Do You Remember the Art of the Magic Eye?

Magic Eye, Stereogram, 3D

Image source: Michael K. Milton created by Easy Stereogram Builder

Who remembers Magic Eye? Yep, those computer generated 3D images embedded in repeated patterns. When you keep your focus on a specific point, let’s say in the center of the picture for example, then relax your eyes until the picture becomes blurry and doubled, you will see an image that literally draws you into the picture. Click on the image to enlarge it and try out your optical skills.

Magic Eye Illusion

invisible you are
blending into the crowd
an optical illusion
in a 3D stereogram
I stare with blurred vision
suddenly drawn into a scene
discovering you were watching me
there all along, hidden in plain sight
like a two-way mirror, a fractal game
magic eye drawing me into the frame.

© Kym Gordon Moore

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Recognizing Georgia O’Keeffe, an Artist Who Reflected Pure Abstraction

Georgia O’Keeffe, Artist, Art, Women's History Month

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As we continue with our celebration of National Women’s History Month, we are featuring one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887-March 6, 1986) is recognized for her fascination and inspiration of nature that is depicted through her iconic glowing landscapes, distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky.

She could imitate the works of other artists but wanted to paint in her own way. The direction of her artistic practice shifted dramatically in 1912 when she studied the revolutionary ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow. Dow’s emphasis on composition and design offered O’Keeffe an alternative to realism. She experimented for two years, while she taught art in South Carolina and west Texas. She made a radical break with tradition which made her one of the very first American artists to practice pure abstraction.

Black Mesa Landscape, Georgia O’Keeffe

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In the summer of 1929, O’Keeffe made the first of many trips to northern New Mexico. The stark landscape, distinct indigenous art, and unique regional style of adobe architecture inspired a new direction in O’Keeffe’s artwork. For the next two decades, she spent part of most years living and working in New Mexico.

She created paintings that evoked a sense of the spectacular places she visited, including the mountain peaks of Peru and Japan’s Mount Fuji. At the age of seventy-three, O’Keeffe embarked on a new series focused on the clouds in the sky and the rivers below. This provided validity and strength into what she was painting.

Art, Georgia O'Keeffe, Women's History Month

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Late in life, and almost blind, she enlisted the help of several assistants to enable her to again create art. In these works, she returned to favorite visual motifs from her memory and vivid imagination. O’Keeffe’s will to create did not diminish with her eyesight. In 1977, at age ninety, she observed, “I can see what I want to paint. The thing that makes you want to create is still there.

Today, we celebrate this American painter who created innovative impressionist images that challenged the perception of the way we view art.

#WomensHistoryMonth

Are the Lines of Art and Music Blurred by Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence, AI, Tech, Innovation

Are the lines between art, music and artificial intelligence really becoming blurred? I read an article in Scientific American about creativity, value and artistic judgment regarding robotically generated art and music. The question about how the lines could become blurred in relation to the impact AI generated creations would have on human creativity could really jeopardize our time, talents, imagination, value and products.

If you are an artist, musician, photographer or even a writer, although I am one who is intrigued by the capability of artificial intelligence, does it scare you just as much as it does me on how such productivity could have a horrific effect on how our individual value and worth is seen?

Art, Music, Artificial Intelligence

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The advancement of technology has affected practically everyone around the world, whether you are techno-savvy or not. Please take a moment to read this article from Science American, Is Art Created by AI Really Art?

As an artist, musician, photographer or writer do you think this is a legitimate reason for concern, or is this much ado about nothing?

Poetry of the Strandbeest

Strandbeest, Theo Jansen

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Imagine walking on the beach when you’re a little tipsy and seeing a Strandbeest walking on the beach too. Do you run? Would you faint? Do you sober up quickly and give up drinking alcohol forever?

When you first see it, you ask what in the heck is that? You are fascinated by this extraterrestrial looking sculpture and while you may stay your distance from it at first, you may try taking a selfie near it later.

Strandbeest, Theo Jansen

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So where did these Strandbeests come from? These exhibitions are the dream machine sculptures from the creative genius of Theo Jansen, a Dutch artist who began building large mechanisms out of PVC that appear to walk on their own.

Strandbeest, Theo Jansen

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Strandbeest Concerto

Mobile beach animals walking by wind-fed fins
like a regimented army of skeletal crustaceans
complex sculptures intricate, liberated and whimsical
a harmonic jostling dragon like an energetic millipede

with a kinetic infusion of artistic engineering
3-dimensional aliens sailing along the sands of time
the multi-legged creature animated and mechanical
a self-propelled orchestra of interlocking highs and lows.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Strandbeest, Theo Jansen

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Theo Jansen, Strandbeest

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Check out this video, “Strandbeest Evolution.”

Expressions: Nailed It for the Holidays!

Nail Art, Nail Polish, Nail Colors

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Deck the hands with nails of polish, fa-la-la-la-laaaaa…la-la-la-la!

Tis the season to accent varnish, wow-la-la-la-la…la-la-la-la!

Don we now our Christmas tree claws, ho-la-la-ho-la-la-la-la-la

Beads and gems and nail art madness, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaaa!

Nail Art, Nail Polish, Nail Colors

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Nail Color, Nail Polish

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Nail Art, Nail Color

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Nail polish, Nail Lacquer, Nail Colors

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The artistry of nail designs for the holidays.

Nail Polish, Nail Color, Nail Varnish, Nail Accessories

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Let your fingers do the talking!

Nail Polish, Nail Designs, Nail Art

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By George, I think they nailed it!

 

The Poetry of ‘Unlike Any’ Athletes by Under Armour

Athletes, Poetry, Under Armour, Brand Marketing, Advertising

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Ah, the fluidity of poetry found in athletics. In an effort to remove gender from the conversation when recognizing exceptional female athletes, Under Armour launched “Unlike Any” a brand marketing campaign created by Droga5, a New York City-based global advertising agency. Under Armour selected five extraordinary athletes who achieved some incredible feats in their careers: Misty Copeland, Natasha Hastings, Jessie Graff, Alison Désir and Zoe Zhang.

To make these ads more breathtaking, Under Armour turned to the following poets to tell these athletes amazing stories: Aja Monet, Kojey Radical, Dominique Christina, Aristophanes and Saul Williams. This is what I call true poetry in motion. Check out these poetically inspiring videos.

The Eyes Really Do Have It

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye love it!

Eyes are the windows to the soul and eyeshadow is the accessory to the eyelids. Taking eyeshadow to a different universe with increased dramatic, artistic personalities is something many makeup artists are creating.

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

Tal Peleg

With the eyelids as a focal point canvas, these eye-scape masterpieces, by makeup artist Tal Peleg have taken art, artistry, cosmetics, and beauty to a totally mind-blowing level.

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye can’t believe my eyes!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye am in shock!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye am impressed!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye can’t believe it!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye think eye got it!