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World Series trophy and weber grill
Vertical lines. Horizontal lines. The difference between the two means the difference between the World Series trophy and a weber grill.
These are works of art for sale by my brother, Erik Maldre. Venturing into the never-ending snow with his Instax Polaroid camera, he photographs landscapes of snow, and then paints on top of the instant prints. The World Series trophy and Weber grill are just my own interpretations of these abstract works of art. What is your instant interpretation of these works?
These can all be instantly yours on ebay. See all of his current works for sale under the ebay name, unmoo
Matt Maldre is Joseph Beuys
An image search for my name, Matt Maldre
, brings up four photos of me--and a photo of the great artist Joseph Beuys
. Google is implying that I am the late Joseph Beuys. While I would love to have this honor, I certainly cannot accept it, for Beuys was a trailblazer in social art and activism. I am a mere speck compared to what he did.
Nonetheless, it's great to see an image of him pop up for search on my name. Hello Joseph!
Reimjedesilbeinjederzeile: rhyming every syllable in each line
While putting away laundry, I tweaked my right knee, prompting me to lie down and think of this poem:
At first I was thinking about how "knee" and "laundry" rhymed. Then I needed something to ryhme with the "laun" of "laundry." "Gone" seemed nice. Then the "right" and "night" made sense, as did "popped" and "stopped."
Is there a term for rhyming every syllable in each line? The Germans would call it
Reimjedesilbeinjederzeile (translated: rhyming every syllable in each line)
I'll make this into a blog post! The Germans would call that Ichwerdediesineinemblogpostmachen (translated: I'll make this into a blog post)
Olympic Bobsled pusher Johnny Quinn is the Kool-Aid Man. OH YEAH!
At the Olympics, stuck in a bathroom with no cell phone? Nobody around. What do you do? You know the Russian construction is really cheap, so why not just break through the door? That's what American Olympian bobsled pushers Johnny Quinn did.
The door never stood a chance. But now everyone knows Johnny Quinn's real identity--the Kool-Aid man! OH YEAH!
Flickr to include Matt Maldre in 10 year anniversary video
I'm extremely honored that the Yahoo Creative Team asked that one of my photos be included in the 10-year Flickr anniversary video! Here's their request:
I immediately thought they would want to use one of my most popular photos, like "Chicago's Moving Bridges over the Chicago River
" My premiere photo on flickr with 437 favs, 94 comments and 60,000 views.
or a recent trending favorite with over 100 views per day for the past year, "Chicago CTA Quincy train station
They didn't pick either one of those. Instead, I love that they picked a completely quirky photo, "Bent nails spell 777
This sort of quirky pick is one of the reasons why I love flickr, there is such depth and history to their service. This particular photo was shot for the day 07/07/07. Was Instagram around then? Nope. Flickr was. Flickr rules. I can't wait to see the 10-year anniversary video for flickr.
Even and odd letters: ACEGIKMOQSUWY and BDFHJLNPRTVXZ
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7... How about counting using odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9... I bet you can can count using even numbers. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.
But what about reciting all the odd letters of the alphabet?
Or naming all the even letters in order?
It's pretty hard to do.
Surprisingly, there is very little information online or in books about even and odd letters. Most instances of ACEGIKMOQSUWY are people using it as a username.
This sort of intersection of two systems.
Photorealistic drawing tricks
Four hours and 33 minutes of a realistic drawing is condensed down to 3 minutes 42 seconds in this youtube video
The artist Marcello Barenghi does have some mad skills. But you can also make a drawing like this with a few interesting tricks on how this photorealisitc drawing is done:
The gray paper makes the object stand out more, because it makes the white pop out more. To create the white, he uses mostly a white pencil. Towards the end a white paint brush sneaks in, along with a white airbrush.
An initial wash of blue is done in watercolor. Since the majority of the drawing is done in marker, i'm not sure what the intention behind using watercolor. Does the water leave the paper wet, enabling better blending with the following markers?
This is drawn mostly with markers. Who knew markers could be so photorealistic?
A black airbrush is used at the end to create the drop shadow behind and on the can. Briefly a white airbrush is used for the highlights. That helps to create an overall unifying look of light. Normally when I do a drawing, I stick to one medium, I don't think about introducing other media to give an overall effect. It's funny, because in apps like Instagram, we apply entire effects over a photo to give a feeling. Why not use an airbrush at the end to help with the lighting?
