Hey, if you are sheltering in place like I am, this is a new way to explore your home and expand your art practice. Look for items and places with raised textures or lines. Then make rubbings (with crayons or chalk or pastel) on scrap office paper. Use those rubbings to create artworks. Let your imagination roam free! See my samples here, and share yours in the comments below.
I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but this year (and decade) is different. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (the IPCC) reported in 2018 that we had 12 years to get greenhouse gas emissions and global warming under control. That was two years ago, so we have the 2020s to make this monumental turn.
I invite everyone to join me in my three-part resolution:
First: Continue individual actions, from recycling to voting for the most climate-conscious candidates. BUT here’s the key: Celebrate and honor those actions; don’t feel guilty about the thousand things we’re not doing. When I feel good about myself and my life, it empowers me to do more.
Second: Talk about climate change. Boast about — or just mention — our efforts. Share concerns. Comments about the weather can include gratitude for the rain that quenches California fires, made worse by the heating planet. Climate scientist and educator Katharine Hayhoe tells us that the most important thing we can do is talk about it. How can people believe there is a crisis if no one around them seems to care?
The third and most important thing any of us can do is join with others. Collective effort amplifies our voice and creates a force for change.
I found a group that fits me. Citizens’ Climate Lobby attracted me with a positive, nonpartisan call for a price on carbon. Working with others makes me hopeful.
I challenge others to find the organization that fits them. There is an excellent array of choices, each with its own approach to halting climate destruction: 350.org, Mothers Out Front, Sierra Club, The Climate Reality Project, GreenPeace, Acterra, and more.
Or maybe working on a political campaign is for you. Find a candidate who has a platform with climate action up front.
So join me in any or all parts of my resolution:
One: Feel good about individual actions.
Two: Talk about global warming, climate chaos, and efforts to stop it.
Three: Join with others; find a group that works for each of us.
That’s my resolution — and prescription — for creating change and maintaining hope.
Join me in these three steps for a happy new year and a restorative decade! Let’s save our planet!
Alas, the writing above was rejected by KQED's Perspectives editor, so I am "publishing" it here.
Photo below is a recent (December 2019) of my favorite local hiking spot: Alum Rock Park.
I found the photo above through the SJSU Special Collections and Archives . Info there states:
Two students pose for a photograph and are shown holding a large bag of rice from a truck. On the side of the truck is a sign that reads: "San Jose State Survival Rice."
According to a press release dated 21 January 1970, Humanities 160, Contemporary Issues, organized a Survival Faire at San Jose State College, February 16-20. The purpose of the faire was to raise awareness to the college community and broader public on the problems of environmental survival. The Faire sponsored a week of activities that included events, exhibits, speakers, panels, workshops, films, exhibits, plays and a funeral procession and a nine hour wake to celebrate the burial of a 1970 car, among other events. See Civil Rights and Campus Protest Collection, Box 3.
I compiled these notes and links as I prepared to write about a PA Art Center show for The (Palo Alto) Daily.
What: A group show spotlighting the use of dioramas in contemporary art
By: A baker’s dozen of highly regarded artists working with sculpture, photography, painting and video
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; Thursdays until 9 p.m.; closed Mondays
Dates: Through April 8, 2018
Where: The Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Tickets: Free admission
Information: 650-329-2366, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter
Through That Which Is Seen
January 20 – April 8, 2018
These are the artists in the show:
· Matthew Albanese, born 1983 in northern New Jersey
· Gregory Euclide, teaching and living in the Minnesota River Valley
· Abigail Goldman, American, based in Bellingham, WA
Scott Hildebrandt, Colorado
Misaki Kawai (born 1978 in Ōkawa, Kagawa, Japan, is a Japanese artist.
· Won Ju Lim, 1968 Born in Gwangju, South Korea; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
· Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz — Martin born 1953 in Norfolk, VA; Muñoz born 1965 in Madrid, Spain
· Didier Massard, French, b. 1953, Paris, France, based in Paris
· Michael McMillen, born in 1946 in Los Angeles, California
· Nix & Gerber: Lori Nix & Kathleen Gerbe, Brooklyn-based duo fabricating custom models for advertising, video, film, and the web.
