Just my cynical jokey take on modern tourism and the impact on our wild spaces...
Everest summit 1953 - Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay
Everest summit 2019
Anyone else got any artwork to post?
I wonder if the same artist has done one for 2059?!
Here is some Scott Naismith. His work invokes some sort of emotion within me but i think its because its impressionist rather than realist. He paints Scottish sea and landscapes. I was lucky to visit the Western Isles in 2017. His paintings conjure the feelings i had while in this wild landscape far more than looking at any photographs.
Beautiful. I'd like a copy of that.
2059? By then, there'll probably be a casino up there. The rarefied atmosphere will probably get people to spend more at the tables.
Or a 'Himalayan Experience' theme park, maybe. You can just imagine what kind of roller-coaster they'd have...
I discovered this artist quite by accident a few weeks ago. She's just starting to get recognition after years of obscurity in which she almost gave up.
She describes herself as an artist of 'the almost gone'. I was really taken by her images of the London I knew as a kid growing up - a London that no longer exists:
Here's one of hers. Her images make me think of Edward Hopper, whose paintings - including the famous 'Nighthawks' - seemed to capture a very real sense of loneliness and dislocation in the ordinary and mundane.
I came across this painting yesterday and was really impressed. The composer Philip Glass and the artist Fredericka Foster - who are old friends - talk about time.
Spooky! I've got Koyaanisqatsi on right now! Pruitt Igoe is just getting demolished! I'll give that a read!
For those who don’t know, Pruitt–Igoe was a high rise public housing project in St Louis, Missouri. The project quickly became internationally infamous for its racial segregation, poverty, crime and dreadful living conditions. It lasted around two decades. There was a widely televised controlled explosion of one the buildings. In a macabrely ironic twist of fate, the architect of Pruitt-Igoe, Minoru Yamasaki, also designed the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, also famous for televised destruction.
Koyaanisqatsi, is a film directed by Godfrey Reggio, with a music score by Philip Glass. The film documents humanity’s estrangement from nature. Ron Fricke the film’s innovative cinematographer, went on to produce his own films. He is famous for using a 65mm Todd-AO format camera. His film Baraka - IMO his best - was the first film to be scanned for 8k resolution, resulting in over 30 terabytes of data.
Saw Koyaanisqatsi many, many years ago. At uni, I think.
Here's a favourite piece of Glass:
The story of the 'Nuestro Pueblo' (commonly known as 'The Watts Towers'), built by construction worker Sabato Rodia over the course of 33 years.
A stunning example of 'outsider art'.