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July 29, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Bonsai In Space

According to ArtnetNews.com:

Azuma Makoto, Exobiotanica (2014) Photo: Azuma Makoto via artist's website

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto launched a 50-year-old bonsai tree and a bouquet of flowers into space last week. The result are some of the most surreal, extraterrestrial images since Apollo 8′s famous Earthrise.

Azuma Makoto, Exobiotanica (2014) Photo: Azuma Makoto via artist's website

Using GoPro and Fuji Film cameras, the florist-turned-artist got both film and still shots of the entire process as the plants lifted off from Black Rock Desert in Nevada and traveled to almost 100,000 feet above the earth’s surface, the ceiling of the giant helium balloons used to propel their ride.

Azuma Makoto, Exobiotanica (2014) Photo: Azuma Makoto via artist's website

Azuma Makoto, Exobiotanica (2014) Photo: Azuma Makoto via artist's website

A 10 person team from Sacramento-based JP Aerospace assisted Azuma in launching the plant life. “The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us,” company owner and founder John Powell told the New York Times, “so seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.”

Azuma Makoto, Exobiotanica (2014) Photo: Azuma Makoto via artist's website

All told, the trip took 100 minutes on the way up and 40 minutes coming back down to earth, the paper reports. The frames that held the camera equipment and plants were slowed on their way down with the help of parachutes. However, neither the bonsai nor the floral arrangement were found at the touchdown site, five miles from where they took off.

 

July 24, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Food Art For Thought

I’m currently on the move. From Temple campus, I’m branching out closer to the heart of Philadelphia. In the South Philly apartment that I will be moving into shortly, there are huge blank walls in the kitchen calling for art. I’m a foodie, so I want to fill the spaces with delicious pieces. Trendland just featured an artist Sara Zin’s food illustrations.

Illustration by Sara Zin via Trendland.com

Zin inspired me because her drawings are accurate but so lively and vibrant. The best part is these illustrations of her favorite foods, titled Starving Artist Recipes, are accompanied by recipes. On her Tumblr page for the project she says, “I look back and realize how cooking simple and satisfying meals, taught me how to manage the many challenges and anxieties that are a part of growing up.”

Blueberry Pie illustration (and recipe!) from Sara Zin's Tumblr http://starvingartistbook.tumblr.com/

Zin’s illustrations are, in a word, happy. She approaches the project as a helpful tool for younger versions of herself looking for advice. On her Tumblr page she says, “While I’m no celebrity chef, my goad for the blog is sincere – to share the recipes (and personal insight) I wish I knew when I was younger, to whomever is interested.” Zatista artists have also showed their interest in food as inspiration.

Oil & Vinegar by Joel Degrand on Zatista.com

This piece from Joel Degrand, “Oil & Vinegar” would be perfect in a kitchen. It’s a simple subject with an abstract adaptation. This is part of a series from Degrand made by manipulation food and drink photos. The whimsy of the bottles and liquids is something to inspire you while you cook.

A Whole Lotta Red by Barbara Andolsek on Zatista.com

Barbara Andolsek created “A Whole Lotta Red” which implores you to decide what fruit or vegetable inspired it – strawberries or tomatoes. I fall on the tomato side, but the debate can live on in your kitchen. The warm, fresh look of this painting begs you to cook. It’s a great piece to have above your countertop while you chop away.

Peeled by Stephanie Berry on Zatista.com

“Peeled” is an oil painting by Stephanie Berry. Just one of her many images of food, this orange happens to be my favorite. It has the curl you can never quite get from the skin and a perfectly plump citrus inside. The color is simple, but elegant. It would make a great piece for those who cook to be calm and relax.

Strawberries In Milk by Faith Lefever on Zatista.com

“Strawberries In Milk” is a piece by Faith Lefever that I’ve always loved. It reminds me that even though I’m growing up, I can still enjoy the pleasures of being a kid. The playful tone and contrasting colors are perfect to pour a wave of nostalgia over you. I just want to put on the dance music, bake a cake and invite my roommates to eat the left over icing with me.

Get inspired. Cooking is a blast and it’s even better when you love where you cook. Your kitchen should make you want to conjure up a quiche or bake a cake. The art you put up will help you warm the room to the atmosphere you need to enjoy making dinner every night, so get cooking!

 

July 22, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Dog Days of Summer

For most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are currently in the dog days of summer – the months with the highest temperatures. It’s hot and it’s only going to get hotter into August and sometimes even through September. Taking the phrase literally, I’m thinking of the dog lovers out there. I hope your four legged friends are enjoying the season too with lots of running around, swimming, and napping on porches or under shade trees.

Two Dogs by Nina Fuller on Zatista.com

Do any of our doggiest works of art resemble furry members of your family?

Greyhound - Mr.Bones III by Michel Keck on Zatista.com

If the answer is no, but you like the style of these works, feel free to inquire about a commission from any of our Zatista artists.

Do Dog by Jeff Schaller on Zatista.com

Can you imagine your Rover or Fido or Spot looking as dapper as these charming pups?

Three Way by Lesley Spanos on Zatista.com

Pretty irresistible, eh?

Little Brushwood Dog by Olivia Beaumont on Zatista.com

 

July 17, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Portraits by Mike Myers

From Artnet News by Benjamin Sutton:

Mike Myers. Photo: © 2014 Patrick McMullan Company, Inc.

