FIFTY24PDX Gallery and Upper Playground Portland are excited to present Blasphemous Nature: a solo show featuring new works by San Francisco based artist Robert Bowen.
“BLASPHEMOUS NATURE” is a collection of new paintings chronicling a bizarre place where the line between Mother Nature and the mechanical world has been blurred and broken. The show will be on display at Portland’s Upper Playground Gallery, opening on August 7th from 6-9 PM.
“With this new body of work I am continuing to focus on my fascination with animal/machinery hybrids. There are so many unanswered questions I have about them. Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer? Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous to their only predators, man? If the bees continue to disappear, should we design a replacement to pick up where they left off? Or do we accept our fate and stop toying with Mother Nature since that is what got us into trouble in the first place. I’m continuing to play mad scientist in a lab that should never really exist. Oh, and there’s a few fire breathing cats in there, because…why not.” -R. Bowen
ROBERT BOWEN: Blashpehmous Nature
23 NW. 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
August 7 – September 27, 2014
Gallery open Monday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception August 7 at 6:00 PM
What is the power behind HipHop as an art form to educate listeners about science? That is exactly what GZA of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan asked himself in relation to SCIENCE GENIUS, a program that tries to instill the passions and awareness of science and lyrical inspirations to underprivileged youth.
“Wu is the word, Tang is the tongue of the sword, so basically it’s about being lyrically sharp. I’ll say I’m a crazy one because HipHop is my vehicle to scientific and universal enlightenment. Growing up in the 70s and 80s in Stanton Island in Brooklyn, I was not readily exposed to the hard sciences. You see science existed in tertiary forms during my youth. And it wasn’t until my music career matured, that I began to pursue or I was exposed to science as an intellectual pursuit. But yet still as a child I often wondered about the static from the coffee or the aluminum on the TV antenna… “-GZA at TED x TEEN 2014 :
A record player that plays slices of wood. Bartholomäus Traubeck has found how Year ring data on a tree can be translated into music. Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.
From the artist:
“A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.”
Australian science-fiction and otherworldly album cover maker Dan McPharlin has been on our radar for quite some time, mainly because he takes musicians like Prefuse73 and makes their covers feel exactly like their music should be visualized. If we are going to be going 70 years into the future with the sounds, let’s get the artwork right. (via juxtapoz)
The New York Times Science section has an interested article today titled ‘To Tug Hearts, Music First Must Tickle the Neurons’. Worth reading at least for the Paul Simon intro and the likened to to tasting two different pots de crème: “One has allspice and ginger and the other has vanilla. You know they taste different but you can’t isolate the ingredient.”
After making nice, slightly experimental small budget films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, and Science of Sleep, let’s see how Michel Gondry does with a $100m budget and a Seth Rogen script with The Green Hornet, coming out January 2011.