Lighting the drawing
Notice the subtle lighting that the artists uses in the video. See how the gray paper is lighter on the left than the right? Now notice the lighting on the object in the drawing, it's coming from the same direction. That tiny little detail helps tremendously with how the drawing is seen as an object. Just like how the airbrush creates an overall effect, the lighting used in this video also creates an overall effect.
Did you see any other tricks used in this video?
If so, please share them in the comments. Thank you.
Books about questions?
I love questions. Does anyone know of any book that are about questions? Specifically the history, science, or psychology of questions.
Not a book with lists of questions. Nor lifestyle or career books. But books that talk about the nature of questions. I'm more in interested in the cultural study or more scientific approach to questions.
Please leave your suggestions in the comments or on your favorite social media channel. This question appears on Goodreads
, Google Plus
, and Facebook
Thank you so much.
Clothespin artist of 1994 influences the creation of spudart
The clothespin artist stands at the front steps of the Art Institute of Chicago in the summer of 1994. My fellow college freshman friends and I approach this man selling clothespin necklaces and tshirts with simple clothespin silhouettes.
While signing free xerox prints of clothespins, he teaches us the meaning of clothespin art. People can read their own personal meanings into the clothespin icon. As the artist, the meaning for his work is what the viewer brings. His explanations would become very much an influence on my outlook on art to this day. Spudart and my potato theories have their origin from this clothespin artist.
He opens up a small shoebox sized container with clothespin necklaces inside for $1.00 each. As I was deciding which one to purchase, he was explaining the criteria that people use when selecting a clothespin necklace. "Some people like their clothespin to be perfect with no flaws. Others like one that is unique and has its own personality. Like this one." He pointed to a clothespin that had a little knot in the wood. I happily selected that unique one.
I proudly wore that necklace to all art openings and events for the next few years. Pictured below, with clothespin around my neck, Tammy Zych, Dima Strakovsky and I visit the circa 1996 Art Chicago show at Navy Pier.
The clothespin necklace is buried in my closet today. His signed print still hangs in my dining room. I put it in a frame made of the same type of raw wood that traditional clothespins are made of. I wonder where this clothespin artist is today--and if he's still doing his clothespin art.
If you happen to know anything about the clothespin artist, please leave your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
Traffic stats for spudart.org in 2013
In 2013, spudart.org had:
244,989 Unique Visitors
Of those pageviews:
157,057 from google search
7,699 bing search
7,455 yahoo search
2,601 aol search
some other sites further down the list:
13,894 visits came from social media
411 from bit.ly links I made
WHAT ABOUT THE NEW BLOG POSTS MADE IN 2013?
138 blog posts were published on spudart.org
My RSS feed has 95 subscribers
. (95 subscribers x 138 posts = 13,110 sends)
104 visits from the RSS feed.
0.7% click-through rate (just under 1%)
Email has 513 subscribers
. (513 x 138 = 70,794 sends)
144 visits from email.
0.2% click-through rate
3,040 visits to the homepage
* Approximately 1,000 were direct visits typed in the URL bar
* 82 searched for spudart or spudart.org
The homepage gets about
* 4-10 direct visits a day
* about 1 referral a day (entire site gets about 30/day)
* about 2 social a day (entire site gets about 70/day)
Most popular link on the homepage is the "Thoughts blog" navbar link with 334 clicks. That means 10% of the people visiting the homepage click on that "Thoughts blog"
The second most popular link on the homepage is the "Next 30 posts" at the bottom of the page with 34 clicks.
60 websites for art and culture inspiration
Looking for some creative sources? Here are 60 (formerly 45) websites that bring interesting posts. You could subscribe to them using an RSS reader like feedly.com
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A Creative Universe
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Art in America
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ARTINFO Blogs » Feed
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Arts & Letters Daily
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but does it float
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Cartophilia: Maps and Map Memorabilia
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Color Me Katie
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Dark Roasted Blend
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Forecast Public Art
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Happy Famous Artists » Blog
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In the Air: Art News & Gossip
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IN VIEW: Jason Edward Kaufman on Art and Culture
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Information Is Beautiful
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It's Nice That
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Little Paper Planes
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Modern Painters Daily
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Scientific American Blog: Beautiful...
