Interview: Kevin Peterson Shares His Fascination with Graffiti and How Optimism Informs His Paintings

 Art August 24, 2020 Grace Ebert “Reign,” oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches. All images © Kevin Peterson, shared with permission Known for his scenes of urban decay, artist Kevin Peterson (previously) is profoundly optimistic, a vision he shares in a recent interview with managing editor Grace Ebert. The Houston-based artist often positions lone children alongside wild animals, an inter-species mix that offers an escape from the destruction and hope for the imagined future. I suppose the kids in my paintings are a reflection of a hope that I…

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Transparent Public Restrooms in Tokyo Transform into Opaque, Colorful Stalls When in Use

 Design #architecture #bathrooms #Tokyo August 24, 2020 Grace Ebert Haru-No-Ogawa Community Park, by Shigeru Ban. Photos by Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation On the periphery of a busy city park in Tokyo is a transparent bathroom that offers a few forms of alleviation. Although it seemingly provides little privacy, the translucent facade is designed to let people peer inside to inspect the cleanliness before they venture in. Once users do open the door and step into the structure, the walls turn into opaque, illuminated stalls that hide…

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“Western Canada” by Photographer Thomas Gardiner

Originally from Western Canada and currently based in Vancouver, photographer Thomas Gardiner (previously featured here) relocated to New York City for college, where he earned a BFA from The Cooper Union, and an MFA in Photography from Yale in 2012. It wasn’t until living in New York City that Gardiner turned the lens of his 4×5 camera back toward the small towns and communities of his childhood. Describing the images in his “Western Canada” series, Gardiner explains: “In a sense, they’re partly biographical insofar as they represent places where I…

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Textile Artists File Their Nails in Tiny Grooves for Traditional Japanese Weaving Technique

 Art Craft History #Japan #nails #textiles #video #weaving August 25, 2020 Grace Ebert Image courtesy of Kiyohara Seiji Along with a comb and shuttle, textile artists crafting “tsumekaki hon tsuzure ori,” the intricate and durable brocades that are part of Japanese traditions, employ the jagged tips of their fingernails. Common in the Shiga prefecture, the ancient technique utilizes the weaver’s grooved nails to guide the threads down the loom, ensuring they’re placed tightly together. The “tsuzure ori,” or tapestry weave, has roots in the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573),…

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Designer Lydia Cambron Transforms Brand Logos into Protest Messages – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

New York-based designer Lydia Cambron has been transforming brand logos into protest messages and sharing them on Instagram. Of the work, she says, “I was struck by the defensive reaction to the protests against police brutality, and the conversation that followed–how much disbelief there was towards individuals calling for equality and accountability, compared to the trust given to the institutions being challenged. I suppose it reminded me of our faith in brands and corporations as being infallible and trustworthy.” For Pride month Cambron also made a collection of logos to…

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A Dozing Owl and Tussling Hummingbirds Top the 2020 Bird Photographer of the Year Competition

 Photography #birds #contests August 25, 2020 Grace Ebert Nicolas Reusens/Bird Photographer of the Year. “Ropewalker,” Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera. Papallacta, Ecuador. Category: Bird Behaviour, bronze award winner. All images © Bird Photographer of the Year, shared with permission The winning shots from the renowned Bird Photographer of the Year contest capture the mundane moments and extraordinary adventures of our avian neighbors. From a sleepy owl camouflaged by tree bark to a lurching great crested grebe, the stunning birds shown here were chosen out of more than 15,000 entries from…

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IOC-UNESCO Tsunami Ready Recognition to Venkatraipur and Noliasahi Villages in Odisha State (India)

On 7 August 2020, @UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission granted “Tsunami Ready” recognition to the first communities in the Indian Ocean region: Venkatraipur and Noliasahi villages in Odisha State, India. The certification recognizes the two communities’ success at organizing and completing collaborative tsunami preparedness initiatives involving community leaders, national and local emergency management agencies, and citizen groups. Find out more: http://ioc.unesco.org

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“Grey American Landscape” by Photographer Yeon J Yue

A selection of images from “Grey American Landscape”, by New York City-based photographer Yeon J Yue (or Jay Yue). Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Yue served in the Korean Air Force alongside US Air Force troops, where he became interested in documenting the lives of American military families. “Grey American Landscape” reflects Yue’s experience of America over the course of two separate three-month-long road trips across the United States: one from West to East coasts along the southern states, and another from East to the Midwest through the north. The…

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