ColumnAzuma Makoto translates the traditional art of Ikebana into a more contemporary form of sculpture. “I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being […]
ColumnJonathan Harris measures happiness one balloon at a time. Jonathan Harris’ fingerprints are all over the web. And he leaves interesting marks. When I received an email from him last month about his recently completed project on happiness, I wasn’t disappointed.
ColumnThe sun shines brightly through this experimental type. Russian designer, Ruslan Khasanov‘s approach to typography is inspired. His use of over 5000 photographs of ink spots dissolving in water to achieve a system of type that disappeared over the course of reading hinted at the ephemeral nature of his art. With […]
Lucas Mongiello recycles childhood memories with artful rearrangement.
ColumnDrawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. ~ Motoi Yamamoto An art installation, by definition, assumes the viewer experiences the work where it is installed. Looking in through the window of photographs limits our experience, but sometimes the peek has us longing to put ourselves […]
Hao-Ni Tsai’s work seeks to juxtapose material with culture, informing a new kind of textile craft. In her series of Hybrids, Textile Futures Textile, textile artist Hao-Ni Tsai experiments with transforming fur sourced from western cultures, indigenous Taiwanese fibers and traditional craft technique into new combinations of sculptural adornments.
Column“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” -The King from Alice in Wonderland What inspires you? The drape of a fabric? A stone washed smooth by decades in a stream? The look in your child’s eyes that is pure love? Well, for […]
Mozart Guerra communicates complex emotions with simple rope and styrofoam. Taking cues from cultural taboos and evolutionary allusions is definitely the territory of artists. Mozart Guerra’s sculptures are bold graphic statements that could halt traffic with their visual punch.
A fashion photographer gives us a fresh take on the ubiquity of plastic. Plastic never fully decomposes. Over time it goes through a process of photo degradation and may break down into smaller and smaller pieces. But as of this moment, every bit of plastic that has ever been created […]
The Truffle, like its namesake, is a diamond in the rough. Unveiled in 2010 in the small fishing village of Laxe, Spain, the Truffle caught our eye for the process of its creation as much as for its resulting structure. Ensamble Studio Spain, headed by Antón García-Abril, designed the organic space, which […]
Stop and take a snapshot of the roses the next time you #walktowork. Perhaps, dear reader, you’re wondering what the deal is with that # in the title. A late night writing mishap that slipped past the editors? Hardly. It’s part of the curious language of Twitter, like a compound […]
Column“With clay there is no separation between the artist and the material.” -Derek Weisberg Derek Weisberg is a sculptor who uses clay to create works of art that are emotional and psychological self-portraits. When his mother passed away, Weisberg began to include themes of death, afterlife, spirituality and the metaphysical […]
ColumnA retrospective: 2011 in heART. The fusion of conscious art and sustainability into what we now call heARTbeat was first published this year in May. Seven months and dozens of heARTbeats later, we bring you the top five stories that made you take pause.
Column Imitation is the best form of flattery – obviously. Every era creates its classics. The Booooooom + Adobe Remake photo project re-contextualizes well-loved art works.
February 12th was Ruth Asawa Day in San Francisco and reminded writer Dominique Pacheco of the times she spent with the creative force of nature. “Art is for everybody,” Ruth Asawa says. It’s a statement that personifies the Ruth Asawa I knew in the 80s and 90s in San Francisco. In those […]
We’re not totally senseless. Nevertheless, as Marie Rouillon explains, we could use a reboot in the tactile department. In our highly digitized world, our senses often take a back seat to pixels. Textile designer Marie Rouillon created her series of tactile cups for those of us who spend most of […]
ColumnPoets don’t draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently. -Jean Cocteau Oakland, California artist, Annie Voight says she watches too much TV, but from her work, one could assume she is indeed, a reader. Her letters cut from paper belie her love of the […]
ColumnTaxidermy from the genus ‘Art’ and the species ‘Gomez de Molina.’ Take a look at the following creature. What exactly is, or rather was, that? A pheasant with a skunk’s tail?
ColumnFrom the Sidewalk to the Catwalk: Step into his world, and he might just sweep you off your feet. In the scheme of things, couturier Jean Paul Gaultier may not, on the surface anyway, appear to be a “conscious” artist. An afternoon at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum might change your […]
Column“By bringing Little Sun to Tate Modern and the London Olympics, I hope to realise an art project for those who typically have no access to global events of this scale.” – Olafur Eliasson Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has been developing Little Sun over the last two years. The concept […]
ColumnFolds that shoot right for our imaginations. It is not unusual for a five-year-old child to fold paper into an airplane. What sets Sipho Mabona apart is that fifteen years after that first fold, he had exhausted his airplane designs and ventured into origami where his passion took a twist.
ColumnWealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. – Epictetus Have you ever had all your worldly possessions laid out in front of you? Not just in your mind, but literally, everything you own as inventory. Picture this, everything you own co-existing within a few feet […]
Column“We believe in participation – empowering people to have a place in the stories that are told around them. We research new ways to interact and tell stories.” – Daily tous les jours The senses are tricky. One whiff of an ingredient in our favorite meal, or the sound of […]
ColumnFilm, fashion, novels, poems and songs have all sung the praises of the Big Apple. These collages are ballads in the same vein. Being the singularly iconic city that New York is, she has received love letters in the form of art of every kind. Now German-born and New York-based […]
ColumnEven after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky. As summer gasps its last hot breaths, it may make one nostalgic for gazing up to the heavens on a warm night, […]