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Saturday, December 30, 2006
  The Year that was at BgArt News Blog
Wow, that year was a fast one. I'm now convinced that as we get older, time speeds up. I remember back in school, many years ago, the days used to take forever. I used to almost beg time to speed up so I could get home and do whatever it was that I did as a kid. Now I'm wishing it would slow down!

Anyway, a lot of blogs and news sites seem to be reviewing the year that was, so I thought I should do something too. It's also a good excuse to post something as I have been in full holiday mode lately.

Here's some posts of interest from the year of 2006.

I hope everyone has an amazing 2007.
Many blessings!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
  Lost in Byron Bay + Photos
Sorry about the lack of updates recently. I went looking for a new place to live and couldn't get the laptop to connect to the Internet. The plan was to enjoy myself during the day, get lots of photos, and do some work online at night.

Having no Internet connection put a stop to the "work" part of the trip, but I still enjoyed myself during the day and took some photos. I didn't find a new place to live though.

Anyway, here's some photos of Byron Bay. It's a small coastal town on the north coast of NSW, Australia. There's plenty of beautiful beaches, forests, tourists!, and a big alternative culture there.
(click on the images to see bigger versions)

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On the way up to the Byron Bay lighthouse.

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Almost at the Byron Bay lighthouse.

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Finally at the Byron Bay lighthouse!

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On the way down to the most easterly point of Australia.

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There's a black feral goat in this picture. It's actually much steeper than the picture looks, and if he took one wrong step he would have rolled onto rocks and into the ocean.

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Here's another picture of that same goat from below. That's him circled in red, so it's quite a drop.

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The most easterly point of Australia.

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An Australian bush turkey I cam across. He was quite friendly and I spent a while with him.

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Pathway onto the main beach in Byron Bay.

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The main beach at Byron Bay.

BgArt News Blog will be back to publishing art news tomorrow.
>> Australian News
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
  Edvard Munch Birthday at Google
edvard munch google logoIt's the birthday of the famous Norwegian expressionist painter and printmaker Edvard Munch on the 12th of December. Google is celebrating it with a cool logo in the manner of Munch. It's basically the Scream with a Google logo thrown in, but I quite like it.

I thought Google might have stopped celebrating the birthdays of famous artists after having to take down the Joan Miro logo when they were accused of copyright violations. I hope Google doesn't let copyright nazis ever stop them from celebrating artists in this way.
>> Famous Artists, Internet
Monday, December 11, 2006
  Grow Your Own Furniture
grown furnitureThis story reminded me of the "draw your own furniture" post earlier, and to a lesser extent, the "drawing trees" post.

Cristopher Cattle in the United Kingdom has come up with a way to train trees / plants to make furniture for you. He has an online guide showing how to make a stool from 3 Sycamores. It's not as convenient as popping into your local furniture store for a few stools, as it takes about five years to grow into a strong enough stool. But it's a pretty cool combination of craft, art, and nature.

Here's why thinks it is a good idea..
Growing furniture isn't going to save the planet, but it can be used to demonstrate that it is possible to create genuinely useful things without adding to the pollution that industry inevitably seems to produce. Trees are self-generating, and grown wooden products need only the energy that the sun gives everywhere. It's free and it's non-polluting. Training and grafting trees as they grow are established traditional crafts, and wood is durable but it's also biodegradable, so it doesn't have to end up in a hole in the ground. I call this Grownup furniture as it's the result of mature thinking. Grown Furniture

I found this story over at the boingboing directory of wonderful, often useless, and mostly interesting things!
>> General Arts
Thursday, December 07, 2006
  Art Basel Miami Beach
The American version of Art Basel in Switzerland is happening at Miami Beach, Florida from the 7th through to the 10th of December. There's a lineup of 200 art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia showing works by more than 1500 artists from the 20th and 21st century.

"Art Basel Miami Beach is a new type of cultural event, combining an international art show with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events including music, film, architecture and design." Art Basel Miami

ArtInfo is covering the event pretty extensively with regular reports and updates from Art Basel Miami Beach each day. They're all posted here or they also send updates out to subscribers of their newsletter (which is free).
>> Art Exhibitions
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
  Tomma Abts Wins the Turner Prize for 2006
The Turner prize has been won by a painter this year, and if that wasn't shocking enough, it was won by a woman artist!

The Turner Prize 2006 has been awarded to Tomma Abts, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £25,000 prize, sponsored by the makers of Gordon’s gin, was presented by Yoko Ono. With Gordon’s support this year’s prize fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The event was broadcast live on Channel 4 News.

I predicted that Rebecca Warren would win the Turner Prize for 2006, but it just goes to show that I am neither psychic nor a good guesser! Tate gallery has a profile, video interview, and painting demonstration by the German born painter up on their website here.

Judges said that Abts created "compelling images that reveal their complexity slowly over time".
>> Art Competitions
Monday, December 04, 2006
  Art & Perception + Painting from Photographs
I did my first post over at the Art and Perception blog today. It's a community art blog with a growing list of contributors talking about all things art.

I reposted an old post asking the question; Is it OK to use photographs for painting? It's something most painters, critics, and collectors seem to have an opinion on, so I thought it would be interesting to see what others think about it. See the post here (and feel free to share your opinion on the issue)

The blog also has an interesting mix of painters and photographers that seem to benefit from both trades. Rather than drawing a line between the painter and the photographer (as they are different creatures), they look for the similarities that each have.

A recent post is by the photographer Stephen Durbin, where he is asking for comments on his "Ghost Light" series of photographs. He also asks this question..

"I'm also wondering how often it happens to painters or other artists that one is surprised, looking back on a work, to discover something quite unintended. As a painting or quilt or whatever takes more time in the making than a typical photograph, and may entail more active decisions regarding content, is the chance of later surprise any less?"
>> Photography News, Painting News
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