Getting the most out of our surroundings requires an element of artistic appreciation, and in some cases, finding that perspective can be a challenge. In modern society, efficiency and compatibility are the leading virtues in the design and architecture world which can sometimes leave little room for aesthetics. Getting it right is a difficult job, which sometimes is left up to individual interpretation as to how well it has been achieved.
From my first book, which contains stories, poetry, and photographs from the infamous Park Hill Estate here in Sheffield, UK, I learned that an appreciative eye in the world of bleak and conformed building design is a valuable asset. Granted, I was young, my talent hadn't been polished by today's standard, and it was my first proper book, but it has stood the test of time in the literary world and remains a continual source for students, hobbyists, and future book writers to this day.
I noticed some excellent photographs on Fubiz today, depicting other 'brutalist' or otherwise drab scenes which have had specific angles and lightings chosen which truly do justice to the area. It's fascinating what a good camera-person can do with their kit, and I don't think they'll mind too much if I show them here. Lines, lighting, and colour can all be much more expressive than what meets the eye, if we allow them to present themselves in such as way that speaks to us, that creates an image beyond the original front of things. When we look at something in just the right way, a whole new element of beauty waits for us to discover it. Camera work is the pioneering field in this activity, and for me, these works have been inspiring.
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Being creative means making or doing something new with what we have, and art is a big part of this. As artists find new ways to represent the world, they also find new ways to make their art. As new devices and tools make their way into the hands of consumers, those who are creative end up thinking of novel ways to use them. It is the same for concepts, when new thoughts and information make it into the mass consciousness, artists and creative people represent these things in ways that communicate and explore.
New heat activated disappearing ink is making a big noise for doodle artists, and this picture from Mashable shows why. When we have things that do other things, like disappearing ink, finding ways to link the purposes together to form one effect is always fun. The pens work by having a pigment which changes at a given temperature. It's a bit of chemistry and art all in one.
From chemistry to biological psychology, a neuroscience exhibition by Talking Heads co-founder and artist David Bryne is using concepts and ideas from this wing of the scientific field to make new and interesting artworks. The work benefits science in the way that in the action of teaching it, it uses the visitors as part of it, gathering data for new experiments as they go.
Art can be used in ways that most people wouldn't even dream of, and in doing so, new ideas, thinking, and information can be passed along a chain of people without having to sit through boring lectures on morals or philosophy.
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