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Tunnel Vision Art Mural (Columbia, South Carolina)


Tunnel Vision Art Mural
* 1550 Marion St. * Columbia, SC *

In the heart of downtown Columbia, South Carolina is a very realistic tunnel entrance painted on the side of the Federal land bank building. Internet data claims it was first painted in 1976 by Artist Blue Sky and faces into an open parking that houses the largest fire hydrant art sculpture also in Downtown Columbia. The mural hosts a beautiful sunset, crumbling concrete, bullet holes depicted in the street sign, hazy landscape in a modern view of a pre-apocalytic world. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. More reviews and information can be found at http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/4602.




Melbourne Road Side Art

Melbourne Road Side Art
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

One of the memorable facets to Melbourne I remember from my travels is the fantastic and sometimes bizarre roadside art one can find on the highways in and out of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Many of the roads and freeways around this Metropolis compete for attention by the implementation of large-scale artworks and architectural interventions that make roadtrips that much more appealing. Some of these are listed on the Visit Victoria website. These tie in somewhat with the notable Australia’s Big Things art sculptures found throughout the country. Great aspect to Victoria and Melbourne in my view … definitely worth a drive-through outdoor art gallery peek! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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National Gallery of Art, Canberra, ACT, Australia

National Gallery of Art
* http://nga.gov.au/ * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

One of Canberra’s largest attractions is the National Gallery where over 120,000 works of art is housed celebrating Australian and world art. It was established in 1967 by the government as a National Public Art Gallery after alot of the lobbying by the famous Australian painter Tom Roberts. Originally it was decided that the government should collect portraits of Australian governors-general, principle fathers of the Federation, and by parliamentary leaders which formed the Commonwealth Art Advisory board. It was persuasion of Robert Menzies, the Prime Minister, that established the gallery and incorporated by Prime Minister Harold Holt for building construction. They wanted the Gallery to be located in the Parliament Triangle but this was delayed because the final site of the new Parliament House was not yet determined. Colin Madigan of Edwards Madigan Torzillo and Partners won the competition for its design in 1968, and tentatively was set to be built on Capital Hill, with no design yet permitted until it was designated properly. Location was changed from Capital Hill and collaboration with James Johnson Sweeney (former Director of the Guggenheim and Houston Museum of Fine Arts) and Mollison began. Construction began in 1973 and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II by 1982 at a price tag of $82 million in late 20th century Brutalist style with angular masses based on a triangle and raw concrete surfaces surrounded by a series of sculpture gardens planted with Australian native trees and plants and over 23,000 square meters of floor space. Three floors of galleries with the first floor the largest, hosting Indigenous Australian and International collections; bottom level with a series of large galleries of sculpture originally then the Asian art collection. The uppermost level for a series of smaller intimate galleries which now house the collection of Australian art. Extensions of the Gallery took place twice with a new entrance project in 2010.

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The Book of Kells

Book of Kells
* Trinity College Dublin Library * Dublin, Ireland *

Leabhar Cheanannais or “Book of Columba”, “The Book of Kells”, is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book written in Latin that contains the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various texts and tables. It was written in 800 C.E. by Celtic Monks. The texts are largely drawn from the Vulgate including passages from earlier versions of the Bible known as the “Vetus Latina”. It is one of the World’s masterworks of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is one of Ireland’s finest national treasures. The decoration combines Christian iconography with ornate swirling motifs typical of Insular art with figures of humans, animals, and mythical beasts combine with Celtic knotwork, interlacing patterns in vibrant colors, and Christian sybolism. The manuscript today has 340 folios which have been bound into four volumes. THe leaves are on high-quality calf vellum and the lettering is in iron gall ink with colors made from substances imported from various distant lands. The manuscript was never finished. There are 5 competing theories for its place of origin and time of completion. The first theory, is that it was created at Iona and then brought to Kells where the illuminations were then added but never finished. The second theory is that the book was entirely produced at Iona. The Third theory is that it was produced entirely in the scriptorium at Kells. The Fourth theory is that is was produced in the North of England, transferred to Iona, and then to Kells. The Fifth theory, is that it is the product of an unknown monastery in Pictish Scotland. It is named after the Abbey of Kells where it lived for many centuries. When the Kells Abbey was plundered by Vikings in the 10th century, the Book was believed to be moved out of Kells to save it from being looted. The earliest historical reference to the book was found in a 1007 entry in the Annals of Ulster stating that “the great Gospel of Columkille, the chief relic of the Western World, was wickedly stolen during the night from the western sacristy of the great stone church at Cenannas on account of its wrought shrine.” It is assumed the “Great Gospel of Columkille” is the “Book of Kells”. It was recovered in Kells by the 12th century and remained there until 1654. It was sent to Dublin for safekeeping when Cromwell’s cavalry was quartered in the Church of Kells. It has remained in the Trinity College Library in Dublin ever since. It has been rebound several times over the centuries. Some of these damaged the illustrations, especially during the 18th century. It was damaged again in 1985, 1953, and then again during its last binding in 1953. It also sustained minor pigment damage when sent for an exhibition to Australia. The book is 330 x 250 mm. The cropped folios, done in the 19th century rebinding, brought the text area to 250 x 170 mm with each text page having 16-18 lines of text. The extent book contains preliminary matter, such as the complete text of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John through John 17:13. The remainder of John and some preliminary matter is missing since the 11th century. The remaining preliminary matter consists of two fragmentary lists of Hebrew names contained in the Gospels, Breves causae (Gospel summaries), Argumenta (short biographies of the Evangelists), and Eusebian canon tables. It also contains the text of the four Gospels based on the Vulgate but does not contain a pure copy of the Vulgate. The illustrations feature a broad range of colours, with purple, lilac, red, pink, green, and yellow being the colours most often used. The Insular work pigments contain red and yellow ochre, green copper pigment (verdigris), indigo, and lapis lazuli.