· David Opdyke, born 1969, lives and works in New York, NY
· Curtis Talwst Santiago, Canadian-Trinidadian artist currently working in Brooklyn
· Joshua Smith, based in Norwood, South Australia
· Wendy Red Star, born 1981 in Billings, Montana; Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana
· Charles Young, Scottish, bachelor’s and master’s (2015) degrees in architecture from Edinburgh College of Art
And gleaned from the internet:
The official website of the artist Matthew Albanese. Creator of Strange Worlds, a series of hyperrealistic miniature worlds. Youtube video1 making Promised Land; video2 video3 video4 His website videos
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the State University of New York, Purchase, Albanese worked as a fashion photographer, training his lens on bags, designer shoes and accessories—this small-object specialization is known in the retail trade as “table top photography.” Albanese's creative eye ...
Gregory Euclide | Artist | Information | Available Works
Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Minnesota River Valley.
otherworldly: optical delusions and small realities @ Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY. ... Bon Iver Singles. Bon Iver – Bon Iver LP.
Dieorama by Abigail Goldman
Abigail Goldman's Dieoramas have been featured on NPR, ...
Abigail Goldman - 102 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy
Spoke NYC,. New York, NY, United States,. Wishful Thinking. 2016. Madelyn Jordon Fine Art,. Scarsdale,. 3D Holiday. 2014. Madelyn Jordon Fine Art,. Scarsdale,. Abigail Goldman: Oh So Sorry. 2014. Trifecta Gallery,. Las Vegas, NV , United States,. Home Sweet Home. 2013. Trifecta Gallery,. Las Vegas, NV, United States,.
Juxtapoz Magazine "Mea Culpa" @ Hashimoto ...
Aug 4, 2016 - White picket fences, manicured lawns and mundane suburban settings are all found throughout Abigail Goldman's work. However upon closer ... The artist constructs each fictitious scene using a variety of materials, such as synthetic grass, styrofoam, and model train set figures. Every component is formed ...
These Dioramas Are To Die For : NPR
Aug 11, 2013 - If you like mysteries, thrillers or zombie flicks, you'll probably like Abigail Goldman's art. Goldman takes the fake grass, dirt and tiny plastic people used in model railroad layouts, and turns them into imaginary crime scenes. She's been making the macabre art for four years, and it's become so popular there's ...
"I currently live in Littleton with my family of nine, including me, my only, three boys, and four dogs."
For more information on my work, please follow me on Instagram @misterchristmas or Mister Christmas on Facebook. https://www.instagram.com/misterchristmas/
I am a Denver-based handmade artist creating clever little vignettes using repurposed vintage items. I shrink life down so it is magical and portable.
Misaki Kawai http://misakikawai.com www.wmagazine.com/gallery/misaki-kawai/all
Misaki Kawai - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misaki_Kawai VIDEO 1 2 3 4 5 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVBIt6dIB7M
Misaki Kawai (河井美咲) (born 1978 in Ōkawa, Kagawa, Japan) is a Japanese artist. Her work has been shown extensively in the United States. "Her father was an architect and amateur painter and her mother made clothing and puppets"  Kawai creates installations out of papier-mâché, wood, fabric, and other low-tech, "crafty" materials like felt, stickers, and yarn. She shuns expertise and uses an anime method called heta-uma that "risks amateur aesthetics by embracing basic expression"  Kawai artist book, Blueberry Express, was published by Nieves Press in 2009.
WON JU LIM Bio
Won Ju Lim – Art in America www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/won-ju-lim/
Oct 7, 2010 - Images washed over the walls like waves and sculptures dotted the floor like stalagmites, lending a surreal sensibility to Won Ju Lim's installation Baroque Pet Shop (2010). As part of a media arts fellowship from the Tribeca Film Institute ( supported by the Rockefeller Foundation), the Korean-born artist ...
Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz www.martin-munoz.com/main.html video 1 2 3 4 5 6
married and making art together for 24 or 25 years (23 year in Dec 2016); made 1st snow globe in 2001; live in Pennsylvania He said in 2016 video: "a successful snow globe would be absurdist humor combined with the human condition" Surreal Worlds Captured in a Snow Globe | That's Amazing when they were featured on the Theater Channel. They have also create and photograph winter scenes, exhibiting and selling the photos.
Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz. Installation View at PPOW Gallery, 2003. Recent Works · Past Works · Public Art · Photographic Series · Press · Publications · Special Editions.
Walter Martin & Paloma Muñozhttps://www.martin-munoz.net
Public Art · Public Art · uTOPIAS · Other Works · Cross-pollination · Blind House · A Cure for all Remedies and Other Short Stories · Wax · About · News · Publications · Q + A · Press · Videos · Essays · Walter Martin Biography · Paloma Muñoz Biography · Contact · Multiples · Snowglobes · Photographs · Other Multiples · Shop.
Snow Globes — Walter Martin & Paloma Muñozhttps://www.martin-munoz.net/works/TRAVELERS. "Few things are more gratifying to the eye and the imagination than a good snow globe". Ken Johnson, New York Times ART IN REVIEW; Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz -- 'Travelers'. See What You Have Become ...
Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz | Artist Bio and Art for Sale | Artspacewww.artspace.com/walter_martin_and_paloma_munoz
Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz biography and art for sale. Buy art at exclusive members only pricing at the leading online contemporary art marketplace.
Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz - 2 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsyhttps://www.artsy.net/artist/walter-martin-and-paloma-munoz
Find the latest shows, biography, and artworks for sale by Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz. Collaborative duo Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz create detailed pho…
Walter Martin - Paloma Muñoz - Art - The New York Timeswww.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/arts/design/06mcge.html
Jan 6, 2008 - Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz have climbed into their own distinct niche: known collaboratively as Martin & Muñoz, they sculpture and arrange miniature, three-dimensional scenes of alienation, dread and dark humor and set them inside snow globes. Filled with water and a touch of alcohol that acts as ...
https://www.artsy.net/artist/didier-massard French, b. 1953, Paris, France, based in Paris, France
Art in Review - Didier Massard - Review - NYTimes.comquery.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res...
Jun 15, 2007 - Territories Julie Saul 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea Through June 23. When it comes to nature, people are prone to simile. Clouds look like cotton candy; water looks like glass. In Didier Massard's work, nature really is fake. Mr. Massard fabricates models in his Paris studio and photographs them, without ...
Didier Massard | Kopeikingallery.comhttps://www.kopeikingallery.com/artists/didier-massard
Didier Massard is a magician of invention within the genre of fabricated photographs. He was born and raised in Paris where he received his Baccalaureate degree in art and archaeology from the University of Paris in 1975 . For twenty-five years he executed commercial work as a still photographer for clients in the world of ...
Michael C. McMillen: Train of Thought | Oakland Museum of California museumca.org/exhibit/michael-c-mcmillen-train-thought
Spanning the 40-year career of the internationally renowned Southern California-based mixed-media artist, the exhibition features large-scale multisensory installations, assemblages, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and films that invite viewers into a made-up world, a skill for which McMillen is best known.
Artist Michael McMillen constructs alternate realities with sculpture ...https://www.mercurynews.com/.../artist-michael-mcmillen-constructs-alternate-realities...
Apr 14, 2011 - Sporadic showers cascade down the metal roof of a weatherworn, slightly haunted-looking shack resting in a pool of water. Step inside artist Michael C. McMillen's “Pavilion of Rain” and you might forget you're in a museum. At least that's what the artist, who has made a career crafting dreamlike ...
From the Movies to the Museum, Michael McMillen Fabricates Artistic ...https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/michael-mcmillen
May 18, 2011 - Micheal McMillen uses just about anything he can find or that he's collected over the years to shape his art work -- work that ranges from small objects like a moth pulling a brick to giant installations that viewers can walk into and feel part of.
Michael McMillen - Laguna Art MuseumMay 14, 2014 - Michael McMillen. b. 1946 . Michael McMillen is a visual artist in the very broadest sense, careful to avoid narrowly defining just what it is he does. “The medium has to be in service of the idea,” he told an audience of students at Art Center College of Design in 2005. . McMillen's shifting and overlapping job ...
Michael C. McMillen - WikipediaCareer. He started his career by building props for movies, where he worked in the 1970s and 1980s. ... As an artist, his work includes sculptures, art installations, and short films.
NIX + GERBER: We make large things smallwww.nixgerberstudio.com/
Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber are a Brooklyn-based duo fabricating custom models for advertising, video, film, and the web.