Canadian-born, New York-based comedian and actor Mike Myers became an indelible part of the pop culture firmament with a string of cult and blockbuster movies in the 1990s and 2000s, including Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, and Shrek. But where has he been for the last few years? In his Soho studio making art history-themed portraits of KFC spokesperson Colonel Sanders, of course! As the comedian-turned-actor-turned-artist tells GQ, he developed a painting habit a few years ago and never stopped.

One of Mike Myers’s paintings of Colonel Sanders. Courtesy the artist, via the Society of Gentlemen.

“I make about a painting a week,” Myers says. “I started painting about two and a half, three years ago. A friend of mine who’s an amazing painter named Damian Loeb, I would go over just to watch him paint, and then one day he said, ‘Why don’t you paint?’…My first painting was of my wife, Kelly. My second one was of my dog, George Harrison. And then I got into this Colonel Sanders thing.”

Predictably, interviewer Chris Heath has some questions about the “Colonel Sanders thing,” which Myers explains thusly:

One of Mike Myers’s paintings of Colonel Sanders.

Growing up in Canada, looking south at America, they are so amazing at creating identity that they even have enough leftover to come up with the colonel who is the colonel of chicken! As a kid I literally said the words, “Why are they militarizing chicken?” Because I didn’t understand the Kentucky Colonel of it all. Our whole family was obsessed with the Colonel.

C is for Carl by Will Eskridge on Zatista.com

For me show business was buying Kentucky Fried Chicken. Because it was nationally advertised, and it seemed exotic. First of all, it’s a great character. He has his own unique silhouette—you can draw him in three lines. On the day that Lucian Freud died, I painted my version of a Freud with the Colonel, naked, holding a palette, painting himself. Then I did the Colonel with the Pearl Earring. Then I did the Colonel Lisa. You know, which is the Mona Lisa with the Colonel. This is so just a hobby. It is just making stuff. That’s all I want to do, is just make stuff.

I'm Going On Break by Matt Ortego on Zatista.com

In addition to his prolific work at the easel, Myers has been composing music at a rate of about one song per day using the program GarageBand. He has also been cutting numerous personal short films, many of which star his two-and-a-half-year-old son Spike. “Lately all my iMovies have been Spike, of course, so I did A Hard Day’s Spike,” Myers says. “I recreated the Hard Day’s Night opening but just with footage that I had of Spike.” For Myers, this James Franco-esque multidisciplinary experimentation is essential to keeping him engaged and creating new work. “It connects me to creativity,” he says, “which is, which is to me the greatest gift my family gave me: saying that being an artist is a noble profession. At the end of the day I’m an artist.”

 

July 15, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Window To A Hideaway

Summer is synonymous with vacation. Some people like the oasis of the beach while others find a warm Pocono sanctuary with a lake view. No matter where it is, the view from a comfy seat is inspiring. As you’re enjoying your summer view, think about artwork that could bring you the same joy all year round. My favorite seat is next to the pool at my parents’ house with a good book and the sun. Here are a few places Zatista artists have used for inspiration:

Monhegan Island landscape #5 by Edward Zelinsky on Zatista.com

Edward Zelinsky has created “Monhegan Island Landscape #5,” a house tucked behind an evergreen resting on the ocean. For a book lover like me, this isolated, tranquil spot is exactly where I would like to be enjoying my summer months. You might have to drag me away when fall makes its way back, and life comes calling.

The Quiet House by Amy Bernays on Zatista.com

For those who don’t enjoy the water’s edge, this painting by Amy Bernays gives the same tranquility with an open field. The clear and quiet air is perfect for a little trip away from all the activity in the city or the suburbs. Try out the rural life for a while and enjoy this piece, “The Quite House.”

Millhouse Reflection by Alicia Pastiran on Zatista.com

So you can’t decide – the water, or the wilderness. Alicia Pastiran’s painting marries the two with “Millhouse Reflection.” Wander the forest endlessly, or soak up the sun in the center of the swamp. The circling trees and clear refection will hug you as you drift in the water; this is a perfect summer spot.

Burano by Fikry Botros on Zatista.com

We all try to travel. New places and spaces are enlightening. In the summer, traveling becomes a little easier and even more enticing. The homes in “Burano”, a photograph by Fikry Botros, are in Burano, Italy. They look vibrant and peaceful, while the city is just beyond them. Hang this in your entryway to remind you why you are working so hard each time you leave for work.

Old School House San Simeon by Michael Verlangieri on Zatista.com

“Old School House San Simeon” is something strait out of a daydream with the clouds hovering over mountains just beyond the field, a home covering the horizon. I’m sure the school house is not equipped with wifi, but the green grass is much more inviting. Grab a book, or a notebook and pencil or a guitar, or just sit in the field and stare at the clouds. You can hang this painting in your room, so even when it doesn’t look that inviting out your window, you have a clear picture of the perfect place to be.

Empress Palace, China by Joel Degrand on Zatista.com

Joel Degrand’s “Empress Palace, China” lends itself to the musing of a lover of the ocean. This boat house is not like many with its Asian architecture and muted tones. Climb the ocean waves, or stay docked with a view. Either way, this boat house is a quite corner to relax and think. If you don’t like relaxing alone, it’s big enough for two to dream about. Hang this hideaway in a prominent spot in your house and let your mind wonder and wander.

No mater what your favorite place is, find a space for it on your walls. You may not know your favorite place yet because you haven’t been there. Line your walls with inspiration to travel. You never know, it may inspire you to get out and see the world.

 

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