Post #830 • July 14, 2006, 11:50 AM • 26 Comments
I have fond memories of Elwood Smith, an illustrator who came to speak to us at RISD almost 20 years ago, on what turned out to be a snow day. He hung around anyway, drew for us, had lunch with us, and generally treated us like gold. And now, he has produced an illustrated musical. Sounds brilliant. (Drawn)
Would that more advertising find inspiration in art: Beloiters doing Seurat, Adidas doing Tiepolo. (Andrew, Kottke) Also via Andrew: Antony Gormley sets the new standard for work ethic in installation art at the Sydney Bienniale. (Okay, he hired people, but still.)
"In this segment Stephen is taken on a helicopter ride over the city of London. After a brief ride, he returns to the ground where, in three hours, he completes a stunningly detailed and remarkably accurate drawing of London from the air which spans four square miles with 12 major landmarks and 200 other buildings drawn to perfect perspective and scale." Dr. Darold Treffert on an autistic savant artist, Stephen Wiltshire. I've long felt that the way we teach drawing is failing to capitalize on a lot of untapped brain power. Anyone who wants to research this, contact me. (Reddit) Also via Reddit, probably not savant.
"Peter Sellars described his first experience of hearing her sing as being 'in the middle of this raging forest fire.' It was a fire she could control with consummate artistry but not put out. One night in Santa Fe, I went with her and her husband, Peter, to a local movie house to see Mystic River. Afterward, outside on the street, she decried what she felt were the 'false notes' of Sean Penn's 'overwrought' performance. As her voice rose and Peter and I tried to calm her down with remarks like 'It's only a movie,' I realized that she was not just raging at what she perceived to be another performer's wrong choices, but talking fiercely to herself about the danger of indulging in histrionics at the expense of truth." Charles Michener on the recently departed mezzosoprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, embodying an important verity. (AJ)
The Renaissance, explained at the library. Jason Pultz's Comic Strip.
"We have examined other apparently turbulent paintings of several artists and find no evidence of Kolmogorov scaling." Jose Luis Aragon, a physicist who has discovered that Van Gogh, uniquely among artists, painted patterns that correspond to one of the foundational equation sets of turbulence modeling. I wonder if the scientists looked at Leonardo's drawings of storms. (Reddit)
Department of Skills: Uh oh - the shirt's coming off. It's speeded up a hair, but less than you think. The Chinese had (okay, have) a lot of hostility against the Japanese since WWII. That sentiment found catharsis in kung fu movies. Jet Li picked up the theme: his Fist of Legend is highly recommended.