The Art of Wonder

A Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design Dual-Degree student (BRDD, 2017), artist, writer, urbanist, and explorer of the world dedicated to finding Wondrous things. Art, design, science, literature and the connections between them. For my original artwork see http://arianamakesart.tumblr.com/

Oct 21

This is New York. A city that can be at once deeply familiar but also newly restless on the same block. A city whose very material for being is serendipity. A giver of anonymity and a giver of the densest participation in humanity.

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This is New York. We come here unfinished, looking to the city for answers, for solitude, assignment, and for reward — looking for someplace to finish our sentences.

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This is a city I came to with aspiration, and a city I return to aspiring to be inspired again. Of all the cities, it may be New York who is the most unflappable, the most infallible, the most impenetrable, but the most loyal and the most forgiving. As such, it is New York City itself who is unfinished, its unkempt seams and its unsmooth asphalt, its uptown arts and its devoted downtown, living undone, side by side.

Liz Danzico's love letter to New York, inspired by the E.B. White classic, is a thing of beauty.

Complement with Zadie Smith’s exquisite love-hate letter to the city.

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Oct 20

Of course, the result isn’t the point… The point is the longing.

Desire can’t be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we’ve failed, because desire is the state we seek…

The worst thing of all would be if we actually arrived at perfect, because if we did, we would extinguish the very thing that drives us.

We want the wanting.

Seth Godin on desire, the paradox of which Rebecca Solnit explored beautifully. Reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s point about science and spirituality

Or, as Andy Warhol wrote in his meditations on sex and love, “The most exciting thing is not-doing-it. If you fall in love with someone and never do it, it’s much more exciting.”

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artmastered:

Alberto Giacometti, Dog, 1951, cast 1957, bronze, 45.7 x 99 x 15.5 cm, MoMA, New York. Source

artmastered:

Alberto Giacometti, Dog, 1951, cast 1957, bronze, 45.7 x 99 x 15.5 cm, MoMA, New York. Source


newyorker:

Bob Eckstein shares drawings and stories inspired by bookstores around New York City.

newyorker:

Bob Eckstein shares drawings and stories inspired by bookstores around New York City.


thekhooll:

Toluene Tank Zimoun

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.” bitforms nyc

See the video here. GIF found here.

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dont-do-womens-just-raf-simons:

princessstarberry:

Sleeping bag sofa - the need is so mighty. 

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL

dont-do-womens-just-raf-simons:

princessstarberry:

Sleeping bag sofa - the need is so mighty. 

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL

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“God damn it, there are nice things in the world- and I mean nice things. We’re all such morons to get so sidetracked.” J.D. Salinger 
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tierradentro:

Wolves, Andrew Wyeth

tierradentro:

Wolves, Andrew Wyeth

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fleurdulys:

Northern Night - Franz Johnston
1917

fleurdulys:

Northern Night - Franz Johnston

1917

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kdelanez:

attn: everyone

kdelanez:

attn: everyone

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Oct 19

averypottermormon:

shrugging:

lardypoison:

did I ever tell you I used to read the welsh version of harry potter as a kid

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"hogwarts’ fast train"

with such loveable characters as

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and of course who could forget the four houses

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and possibly the most dignified

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my country everybody. the only language where if you slap a keyboard you’re probably spelling it right

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soudasouda:

volume_gallery: RBW, 3.09 ft (2011). Brass, oak, leather. @rbw_studioPosted by SoudaSouda
Follow Souda on instagram, pinterest, facebook, or tumblr.

soudasouda:

volume_gallery: RBW, 3.09 ft (2011). Brass, oak, leather. @rbw_studio

Posted by SoudaSouda
Follow Souda on instagram, pinterest, facebook, or tumblr.

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flemingmuseumofart:

Teacup with mustache guard. Glazed porcelain, gold. c. 1885. German. Gift of Dr. Clifford Leonard.

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explore-blog:

Italo Calvino was offered the 1985–1986 term of the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry at Harvard. He died weeks before he was scheduled to deliver his lectures, but working on them, his wife recalls, was the obsession of his final months. 
Calvino’s manuscripts for the lectures, in which he looks back on “the millennium of the book” and peers forward into what the future might hold for “the expressive, cognitive, and imaginative possibilities” of language and literature, were his last legacy. 
Here is Calvino’s enduring wisdom from the first lecture, a magnificent meditation on lightness. 

explore-blog:

Italo Calvino was offered the 1985–1986 term of the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry at Harvard. He died weeks before he was scheduled to deliver his lectures, but working on them, his wife recalls, was the obsession of his final months.

Calvino’s manuscripts for the lectures, in which he looks back on “the millennium of the book” and peers forward into what the future might hold for “the expressive, cognitive, and imaginative possibilities” of language and literature, were his last legacy. 

Here is Calvino’s enduring wisdom from the first lecture, a magnificent meditation on lightness


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