Organised by Ice Tuxedo
Deadline for applications: Friday 8th July, 2016, Time: 6 pm
Random Orange is an International Open Call exhibition organised by Ice Tuxedo. Artists are asked to apply with work that respond to an extract taken from ‘The Science in Science Fiction’ ed. Peter Nicholls, 1982, p. 91.
‘There are various intriguing science fiction notions concerning time that can only call upon very distant support from science. A notable example is A.E. van Vogt’s novel The Weapon Shops of Isher, in which a man throws alternately, as if on a seesaw, increasingly distant past and futures, accumulates so much energy (for surely time travel requires energy) that when he finally explodes in the distant past, it is the intensity of this release of energy that catalyzes the creation of the Sun and the planets. This is one of the ultimate time paradoxes. More soberly, Ian Watson’s story “The Very Slow Time Machine’ tells of a future time traveller in a machine which, before it is projected even further into the future, must (like a catapult) first be very slowly pulled back into the past. To battled present-day observers he seems to be experiencing normal duration, but in reverse. There is a remote sense in which physics supports the relationship between time and energy that these stories rather vaguely suggest. The initial energy of the Big Bang that gave birth to our universe is thought to be directly connected to the nature of time in the universe. We do not know exactly how much energy this was, but we do know that the greater the initial energy, the longer time itself will last before the universe reaches its hear-death or collapses back into a monobloc.’
Guidelines: Applications guidelines: www.schwartzgallery.co.uk
Schwartz Gallery, 92 White Post Lane, London, E9 5GU
Kwan Yin Jewelry, Guan Yin Statues, Kuan Yin Meditation Art
This antique bronze standing figure statue of the Chinese Buddhist Goddess of Mercy and Compassion the Guan Yin or Kwan Yin (also spelled Guan Yim, Kuan Yim, Guanyin, Kwan Im, Gwan Yin, Quan Yin, or Kuan Yin) is said to bring happiness, love, health and protection. This beloved Chinese Goddess statue makes a special gifts for a housewarming, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and all holidays and special occasions. When put on display in your home, office, meditation room or yoga studio the Kwan Yin or Quan Yin will improve the Feng Shui of your space. Give this and other unique Kwan Yin gifts inspired by Buddhist art and images.
All these unique Kwan Yin gifts for women and men will improve Feng Shui of your space, promote good luck, healing, prosperity and health. These good luck gifts will also help attract new love and increase women’s chance of becoming pregnant.
View all the unique Kwan Yin Jewelry, Statues, Meditation Art and gifts in this new collection here.
Kwan Yin Gift Sets for Women and Men
You can give each of these Kwan Yin gifts separately as unique gifts or pair them to create your own stress-relief gifts sets for women and men, or as a special meditation set for him and her.
Or you could give decorative Kwan Yin decorative pillows paired with a Kwan Yin statue for home or office desk, tabletop or Buddhist altar.
There are so many possibilities and combinations for helping loved-ones improve the feng shui in their space with the help of Kuan Yin Gifts!
*The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) is committed to bringing together artists, collectors, and curators through the development and presentation of innovative contemporary art programs and exhibitions based on private collections… the Studio Program will also facilitate meetings between artists and collectors, as well as dealers, critics, and the greater public.
You can be a part of the maiden voyage as ARTHOUSE.NYC presents the first of many mobile digital group shows with REVOLUTION OF SUMMER, a celebration of rebellious thought, colors and perspective. Start your summer off with an upheaval of creative innovation – exhibit your latest work and share it with your friends, family and fans.
June 30th – July 3, 2016
Reception: June 30 @ 7-9pm
227 W. 29th St. #4F
I snapped a shot of Art Premium magazine when my complimentary copy arrived in the mail from France yesterday. Inside their Contemporary African Art Issue is an artist I featured last year!
Just goes to show you that getting featured in a blog article can be a stepping stone! If you are an artist and willing to make a donation I’ll feature your work in an article that will drive lots of visitors to your website.
This week, we congratulated Santa Barbara, California artist Metrov on the sale of one of his 3D printed sculptures here. We are very pleased to be able to also share this article, sent to us by Metrov, containing full details on how he created his limited edition sculpture series using the latest 3D printing technology.
