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MIT Art-Science Project Makes $2 Million Diamond “Disappear”

 

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology and the New York Stock Exchange are currently presenting The Redemption of Vanity, created by artist Diemut Strebe in collaboration with MIT scientist Brian Wardle and his lab, on view at the New York Stock Exchange through November 25, 2019 by appointment only. For the work, a 16.78 carat natural yellow diamond valued at $2 million from L.J.West was coated using a new procedure of generating carbon nanotubes (CNTs), recently measured to be the blackest black ever created, which makes the diamond seem to disappear into an invisible void. The patented carbon nanotube technology (CNT) absorbs more than 99.96% of light and was developed by Professor Wardle and his necstlab lab at MIT.

 

“Any object covered with this CNT material loses all its plasticity and appears entirely flat, abbreviated/reduced to a black silhouette. In outright contradiction to this we see that a diamond, while made of the very same element (carbon) performs the most intense reflection of light on earth. Because of the extremely high light absorbtive qualities of the CNTs, any object, in this case a large diamond coated with CNT’s, becomes a kind of black hole absent of shadows,“ explains Strebe. “The unification of extreme opposites in one object and the particular aesthetic features of the CNTs caught my imagination for this art project.”

 

“Strebe’s art-science collaboration caused us to look at the optical properties of our new CNT growth, and we discovered that these particular CNTs are blacker than all other reported materials by an order of magnitude across the visible spectrum”, says Wardle. The MIT team is offering the process for any artist to use. “We do not believe in exclusive ownership of any material or idea for any artwork and have opened our method to any artist,” say Strebe and Wardle.

 

“The project explores material and immaterial value attached to objects and concepts in reference to luxury, society and to art. We are presenting the literal devaluation of a diamond, which is highly symbolic and of high economic value. It presents a challenge to art market mechanisms on the one hand, while expressing at the same time questions of the value of art in a broader way. In this sense it manifests an inquiry into the significance of the value of objects of art and the art market,” says Strebe. “We are honored to present this work at The New York Stock Exchange, which I believe to be a most fitting location to consider the ideas embedded in The Redemption of Vanity.”

 

 

 

 

source: the-redemption-of-vanity

Old Power Station Returns as Functioning Art

 

For over 60 years a power station in Luckenwalde, Germany produced and supplied coal-powered energy to its city and beyond. Under extreme political upheaval, after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, E-WERK ceased producing power and closed. Now, nearly 30 years since the plant’s closing it is coming back to life. This time, however, instead of coal, E-WERK Luckenwalde will be powered by spruce pine woodchips provided by the leftovers from a wooden cable drum factory nearby. Besides becoming carbon neutral, it will be simultaneously turned into an art center, presenting a dynamic contemporary art program of commissions, exhibitions, performances and events.

 

As a functioning sculpture, multipurpose tool and dynamic site of production, E-WERK Luckenwalde plans on producing new forms of energy. It will open on September 14, 2019 with a quarter of the station turned on in its first month, starting with 40 kilowatts an hour (enough to power 200 homes) then gradually increase production. The initial art exhibition will bring 11 international artists together to reflect on the utopian possibilities of energy and run through March of 2020.

 

 

 

source: kunststrom

12th Annual Singapore Night Festival

 

The Singapore Night Festival just completed its 12th annual event over two weekends in August. To commemorate the Singapore Bicentennial, the festival incorporated folklore and a Southeast Asian flair into this year’s art. The façade of iconic landmarks sprung to life in dazzling brilliance in Singapore’s Bras Basah.Bugis district with more than 40 performances as well as 16 light art installations and projections cast onto the city.

 

 

 

 

 

source: singapore night festival

Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction

 

This fall, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts is presenting a fresh perspective on Hans Hofmann.  Widely considered to be one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, the exhibition presents the most comprehensive examination of Hans Hofmann’s innovative and prolific career to date.

