Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hunters by David Chancellor - Impressions Gallery

I could kick myself for having gone to this photography exhibition but I just thought "oh I'll go, it wont be that bad". Well it is and the images are now burnt in my brain.  I'm not even going to share a photograph as I don't want to feel like being part of it and I'm only writing about it to get it off my chest. The exhibition is a selection of photographs taken of dead animals that have been hunted, shot down and stripped of everything apart from their bones so the hunters can hang the dead animal off their wall and feel all manly about it. There's lots of blood and gore and men holding guns looking like twonks and women holding guns looking like they're on the verge of a nervous breakdown after shooting Bambi. So that's it really, if you like gore and get a kick out of being shocked then this is for you. Oh and another thing, if you like looking at art and photography in peace and quiet then don't go to the Impressions Gallery on a weekend as the gallery turns into a creche and you may as well be looking at the photographs stood in a playground. Rant over.

Where Have All The Children Gone? - Photography

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Where Have All The Children Gone? - Contemporary Photography 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Old Japanese Postcards of Tokyo

I've always wanted to go to Japan but so far not got around to going over there. Here are a few old Japanese postcards I have come across and thought I would share them with you and see if I could find an updated photograph of the area on the internet as I like looking at before and after photographs. Also I'm going to attempt to be a bit of an investigative journalist and find a bit of information about each postcard. 

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Assembly Hall of Tokyo - Old Japanese Postcard
Notes
The Assembly Hall of Tokyo now appears to be called the National Diet Building (see photo below) and at first I thought it must be something to do with your health (diet) but In politics, a diet is a formal deliberative assembly and in modern day terms relates to the Japanese Parliament. I am working that brain cell today!

It has a United States Navy Jeep in the foreground with U.S.N 94 04633 so it must be after the war between the USA and Japan that ended in 1945. 

The car in the background to the left with the yellow woodwork is a Ford Country Squire (first generation) which were built 1950-1951. 

The bark on the tree is painted white to prevent cracking and splitting of the tender new bark, which can allow introduction of disease, insects and fungus.

Present - The Assembly Hall  or National Diet Building in Tokyo, Japan

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Nijubashi - Main Entrance to the Imperial Palace - Old Japanese Postcard
Notes
The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan.

The Imperial Palace hasn't changed much since 1945, (see photo below).

The old Imperial Palace was destroyed in WWII but the main palace and residences were re-built in the 1960's.

Akihito is the name of the present day Emperor and the list of Japanese Emperors dates right back to 660 BC...wow! 

Nijubashi - Main Entrance to the Imperial Palace - 2005

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Tokyo Station - Old Japanese Postcard
Notes
Today, over 3,000 trains travel to Tokyo Station.

1.12 million passengers use the station daily, with the busiest station being Shinjuku with 
3.64 million passengers a day (2007).

"Oshiya" ("pushers")  - Shinjuku Station, Tokyo in the rush hour,1967

The above photo gets me thinking about the photographs Michael Wolf has taken called "Tokyo Compression" who has documented the misery of the morning commute in Tokyo. (see below)

Tokyo Compression by Michael Wolf


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Ginza Street (Shopping Center of Tokyo) - Old Japanese Postcard


Notes
Ginza is a former swamp that was filled in in the 16th century.

Ginza in Japanese literally means "Silver Mint", which historically is related to the coin mint located in the area in the 1600's and 1700's.

Wako Department Store (the building with the clock) is probably the most exclusive department store.

Density of Tokyo is 5796 /km² and where I live in Yorkshire its 343 /km2 ....wow that is tight! 

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Ginza Street, Tokyo
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Asakusa Business Center in Tokyo - Old Japanese Postcard
Notes
Today, Asakusa has around 90 shops and stalls selling Edo-style trinkets and souvenirs.

It is where you can experience one of Tokyo's past decades. 

Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's Shitamachi which means "low city".

In the photo you can see the swastika (manji), but in Japan it is a sign of good luck and well being and has no association with the Nazis.

The busy street of Asakusa today

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Nihonbashi Bridge of Tokyo  - Old Japanese Postcard
Notes
Nihonbashi which means "Japan Bridge" is a business district of Chūō, Tokyo.

The bridge used to be built of wood and was reconstructed in stone during the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912) and was covered by an expressway in the 1960's.

You can cross a partial replica of the original wooden bridge in the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku (see photo below).

Replica of Nihonbashi Bridge in Edo-Tokyo Museum

Nihonbashi Bridge today with the expressway overhead

Well, I have taken myself on a mini internet tour of Tokyo and it makes me want to visit Japan even more now. Best get selling some canvas art!

