Launched May 1st, 2009 with a tentative start... this blog evolved into a space to bring things I'm curious about or fascinated with whilst adapting to life in a new city, a new direction with my work and in the online realm. Early on postings were frequent and wide-ranging in focus. Attention slowly spread to new online engagements as ideas developed and formats trialled to extend those ideas. However, this blog has always remained at the centre of all that followed ...the conversations, journeys and glimpses into creative worlds generated here have long enriched my days beyond all imagining and I return always to pick up the thread with gratitude for the experience and for those who've passed through, perhaps joined up or stopped to converse!
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Q: but does it float?

A: If you've come across that title before you probably know the fascinating website butdoesitfloat.com. I found the following sources of inspiration there catergorise under Macro/Micro which I decided to share with you here!

 In network theory, a node’s relationship to other networks is more important than its own uniqueness. Similarly, today we situate ourselves less as individuals and more as the product of multiple networks
Generative artworks by Keith Peters
Title: Kazys Varnelis













































Drawings and title by Robert Horvitz



































































Drawings by Simon Evans









































Paintings by Mark Warren Jacques































Mark Bradford is an artist who incorporates ephemera from urban environments into mixed-media works on canvas that are rich in texture and visual complexity. Though he has experimented throughout his career with many different artistic media, including public art, installations, and video, his signature and 
best-known work takes the form of massively scaled, abstract collages that he assembles out of signage and other materials collected, most frequently, from his own neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles.”

























Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, scientific illustrator and science artist, was born in 1944 in Zurich, Switzerland. For 25 years she worked as a scientific illustrator for the scientific department of the Natural History Museum at the University of Zurich. Since the catastrophe of Chernobyl in 1986, she has collected, studied and painted morphologically disturbed insects, which she finds in the fallout areas of Chernobyl as well as near nuclear installations.



























Separated from the familiar, confronted with the unfamiliar, and reflexed only by the brain’s mechanical feedback
katrin moller painter

























We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever
Marcus Mrugalla

































Isolated human particles floating weightlessly through a magnetic field of fabricated pleasure, occasionally colliding


Oskar Fischinger paintings form the 1960's






























Oskar Fischinger (22 June 1900, Gelnhausen, Germany — 31 January 1967, Los Angeles) was an abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter. His animated films that were partly influenced by the poetic abstraction of Kandinsky’s paintings were among the first to mix high art and mass culture.

More info on Oskar Fischinger: http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Fischinger



Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn











Bridget Louise Riley

























It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: “Is it true in and for itself?”
Vince Contarino























There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres
Mona Hatoum
























Then again, it’s the same old story









Kellyanne Burns


Morphogenesis is the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape:
Via Xavier Hufkens























As I approach, it bestirs itself and moves deeper into the thorny swamp of dissent
Joel Shapiro























Outside is pure energy and colorless substance, all of the rest happens through the mechanism of our senses. Our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in the world. It is a trick to make a colored world, which does not exist outside of human beings
Phillip Otto Runge

























Hilma f Klint : The hierarchical way we pictured the world no longer seemed adequate or accurate
Through her work with the group 'the Five' af Klint created experimental automatic drawing as early as 1896, leading her towards an inventive geometric visual language capable of conceptualising invisible forces both of the inner and outer worlds. Quite apart from their diagrammatic purpose the paintings have a freshness and a modern aesthetic of tentative line and hastily captured image: a segmented circle, a helix bisected and divided into a spectrum of lightly painted colours. She continued prolifically to add to the body of work amounting to over 1000 pieces until 1941. She requested that it should not be shown until 20 years after the end of her life.—Wikipedia















































Paul Henry Ramirez painting




























Susan Aldworth (1955) works in etching, digital print, film and installation. Her current practice is inspired by medical science, focusing on the human brain and issues of personal identity.









Ryan Browning





























And the last words are from Travis Stearns. All images were found at But does it float with other images and links for each artist ( and many more)

2 comments:

Mlle Paradis said...

Sophie - you done done it again! My brain cells are skipping and hopping and jumping up and down like Mexican dancers! What a great collection of stuff from a woozy flu-ey person "malingering" in bed!

Hope you feel as lively as all this soon!

Sophie Munns said...

thank you MP!
Whoozy is right... I found driving yesterday exceedingly difficult...I had not taken anything...nor am I complately "done in" with totally awful symptons and bed-ridden...but my head is all over the place and concentration is hard...hence the driving story!

These images just yelled at me to take them home with me when visiting 'But does it float' the other night. Maybe others are overwhelmed by such a disparate and eclectic grouping of images ...but for me what I like is the way it portrays the essential truth about art making... that our visions are so remarkably various... as biodiverse as the species on this planet.

I like the quotes accompanying the single example from each artist... and the fact that clicking on the quote takes you straight to the artists work!

Amazing when you think about the vision and way of seeing in all these different artists works. And I am drawn to ideas very powerfully ....art with ideas is a heady brew for me...but ideas that resonate rather than ideas for idea's sake! I find this work dense and each representing a different doorway into the cosmos... its both refreshing and a reminder that no one way is where its all at - ever!!

So glad you too were delighted MP!