The software application as an artist, and an artist’s representative

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

While artists’ representatives may fear for their jobs as digital technologies and artificial intelligence ascend, I’d have thought artists themselves would be quite safe.

It looks like I was wrong. Here’s news about a software application, a kind of robot I guess you could say, that creates an artwork, and then attempts to sell it.

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Mike Meyers, photographing the moodier side of Chicago

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Photography by Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers is a landscape, portrait, and street photographer, based in Chicago, whose works bring out the moodier side of the windy city. I don’t know about you, but I’m liking what I see.

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Sijia Chen, Los Angeles based abstract artist

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Artwork by Sijia Chen

Sijia Chen is an abstract artist who splits her time between Shantou, in China, and Los Angeles, on the west coast of the United States.

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The Earth and Moon from between the rings of Saturn

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Earth from Saturn, by Cassini, via NASA

Here’s a view you don’t see every day, Earth, and the Moon – the very faint dot to the left of Earth – as seen from between gaps in the rings of outer planet, Saturn.

This will be one the last batch of images from the Cassini space probe, before it is set on a collision course with the ringed planet. See a larger version of the photo here.

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Freya Powell, Sydney based floral artist

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Artwork by Freya Powell

If you haven’t taken time to smell the roses lately, you really owe it to yourself to check out the work of Sydney based floral artist Freya Powell.

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Don’t worry, you might be happier worrying (a little bit anyway)

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Everything in moderation, as they say. Including worrying about, things, stuff. I imagine a little worrying might bring previously unforeseen ideas and possibilities to mind. Then there are the potential health benefits from being concerned about your overall well being.

Well, maybe because – sometimes, in small doses – worrying can actually be good for you. In one study, for example, worrying was linked to recovery from trauma and depression, as well as increased “uptake of health-promoting behaviors,” like getting regular cancer screenings or resolving to kick a smoking habit. Others have found that worriers tend to be more successful problem-solvers, higher performers at work and in graduate school, and more proactive and informed when it comes to handling stressful events that life throws their way.

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Ana Archer, Houston based, Brazilian artist

Monday, 24 April, 2017

Artwork by Ana Archer

Ana Archer is a Houston based, Brazilian born artist, whose works span a variety of styles including impressionism to modernism. This work, acrylic on canvas, is great, pink flowers in a field of blue.

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Take another little piece of the internet away, FFFFOUND! to close

Monday, 24 April, 2017

Ten years after opening for business, image sharing website FFFFOUND! will be closing on 8 May.

In the early days, membership was highly coveted, and by invitation only. Some design forums ran threads whereby members would send an invitation to someone hoping to join FFFFOUND!, so long as they later extended an invitation to someone else who wanted to join.

While founder Yugo Nakamura offered no reason for the closure, some people are blaming Tumblr for the demise of FFFFOUND!.

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Miles Slack, Nottingham based designer and illustrator

Monday, 24 April, 2017

Illustration by Miles Slack

Lean in closely now to the screen, and check out the work of Miles Slack, a designer and illustrator based in Nottingham, England. Might this be the beginning of a movement away from minimal work to minimised work?

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Tiny sure, but the world’s smallest coffee will still lift your spirits

Monday, 24 April, 2017

Being a Monday morning, you might be desirous of a little more caffeine than is on offer here, but watching what is possibly the world’s smallest cup of coffee being prepared, should nonetheless lift your spirits.

Nice work by Helsinki based designer and animator Lucas Zanotto.

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