Mill Shop - Urban Photography

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Mill Shop - Urban Photography 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Colour of Night - Photography

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Colour of Night I - Photography




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Colour of Night II - Photography




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Colour of Night III - Photography 




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Colour of Night IV - Photography


This is a study of the contrast in colours that happen between day and night and how darkness effects your perception of your surroundings. As a young child I can remember looking out of my bedroom window on a night and being intrigued by how the colours became faded and muted. Everything would appear to become lifeless and still and the glow from the street lights would add a transparent blanket of orange to a scene which seemed to dampen every colour apart from green, for some reason it seemed to radiate. Then when there was a full moon out the light from natures spotlight would highlight and cast a shadow over wherever it fell. 

As a teenager I would walk to my friends house after school and a short cut to her house was through a cemetery. On the way to her house it would still be daylight but when walking back home, darkness had fallen and I can remember saying to myself its just the same as it was in the daylight, so I would make myself walk (not run) through the creepy grave yard instead of taking the long route home. Even today I still get an eerie feeling when darkness falls and I'm in an isolated area and I just tell myself I wouldn't feel this way during the day. Sometimes this reassurance works but then other times my heart starts pounding and I run like the clappers. 

Car 'ark - Urban Photography

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Car 'ark - Urban Photography 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Where Do They Come From? Experimental Film


Here we have a short experimental art film called "Where Do They Come From?". Just had the idea and wanted to create it. I need to get these ideas out of my head and get creating. Keep on growing!

Photography - The Hills Are Alive

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The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music -  Photography
Thought I would pop Julie Andrews on top of a white box in my local petrol station as seen in the film "The Sound of Music" singing "The Hills are Alive". You know I have never seen the film "The Sound of Music" nor have I seen the Titanic film all the way through, anyway, I think she definitely brightens the place up. Mini singing Julie Andrews should pop up all over the country in random places and to make it that extra special maybe the Andrews figures could spin around and around. 


Metropolis - Film Review

Metropolis at the National Media Museum
Went to see Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film, Metropolis at the National Media Museum last night in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The film is silent but there was a live piano accompaniment throughout the film which helps to keep you awake as it was the longer restored version (148 minutes) which had the recently found missing scenes added. These missing scenes came about as in 2008, a damaged print of Lang’s original cut of the film was found in a museum in Argentina (can you imagine stumbling upon that?), which means the film is now 95% restored.  

Metropolis is set in a futuristic city and tells the story of how the workers rise up against the capitalist regime. There's also a love story and a bit of science fiction (where the robot comes to life) which for me is the best part of the film, its such an iconic image and how the hell did they create them rings moving up and down the robot back in the 1920's without computer generated graphics? Instead of waffling on here is a list of why I enjoyed the film.

1. It's silent which means I use my imagination more to work out whats going on.
2. The piano accompaniment, its like 2 for 1, I get to watch a film and listen to some great live music.
3. The Gothic cityscapes are amazing to look at (even though I expected Freddie Mercury to come on and sing Radio Ga Ga). 
4.  The robot is like a futuristic work of art, like a Michelangelo of the science fiction world.
5.  The magnitude of the film set of the 'workers city' (and again I expected to see Madonna walk down the steps with her monocle singing Express Yourself).

All in all I enjoyed watching the film and listening to the piano accompaniment and it didn't drag on as much as I thought it was going to. If the film had been made today I would have regarded it as a Sci-Fi 'chick flick' so wouldn't have gone to see it at all. Looking forward to seeing another silent movie though, I think I'm addicted to them. 

Floor Two - Urban Photography

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Floor Two - Urban Photography

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fragments of My Mind - Wall Art Abstract Painting

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Fragments of My Mind - Abstract Painting 

Fragments of My Mind by Sam Freek

The size of this is abstract painting is 100 cm x 100 cm x depth 4 cm and it has been hand painted using acrylic paint in black, white, orange, various shades of blue, green, pink, black, grey, red and purple.

I chose acrylic paint simply because it dries fast and I have no patience and I wanted to create a flat almost print like surface so the combination of shapes alone would speak volumes for themselves. 

The title 'Fragments of my Mind' came from the fact that each shape has popped into my brain to create this multi coloured artwork and so in effect they are portions of my creative thoughts. I wanted to create a sprightly piece that felt alive and full of energy so I used mainly bright colours that have been outlined in black which help create the look of layers and make each shape 'pop' out. A doodle and graffiti art feel arises as you gaze around this piece and each aspect appears to command its own authority over the artwork. This playful artwork draws you in and transports you around the art piece in and excited manner, as it entices you to want to become part of it. 