 

Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) played a pivotal role in the development of Abstract Expressionism and is celebrated for his exuberant canvases. Renowned as an influential teacher for generations of artists—first in his native Germany, then in New York and Provincetown—Hofmann left an indelible legacy on painting. As a teacher and as a modern artist, Hofmann associated with many of the most notable artists, critics, and dealers of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky, Peggy Guggenheim, Clement Greenberg, Jackson Pollock, and many others.

 

Featuring more than 45 paintings—including works from private collections that have never been exhibited in a museum setting—Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction presents an unprecedented look at Hofmann’s studio practice, focusing on his continually experimental approach to painting and its expressive potential. The exhibition runs from September 21, 2019, through January 5, 2020

 

 

 

 

source: pem

 

Abstract Artist Yvonne Thomas – Windows and Variations

 

New York City’s Berry Campbell Gallery is celebrating the work of abstract artist Yvonne Thomas in an upcoming exhibition titled Windows and Variations: Paintings from 1963 – 1965.

 

Thomas was born in Nice, France, in 1913, and arrived with her family in the United States in 1925. After first settling in Boston, the family moved to New York, where Thomas studied briefly at Cooper Union. When her parents could not afford her tuition due to the Great Depression, she turned to commercial work, supporting herself as a fashion illustrator.

 

In 1963, a significant change occurred in the art of Yvonne Thomas. Whereas in the 1950s, she had let her paintings lead her in the ways they evolved, following their logic, she now took control of them through a more consistent and systematic approach. The works she produced concur with the ethos of the abstract art of the time. In the view that Abstract Expressionism had foreclosed the mental and preplanned methods that had been important in the art of the past, artists began to bring a conceptual ideas back into their works.

 

In her paintings from 1963 to 1965, Thomas chose as her method of inquiry a repeating pattern of footprint-like rectangles or elongated lozenges that float in loose rows against grounds that are similar in tone, or reveal related tonal modulations. The choice of a design that has a textile look to it may have derived from Thomas’s work during her early career as a fashion illustrator. Some of the works in this exhibition belong to a series called The Window, implying more of the process of looking and having a sense of distance than the direct gesturalism of Abstract Expressionism.

 

The paintings are also about the power of color. By emphasizing the unity of a work by the patterns that repeat across the entirety of a surface—even if they are not uniform—the images are meant to be read as totalities rather than compositions. It is thought that Thomas was drawing on her memories of her early years in France, as the paintings are reminiscent of the experience of the stained-glass windows in French cathedrals through which sunlight is transformed into spiritualized color. By limiting the colors in each of the paintings, Thomas makes color their subject, drawing the viewer into a consideration of how color is both associative and visceral.

 

The exhibition runs September 5 through October 5, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sources: berrycampbell, wikipedia

LEDs with Firefly-Inspired Surfaces

 

Penn State researchers are suggesting that firefly-like structures could improve the efficiency of LEDs. Fireflies and LEDs both have similar obstacles in having produced light reflecting backwards and getting lost. By texturing the surface with microstructures — microscopic projections — more light is able to escape. In most LEDs these projections are symmetrical, with identical slopes on each side. Fireflies’ lanterns also have these microstructures, but the researchers noticed that the microstructures on firefly lanterns were asymmetric. The sides slanted at different angles, giving a lopsided appearance.

 

Using asymmetrical pyramids to create microstructured surfaces, the team found that they could improve light extraction efficiency to around 90 percent. The asymmetrical microstructures increase light extraction in two ways. First, the greater surface area of the asymmetric pyramids allows greater interaction of light with the surface, so that less light is trapped. Second, when light hits the two different slopes of the asymmetric pyramids there is a greater randomization effect of the reflections and light is given a second chance to escape.

 

In conventional LEDs, the production process usually produces symmetrical pyramids because of the orientation of the sapphire crystals. The team discovered that if they cut the block of sapphire at a tilted angle, the same process would create the lopsided pyramids. By altering just one part of the production process, they believe their approach could easily be applied to commercial manufacture of LEDs. The researchers have filed for a patent on this research.

