Some innovations seem so inevitable once they’re out there that you wonder just why no one has thought of them before.
If you’re an American history buff, you’re in luck. To celebrate President’s Day, Google arts and culture team has just kicked off a monumentalhistorical project focusing on our country’s top office with the American Democracy program.
Meet Wilfrid Wood. He’s an artist who specializes in sculpting heads and figures that are never boring because they go far beyond the safe and traditional look many of us are used to seeing. Wood’s sculptures are often wacky, definitely fun, and always wildly expressive, like he’s managed to capture a person’s very specific reaction and emotion and feeling in each piece.
A Scottish journalist believes he has determined the identity of elusive graffiti god Banksy. In a now-viral post to Transmission Glasgow, Craig Williams points his finger squarely at Robert “3D” Del Naja of the Bristol-based “trip hop” group Massive Attack.
SCREEN PRINTING IS the pinnacle of DIY culture. If you have a band, you can screen print your own shirts. If you have an art collective, you can screen print some tote bags. If you’re promoting an indie show, you can screen print your own posters. Most artistic pieces look way cooler when they have that handmade vibe.
We’re going to show you how to make your own design and screen it onto whatever you’d like. You’ll need to block out a few hours, and you’ll need to have a design or logo in mind to print.
Researchers say the desire to make sense of our lives and the world we live in is a powerful motive in how we live and the decisions we make. Behavioral economists from Carnegie Mellon And Warwick Business School have made a model that links our drive for information and understanding to various human qualities, including boredom, curiosity, aesthetics in art and science, compassion and the role of “the good life” — whatever that means — in making decisions. They reckon it can help offer explanations to behavior and actions that might seem illogical to others.
In the jargon of jazz, a “blue note” is one that deviates from the expected–an improvisational twist, a tickle in the ear. It is fitting that Blue Note Records, founded in New York by German expat Alfred Lion back in 1939, took its name from this artifact of genre, for throughout the latter half of the 20th century, the institution was continually surprising (and delighting) its audience.
From boogie-woogie and bebop to solo stylings and the avant-garde, Lion’s label left no tone unturned. The undisputed quality of Blue Note’s output was the direct result of its creator’s willingness to meet the artists on their level, to embrace the quirks and curveballs that make jazz music what it is. As an early Blue Note brochure put it: