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/

Posts tagged art

Jul 23

7knotwind:

Christo’s drawings and maquette for wrapped trees

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Jul 19

Jul 18

I Love Maps

I have come to the realization that I love maps and want to be involved somehow in their creation. If there are any cartographers or geographic information systems professionals out there or artists or designers working in the realm of cartography or with cartographic imagery, I’d really love to hear about your education and practice. Please send me a message if you are part of the mapping world in any capacity. Many thanks. 


Jun 21

heyluchie:

My comic; “Introversion” is finished! Please go to the main page of my blog to read it in full size (the text is kinda small).

I really hope you’ll like it!

This is beautiful and perfect

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Jun 11

analogueway:

Edward Hopper (1882–1967). Nighthawks, 1942. Oil on canvas, 33 1/8 x 60 in. (84.1 x 152.4 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago; Friends of American Art Collection 1942.51.

http://www.metalocus.es/content/en/blog/hopper-drawing-whitney-museum

I just saw the exhibit of Hopper’s Drawings at the Whitney. The exhibit is stunning, and a real inspiration to artists just starting out on their professional careers. These preliminary works reveal the intense process of research and exploration Hopper embarked on in order to create the masterful paintings known and loved by so many. Seeing Hopper’s drawings reminded me that talent must be accompanied by rigorous examination of one’s subject matter, hard work, and relentless practice. 


May 30

likeafieldmouse:

Jay DeFeo - The Rose (1958-69)

“The story of Jay DeFeo and The Rose is both a cautionary tale of obsession and an inspiring tale of determination and belief. She began working on The Rose in 1958. She was 29 years old and for the next eight years, she did little else but sit on a stool in her studio, smoking cigarettes, drinking brandy while she painted and scraped away at her vision.

First titled The Deathrose, then The White Rose and finally just The Rose, DeFeo only stopped working on the painting when an increase in rent forced her from her studio. By then it was 1966, her marriage was ending, she was in fragile physical and mental health, and The Rose had become too large to fit out the door. 

At nearly 12 feet high and in places eight inches thick, The Rose was constructed from layer upon layer of built up and scraped away black and white paint. DeFeo added mica chips to the paint and so The Rose has its own interior light.”

Saw her retrospective at the Whitney twice. It was staggeringly beautiful and inspiring. Her process work, drawings, collages, and models were just as illuminating as the final work.

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Survived RISD Foundation Year

For anyone who is curious, I have posted my final drawing series of my RISD foundation year here on my art blog. 


May 26
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2012. Courtesy: Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
Learn more about Albert Oehlen and his works at Gagosian here and here. 

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2012. Courtesy: Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Learn more about Albert Oehlen and his works at Gagosian here and here


May 25

iheartmyart:


Echolilia: A Father’s Photographic Conversation with His Autistic Son
Timothy Archibald uses his camera to find an emotional bridge to his son Photographs and text from the book Echolilia: Sometimes I Wonder

 My eldest son was born in 2001. He was always a kid who went to the beat of his own drummer. When he was 5, we began making photographs collaboratively as a way to find some common ground and attempt to understand each other. Soon after we began the project, Elijah was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. Though the diagnosis gave me the words and history to understand my son better, it didn’t take away the mystery and the need to try to find an emotional bridge to him.”Echolilia” is an alternate spelling of a more common term, “echolalia,” used in the autistic community to refer to the habit of verbal repetition and copying that is commonly found in autistic kids’ behavior. I liked the idea of it: photography is a form of copying. Kids are a form of repetition. And looking at my kid with photography allowed me to see myself a new

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Sep 30
jtotheizzoe:


nabokov’s butterfly anatomy.

Lepidopterawesomeness.

jtotheizzoe:

nabokov’s butterfly anatomy.

Lepidopterawesomeness.


Sep 18

the-star-stuff:

The brush strokes of star birth

The first picture is the Hubble Space Telescope image of the nebula Sharpless 2-106, a massive young star blasting out jets of gas

The second picture is the painting of the nebula Sharpless 2-106 by space artist Lucy West.


