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heARTbeat: An Installation of Art in Nature in France’s Loire Valley

Column“What is art? Nature concentrated.” – Balzac The relationship between nature and art can be inextricable, though rarely do we get to experience fully realized installations from multiple artists whose united approach is taking a specific space, working with it, and letting it unfold organically for a significant period of […]

heARTbeat: Shawn Huckins Tweets Over 18th Century Paintings

ColumnAre we LOLing our way to cultural bankruptcy? Shawn Huckins‘s work reminds us that painting takes time. By appropriating 18th century American artworks juxtaposed with instant messaging lingo, Twitter language and urban slang, Huckins presents the idea that perhaps we have little patience for the simplicity of correct spelling, appropriate […]

heARTbeat: Victoria Garcia’s Surrealist Vision of Patterns

ColumnSurrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality. -John Lennon Working with ideas from the Surrealists, Rococo and Psychedelia, Victoria Garcia‘s hand drawn visions and patterns seem to draw heavily from a dreamworld, though […]

heARTbeat: Motoi Yamamoto’s Salt Installations Lead Us On a Journey

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 […]

heARTbeat: Smoking Kids Photography by Frieke Janssens

ColumnPhotographer Frieke Janssens takes us back to a time when smoking was aspirational. When I was a little kid, both my parents smoked. Movies made smoking aspirational. And it wasn’t unusual to go into public spaces and come out smelling like a dirty ashtray.

heARTbeat: Gail Wight’s Spider Web Drawings

Inspired by a science experiment carried out in the late 1940s, artist/academic Gail Wight is spinning her own set of drug tales. In 1948, the pharmacologist P.N. Witt did a well-known study in which he dosed spiders with pharmaceuticals, then set them loose in picture frames to spin webs. The […]

HeARTbeat: #walkingtoworktoday Project by Michael Surtees

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 […]

heARTbeat: Ruslan Khasanov Creates Typography from Sunlight

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 […]

heARTbeat: Augustina Woodgate’s Stuffed Animal Pelt Rugs

No animals were harmed in the making of these rugs. My daughter had dozens, maybe even a hundred stuffed animals during her early childhood. They would end up swimming with her in the lake or pool during vacations, on the conveyor belt during grocery shopping; a different personality hugged every […]

heARTbeat: Ruth Asawa’s Wire Sculptures for the Ages

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 […]

heARTbeat: Jenine Shereos Weaves Leaves From Human Hair

ColumnThe significance of our locks. Throughout history, humans have imbued hair with meaning. Take for instance a superstitious Picasso who is said to have kept all his hair cuttings (and nails) to protect him from witchcraft. In an era when women were still property, Victorians’ long tresses could increase a […]

HeARTbeat: Jeffrey Wang’s Recycled Denim Sculptures

Artist Jeffrey Wang uses recycled Levi’s to challenge our perceptions about functional fashion and art. Persona, Jeffrey Wang‘s collaboration with Levi’s and Taiwan’s Fubon Art Foundation appears to be inspired by necessity. In creating the work, there was no cutting, sewing or technical changes to the jeans. He deliberately used […]

heARTbeat: 21 Balançoires = 21 Musical Chairs

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 […]

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heARTbeat: 21 Balançoires = 21 Musical Chairs

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 […]

heARTbeat: Nina Boesch’s MetroCard Collages

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 […]

heARTbeat: 88,000 Photos = Two Years Worth of Sky

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, […]

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