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Paul Cézanne: The Father of Modern Art

True or False?

Two-dimensional art, by definition, is an optical illusion. A painting, for example, is just a piece of canvas stretched across a wooden frame, displaying an image of some thing which is not actually there; it is only an interpretation or replication of some other entity. What most consider as “good” art is that which best represents the subject as we know it to be. To achieve high quality results, artists use particular tricks, such as luminosity, to enhance the feeling of realness. If you are standing in front of Monet’s water lilies, you may feel enchanted by the light and movement in the scene, but you are not in fact looking at real light, or real movement, or even real water lilies. And it is not as if this is a secret that you are just now discovering, I am aware of this.

But, what is interesting is that if these “replicates” are simply that, deceptions of true reality, then why are they so extremely fascinating? Why are Monet’s water lilies more beautiful than real water lilies? Why, in some cases, is an abstracted form more appealing than the original form? Continue reading

Esko Mannikko, Cocktails

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Move Them: How Audi Jumpstarted a Revolution


Move Them: How Audi Jumpstarted a Revolution

Begin scene: It’s dawn. Sunlight whispers through the windows in the living room of a traditional Victorian home. Cue music: Piano keys begin to chime and sway with the camera as it pans around the room. As it moves, the cherry hardwood floors are stripped away panel by panel, exposing a shiny white foundation. Aged candle holders disappear as Jonathan Adler-like pottery take their place. Antique chairs vanish, quickly replaced by MoMA-esque seating. Hard, overbearing walls turn to glass, revealing the blossoming trees outside. Even Fido, the refined Briard sitting by the fireplace, morphs into a dominant and athletic Old English Mastiff. Cue drums: An impressive Bose stereo system appears, as does a bicycle under the staircase. The dark and dated room has suddenly become illuminated and contemporary.

After panning 360 degrees, the camera pauses, then turns back outside. A silver Mercedes Benz sits patiently in the driveway until—poof—a sleek, black Audi A4 assumes its position. The screen turns black with the exception of three words in white: “Progress is beautiful”.

Cue female’s voice singing: The car drives down a suburban street, swathed in dappled light. The camera glides over the interior’s features: chrome, wood, glass, clean lines. End scene.

Hello, Audi. This is the new luxury. Continue reading

Thickfreakness – The Black Keys

(24 x 24) x 2

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