Art #architecture #Ayumi Shibata #glass #light #paper #sculpture Glass Pitchers and Vessels Encase Architectural Paper Sculptures by Ayumi Shibata August 9, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Ayumi Shibata, shared with permission
Tucked inside clear glass vessels are Ayumi Shibata’s regal architectural vistas and layered cities enveloped by trees and vines. The Japanese artist is known for her elaborately constructed paper sculptures that fill small spaces like books and jars or occupy entire rooms, all of which are alluring and immersive as they draw viewers in to the enchanting, dream-like environments. Because the artist uses solely white paper, each sculpture highlights the intricacies of her cuts, and the details are enhanced even further when illuminated. That soft light source creates depth and shadow, as well, and Shibata describes the latter as adding a spiritual dimension to her works.
The artist recently finished two large commissions, one to accompany singer ..
Photography #Cody Cobb #landscapes #light #ultraviolet UV Light Unveils the Extraterrestrial Luminescence of the American West in Cody Cobb’s Photos August 5, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Cody Cobb, shared with permission
In his ongoing Spectral series, Las Vegas-based photographer Cody Cobb projects an ultraviolet light source across desert shrubs and secluded, rocky coves, unveiling an invisible spectrum of blues and oranges. Lichens, fallen leaves, and the bacteria growing from lava tubes become radiant lifeforms and transform locations in Washington, Utah, California, and New Mexico into otherworldly landscapes.
Focused on organic matter like mineral deposits and plants, Cobb’s photos expose what he describes as a “parallel world,” where the UV light allows an extraterrestrial eeriness to emerge. “Because I need such low ambient light levels for the fluorescence to show up in the exposures, I’m out making these at very odd hours of the night,” he says. “There’s s..
Art History #light #mirrors #religion Cincinnati Art Museum Discovers That a Rare 16th Century Mirror Reveals a Hidden Image When Illuminated July 14, 2022 Grace Ebert Buddhist bronze mirror, 15–16th century, China or Japan, bronze, Source Unknown, Cincinnati Art Museum, x 1961.2. All photos by Rob Deslongchamps, courtesy of Cincinnati Art Museum, shared with permission
Prior to the ubiquity of the glass mirrors we use today, people often peered into polished bronze for a low-fi glimpse of their reflection. These objects often featured cast three-dimensional symbols or renderings on the side opposite the convex reflective surface, but another particularly artful subset also contained an added dimension of mystery.
While plumbing the archives at the Cincinnati Art Museum, curator Hou-mei Sung uncovered what appeared to be an ordinary patinaed mirror printed with the name of Amitābha Buddha. After closer inspection, though, she realized that the small bronze piece would..
Photography Science #astronomy #landscapes #light #nature #space #stars Brilliant Phenomena and Galactic Skies Light Up the 2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Shortlist July 6, 2022 Grace Ebert An Icelandic Saga by Carl Gallagher
Whether in the form of nebulae or starry galactic expanses, natural light continues to dominate Royal Museums Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition (previously). The 14th annual contest garnered more than 3,000 submissions from 67 countries, and a shortlist of finalists contains stunning shots of a September harvest moon illuminating Glastonbury Tor, the brilliant streaks trailing Comet Leonard, and the vibrant Aurora Borealis casting an ominous glow above a battered ship in Westfjords.
Winning photos will be announced on September 15 with an exhibition opening at the National Maritime Museum on September 17. Until then, peruse the full collection on the Royal Museum Greenwich site.
Oregon coast by Marcin Zając
Art #installation #light #public art Radiant Installations and Projections Illuminate Sydney’s Architecture for an Annual Light Festival June 27, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Vivid Sydney, shared with permission
Following a two-year hiatus, Vivid Sydney (previously) returned this May with a spectacular display of light and color. The annual month-long festival brings an array of installations, sculptures, and projections to the Australian city, and this year’s iteration included Lighting the Sails, a vibrant series of works by Aboriginal Martu artists that illuminated the Sydney Opera House with kaleidoscopic patterns, and a color-blocked animation on Customs House by Ken Donne. In 2023, Vivid Sydney will run from May 26 to June 17, and you can follow updates on that event on Instagram.
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Art Photography #artificial intelligence #digital #landscapes #light Light Pierces Through Colorful Haze Suspended Above the Composite Landscapes in ‘Metamorphe’ June 17, 2022 Grace Ebert “Taste.” All images © Reuben Wu and Jenni Pasanen, shared with permission
In the unearthly Metamorphe series, smoke-like masses swirl around hoodoos and dunes dotting the terrain. A mysterious air pervades the six illuminated works, which blend the drone-light photographs of Reuben Wu (previously) with Jenni Pasanen’s digital creations produced through artificial intelligence. Each piece envisions the earth’s surface following metamorphosis when living beings are extinct and only the landscape remains.
Named after human senses, the otherworldly composites imagine topographies brimming with enormous formations of stone and sand to explore the “sublime and beyond emotion,” the artists say. “Humans are emotional beings, their decisions led by their feelings. A machine has no such const..
Art #glass #installation #light #sculpture Vivid Spectrums of Color Radiate from Chris Wood’s Intricate Installations of Dichroic Glass June 10, 2022 Grace Ebert Commission for Clé de Peau Beauté
“Light,” says Chris Wood, “is the purest form of radiance.” The Cambridgeshire-based artist is known for her dazzling installations made of dichroic glass—this transparent material produces a shifting spectrum of color depending on the viewpoint—that emit phenomenal prisms illuminated. Often arranged on a panel or wall, the works evoke organic patterns, like helices, murmurations, and in the case of Wood’s most recent piece, the spiral of a nautilus shell.
A commission from the beauty brand Clé de Peau Beauté in celebration of its 40th anniversary, this new rainbow-like installation revolves around that milestone. “There are 40 spirals, each with 40 dichroic elements to them. Embedded within each spiral is the number 40, written in binary code. The dichroic pieces will projec..
Melaspapadopoulos – Known for experimenting with an collection of in-digital digicam techniques, photographer Maria Lax transforms quiet