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heARTbeat: Jonathan Harris & Balloons for Bhutan

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.

heARTbeat: A Beaded VW Highlights Huíchol Culture at the Smithsonian

ColumnMeet the Vochol Volkswagen, part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. As globalization continues to homogenize diversity among cultural experiences, one of the victims is the arts and crafts of indigenous culture. Did you know that the Japanese used to wrap five eggs with […]

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: Debbie Smyth’s Pin and Thread Drawings

Art inspiration to feed our creative hearts. Editor’s note: This is the first installment of Dominique Pacheco’s new weekly art column at EcoSalon, HeARTbeat, offering a glimpse of artistic inspiration from artists around the globe. Debbie Smyth is a British textile designer who transforms two dimensional sketches into 3-D works, […]

heARTbeat: Annie Voight Cuts Words From Paper

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 […]

heARTbeat: Bryan Nash Gill’s Woodprints Leave an Impression

ColumnThe death mask of a plant, the sustained rigor mortis of maple, spruce and locust. They remind us every biological form possesses a unique footprint. -Verlyn Klinkenborg When looking at a tree, one might see the possibility of shade, the opportunity to pick fruit or feel the urge to climb […]

heARTbeat: Francesco Clemente Paints The Tarot Series

ColumnThe Tarot Card Series, reinterpreted by quintessential New York artist, Francesco Clemente. The 1980s, were an especially big time for art in New York. Though perhaps not as well known as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, their contemporary, Francesco Clemente gained fame and recognition as a master of multiple mediums […]

heARTbeat: Troy Gua’s Pop Hybrids as Recycled Icons

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” – Andy Warhol Troy Gua‘s Pop Hybrids could be mistaken for colorful Rorschach tests or clever optical illusions. What Gua is actually doing is taking pop icons, mashing them up, and standing back to see if we can guess who’s who.

heARTbeat: Judith Braun Takes Finger Painting to a New Level

ColumnHow many times did your mother tell you not to draw on the walls? Carrying out the most rudimentary of artistic endeavors begins with our ten digits. As any kindergartner will attest, finger painting precedes all other painting techniques. One only needs a mark-making medium to produce art (or a […]

HeARTbeat : The Truffle, A Structure Made of Earth & Full of Air

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 […]

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: Li Hongbo’s Astounding Love of Paper

ColumnChinese artist Li Hongbo explores the endless possibilities of paper as medium. Li Hongbo is a Chinese artist, book editor and designer who recently graduated from the experimental art department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. His work was shown in this year’s Sydney Biennial, a prestigious feat for […]

heARTbeat: Qi Wei’s Exploded Flowers Portend the End of a Season

Qi Wei’s Exploded Flowers series explores the complexities of nature in order to appreciate its simple beauty. Artist Qi Wei says of his Exploded Flowers series, “The use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature’s flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time let […]

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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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