The introduction of new casting technologies led me on quite an adventure this last year. Basically, it was supposed to go something like this: 1) Use a 3D modeling program to create a digital sculpture. 2) Email the digital file to a foundry. 3) Foundry makes a 3D print. 4) From the 3D print, they make a mold. 5) From the mold, they cast the sculpture in bronze. 6) Add patinas to bronze. 7) The bronze is mounted on a marble stand. 8) Foundry ships finished piece to my studio in U.S. The real adventure, however, happened between the lines.
STEP ONE: CREATE 3D MODEL
Below: image of PAX: BEAR GODDESS (with foundry notes), rendered from Blender, an open source, 3D modeling and animation program. It took me a few years to master Blender… the basics, anyway. It’s a fully comprehensive program which includes all the myriad controls of the high-end paid versions.
STEP TWO: EMAIL DIGITAL FILE TO FOUNDRY
Sounds simple, but first I had to hire a professional 3D modeller to prepare my digital file for 3D printing. Besides modeling the figure, it has to be specially configured to enable 3D printing—technical stuff I’ve yet to learn (read: don’t want to learn… ugh). Also, the file had to go to a foundry in China as their prices are a fraction of what the cost would be in the U.S. Some places in China are not email friendly, and so emails have to be sent through special servers, otherwise they may be intercepted by secret police… or spies… or something. Anyway, the email finally arrived at the foundry.
STEP THREE: FOUNDRY MAKES 3D PRINT
This step was happily straightforward. My well-prepared file printed without issues. Below: image of the 3D print.
STEP FOUR: FOUNDRY MAKES MOLD
Again, this step was pretty straightforward. Or at least, I didn’t hear of any issues.
STEP FIVE: CAST SCULPTURE IN BRONZE
Casting went well… after all, this is what foundries, do, right?
STEP SIX: ADD PATINAS TO BRONZE
This is where the headaches began. This particular sculpture requires a two-tone patina as seen in the first rendering above. Most of the patina is the traditional bronze color that covers the body and ears, but the head and ear holes must be black. After numerous attempts (and photos back and forth showing wear corrections must be made, etc), the artisans at the foundry were simply unable to create the patina as indicated. When they tried to fix it, they only made things worse. Exasperated, I finally instructed them to remove the patina completely and send it without a finish. (see 3rd shot below).
STEP SEVEN: MOUNT BRONZE ON MARBLE STAND
The first marble base made by the foundry was nothing like the one I designed in my rendering. When I pointed this out to them (based on the photo they sent), they readily had another one made. Second time they got it right.
STEP EIGHT: SHIP FINISHED PIECE
The work in the image above is what arrived from China. I was pretty excited to receive my sculpture at last… it took almost eight months from the time I’d emailed the 3D digital file to get the final statue. It wouldn’t normally take this long, of course, but the patina phase became a nightmare that no one anticipated. It was my fault, actually, as I failed, in the beginning, to ask the foundry to show me a similar two-tone patina sculpture they’d done in the past.
So, I now had to have the patina applied. Since this part of the operation requires a welding torch, and because I’d never applied patina before, I went to a local foundry to have it done.
The local foundry is well established: Artisan Bronze in Oxnard, California. Because of the headaches working with China, I decided to have a mold made from the bronze so I could have Artisan Bronze make copies in the future. Because the 3D print is not required to make bronze copies, the cost is considerably reduced. Robert, the owner, agreed, but the marble base had to be removed to make the mold. Robert warned me it could break when trying to remove it…. which, in fact, it summarily did.
Robert added both colors of the patina, but the blacks did not turn out nearly black enough. I learned that it’s not possible to get a true black patina. The black would have to be painted on.
First, though, I had to replace the marble base. Robert recommended a place he works with in Los Angeles: Imported Onyx. He actually drove my base down to them, and left it for replication. When I called to pick the new base, there was no answer… for almost two weeks.
Meanwhile, I had posted the 3D rendering of the statue on Indiewalls, a website where artists can submit their work for various commercial and private needs, i.e. restaurants, hotels, homes, and so forth. A client actually purchased the statue based on the rendering, and needed it shipped to New York right away!
