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Why Art Galleries Exist

What do you think of your gallery exhibition openings? What is the gap between how you view your art, versus how you explain your view of your art. It’s difficult because, after all, you chose visual art, a nonverbal, and now you have to explain it back into words. Some are glibber than others, but the universe of words fails to explain the universe of art.

Is the potential buyer looking for sofa art or soul art. Each is legitimate, and no one has to apologize. In reality, any piece of art will have to fulfill its aesthetic meaning as well as a deeper meaning. The needs of the artist and client must be filled. In the catholic world of art, explaining this distinction will establish the aim of THIS painting or sculpture.

Everyone will be happier if they understand the dynamics of the gallery opening. It’s an extrovert situation surrounded by walls of insight. In our hectic world, art should be a time for insight and reflection.

The ultimate purpose of a gallery and an opening is for a patron to end up with a piece of reflection (art) for a living room wall. It’s sofa congruence for some and soul congruence for others. Some want art that soothes. Others want psychic stimulation.

At first encounter, a piece of art is at odds with our world of linear thinking. Creative writing strives for immediate clarity in order to reach the reader’s unconscious. Art isn’t in such a hurry. It can stand initial ambiguity; great art reveals the collective unconscious to the individual. It’s not logical or linear, therefore doesn’t fit comfortable thinking.

It’s little wonder that the opening crowd doesn’t fully address the mysterious insights on the wall and goes for the known, “Let’s have a have a party.”

To counter all of the above, in the spirit of a “moment of silence,” I propose an Insight Five.” Introduce it as a party game. In a playful mood, request each person to quietly consider one piece of art for five minutes. Look for what is familiar about the art as well as any new insights gained.

After five minutes, they are free to exchange reflections if inclined, or just go back to the party.

Handled well, “Insight Five” can add a new dimension to an opening. Far from being a party pooper, a brief acknowledgement of the core reason, will be a welcome moment of introspection.

It’s a light way to introduce something very deep.

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Making Garden Art and Statuary

download-13Think outdoor garden, and beautiful plants, ornamental trees, flowering shrubs and rolling lawns come to mind. The mind’s eye may not immediately envisage concrete statuary or even benches, pavers, stepping stones and the like.

However, any garden worth its name – be it in a small backyard or a sprawling turf – is quite incomplete without attractive concrete artworks. While statues, animal sculptures, gnomes, fairies, gargoyles and birdbaths add to the landscape and look quite becoming, other concrete items such as benches, urns, plaques and pavers are quite elementary to the garden scheme.

Indeed, the lush foliage of a garden gets an added charm and texture with garden art and statuary. Most of these items are cast in concrete as it is sturdy and durable.

This brings us to the question of first making molds for these concrete casts. Which mold making materials will be suitable for casting concrete? Let’s take a look:

Liquid latex rubber – This has emerged as the mold making material of choice for casting concrete garden articles. It is flexible, long-lasting, maintains details well and most importantly, can easily resist the abrasive nature of concrete. The cheap price and easy availability further adds to the preference of using latex rubber. It is generally used for making larger pieces.

Polyurethanes – Latex rubber comes with one major drawback. Making the mold is a lengthy and cumbersome process involving repetitive coats of the liquid latex (at least 12 to 15 coats) with long breaks in between to allow every successive coat to dry. This is why many mold makers prefer to use polyurethanes for the task. It may be a bit expensive and necessitates application of a mold release also, but the ease and speed of use coupled with the low set time work in its favor. However, polyurethanes are still preferred for making molds of small pieces only.

Silicone rubber – This is another suitable mold making product, put the high cost limits its use for small items such as plaques only.

Concrete casts

Once the molds are ready, it is time to move to casting concrete. Use weather-proof concrete mix and dilute it with water to get the desired consistency. Slowly pour the concrete into the mold in a long and thin stream to avoid air bubbles as much as possible. Tap it around or shake the mold a bit to bring any remaining air bubbles to the surface.

Once all the trapped air is popped, allow the cast to cure for a day or two. The concrete will slowly harden to form a solid and durable cast that can be immediately installed outside in the garden.

However, it is advisable to seal the porous concrete with an appropriate sealant such as latex rubber, polyurethane, epoxy or acrylic. This will also protect your artwork from cracking in the long run.

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How to Become a Model – 4 Versatile Tips

When you are first starting out, you will face a very intense competition. It is about how to keep up with others, how to keep up the pace, and most importantly and I cannot stress this enough, is how you have to be different from others, in a good way. If you are outstanding and unique, chances are, you are more likely to be chosen for projects. So the following are some pointers as to how you can become a model, hopefully a versatile one.

