Posts tagged ‘art’

March 28, 2012

Strangest of Places

by Kaylee Pare

Ever since my teenage years at summer camp, my favourite lyric has been Grateful Dead’s “once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”. It’s a beautiful line that means so many things, while conveying one fundamental message all at once. Finding the positive in any situation, seeing past someone’s words to their feelings, and noticing beauty in – as the Grateful Dead so poetically puts it – the strangest of places. These are all instances where the perceptions we chose to cogitate will cause very different outcomes, and where we can easily forget to seek out hidden meaning. Changing the way we grasp a situation by looking past the surface can alter our takeaway immensely. Artist Andreas Amador, the brain behind sand paintings, seems to understand this concept of reinvention, looking beyond the surface, by applying this rule to his work everyday.

Amador maximizes on the enchantment of a beach, by using a plain old rake and his imagination to deliver this picturesque artwork. Rather than applying his artistic talents to a canvas or wall, he’s chosen to befriend the most unruly of surfaces, an idea that has not served him wrong. As they say, art imitates life – there’s no reason we shouldn’t be rethinking the ways we act, live or dress, continually looking to those strange and unknown places, where, who knows, we may just find a sparkle of light..

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August 3, 2011

A Pleasant Surprise

by Kaylee Pare

You know those little things you see around the city that make you look twice? A sticker you’ve noticed all over the place, or some graffiti that sticks out against a modern building. When I was in University, a group of people put pictures of a cat in the places where they had successfully reached the building’s roof. As I’ve scoured the web over the years, I’ve done the double take many times, and these art projects have stuck out like a sore thumb (in a good way). What’s great about them is they’re simple, they involve some man hours and not much else, and they would surely brighten any passerby’s day.

The first project was executed in Paris, and the mission was to fill potholes with colorful yarn, creating a pleasant surprise for the street’s visitors. In the second project, titled Dispatchwork, artist Jan Vormann set out to repair damaged walls using lego. He started in Italy and moved on to cities like Berlin and New York, creating little drops of colour in unexpected places.  The last one is a random drawing made to brighten up a crack in cement, reinventing a useless damage into spiderman’s web. Hoping that these brighten up your wednesday!

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