Artists Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren have taken the humble weeds of inner London borough pavements and turned them into art. Plants are pressed, dried and then composed between plates of glass that function like photographic negatives in the Victorian process of cyanotype.
Traditional cyanotyping or blueprinting was introduced in 1843. Any naturally observant material can be coated with a mixture of Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate (green) mixed with water. The coated material is then allowed to dry in a dark place. Objects or negatives are placed on the material which is then exposed to UV light, such as the sun, a light box or a UV lamp. After exposure the material is processed by simply rinsing it in water. A white print emerges on a blue background.
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Arborsculpture : The art and technique of growing and shaping trunks of living trees and other woody plants. By grafting, bending and pruning the woody trunks and or branches are grown into shapes either ornamental. Also known as Pooktre, tree training, and tree shaping.
The most famous of tree sculptors was Alex Erlandson who created over 55 shaped trees that eventually became the basis for his tree circus garden, opened in 1947 as a road side attraction near Santa Cruz, California with the sign, “SEE THE WORLD’S STRANGEST TREES HERE”.
Historically the ancient War-Khasi people of the Cherrapunjee region in India have been aeroponically creating living root bridges for centuries.
For more fascinating insights into this art see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_shaping or useful. and http://arborsmith.com/treecircus.html
Gold Coast Quilters Guild Exhibition
Quilts are visual stories of memories and identity transpired through textiles. Each stitch and choice of fabric provides insights into the lives of the people who created the works. On show at the Gold Coast Arts Center is the annual exhibition by the Gold Coast Quilters Guild A combination of traditional and contemporary works of art, both original and interpretative, are on show until the 24 July in Gallery 2.Vote for your favourite work while you are there.
Artist: Sarah Sullivan
Michael Ciavarella, ceramic artist and teacher, begun in 2010 to collect ceramics that could fit into a matchbox. The aim is to collect 5000 works of art to create a substantial international traveling exhibition to be shown at the International Ceramics Conference in Finland in 2014. So far he has collected 250 works of art.
For more information and an invitation to visual and ceramic artists from around the world to submit an artwork to the matchbox show collection see…
Artist: Andy Scott
An arts initiative by the developers of Casuarina Beach Domain Resort who have committed $1 million over 7 years beginning in 2006. A joint undertaking with the Tweed River Art Gallery the sculpture competition is held each July.
The 6 sculptures (so far selected) are set along a board walk that runs along an almost deserted beach of wide white sand. There is a barbecue area, children’s playground, and beach access. The walk is pleasant but I would not go out of my way to view the works unless the competition was on.
Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane. A collection of 15 pieces were originally commissioned for this piece of parkland, there are now 25 works that are integrated into what was once a railway goods yard for Roma Street Station. You can take a self guided tour of the art works or book a guided tour. The downloadable brochure is a work of art in itself.
For a bit of family art fun try the Parkland Adventure Trail, Artwork Hunt, and I Spy also available to download.
Museum of Contemporary Art - Rio
Opened in 1986 Rio’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) known as Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niteróiis is a scene stealer. Designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer it houses a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures from Brazilian artists whose works span five decades.
The permanent works are on renewable loan from Brazilian private collector Joao Sattamini, who has assembled one of the largest private collections of contemporary art.
This is the link for the Museum, unfortunately I could not find a version in English. http://www.macniteroi.com.br/index.php?op=principal
Oscar Niemeyer also designed the NovoMuseu Museum in Curitiba, Brazil, another fabulously designed building.