In order to paint this piece I had to be in a good mood, so I never painted it on a morning as most of the time I am grumpy, ha ha. When I got over my grumpiness I couldn't wait to start painting this art work and most of the time I can always lift my spirits by listening to some Northern Soul music. This graffiti doodle style is something I enjoy painting and can't wait to start my next one. 

This artwork can be shipped anywhere in the whole wide world and if you have any questions about this painting, or any of my canvas wall art pieces, art prints, or photography then please don't hesitate to contact me (Sam Freek) and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Title: Fragments of My Mind Artist: Sam Freek Size:100cm x 100cm x depth 4cm Medium & Materials: Hand painted multi coloured mounted canvas. Colours include black, white, orange, blue, green, pink, black, grey, red, purple and brown. Description: This large modern multi coloured painting has been hand painted using black, white, orange, blue, green, pink, grey, red, purple and brown. Black edges finish this striking painting off perfectly. - See more at: http://www.didgiwidgi.com/art/paintings/painting_18.htm#sthash.nXGMjH7t.dpuf
Title: Fragments of My Mind Artist: Sam Freek Size:100cm x 100cm x depth 4cm Medium & Materials: Hand painted multi coloured mounted canvas. Colours include black, white, orange, blue, green, pink, black, grey, red, purple and brown. Description: This large modern multi coloured painting has been hand painted using black, white, orange, blue, green, pink, grey, red, purple and brown. Black edges finish this striking painting off perfectly. - See more at: http://www.didgiwidgi.com/art/paintings/painting_18.htm#sthash.nXGMjH7t.dpuf
Title: Fragments of My Mind Artist: Sam Freek Size:100cm x 100cm x depth 4cm Medium & Materials: Hand painted multi coloured mounted canvas. Colours include black, white, orange, blue, green, pink, black, grey, red, purple and brown. Description: This large modern multi coloured painting has been hand painted using black, white, orange, blue, green, pink, grey, red, purple and brown. Black edges finish this striking painting off perfectly. - See more at: http://www.didgiwidgi.com/art/paintings/painting_18.htm#sthash.nXGMjH7t.dpuf

Art in Miniature - 10 Amazing Artists

I think miniature art is amazing and I would never have the patience to do it in a million years. As a child a relative bought me a model Airfix plane and I built it up and instead of waiting patiently for the glue to dry I thought I could speed the process up by placing it on top of a radiator, when I came back to check out my masterpiece it had turned into a plastic blob. I've not had a go at building anything that small since. 


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Melted Model Airfix Blob
So here are 10 amazing artists who create some amazing miniature art/sculptures/diorama to feast your eye balls on.

James Pridham has a fascination with maritime communities and has created an amazing piece called "Safe Harbour" which took over 4,000 hours to build over 6 years. 




Satoshi Araki creates highly realistic miniature models of towns, vehicles, and a lot of other objects from everyday life.


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Gotham City by Satoshi Araki

Alan Wolfson creates handmade miniature sculptures of urban environments. Complete with complex interior views and lighting effects, a major work can take several months to complete.


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"Non-Stop Action"by Alan Wolfson

Ryu Seung Ho is a miniature artist from South Korea 

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South Korea by Ryu Seung Ho

Slinkachu  creates both street art installations and photography using miniature models and characters.


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Slinkachu - Tug of War
Lori Nix is a photographer and printer based in New York who has been building dioramas and photographing them since the early 1990's.


Laundromat at Night, 2008 by Lori Nix
Joe Fig has built a career in re-creating miniature work spaces of contemporary painters and sculptors.


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Miniature Jason Pollock in his studio by Joe Fig

Willard Wigan MBE -  Each one of Wigan's micro sculptures commonly sit within the eye of a needle or on a pin head and are so minute that they are only visible through a microscope. 

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Tango by Willard Wigan MBE

Marc Giai-Miniet creates miniature 'boxes,' which are made up of grim scenes inside grungy looking spaces where unknown events have taken place. These miniature scenes look like something out of a horror movie or a science fiction game. 

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The Annunciation by Marc Giai-Miniet

Nic Joly - Sees his sculptures as pieces of theatre to get lost in, framed feelings, thoughts, imaginings, and observations. The video is in relation to one of my favourite pieces "Never Forgotten". 

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Never Forgotten by Nic Joly 




Laundry Service - Urban Photography

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Laundry Service - Urban Photography 

Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Crazy Art Facts


1. Tamsin van Essen is a British ceramic designer who creates cups that appear to have been infected by bacteria.

2. Vomit painter Millie Brown creates art by drinking colored milk and regurgitating it back onto canvas.

3. English sculptor spent five years working on his controversial artwork "Great Wall of Vagina", casting plaster molds of 400 vulvas of women aged 18 to 76.

4. Italian artist Piero Manzoni shit into 90 tin cans to create a work of art, each containing 30g of shit. 

5. In 2005, an artist bought the fat from Silvio Berlusconi’s liposuction and made a bar of soap out of it that then got sold for $18,000.

6. There is a museum dedicated to bad art. 

7. A High Court judge ordered an art storage company to pay £350,000 for accidentally binning artwork by Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor.

8. Andy Warhol created a number of "Piss Paintings" created by some of his friends urinating on canvases that had been primed with copper-based paint.

9. Dutch artist Bart Jansen turned his pet cat into a remote controlled helicopter after it had been hit by a car, he called this unique piece of artwork the 'Orvillecopte'.

10. There is a museum dedicated to non-visible art.

Top 10 most expensive paintings

I like looking at the top 10 most expensive paintings as I like to pretend that if one of my paintings sold for millions and millions then I can daydream as to what I would spend the money on. It would be interesting what the artist originally sold the painting for too but I'm not sure if there's a way of finding that out. 

10. The Scream by Edvard Munch - $123.7 million


If one of my paintings sold for $123 million dollars I would be tempted to buy an island, have a look at this website where you can buy or rent an island. It's like wow! 

9. Garçon à la pipe by Pablo Picasso - $130.6 million


If one of my paintings sold for $130 million dollars I would be tempted to buy a private jet. Can you imagine just being able to fly anywhere in the world you wanted at the drop of a hat. You could ask the pilot to do an unexpected loop the loop just to put the willies up your mates (ex mates) before you land ha ha ha.

8. Bal du moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir  - $143.3 million


So if one of my paintings sold for £143 million I would buy a convertible Morris Minor in black with red leather seats and I would travel around the world in it so I would probably end up selling my private jet as I would have more fun in the Morris Minor on land. 

7. Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon - $144.5 million


So if one of my paintings sold for £144 million I would buy an old derelict mill a bit like this one in Halifax, West Yorkshire and turn it into my home, studio, gallery, pub, disco and gym. Oo and maybe my own brewery on site and butchers, yes I like the sound of that. Forget buying the tropical island. 

6. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh - $151.4 million


Not sure how much a Mallard steam train would cost but I'm thinking I could afford one if one of my paintings sold for £151 million. It would be amazing to travel around the world on a Mallard, like the a working class version of the Orient Express. I would name her "Ee by gum can your belly touch your bum" ha ha.

5. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt -  $157.7 million


I feel like I have bought enough now with my converted mill, Morris Minor and Mallard steam train but I think I would now build a huge indoor water park next to my mill with slides, waves machines and Jacuzzi's. My bed would tip forward in the morning and I would drop out of the bottom and down a very long and fast water slide where I would splash into a huge pool at the end. What a perfect way to wake up, especially if there was a full English breakfast waiting for me after a long swim. 

4. Le Rêve by Pablo Picasso  - $157.9 million


With £157 million dollars I think I would like to buy a state of the art, eco friendly sports centre for my local town in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire as my local sports centre is closing down. It would be open 24 hours a day and I would get Arnold Schwarzenegger to open it. It would also be free for the residents of Cleckheaton.

3. Woman III by Willem de Kooning -  $161.8 million


With £161 million dollars I would re-build my local town of Cleckheaton and get rid of the local supermarket in order for everyone to buy from the local shops. All the shops would be built with wheel chair, push chair access and be eco friendly by running off solar power or wind power. I would get the Queen to open the town up and have a massive street party and I would go for a cup of tea and a full English breakfast with her. 

2. No. 5, 1948 by Jason Pollock  - $164.7 million


It's hard work working out what to do with all this money. Apart from giving lots of money to charity I would like a theatre and concert venue in my local town of Cleckheaton but nobody would play at the venue and charge ridiculous amounts of money to play. I like the Roundhouse in London so would have the concert venue built like that and have the theatre built like a smaller version of the Alhambra in Bradford. I would like Helen Mirren to open the theatre and star in the opening play of "The Audience". To open the concert venue I'm thinking I would like David Bowie with all his previous outfits worn throughout the show. 

1. The Card Players by Paul Cézanne - $273 million (just coughed up a lung at the price)


WOW! $273 million dollars for a painting, now that is a lot of money. I wonder where the owner has hung it in their house? Locked away in a vault with thick steel doors like on a James Bond movie or just hung over the fireplace? I've got the shopping and entertainment covered in my local town of Cleckheaton so with $273 million dollars lets go for a state of the art hospital with a research centre that will find the cure for all illness's by the year 2016. Might also need a miracle for that to happen but its worth a go.