 

 

source: penn state

San Francisco’s Gregangelo Museum

 

The Gregangelo Museum is a work of installation art located in a Mediterranean-style house originally built in the early 1920s in the St. Francis Wood district of San Francisco. The house was converted into an art project during the 1980s. Though most of the twenty-seven rooms in the house have been significantly remodeled, the original 1920s architecture was intentionally salvaged. The founder, Gregangelo Herrera, owns a circus troupe and arts and entertainment company. The Gregangelo Museum was featured on HGTV in 2012, and has been cited in interior design books and television networks. Recent features of the house include Voltage TV’s World’s Weirdest Homes and Netflix’s Amazing Interiors.

 

Egyptian and Middle Eastern themed installations, mosaics, and paintings are some of the main features of the museum. The Gregangelo Museum generates its revenue by offering tours of the home to the general public. The tour starts outside of the house, and gradually makes its way up onto the second floor. On the second floor is a hidden second half of the museum called The Labyrinth, which is a series of maze-like crawl spaces. The philosophy of the house follows that each portal will bring visitors into a different existence, universe, and head-space.

 

 

 

 

source: wikipedia

Happy Vegas

 

After sold-out runs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Boston, HAPPY PLACE is coming to Las Vegas. The exhibition opens August 23 at Mandalay Bay.

 

Founded by Jared Paul and opened originally on November 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, this massive pop-up experience is filled with larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Highlights include: dancing in the middle of world’s largest indoor Confetti Dome, jumping off of a larger than life rainbow into a pot of happiness, and posing inside HAPPY PLACE’s signature rubber ducky bathtub of fun. If that isn’t enough smiles, HAPPY PLACE will also feature 7-foot stilettos made of a million candies and 6-foot-tall X and O letters made out of thousands of tiny mirrors, surrounded by a wall of one thousand red lips.

 

 

 

 

source: happyplace

Field of Light in Paso Robles

 

Internationally-acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro has premiered his largest artwork to date—an enormous multi-acre walk-through installation—at Sensorio in Paso Robles, California. Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio is comprised of an array of over 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics, gently illuminating the landscape in subtle blooms of morphing color that describe the undulating landscape. Powered by solar, the stunning exhibition will captivate visitors, inviting them to engage with the landscape and environment through an ethereal light-based and sculptural experience. Tickets are currently available through January 2020.

 

Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years. By this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light. As a result Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.

 

Sensorio, the intersection of art, technology and nature, will be a destination for entertainment, exploration, meditation, adventure and delight. Sensorio will honor the natural topography of the landscape and offer a wide range of amusing, mystical and kinetic experiences. The Central California destination launches with the interactive light installation by Bruce Munro, as other exhibits and buildings are put into place for an expected opening in 2021. Future attractions at Sensorio will include a hotel and conference center.

 

sources: sensoriopaso, brucemunro

 

Theirry Mutler in Montreal

 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is currently presenting the very first exhibition on the work of French creator Thierry Mugler. Initiated, produced and circulated by the MMFA, this retrospective reveals the multiple worlds of this irrepressible artistic figure – at once visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer – by revisiting his prêt-à-porter and haute couture creations.

 

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime brings together more than 150 garments made between 1977 and 2014, most of which are being shown for the first time, as well as a wealth of unpublished archival documents and sketches. One hundred or so photographs by such world-renowned fashion photographers as Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Pierre et Gilles, David LaChapelle, Paolo Roversi, Herb Ritts, Dominique Issermann, Guy Bourdin and Richard Avedon, to name a few, round out the show. Each of the immersive galleries has been designed in collaboration with talented artist-designers and set designers, including Michel Lemieux, Philipp Fürhofer and Rodeo FX.

 

The exhibition runs through September 8, 2019.

 

 

 

source: mmfa