1) Keeping fit and staying in good shape

You cannot always eat what you want to eat; you need to ponder about your diet to make sure you stay in shape. A few pounds heavier could shun off potential projects and that is the last thing you want. Modeling agencies and their clients look for models who are fit and in shape, so that they will be suitable to appeal to the big crowd. Moreover, keeping fit and maintaining a good shape will increase your versatility in landing projects. You could be on a fashion runway, sporting commercial and even projects which involve promoting healthy lifestyle; this is why it is so important to stay fit.

2) Be cool about facing ups and downs

The modeling path is always not going to be a smooth-sailing; you will face all sorts of people, events and scenarios. Harsh criticism, rejections and disapprovals will be inevitable, but in reality, you just have to swallow it down and continue improving. Be tough, stay strong and listen to feedback to improve or survive in this industry. Once you have experienced all sorts of drama, nothing will scare you anymore, and that is how you increase your versatility because you are willing to listen to advice/comments and accomplish the task required.

3) Enrich your life and broaden your horizon

To become a model and especially a unique art piece, you need to experience and learn different things that can distinguish yourself from the rest. If you are into sports and exercising, try out different sports, go for the extreme and even the common ones, learn them, know the basics, and know how the game is played. If you are into fashion, learn about the different brands, or learn about the various types of design and the latest trend. The possibilities are limitless and sky-high, so go for it, expose yourself to different platforms, allow your inner soul to be immersed and share the experiences. Trust me, you will not regret.

4) Maintain your appearance

Your hair, your skin and your teeth, etc are some of the most important physical appearances for you to appeal to the clients and the general public. Imagine a model with unkempt and poor hair condition, small breakouts and blemishes on her face and untidy teeth with plaque. How can he or she score projects with such untidy shape? So maintain your appearance, keep your face flawless, tidy up your hair and practice good oral hygiene, because that is how you appeal and stand out.

Just to sum up, of course I am not saying that these pointers will guarantee you to become a model or even a mainstream one, but it is better than nothing right? At least I hope that you have gain some insights about how to become a model from this article and also the fact that modeling is not as easy as you think. Bear in mind, be bold, be unique and be special.

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The Theory of Space and Time

Since I write some in the area of Science Fiction, I figured I’d write an essay on ‘Space and Time’, old stuff for the most part.

First of all let me explain “Relativity” which simply means theory, as does “Quantum Theories” so when I say the Theory Relativity I’m really saying, a theory is physics, Quantum meaning, nearly the same thing but beyond the normal gauge of known physics, like Black Holes and Gravitational Waves, and so forth. But the Theory of Relativity is the older way of announcing Simple or Special Relativity, by Einstein. Whereas, Quantum Theories would seem to go to Stephen Hawkins.

What does all this mean? The Theory of Relativity deals with space and time. Put another way, space can bend and time can be stretched. Quantum theory, is rather unsettling, it has more of a strangeness. For instance, if a star dies, if it gets close to the rim of a black hole, the gravity around the rim will pull it into the hole, and forever be part of that black hole, and never see the light of day again, yet on another note, the black hole may explode and create a new galaxy; strange is it not! It’s the new age physics. But back to the old Theory of Relativity.

Space and time, bends and stretches, space is measured by the speed of light, light bends when in a gravitational field, as it does Moon to Earth. The deeper the gravitational field the slower the clock ticks, and still at the speed of light, time does not exist, thus if you could ride that Quantum Gravitational Wave created by some big burst of some dying star, you’d not grow a day older.

Time, Pluto is some seven billion miles away from earth, its atmosphere is 10% of earth’s; gravity is next to nil. One day on Pluto, is six days on Earth. So you see how space, time and gravity play a part in the life of the universe.

What exactly is gravity? That’s a good question. It is a force, as “Star Wars” would say. That is the best summation. But it is more than that. When a star loses its weight, its nuclear fuel, it also will lose its gravitational force to hold it together. One might say, gravity keeps the universe in motion. Black matter, black energy, gravity, one and all. Gravity shapes space, and time, creates a reaction. An example might be, when there was nothing in space but matter and antimatter, one force had to cause a reaction with the other lest it remain as it was, thus burst where matter dominated antimatter, created a force, had it not there might have been mutual destruction, thus it was avoided. The detonator matter, and the after effects, its debris, is what we see now the stars, galaxies, planets and life. So what happened? Nature created discrimination between matter and antimatter, perhaps a decay on the part of antimatter, by 3% (dealing with mesons, electrons, positrons, etc.; a good guess!)

And so gravity is important in both theories, for it can act like a magnet attracting (energy and power) and we must remember, space and time is not flat, it is not. But curved and distorted by mass and energy, when I say curved I mean warped like a pool table, that a person when he is playing pool will first roll a ball from end to end to see if it is curved, if so, the ball will bend to the curve, this he does not want, but the universe

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