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The New York Review of Books
: 14,000 readers
The New Yorker: Malcolm Gladwell
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The Rhizome Frontpage RSS
: 3,000 readers
The Secret History of Art
: 37 readers
Tyler Green: Modern Art Notes
: 359 readers
Walker Center Visual Arts
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Uploads from MEOMI
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Street Art News
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The Only Magic Left is Art
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Design:related, Curated Design
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Two Kickapoo State Parks in America
As if having one state park named Kickapoo
in Texas wasn't enough. There's also a Kickapoo State Recreation Area in Illinois
The folks in Oakwood, IL must have had some fun naming their road Kickapoo Park Road and the loading dock, Kickapoo Landing.
Wait, there are 12 places named Kickapoo in America:
-- Kickapoo Township, Peoria County, Illinois
-- Kickapoo, Indiana
-- Kickapoo Township, Kansas, Leavenworth County, Kansas
-- Kickapoo, Louisiana, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana
-- Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Illinois
-- Kickapoo Township, Kidder County, North Dakota
-- Kickapoo Township, Mountrail County, North Dakota in Mountrail County, North Dakota
-- Kickapoo Township, a township in Lincoln County, Oklahoma
-- Kickapoo, Wisconsin, a town
-- Kickapoo Center, Wisconsin, an unincorporated community
-- Kickapoo, Illinois
-- Kickapoo Downtown Airport
And just in case you wanted a Kickapoo tshirt, bracelet, or hat; the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma sells them on kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
Am I living in a parallel universe?
Is there a difference between cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary?
Cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary both sound like totally cool concepts. Intersecting different areas of thought to generate creative results. But what is the difference between cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary?
I posted this question across the internet. The answers fell into two groups.
1) Interdisciplinary is study in two different disciplines. Cross is study in one discipline that reaches out to others.
theshizzler of reddit says
Interdisciplinarity involves an integration of the approaches, insights, and methods between two or more disciplines. A commonly used example is environmental science, which itself is a combination of geology, chemistry, biology, and even some civil engineering amongst others.
thedrew of reddit says
The rule of thumb for cross-disciplinarity is being able to use the word 'of' in the description. For example, the Literature of Victorian England, or Politics of Gender. Cross-disciplinarity requires no integration of ideas and is typically the use of one discipline to look at some aspect of another.
Cross-disciplinary should be limited to 2 disciplines. Inter-disciplinary means spanning 2 or more disciplines.
Prasad of Yahoo Answers gave an in-depth explanation
Something that's interdisciplinary covers more than one field of study. If you take an interdisciplinary science and literature class, you might read a science fiction novel and then explore the scientific ideas behind it.
2) Flip the order of the first point. Crossdisciplinary is study in two different areas. Inter is study in one discipline that reaches out to others
Kenneth Janiec of Google Plus says
The word interdisciplinary can be broken into its parts: inter-, which means "between" in Latin, and disciplinary, which is from the Latin disciplina and means teaching or knowledge. Interdisciplinary means between fields, but they don't have to be unrelated disciplines. You can do interdisciplinary work between two sciences, for example. An interdisciplinary conference on biology and computer science might include workshops on both fields.
When we take an interdisciplinary approach to a study, we integrate, let's say, two disciplines - their methods, terminology, research, etc - in our study. (Cf. In medicine, an interdisciplinary team is "a group that consists of specialists from several fields combining skills and resources.")
The Cross-disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology program seeks to strengthen international collaboration by inviting highly accomplished students to study and engage in research at a university. The students are supported by institutional agreements with universities abroad and by scholarships from their home institutions.
With a crossdisciplinary approach, we remain rooted in a particular discipline as we make a leap into, say, one other discipline to study some aspects of it from our original point of view. The aim is not integration, but to highlight aspects of the first discipline by means of studying the other.
I'll give it a shot. Interdisciplinary to me means drawing from 2 fields of study within a discipline, while cross disciplinary is, possibly, drawing multiple fields over multiple disciplines.
Court replies on Yahoo Answers
They are VERY closely related and often used as synonyms. If you use 'discipline' in a larger format, covering more topics, then 'cross-disciplinary' goes between topics, like art and science, and 'interdisciplinary ' is usually within a topic, like different kinds of sciences.
What do you think does inter-disciplinary mean mutiple areas or one?
Please post your answer in the comments below, or on any of the services mentioned above.
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