Sep 11

umzoology:

William T. Hornaday:  Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting

Here’s another spoiler for our 1st floor exhibit case: Dave brought this beautiful book from his home to go in our display among our information about William T. Hornaday.  This book, Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting, was published in 1891 during his term as Chief Taxidermist for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  

From an artistic, historical, and biological standpoint, this book is absolutely fascinating to look through!  In so many aspects was Hornaday ahead of his time in regards towards animal preparation and taxidermy, and this book discusses some techniques which we still employ in our museum today.  In many aspects of his personal life, however, Hornaday was a controversial and stubborn figure, but nevertheless passionate about wildlife and working ultimately towards its conservation.  Someday I’ll tell you all about the time he put a pygmy person from the Congo named Ota Benga on display in the National Zoo in the primates exhibit as a way to illustrate convergent evolution, but that is totally another story.  

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Sep 6

sophietellsastory:

This is probably one of the most elegant things I’ve ever seen.


Aug 24
My definition of wonder, illustrated. I felt it was time to define my blog’s namesake. 
Wonder is traditionally defined as follows: 1. (n) The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or marvelous. 2. (n) Something far superior to anything formerly recognized or foreseen. 
As members of a world so increasingly rich with information, innovation, and discovery, we must extend the definition of Wonder. Wonder can no longer be contained to a single emotion, to a single response to something astounding, or to the marvelous thing itself. In this day and age, there is a steady stream of newness and revelation bombarding our senses. Thus, we must define Wonder as a state of being. 
Wonder, in the 21st century, is the decision to be curious, to sift through the mountains of information before us and find the connections between seemingly unrelated things. Wonder is an inclination towards synthesis, towards the weaving of threads. Wonder is the beautiful alchemy which results from the collision of art and science, the merging of literature and music, the fusion of history and technology. Wonder is a state of perpetual listening in search of the fundamental patterns of the Universe. 
In order to continue to progress and to flourish, human beings at every level of society must adopt this state of Wonder. Now, more than ever, there is potential, for anyone who choses to, to transcend the everyday and to reach the profound. Wonder is our vehicle to the miraculous. 

My definition of wonder, illustrated. I felt it was time to define my blog’s namesake. 

Wonder is traditionally defined as follows: 1. (n) The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or marvelous. 2. (n) Something far superior to anything formerly recognized or foreseen. 

As members of a world so increasingly rich with information, innovation, and discovery, we must extend the definition of Wonder. Wonder can no longer be contained to a single emotion, to a single response to something astounding, or to the marvelous thing itself. In this day and age, there is a steady stream of newness and revelation bombarding our senses. Thus, we must define Wonder as a state of being. 

Wonder, in the 21st century, is the decision to be curious, to sift through the mountains of information before us and find the connections between seemingly unrelated things. Wonder is an inclination towards synthesis, towards the weaving of threads. Wonder is the beautiful alchemy which results from the collision of art and science, the merging of literature and music, the fusion of history and technology. Wonder is a state of perpetual listening in search of the fundamental patterns of the Universe. 

In order to continue to progress and to flourish, human beings at every level of society must adopt this state of Wonder. Now, more than ever, there is potential, for anyone who choses to, to transcend the everyday and to reach the profound. Wonder is our vehicle to the miraculous. 


Aug 23

jtotheizzoe:

Algorithmic Drawing

Did you catch Vi Hart’s ode to serendipitous mathematical doodling yesterday? If not, go watch it. Capturing that sort of spontaneity and surprising yourself with mathematics … can you think of a better way to learn?

I just love how serendipitous the internet is. As a result of that post, Norman Shapiro pointed me to his huge collection of Algorithmic Drawings here on Tumblr. Go give him a follow and check out his full collection. He hand draws all the geometric motifs, following few rules other than exploring the limits of the pattern that has come to him. It’s both whimsical and highly ordered at the same time and I can’t get enough of them.

I think it’s time to start doodling in the margins, folks. You never know what might come of it.


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