Photography by Stefan Fürtbauer - "…is an ongoing project about Viennese Diners and the little different Viennese fast-food culture. Most of the time these diners are isolated islands of food supply in an ancient surrounding with a dash of cultural heritage. Isolated both in the sense of appearance as well as in the sense of resisting against global operating fast-food chains. But the ‘improper’ and modern their architecture may appear, the much heritage there is behind the scenes. Viennese wurstel diners have been introduced during the Austro-Hungarian "K.u.K." Monarchy around 1870 to provide a safe income for wounded war veterans. Since then they became an essential part of the urban culture not by only supplying snacks but also being a meeting spot of the distinctive Viennese working class and the high society, too."
We like the play on words in reference to Superman because this girl is a SuperWOMAN who uses actual steel in her artwork. Remember the name Miya Ando, because she is doing some pretty awesome and unforgettable things. She is a half Japanese, half Russian-American artist, a descendant of Bizen sword makers, raised in a Buddhist Temple in Japan and later in life in Northern California. Wow! Doesn’t get more badass than that. Miya is one of a group of talented artists, painters, sculptors and creative women who are part of the Element Eden advocate program as her work in the art world always has a message and a cause. Her latest project is a series of luminous paintings, the sales of which will go to a cause close to her heart, The Tibetan Nuns Project. 100% of the sales of the paintings will go to the TNP and are available through Paddle8’s website until August 23, 2013. “Each painting is inspired by the colors of Tibetan Prayer Flags. I painted the backs of […]
By defining what a mind map was the first task I underwent, that would allow me to obtain a deeper meaning and generate a better understanding of the assessment. A mind map is shown to be a “diagrammatic method if representing ideas, with related concepts arranged around a core concept”. Then beginning with the theme of comic books to centre my mind map around, I started with a basic cursory research method to formulate small ideas that would become the core of my research. Also by using textual research from my own personal comic book collection to try and identify new potential themes that are centre around comic books.
I broke down my data into three categories that are based on the origins of comics, this was the gold, silver and bronze ages. However my research primarily was centred on Dc comics. These three categories allowed me to research in depth what was the current trends in comics but also their evolution. This was done by reading comic books that were made within all three categories, then examining the differences between them. This was successful as I discovered that comic books went through radical changes during certain time periods, such as comics were used as morale booster during World War 2 but also encourage the pubic to support the war efforts.
Discovering that comic books were a reflection of a changing society. Allowed for the bases of my mind map to be on how comic books reflect and illustrate a changing society. Once discovering my core theme I began to research the defining moments of history beginning with World War 2 until current twenty first century issues of equality. Whilst researching history I also read comics that were made during the same time period. This reaffirmed my discovery of comic books reflecting society. This reflection of societal shifts were strongly represented during Dc comics bronze age, which depicted strong themes of drug use, racial and sexual discrimination , social classification and divisions.
This research allowed my ideas to become strongly defined and also allowed a starting to point to my mind map. As comic books reflected society’s ups and downs. I wanted to get the public’s opinion on them allowing my mind map to be made up of society’s views on comic books. This form of information gathering was inspired by New York conceptual artist Nobutaka Aozaki. Who mapped Manhattan by getting strangers to give him directions, which he wrote down and made his map. Also combining an iconic Dc comic book cover of batman’s thoughts, I had found a way to present my mind map. That allowed me to combine public opinion and the theme of comic books. By surveying the public on comic book I received different response however from each response, then choosing one or two words which highlighted the whole point. Using those words in my mind map to make my theme but also show the public’s reaction to comic’s books reflecting society.
I discovered that the theme of comic books being broad and fertile for this assignment has allowed for further examination if its reflection of society. As society changes so will the content and issues addressed in comic books, which is revealed through its stories and art.
In Christchurch, New Zealand, 10 massive optical illusion-inducing mixed-media art pieces by Mike Hewson pay homage to the former Christchurch Normal School which opened in 1876.
The building, completely renovated for apartment and retail use in 1981 and renamed Cranmer Courts, was damaged badly in the February 2012 magnitude 6.3 earthquake and it is now destined for demolition.
"Alfons Maria Mucha (Ivančice, 24 July 1860 – Prague, 14 July 1939), often known in English and French as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs."