First Impressions

Our parents want the best for us. Sometimes, though, they can try to lead us away from our dreams, thinking that we’ll be better off in the end. It’s happened to many people not just now but in the past, and specifically to one infamous Claude Monet.

Monet’s father wanted him to be a grocer, not a painter. Imagine the father of Impressionism managing a grocery store for his whole life instead of painting. Regardless of how interesting those aisle displays most likely would’ve been, the world, and Monet, would’ve missed out on something huge.

By the time he was 16, Monet had attended a traditional kind of schooling and learned from other artists that served as mentors. Displeased with the way art was being taught, Monet befriended other like-minded artists when he moved to Paris and together they began a new style and era of painting.

Conversely to the more widely accepted style of painting, Monet and his friends painted in a way that depicted the visual “impression” of a scene, and not necessarily the specific structures and detail (below).

The painting featured above, Impression: Sunset, was partly the inspiration for the name Impressionism. An art critic repeated the term in a derogatory manner after seeing Monet’s exhibit, but the group of artists began using the name to refer to themselves from then onward.

The story is similar to the naming of the Purdue Boilermakers, a representation that originally began as a negative remark on the kind of utilitarian education that Purdue initially offered. The Boilermakers have paralleled the success of Impressionism by turning those terms into some of the widest known and influential in the world.

Needle in a Gallery

Most art works are easily identifiable and capture our attention almost immediately, be it with color, scale or content. Willard Wigan’s art, on the other hand, is nearly impossible to see with the naked eye but has captured much attention, nonetheless.

Wigan creates micro-sculptures of popular figures, from Disney characters to real life athletes, like Shaquille O’Neal (below). How small is micro, you ask? His usual projects fit in the eye of a sewing needle and he’s even sculpted from facial hair he’s shaved off to challenge himself.

Wiggan works on the pieces in between heart beats in order to avoid any significant twitches or movements that could essentially destroy his work. The vibrations from passing traffic and other business can disrupt his work, so he often works into the night, when there’s less activity around him.

As you can see from the above pictures, Wiggan uses a microscope to see as he sculpts these tiny masterpieces. The detail he puts into each of his works is amazing and it hasn’t gone unrecognized. Even the Queen of England has remarked on his talent and even recruited him for special projects.

I’m not quite sure how he can have the patience to complete these microscopic pieces; I myself would rather be spreading paint in wide strokes on a canvas. The discipline and intensity that he applies to his work is inspiring and hopefully challenges you to discover what’s possible.

Breaking Dali

You might think the only commonality between Salvador Dalí and the hit TV show Breaking Bad would be the use of drugs – I mean, how else did Dalí come up with those psychedelic, surrealist works, right?

According to Dalí’s statement, “I don’t use drugs, I am drugs,” he wasn’t taking any kind of hallucinogens during his creative processes. The similarity then actually lies in the shared interest in Werner Heisenberg.

The use of Heisenberg’s name in Breaking Bad begins Walter White’s transition into the infamous drug tycoon that he becomes throughout the series. White’s chemistry background brings about this connection and interestingly enough, it’s Dalí’s own enthusiasm for science that attracted him to the Nobel prize-winning Heisenberg.

“I, who previously only admired Dalí, will now start to admire that Heisenberg who resembles me (Dalí).” As seemingly narcissistic and fame-oriented Dalí seemed, he had a large interest in psychology and natural sciences. It’s these interests and the understanding of the connection between the mind and physics (among other aspects of science) that allowed him to visualize and create such stunning surrealist works throughout his lifetime.

Though the life of Dalí was one of eccentricity and mystery, he has left an immeasurable impact on the art community and continues to inspire today. The concept that visual arts and scholastic theories or pursuits can come together as one is the kind of creative influence that’s helped guide and develop generations of artists.

 

Tattoo Mapping

Tattoos (like diamonds) are forever. But what if they weren’t?

Projection mapping artists Oskar and Gaspar collaborated with tattoo artists from Queen of Hearts Tattoos to make this a reality – at least for a night.

For the event, they projected the moving tattoo designs on human canvases, building on existing tattoos and creating new ones. The video below shows the tattoos in action, and no editing software was used after filming, so yes, it really looks that real. The process requires the subject to stand very still while the projected tattoo does its thing, but the quality and detail in the projections are incredible. The visuals projected on individuals remain true and aren’t distorted despite the curved surfaces of the human body.

While this experience doesn’t change things permanently, bloggers and techies are excited about what these developments have in store for future creative installations and designs. Below are some stills from the video, showcasing the projections at different parts of the mapping process.

Who knows, maybe you could be in the next collaboration with this new and advancing technology – keep creating!

Paperlympics

The Olympics may begin with a torch but you wouldn’t want to bring it around these Olympic-themed beauties.

Raya Sader Bujana specializes in paper art, almost a kind of sculpting if you will. She has a page on Etsy where she sells her handmade jewelry – yes, all made from paper (with layers of varnish to protect it) – with different themes. Her work began mostly as paper food products and has evolved to many different categories (below). She even encourages customers to submit new ideas for her to create.

Bujana has also created Olympic figures from this method (below).

▪Hey guys 🙋 Ann, from @allthingspaper has written an awesome article about my "Paper Olympics" series (link in profile) I just wanted to say how grateful I am for all the positive comments and feedback I've been receiving ❤ also a huge thank you to @instagrames and @colossal for sharing my work, I really couldn't be more grateful 😊 Happy Sunday guys! ▪ ▪Hola guapos 🙋 Ann de @allthingspaper ha escrito un artículo genial sobre mi último serie de Olimpiadas en papel (Link en mi perfil) Solo quería agradecer todos los comentarios y feedback positivo que he estado recibiendo ❤ También un gracias gigante a @instagrames y a @colossal por compartir mi trabajo, no podría estar más agradecida 😊 Feliz domingo chicos! ▪ Photo @leocroma #paperart #papersculpture

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Each figure is cut from nearly 150 different pieces of paper to create a layered effect and in my opinion a topographical map-like surface. All of her work is very creative and uniquely configured, and clearly popular with many people as she’s been featured in many blogs and has a pretty strong following.

I hope this sparks some new and creative ideas to get you start creating!