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Korean artist Jee Young Lee’s beautiful dreamscapes are living proof that you don’t need Photoshop or even a large studio space to create amazing surreal images. She creates all of these scenes by hand in a room that is only 3.6 x 4.1 x 2.4 meters and then inserts herself into the pictures. Some of these self portraits represent her own experiences, dreams and memories, while others represent traditional Korean folk tales and legends. -LENIN

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CLICK HERE to visit Jee Young Lee’s web site.

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Take six minutes out of your busy day and remember what it means to be full of gratitude. It’s a short film by Louie Schwartberg.  It is grand, touching, very real, and meant for YOU. – Robert

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Carolyn T. for sending this just when I needed it.

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Photo by Scott Rinckenberger, used by permission.

There is something to be said for perseverance, for persisting until the last moment you can. You can make a lot of moral and emotional arguments for it, of course, but there’s also a mathematical one: If you stick around long enough, sometimes the odds, stacked against you as they may be, will break your way.

This phenomenal shot shows the campsite where Scott and his friend were staying. It’s a lovely foreground, and the sky itself lent a fine photogenic backdrop. But as luck would have it, a meteor shot across the field of view during the short 30-second exposure.

Scott Rinckenberger is a photographer from Seattle. He was in Joshua Tree National Park, finishing up a five-week trip shooting scenes in the American west. I don’t want to spoil the whole story — he tells it well on his own website — but on the last day of the trip he threw the dice one last time… and they rolled his way Sometimes, things work out pretty well.  – Phil Plait

Excerpt from Scott’s web site:

What Are The Odds

by Scott Rinkenberger

I’ve been shooting photos for 20 years. I’ve made my living in the profession for the last 15. I can count on one hand the number of times that everything lined up perfectly and a truly rare image was created. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn about this shot, but the fact that, during a 30 second exposure, after a 10 second timer (during which I hopped down from the roof of my truck where the camera was on a tripod, and joined the scene by the fire), a meteor(or so they tell us) would enter the sky EXACTLY in the corner of the frame and explode in the very part of the frame that needed balance, just as I had finally worked out the correct exposure and lighting to match the foreground with the night sky, is beyond rare. It’s a non-chance. There is no way to plan for something like this. No way to even hope for it.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the story on Scott Rinkenberger’s blog.

Balloon Chain

I participated in Burning Man again this year.  I spent a 24 hour day with 8 friends who share a love of the art presented at the annual event in the Black Rock desert of Northern Nevada.  You can see my short video on this year’s Burn in the video section of BarnesGallery.com.

Balloon Chain “Simplicity” came in my email today.  It’s a short documentary that shows an element of creativity that keeps us coming back to Burning Man each year.

-Robert

“The beauty of the Balloon Chain Project is something that words can not describe. Even a still photo struggles to tell its story. It’s the simplicity of it that makes it so stunning, and this is what I set out to capture.

Shot at Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City Nevada. Equipment – Canon 5DMKIII, Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly, Miller DS10, and an intervalometer.

Produced for The “13 in 13″ project. 13 films in 2013, released on the 13th of each month at 1:13pm. Film #10. pantlessproductions.com

Original music by Adrian Hernandez, adrianlinohernandez.com”

-Jared Morgan

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Christine F. for bringing this to our attention.

Night Vision

Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe. Over the course of three months Luke Shepard journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way. Comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production, Nightvision aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks.

I urge you to take a moment and view this short film. My hat is off to Luke Shepard for his work.  It is exceedingly beautiful.

– Robert

Click directly on the image to play the video, or CLICK HERE to play it if you don’t have an image in your email notification.

Thanks to Linda C. for bringing this to our attention.

 

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Once in a while, I see a “virtual tour” image that makes me sit up and take notice. That’s true of Richard Sisk’s work. For a shot at the rim of the Grand Canyon, visit Ricard’s Virtual Tour by clicking directly on the image above.

CLICK HERE to visit the Richard Sisk web site.

Thanks to John S. for bringing this to our attention.

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Update on this weekend’s RENO Visual Art BLAST. (Best Little Art Show Today):

It’s Sept 8th Sunday night and the two day art event is over and I am delighted to announce that I won 1st Place! “The People’s Choice” award. My art piece titled ZEN GARDEN was the vote winner and it has been purchased by The City of Reno for the city’s permanent art collection. I am told it will be hung at City Hall.

Thanks for all the support with your good wishes and to those of you locally, for your votes. Tomorrow is my birthday. What a great way to celebrate the day. Life is short. Art is eternal.

Art displayed in the 2012 city of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno.

Art displayed in the 2012 city of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno. / Photo by Nettie Oliverio
Reno Gazette & Journal
Written by Katrina Raenell
Art displayed in the 2012 City of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno.

Art displayed in the 2012 City of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno. / Photo by Nettie Oliverio

2013 Visual Art BLAST

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive
DETAILSwww.facebook.com/RenoArtBlast

The second annual city of Reno Visual Art Biggest Little Arts Show Today (BLAST) aims to offer the community a visual wonderland of colors, textures and impressions created by local and regional artists.

The event has brought together 18 artists, 12 who are local, to present their work as a gallery exhibit and art fair.

“What is special about the Art BLAST is that it is a jury selection show,” city of Reno Arts and Culture Commission chairperson Nettie Oliverio said. “We seek submissions from local and regional artists, and then professional artists judge the works.”

In addition to perusing art, the community can also participate in a voting process, known as the People’s Choice, to select the winning art work that will be displayed in the city of Reno’s public art collections. Oliverio said the city sets aside $2,000 to buy the selected piece.

“Older artists in town came out last year and they were blown away,” Oliverio said. “They thought it would be more of an arts and crafts fair, and instead they found it was a strong representation of the art quality we have in our community.”

The artists participating in this year’s BLAST include Dean Burton, Carola Nan Roach, Katy Fox, Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Carolyn Mcleod, Deon Reynolds, Gilbert Leiker, Melissa Melero, Ken Heitzenrader, Kristy Dial, Trish Reynolds, Robert Barnes, Nate Clark, Michelle Lassaline, Michelle Laxalt, Kaitlin Bryson, Frances Melhop and Lynda Yuroff.

In addition to art, the event will also host a lunch-hour food truck, and drinks will be served by the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Some of the artwork to be displayed this year comes from the University of Nevada, Reno art faculty member Burton who creates jewelry from abstract objects, Reno glass work artist, Nan Roach and fine art painter and Academy of Art University graduate from San Francisco, Fox.

In Burton’s artwork display, “The Camera’s Demise” he will present a mixed media project that includes dismantled film cameras that are repurposed as jewelry and wall prints. Fox’s art presents a series of textured oil paintings that she creates with a palette knife, a series of brushes, and key fobs working the surface of the canvas and paint until it achieves the texture she wants.

“It’s important for folks to get a handle on the extraordinary art in our community,” Oliverio said. “This is an amazing opportunity to see the skill of the artists and how it was created. This is not just something that you can buy in a store.”

 

If you’re in Reno next weekend, September 7 & 8th, come by the McKinley Art Center to see the work of 18 jury selected artists.  It’s Reno’s Visual Art BLAST. ( Best Little Art Show Today )   You can vote for your favorite art piece and the “people’s choice” will be purchased for addition to the City’s permanent art collection.  You’ll have a great time talking with the artists and seeing new works of fine art.

85 Second from Getty Images. – Robert