Wednesday, 23 May 2012

77 Tonne Sculpture - Slipstream is BIG!

77 Tonnes, that's quite a work of art.  Heathrow airport have unveiled plans for a new sculpture, called Slipstream, that will hang in Terminal 2.

Designed by Richard Wilson, the sculpture combines precision engineering with the "sense of velocity and movement of a stunt plane".

The piece, if piece is not too small a word, will be the longest permanent sculpture in Europe and will hang 20 metres from the ground when the Terminal opens in 2014.

Richard Turner, who has been a Royal Academician since 2006 and a Turner Prize nominee, draws heavily on the world of engineering and construction for inspiration. Slipstream is no exception using leading‐edge design technology, normally used by aerospace industry computer programmers, to translate the volume of an aircraft's movement through space.

"This work is a metaphor for travel," says Wilson of the design. "It is a journey from A to B, where sensations of velocity, acceleration and de-acceleration follow us at every undulation."

At we do not have anything quite that big, but how about a knitted aeroplane as created by Claire Platt, now we like that and it looks great!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

British Sculpture Film Archive

If you find yourself temped to flick on the telly and soak up some TOWIE, MiC or The Voice, why not hang fire and investigate the BBC Sculpture Archive?

The archive features interviews with  the likes of Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth as well as more contemporary sculptors like Anish Kapoor and Anthony Gormley.

You can see the films here

Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond are responsible for the Olympian structure ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic park. This time-lapse video of the structure is quite fun!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Our £100 winner is...

When we set out to survey MeMyArt members, we were hoping to find out what you liked about the site and where there was room for improvement.

We had many, many complements and kind words as well as a fair amount of criticism.  The winner was always going to be someone who could tell us where we were going right and point out where we needed  to pull up our socks! And the winner is... Alex Walsh who did just that.  You can read her comments below;
MeMyArt is my favourite website to upload art work to (over facebook and deviantart). I feel my art work gets displayed to a broader audience in comparison with facebook and I feel like a valued member of the website (due to personal emails recieved from Milly) which is lacking in deviantart. 
  • I really like the layout of the home page, especially the tiled display of user's art. This is an easy way to see new work as opposed to using just the search bar at the top. I also like the fact there is featured students and portfolios, when I was featured it increased my confidence in my art work!
  • The layout of my profile (with a profile picture, portfolios and thumbnails of my work) makes it easy to navigate through and see all of the work I have uploaded. 
  • I think the categories available to fill out whilst uploading art work (description, medium, size, subject, tags etc) are useful in allowing the artist to provide succinct information to the viewers of their work (and potential buyers!). 
  • The option to post art work on facebook and twitter is also a useful feature in getting art work more well-known and also in drawing attention to your MeMyArt profile.
  • I like the fact you can follow other artists and that they can follow you.
  • I think there needs to be easier navigation when you are viewing a piece of work to be able to go onto the next one (as opposed to having to go back to the profile and click on the next thumbnail)
  • It would be useful if notifications were more obvious; on facebook when another user comments on a photograph you receive a red notification at the top of the screen. A similar method would allow me to instantly see new comments, followers and inbox messages.
  • I have noticed some other users have re-posted my work on facebook and twitter but there is no link for me to see what they have said about it. 
Overall, I think MeMyArt is a brilliant way to share art work amongst like-minded students and a great platform in getting your art work noticed! I feel like a valued member of an online community.
Well Alex you and all our members are valued members of an online community, thanks to you all for responding and well done to Alex.

P.S. We are still chuckling at this feedback: "I'm a dinosuar rar... Send me the £100 and I won't lay eggs". 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Munch's 'The Scream' could make £50m today

Wow, imagine painting a picture that makes you £50million! OK it is over 60 years after the artist's death.

Today, The Scream, by Edvard Munch will go on sale in New York and if you have a few spare pounds it could be yours.

It is one of the Munch's earlier works painted in 1893 when he was 30.  He died in 1944 aged 80 and bequeathed 1,100 paintings, 4,500 drawings, and 18,000 prints to the city of Oslo who built the Munch Museum.

We have some screams on MeMyArt, just type scream into the search engine.

There is some slightly more affordable art if you want to hang something on your wall, certainly more affordable that Munch's Scream!