy of a copy.

Ivy tree St Annes Holy Well Scotland

French philosopher and postmodernist Jean Baudrillard argued that the term is not a copy of the real but a form in its own right. He sums it up in four  ‘realities’; 1. Truth in its own right – a reflection of reality, 2. a perversion of reality, 3. pretense of reality (where the model doesn’t exist) 4. simulacrum – that which bears no relation to any reality whatsoever.

doctored or natural?

doctored or natural?

The simulacra that I am interested in is an imitation of a recognised reality in nature.  See kirstyfliesfree ‘s wonderful photograph to see how this works in nature.  Trees in particular lend their form to the human body shape. Sometimes they can make you stop in your tracks……

Escaping criticism by Caso

Trompe l’oeil an original Baroque term literally mean ‘trick the eye’, it is an optical illusion like this painting by Caso which shows a boy climbing out of his framed painting.   Trompe l’oeil is usually reserved for vista’s: beautiful views from mythical windows, but false bookcases, interesting perspectives, and murals.

old man rock

In prehistoric times recognised natural forms would be seen as Gods incarnate – and it’s easy to see why our ancestors were awe-struck.  Fantastic  natural simulacrum occurs all around the world – and this gallery has an extensive range of images.  It’s hard to remain stoney faced whilst looking at them:)  I wonder if that’s where that term came from?

“Simulacrum (plural: -cra), from the Latin simulacrum which means “likeness, similarity”, is first recorded in the English language in the late 16th century,
used to describe a representation of another thing, such as a statue or
a painting, especially of a god; by the late 19th century, it had
gathered a secondary association of inferiority: an image without the
substance or qualities of the original………”

Don’t forget to check out my BLOG SPOTLIGHT  post here! 

This  site has some wonderful examples of natural simulacrum
St Anne’s Holy well image here
Trompe l’oeil information here
Maybe photoshopped image from here

A Collection of Time Travel experiences and ‘atmospheres’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2010 by echostains

The Vikings make their presence known

I have always had a yearning to travel back in time.  I’ve had four of these experiences – well not actually going back in time, but pretty near.  The first one was years ago at the Jorvic Viking centre in York, where you travel in a car backwards in time and come out into a recreated Viking village, complete with all the sounds, sights and even the smells (including urine).  This has now changed and there is a different way to travel now, which I find disappointing – they should have left the experience alone in my opinion.

The house in the Rock

The second one was also in Yorkshire.  It was in a place called ‘House in the Rock’ in Knaresborough.  The owner Miss Nancy Buckle’s ancestor carved this house into rock in 1770 and generation after generation have lived in it.  Now that was like stepping back in time!  At the time we were shown around, the National Trust were doing their utmost to get their hands on the house  clean it up a bit and probably take the character away from what was/is  a family home. The place had a charm all of its own and I still can’t seem to find out if the Trust managed to get it.

House on the Strand

The third time I went back in time was when I read Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘House on the Strand’.  This is a strange book even for Du Maurier.  In brief: a man rents a remote house in Cornwall (of course) and agrees to be the guinea pig for a drug his biochemist friend has invented.  With its aid he goes back in time to the 14th Century where he has lots of adventures.  But each time he comes back reality blurs between the two worlds….  the book has intrigue and a very strange ending.

18 Folgate Street

The fourth time that I climbed into that time machine was last week when we visited Dennis Severs house, Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London.  I have always wanted to go to this house for years and have never quite got around to it – until last week.  We made an appointment and just went.  Dennis Severs, an American artist (b. 1948 -1999).  Severs moved to London and bought the run down house in 1979.   Folgate Street is very close to the Spitalfields market and at the time of purchase the area was more run down than it is now but attracting Bohemians and artists.

Dennis Severs House, one of the period bedrooms

Severs renovated and decorated each of the 10 rooms  in a different historical style, mostly from the 18th and 19th century creating ‘atmospheres’ and vignettes.  He did this on a budget of

£500!  I first encountered this man, years ago in a Period Living magazine and was flabbergasted at how clever, innovative and resourceful he was and longed to see his house.  Though he lived there himself, Severs invented an imaginary family to people his house,  and he based this family upon the Huguenot silk weavers who would  have lived in the area at that time.  He called them the Jarvis family – and they are still alive in the house.  Whenever you enter a room you feel they have been there before you and just left, leaving clues like a half eaten piece of buttered toast and an upset teacup behind them.  the rooms are like living paintings.  in fact one room is actually based on a Hogarth painting!

more period drama

The house is crammed full of Sever’s collections of memorabilia, plus china, vintage clothing, ephemera.  But these are not dry museum type collections, these ‘props’ are scattered everywhere, as if it’s been casually left that way, nothing is ‘posed’.  Clay pipes lay broken in a fireplace, valentines are wedged into the frames of mirrors, cobwebs hang from the torn and damp velvet four-poster hangings in the poorest room in the house – the attic, where no fire burns.  To get a better idea of the experience (though I urge you to go if you possibly can)  Here is a short video starring the house – and the late Dennis Severs himself:-

Jorvik Viking centre image  here

Read all about Thomas Hill, a linen weaver who built the House in the Rock  by his great great grand-daughter Nancy Buckle here.  We have quite a few pics of this house somewhere which I shall have to find.  This pic came from  here though

Dennis Severs House website recommended and read what people who have visited say here  Severs video from here

Unfortunately we were not allowed photographs in the house, so these images come from herehere and here

Not a leg to stand on – caught on the hop!

Posted in HOME, Uncategorized with tags , on May 1, 2010 by echostains
A Pink Collins – one I drunk earlier

You know if you read my blog regularly, that I always schedule my posts.  There  is a reason for that..what was it?  ANYWAY I’ve been out tonight and I have some postss lined up for when I am away. (which is soon) 

  But I’ve been out tonight..

  A couple of weeks ago,We  discovered a vodka bar… and had a pretty good time there.  I said at the time (and forgot about it, which is typical of me) that I would go back and work my way through the vodka menu…and (guess what a selective memory I have..) I did.. which IS typical of me (the working my way back to…).  

I drank  different vodka’s  – what? – coming soon!

Disappearing images

Posted in Uncategorized, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , on March 19, 2010 by echostains

I don’t know if it is my browser of what, but I had reason to check some old posts today (Comments) and noticed that some of my images had just disappeared!  I am at loss with this.  Yesterdays images are ok and a few more days back, but further back, these images are just not loading.

I have also been on a fellow blogger’s site (a regular visitor to mine) and couldn’t see her latest post either!  It seemed that others could as they commented.  I don’t know what is going on, ‘m hoping its WordPress and it clears up tomorrow.  In the meanwhile, as a test, I am going to load an image…..can anyone tell me if they can see it – and who it is?