The Tiny Post-Apocalyptic Worlds of Nix & Gerber | Make:https://makezine.com/2016/09/27/the-tiny-post-apocalyptic-worlds-of-nix-gerber/
Sep 27, 2016 - Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber are artists who create detailed dioramas of apocalyptic futures. James Burke writes to us from the not-so-distant future to let us know how they're faring in an apocalyptic world that is much bigger than the ones they used to make for themselves. For over 14 years, ...
Nix + Gerber Masters at Miniature Sets & Props | Miniatures and Mastershttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/258323728605414965/
Artist duo Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber have collaborated on dioramas and miniatures for over fourteen years; their work has primarily been the subject matter f.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv2-9TTfwjk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZh3Oi7d0q0 Youtube video
David Opdyke worked 10 years as an architectural model maker Youtube
Opdyke: That’s fairly accurate. I did intend to be an industrial designer, more out of the fear of poverty than anything else really. After the first year, I changed my interest to painting which I soon discovered as essentially limitless, totally opposite to the dry, rational confinement of industrial design. I mean you could just paint your way into the canvas and never come out, which was exciting, but I needed something to work against. A simple way to describe it is that if you have a piece of wood and some nails, there are ways you can put them together and ways you can’t. You can invent other rules as you go along, and eventually you try to impose a set of rules on yourself—a very useful thing for me, otherwise I just go on forever.
David Opdyke is a draughtsman and sculptor known for his trenchant political send-ups of American culture. Working as an architectural model maker, Opdyke had a political awakening in the early 2000s. Confronted by the horror of September 11th and America's subsequent wars, Opdyke put his technical background to use, forming critiques of Bush-era ideology. His hyperrealistic topographical models of American suburbs comment on mall culture and suburban sprawl, while his sculptures of ruined monuments mock imperialistic hubris. In these works, symbols of power and American exceptionalism, such as an astronaut and the Capitol building, are reduced to crumbling, pathetic miniatures. Opdyke's work has been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Arts and Design, MoMA PS1, and the Brooklyn Museum.
http://www.magnanmetz.com/exhibitions/david-opdyke-truthful-hyperbole David Opdyke's new body of work refracts the promised glow of American democracy - once embodied in shiny optimism and irrefutable power. Coined by Tony Schwartz to describe the creative liberty taken to bolster Trump's success in his biography, The Art of the Deal, Opdyke now uses the phrase to shed dystopian light on our political landscape.
Curtis Talwst Santiago's Portfolio - Infinity Serieswww.curtissantiago.art/
Christmas in Durban mixed media diorama in Art Nouveau sterling silver jewelry box (1908). Christmas in Durban. 2017. info. ×. Gaia III mixed media diorama in reclaimed jewelry box 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 cm. Gaia III. 2017. info. ×. Deluge III.
Curtis Talwst Santiago - Exhibitions - Rachel Uffner Gallerywww.racheluffnergallery.com/exhibitions/detail/curtis-talwst-santiago
Nov 13, 2016 - Curtis Talwst Santiago is a Canadian-Trinidadian artist currently working Brooklyn. He is a former apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, and has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows including at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Hunter College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Fortnight ...
New Unexpected Miniature Scenes Staged Inside Jewelry Boxes by ...www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/09/new-unexpected-miniature-scenes-by-curtis-talwst/
Sep 6, 2017 - Canadian-Trinidadian artist Curtis Talwst Santiago (previously) imbues vintage jewelry boxes with both bucolic moments and scenes of societal disaster in a collection of work titled Infinity Series. For many, the lid of the box serves as a backdrop for the particular environment, while the bottom serves as a ...
Curtis Talwst Santiago - 17 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsyhttps://www.artsy.net/artist/curtis-talwst-santiago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Neb3Cq1J0u8 He started as a singer He talks about his path
Joshua Smith www.iknowjoshuasmith.com/ "a former stencil artist who now creates miniature sculptures"
Official website of Joshua Smith, miniature sculpture, stencil & street artist based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Joshua Smith is a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in Norwood, South Australia. With a career spanning 17 years he has showcased his work in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Japan and all over Australia in over 100 exhibitions. Formerly a self taught stencil artist Josh refocused his career to establishing Espionage Gallery, an Art Gallery based in Adelaide, South Australia showcasing both emerging and well established local, interstate and international artists. For 4 years he showcased over 600 artists from over 20 countries.
