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May 2, 2011

"Within without" — James Turrell

His 2010 Skyspace (above and below) was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia.

From the Skyspace website:

"Within without" is a major new Skyspace by American artist James Turrell, one of his largest and most complex to date. Light is Turrell's medium, and his Skyspace is a viewing chamber that affects the way we perceive the sky. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, "Within without" is located in the Gallery's new Australian Garden on the south side of the building.

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We enter the work via a long sloping walkway. Inside is a large square-based pyramid with soft red ochre interior walls. A stupa made of Victorian basalt rises at the centre, highlighted by turquoise water. The stupa contains the viewing chamber — a simple domed space, open to the sky. A moonstone, set into the centre of the floor, echoes the oculus above.

Within the Skyspace, light seems more painterly. Movement and sound are intensified, the sky shimmers and pulsates. "Within without" is at its most dramatic and complex at dawn and dusk, marking the transition between night and day.

May 2, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Framed Objects

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"Cast resin frames

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decorate and emphasize

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the objects held within."

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$65.

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S.C.A.D. — Suspended Catch Air Device

There are two of them in the U.S., one in Wisconsin and one in Dallas, Texas (above and below).

I only learned of their existence yesterday when I read about them in Burkhard Bilger's sprightly New Yorker profile of David Eagleman, a Baylor College of Medicine neuroscientist who employed the unique fear-inducing property of the Zero Gravity Amusement Park ride in an investigation attempting to quantify the perception that time slows down when we fear we might be dying.

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Long (but well worth reading if you've got the time or interest — of course, that's true of anything, isn't it? ... but I digress) article short: Eaglemen strapped a playing card deck-sized "perceptual chronometer" with an L.E.D. display to a subject's wrist, where it would flash a number at a rate just faster than the normal threshold of perception.

"If time slowed down, Eagleman reasoned, the number would become visible."

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In fact, none of his 20 subjects ever saw the number, answering one question but raising others which prompted subsequent investigations.

Any reader(s) ever take the S.C.A.D. plunge?

If so, what was it like?

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Scaredy-cat blogger would like to know, as would his readers.

 

 

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Wall Hexagons

Sound-absorbing wood wool [sic] wall hexagons from Sweden-based Traulitt Dekor.

Don't want to spring for a custom wall?

No problema: make your own right here.

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The seven ateliers of Chanel

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Wrote Charlotte Moss in Saturday's Wall Street Journal,

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"About a decade ago, when rumblings that couturiers trained in highly skilled arts like hand beading and embroidery were succumbing to the industry's increasing appetite for fast fashion and fading into fine-tulle oblivion, Chanel made its seemingly transgressive move.

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"Over a nine-year period, the company bought seven of the most specialized ateliers in Paris, many in operation for more than 150 years, ensuring both the survival of a dying industry and the continuation of the house's own couture techniques.

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"Chanel's commitment to the preservation of this craft is so strong that select other brands, like Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton, are still allowed to use the workshops.

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"To mark the occasion, Chanel launched Métiers d'Art in 2002—a luxurious collection, presented in a different international city each year. The line highlights the ateliers' remarkable skill, the kind typically reserved for the few haute-couture clients left in the world.

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"Here, a first-ever look inside the seven storied ateliers [Lesage, Goossens, Lemarie, Guillet, Massaro, Desrues and Michel] that have come to shape Chanel."

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Slide show here.

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Interactive feature here.

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Surreal Melting Clock

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Rests on the edge of any flat surface.

7.5"H x 5"W x 6"D.

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$14.99.

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Google Search Deconstructed

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Artichoke Table

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From the Etsy page of David Rasmussen Design:

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The core of this table was modeled after the cross section of an artichoke.

The body of the table is made from shop-molded plywood faced with exceptional zebra wood veneer and coopered to form the elliptical shell.

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Cocobolo legs are mortised into the shell to make this table heirloom quality.

Artist Scott Harris executed the acrylic painting on the top of the table.

The painting has been sanded flat and treated to act as a durable tabletop.

20"Ø x 21.75"H.

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$2,900.

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