I found another base factory on the East Coast, and was about to place an order when, Victor, owner of Imported Onyx called and apologized as he’d been waylaid by surgery. At any rate, he turned out to be a great guy, and fabricated a new base in one day. I raced down from Santa Barbara to pick it up.
Having the mounted statue back in my studio, I had to apply the final black paint for the head and ear holes. I painstakingly masked off the bronze areas and applied the paint on Friday. Saturday was spent photographing and making video of the final work. Sunday, I prepared the packing crate. Monday, I ordered a plaque with title of piece and my name. Monday night, packed the work. Tues morning, drove the crate to FEDEX and had it shipped to NYC!
Since this version of PAX is a limited edition of 25, I only have to go through this 24 more times! Just kidding. Now that I’ve been through the process… and learned the potholes to avoid… it should be a snap making the other editions. At any rate, keep your fingers crossed for me.
In this epic, narrative installation series, Pax, the ancient Roman goddess of peace, Spring, and re-birth, returns to us as the spirit of a Mother Bear. The Pax project signals the arrival of a new global consciousness; a harmonious shift between the balance of patriarchal and matriarchal forces governing our planet.
Congratulations to Santa Barbara, California artist Metrov. He shared his news with us–
“I’m happy to share my latest sale with you. PAX: BEAR GODDESS is a bronze (limited edition of 25) sculpture from my series MYTH OF PAX: BEAR GODDESS. The first of this series is going to her new home—the lobby at 298 Mulberry Street, New York, New York. Beautify the World with Art!”
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The open call to artists is for both an “International Creator Residency Program 2017” and “Research Residency Program 2017”! These Residency Programs will be the great opportunities for the artists who are eager to perform new creative activities or conduct research activities in Tokyo.
For application and further info >>click here.
This is a fun and interesting project created by Washington, DC artist Jennifer Droblyn who came up with this unique way of distributing art in her community. She posted pictures on Facebook of her small paintings hidden for strangers to search for and find –each piece accompanied by a small message that allowed the discoverer to know what they found and where to learn more about the process and artist.
Now the project is worldwide. Any artist can participate as long as their art pieces are original (writing, paintings, jewelry, or sculptures) and left in public places. The artist leaves the work in a sealed bag along with information about ScavengArt. Artists can leave work anonymously or provide their personal information. Once a piece is hidden the artist then promotes their piece using Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #ScavengArt and on Instagram.
ScavengArt is an interactive social media project. The concept of ScavengArt creates connections of lesser-known artists and collectors who discover them and post about it on their social media accounts. Through social media ScavengArt participants can reach a large audience across all areas.
Find out more on the ScavengArt website here.
Looking for Unique Gifts for Father’s Day?
Buy this handmade Feng Shui Golden Cricket — its blue body is the color of trust, peace and integrity. This unique good luck gift is available in Explosion Luck’s grasshopper and cricket art statues collection. Each lucky cricket gift statue measures 3” x 6” (including the length of the antennae), and will look great in any room of a home or office. Pair it with the Feng Shui Silver Cricket to add more cheer. Enjoy free shipping within the continental U.S.
For another unique Father’s Day gift option, give the gift of an antique bronze Buddha statue. Explosion Luck has several antique pieces available for you to choose from here.
The Antique Bronze Meditation Buddha Statue is a genuine artifact and bears a Chinese mark indicating that it is from the China Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
Measuring 7 inches by 3.5 inches by 4 inches in size, this bronze sitting Buddha statue is perfect Father’s Day gift for table, desk or shelf. It will enhance the beauty of any space or serve as a focal point during meditating. Its compact size makes the bronze statue portable to take along on travels for meditations on the go. The statue shows the Buddha seated in the lotus position atop a lotus pedestal base. Every inch of his robes have been carefully engraved with traditional symbols and elaborate patterning to capture attention and delight the eye.
Enjoy free shipping with the continental U.S.
This exquisite smoking pipe is made of solid amber and brass-toned metal, measures 7.0″ x 3.0″ x 2.0″, and comes in two forms. Both designs feature amber bowls and stunning turquoise blue gemstones set into their stems with elaborate silver-toned embellishments on the front and sides. One design is set with red coral inlaid stones while the other features green-blue turquoise gems.