Punks & Monks Art Show – January 8-28th, 2010 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Punks & Monks @ the Rubbish Art Gallery
* January 8th – 28th, 2010 * Rubbish Art Gallery * 17B Bijou Street * Colorado Springs, Colorado * www.rubbishgallery.com
Opening night began on January 8th at the Rubbish Art Gallery, in the alley across from the 15C Bar at 17B Bijou from 6 pm until 10 pm hosting the inspirational and spiritual artwork of Luke Sheffer who merges together the cultural juxtaposition of the spiritual with the punk musical. Taking the alternative singers, actors, and singers of his time, merged into a Christo-spiritual montage of the divine, Luke brings some remarkable glimpses of those who bring thought and action to words, images, and motion. The evening started out with some appetizers and the display of art, champagne and beer, wrapping up with a punk band called “The Pachisi Champion & the Nicotine Fits” with DJ Tanner and Juicebox spinning the night away. Good times and good conversations, brilliant visuals, and a fun time. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Bodypainting at Dreamtime Festival 2009

Tree Leaves’ Oracle Bodypainting and Tarot Booth @ 2009 Dreamtime Festival
* July 16-19, 2009 * Paonia, Colorado * www.dreamthefuture.org * www.treeleavesoracle.org
Our first time at Dreamtime Festival in Paonia was definitely a hit for some incredible designs and paintings, as well as some phenomenal oracles and tarot readings. It’s true that we haven’t been out as a booth to many festivals as of late, minus a few theme stations or camps at Apogaea, Burning Man, and a couple of local club gatherings. But its time to stir the cauldron of change as we evolve into a new blossom for the coming next few years. We decided Dreamtime would be the place to whisper the dream. Our primary bodypainting artist and diviner Leaf McGowan enchanted the space with his omens, oracles, and artwork; a collective of faeries, herbs, arts, crafts from our old Ruxton street shoppe were displayed along with Colachi Arts and their inspirational ritual boxes who shared our booth. While we didn’t break even with the costs of the venue, as could be expected with today’s recession and economic downturn, we had many visitors and made new friends. The photogallery below displays some of the bodypainting designs we brushed out … with guest bodypainter Kathy Nutt who blew us away with her amazing work. (Thank you!!!)

painting of a tree
handpainted acryllic by Leaf McGowan

Leaf bodypainting tribal designs

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Sandrine Gestin

Sandrine Gestin
Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09
Another inspiring artist who presented at the Festival was Sandrine Gestin who has been displaying her fantasy art for the last three Trolls & Légendes. Her inspiration comes from the legends of Brittany, as well as epic and fantasy stories. Her artwork is characterized with the feminine and androgynous beings from the world of Fae, with magic and charisma charming the viewer with her visual poetry. Excellent art. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Valerie Frances

Valérie Frances

Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09


At Trolls and Legendes, inspirational artist Valerie Frances presented her artwork and sketches of many of the heroes and legends of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Valerie was born in 1975. She got a degree in biology and science. Writing articles about great whales and sharks mixed with her fondness for Anglo-Saxon fantasy literature led her down a path of writing her own dark texts including an essay on sea monsters. She wrote a book on Eragon as well as several short stories in various fanzines and children’s books. She’s branching out into drawing, painting, and clay sculpture as well as animation. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


Alienation, modern art by Juan Monoz (K21, Dusseldorf)

“The room contains encounters with alienation, unfamiliarity and absence. Juan Monoz’ range of figures in Plaza presents alienation as a situation in which the individual is exposed to a sense of helplessness, a feeling that the viewer grasps both emotionally and intellectually. The small size and greyish-beige color of the figures makes them look as though they are far away. They appear at once present and absent, thus making the space between them strangely enigmatic. Thomas Ruff gives the viewer a glimpse of the vast expanse of the universe. This supposedly romantic image is based on the techniques of scientific photography, and reveals itself to be a kind of “time trap”. Each visible point of light has a different age, and some were no longer in existence when their light was captured on the surface of the negative, a fact that calls into question the possibility of authentic photographic image.” [placard in the exhibit at the K21 Dusseldorf ] Review: I found this exhibit to be a experience of depth and perception, vision and light, contrast and chaos with the sinking legs into the floor and the spatial size and display of the figures. One of my favorites at the K21. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. – Leaf McGowan.


Bodypainting at the Colorado Dark Arts Festival 5/25/2008 (Denver)

Colorado Dark Arts Festival * The Church & Cafe Netherworld, Denver, Colorado

Raven next to the new painting that Gary did of her last night

face paint and acryllic – handpainted by Leaf
airbrush whiskers and highlight by Doug

“Le Tigre”
face paint and acryllic – handpainted by Leaf
airbrush whiskers and highlight by Doug

Doug mixing his airbrush paints

“Butterfly mask, snow leapard face”
facepaint / acryllic by Leaf

blacklight airbrushed wings by Doug

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