Artist Joshua Smith Is Coming for Your GunsARTnewswww.artnews.com/2017/07/11/artist-joshua-smith-is-coming-for-your-guns/
Jul 11, 2017 - “Conservative pundits are quick to cite what I think of as a straw man—that there's some kind of leftist boogeyman coming to take away the Second Amendment, and to my knowledge, there never has actually been one,” the artist Joshua Smith said in a phone interview yesterday afternoon. “So I like the idea ...
Miniature Displays of Contemporary Urban Buildings by Joshua Smith ...www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/03/miniature-urban-buildings-by-joshua-smith/
Mar 17, 2017 - Working at 1:20 scale, artist Joshua Smith builds in-depth works that capture the layered existences of urban environments in cities such as Hong Kong, Sydney, and Los Angeles. His miniature buildings showcase the details and detritus left by the diverse population of each city, bringing in elements of the ...
Wendy Red Star http://www.wendyredstar.com/bio
2006 University of California at Los Angeles. MFA Sculpture
2004 Montana State University-Bozeman. BFA Sculpture
Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance.
Wendy Red Star - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Red_Star
Wendy Red Star (born 1981) is a Native American contemporary multimedia artist born in Billings, Montana, in the United States. Her humorous approach and use of Native American images from traditional media draw the viewer into her work, while also confronting romanticized representations. She juxtaposes popular ...
Decolonizing Photography: A Conversation With Wendy Red Starhttps://aperture.org/blog/wendy-red-star/
Dec 14, 2016 - Challenging mainstream representations of Native Americans, Wendy Red Starphotographs her Crow culture, on her own terms. By Abaki Beck. Wendy Red Star and Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, Apsáalooke Feminist #2, 2016. Courtesy the artist. An elderly Native American man wears a headdress,stoically ...
Meet Wendy Red Star, One of the Faces of Contemporary Native ...www.papermag.com/artist-wendy-red-star-1988334653.html
Aug 26, 2016 - While a student at Montana State University, multimedia artist Wendy Red Star learned that her tribe, the Apsáalooke (Crow), used to own the land that the college sat on -- at which point, Red Star decided to set up tepee poles around the campus, finishing by erecting five of them on the school's football ...
Story Trader: An Interview with Wendy Red Star – Art in Americawww.artinamericamagazine.com/news.../story-trader-an-interview-with-wendy-red-sta...
Nov 8, 2017 - In 2016, I had the opportunity to see Wendy Red Star's photographs in “ Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy,” a group show at the Portland Art Museum. The superimposed alterations in Red Star's photo work and collages indicate a breadth of knowledge, and a personal
Charles Young charlesyoung.tumblr.com/
All the photos, models and everything else you see posted here are by me, Charles Young, Edinburgh. All images ©2010-2017 C Young Contact: email@example.com. ... Crossing to Paperholm. “Launching as part of Edinburgh Art Festival, Travelling Gallery is.
charles young meticulously builds a moving, miniature paper metropolishttps://www.designboom.com/art/charles-young-paperholm-miniature-metropolis-pap...
Aug 11, 2015 - charles young meticulously builds a miniature paper metropolis all images and gifs courtesy of charles young. armed with watercolor paper, PVA glue and a steady hand, edinburgh artist charles young has built the meticulous metropolis he calls 'paperholm'. over the past year, young has crafted more than ...
Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily | News ...https://archinect.com/.../article/.../artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on...
Jan 27, 2015 - No, these aren't props from an upcoming Wes Anderson film. These mini paper structures are all part of Paperholm, a daily project by Scottish artist Charles Young. Constructed by hand with only watercolor paper, PVA glue, the occasional dressmaking pin, along with an eye for detail...
a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, has spent more than three months making miniature replicas of buildings and posting them on his Tumblr, Paperholm. Each building is hand-cut from watercolor paper and glued with PVA; each GIF is hand-animated.
Young started making small paper models while he was studying architecture at the University of Edinburgh. After completing his M.Arch degree last summer (2015), he eventually began Paperholm as a motivational way to test and develop his creativity and model-making skills on a daily basis.
YouTube channel: Charles Young