Each pipe bears Chinese marks indicating that it is from the China Qing dynasty 1644-1911. These pipes are perfect for displaying on pipe stands. One of these pipes will make a handsome addition to any collection and is a unique find for the collector of antiques from the Far East.
For another gift-giving option for Father’s Day, buy this inspirational Feng Shui painting Buddhas by an unknown artist, which is available for sale in the Explosion Luck wall art portrait paintings collection. This ready-to-hang vertical Feng Shui Buddha painting, 28″ x 36′ x 1.5″, is printed on high quality artist grade canvas with a gallery wrap finish.
Explosion Luck will ship this Feng Shui Buddha painting- stretched museum quality giclée on canvas- in 7-10 days.
These one-of-a-kind sand art designs for sale at Explosion Luck make unique gifts for Father’s Day. Buy moving sand pictures, sand art pictures, sand picture frames, sandscape art, wall sand displays, moving sand art and falling sand art gifts in a variety of colors, designs and frames. These stunning moving picture frames and 3D handmade sandpictures will melt away stress and improve the Feng Shui of any office and home. Sand picture frames representing moving sand pictures of falling sand belong to fengshui earth element artwork and assist with focus, productivity, balance and meditation.
Explosion Luck is an online provider of unique gifts for men and women for all occasions.
Design By Humans is having a 20% Off Sale if you’d like to shop their collections
If you are an artist or designer — you many want to enter their art and design competitions, each of which is based on a theme. View the winners of the recent Prehistoric Collection here.
Design By Humans empower artists by providing them with their own storefront to display and sell their work as art prints and on t-shirts, tank tops, phone cases and more. Open a store today.
Creame is coming soon. Creame will sell wall art, art prints, and accessories in their online shop.
We’re also adding Creame to our growing list of art sales platforms here.
The ancient Italian family, the Medici, were patrons of the arts and of the master sculptor Michelangelo. So a fitting to use the family name for the new site Be My Medici where art patrons and artists connect.
Artist Marketing Resources has long collected links to crowd-funding and artist patronage sites in a category within our 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art e-list for artists available here.
Be My Medici has a Spring Open Call to Artists here.
Artist Alan Singer’s limited edition print have been curated into the new Avant Debut after he submitted his art using the information we posted last month — read details here.
Alan Singer is a professor of art and helped one of his students get into an art magazine using the information we provided–read about it here.
Alan Singer, artist and Professor at the School of Art of the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) sent a thank you and shared his success story.
Alan follows Artist Marketing Resources and acts upon the information we share here. He made a submission from details in one of our posts– not for the first time–and got results–again, not for the first time. Alan gave us permission to share his news here today.
ACS Magazine featured Alan Singer’s student Lingfei Zhao in after the Professor made a submission on the student’s behalf from the guideline we published here on Artist Marketing Resources.
ACS Magazine is published by ACS Gallery housed in the Zhou B Art Center/Museum.
We’ve had an Amazon store for several years with monthly sales of artist posters and prints. Now, Amazon is allowing us to list our art prints and posters in their Japan Amazon store.
We have to list each item one at a time, and it takes 24 hours before buyers can purchase the items. But we’re excited to see how our sales will increase by offering our best selling items to buyers in Japan.
Our first Japan listing:
Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray- Poster by Chris Osborne [並行輸入品]
Sometimes it is productive to take time off to relax. We’ve been blogging here, providing resources for artists, continually since our start in 2008!
This is the first summer that we plan to slow down a bit. So we wanted to let you know that you probably won’t be seeing as many posts here during the month of July. But we will keep you informed of any great opportunities that are sent our way.
Now is a good time for you to get the artist resources e-lists in our online store here. Out of consideration for artists in countries with currencies that do not match US dollars well, we’ve offered “Pay What You Wish” options here.
Shopify has many templates for setting up your store. One you select your template you will find options for customizing using your own photos. Click here to start.
Artists with print editions, or items such as printed t-shirts, hand-painted silk scarves, art books, and other limited edition items may benefit from having them for sale in a Shopify store along with higher priced one-of-a kind paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and other mixed-media artworks.