List of Monumental sculpture projects 2015

  • 1 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2015/02/sunday-robot-play.html
  • 2 http://shuengitswannjie.blogspot.fr/2015/02/interactive-reading-room-tea-house-2015.html
  • 3 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2014/06/neo-ming-bed-luxembourg.html
  • 4 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2013/02/yuzi-paradise-tell-moon.html
  • 5 http://swannbb.blogspot.com/2011/09/12th-changchun-international-sculpture.html
  • 6 http://www.saatchionline.com/Shuen-git

Thursday, 11 February 2016

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 65 : EVA London 2016

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 65 : EVA London 2016


EVA London 2016  // Tuesday 12th July - Thursday 14th July 2016

Electronic visualisation technologies in art, design, music, dance, theatre, the sciences and more ...
CENTRAL LONDON VENUE IN COVENT GARDENBCS, 1st Floor, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.

stay tuned!

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 64 : Macao's Board of Tourism's Chinese New Year Celebration 2016

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 64 : Macao's Board of Tourism's Chinese New Year Celebration, 17feb2016, Paris

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Carbon Fiber Guqin :: custom curing oven preparation // test







Carbon Fiber Guqin curing oven test

Since carbon fiber needs to be cured at a certain temperature similar to baking a cake, where could I find such a suitable size oven?

Steps:

1// Herc tea candle oven - standard size for food cooking - stainless steel - detachable and mobile (research material)
http://store.titanreadyusa.com/HERC-XXL--Candle-Lit-Oven_p_103.html

2// DIY tea candle oven for baking - a homemade version of the Herc - using standard off the shelf ovens (research and make a sample)
http://www.thebusybhomemaker.com/diy-tea-light-oven-off-grid-cooking/

PHOTOs below: Making of DIY tea candle oven, with a vintage oven.
The vintage oven has crumb tray below - so the bottom could be opened! and tea candle trays placed directly inside
The plug and heating rods are all left in place.
The upper rods are used as "hanging rods" for a metal tray (used the tray that came w the oven) 
The tray has pre cut holes, I used some small metal curtain rod clips, clip end clips onto the rod, the hook end hooks onto the holes of the tray.  Used 4 little clips.
On the tray is placed heat retainer bricks (here I used two terra cotta creme brulee dishes)
candles are put in a tray and placed directly on bottom tray
The oven could easily re-convert back into a normal electric oven
Test cooked a bacon+creme+egg quiche.

3// DIY tea candle oven - for curing chemical resine - NOT to be used afterwards for food!  - use a metal box with proper shelving and ventilation similar to Herc box  (research and test)

4// if the above are all successful and controllable, build a custom sized tea candle oven for curing carbon fiber guqin
(build and test)

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1// done

2// toastmaster vintage oven brand new, with operation manuel and trays
>plug outlet wrapped with paper to signal "do not use" 120volt
> use existing broiler tray, metal clips, hang the tray on the heating rods on top (roof) of oven.  Two creme brulee terra cotta dishes are placed on the tray to serve as heat-retainers.  These terra cotta Heat retainers could be replaced by higher density bread-bricks. etc.
> used 8 tea candles as heat source; could be increased to 10 candles; if heating rods are removed, more candles could be put inside for a higher cooking temperature.
> pre heat 15mn (will have metal thermometer in a few days to test cook a second item)
Better use a metal thermometer.  Not a probe.
Thermomètre Four température en acier inoxydable de 50 à 300 ° C / 100 à 600 ° F

> pre-bake shell of a quiche for 5mn?  until I see its swelling puffed up a bit
> add quiche filling - bacon bits and cream and eggs (egg pie of a sort)
> baked for 15mn + 39mn, baked.  Top is not browned, side edges are browned.  I think the heat retainer is not hot and even enough.  Better to use square bricks.  (Especially important for the Carbon Fiber guqin oven later, heat should best be evenly distributed.)
> quiche turned out nice.  
Bottom crust is crispy brown perfect, top is not browned.  Need higher temperature coming from the top.


> terra cotta dishes inserted on the tray at roof of oven as heat retainer. 
some magnets are put on upper ledge as door stopper.  Maybe the door was opened too wide.  Thinner door stopper will be used on the next test.  Door is left open a crack for oxygen, as candles need oxygen to stay burning.  There is a small right side vent in the back of the oven.  Maybe it is enough?  Need to test the door opening to see how much oxygen intake is needed.








Saturday, 6 February 2016

Portraits 2016 :: service :: on going

Portraits 2016 : service :: on going 
send inquiry to: swannjie@gmail.com, subject:: portrait service 

Some selections:


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pen and ink drawings from photo Jan.19.2016 ---> Portraits : CL LE // TI SH // SG CH // original photo of SG CH //CH...
Posted by Shuengit Chow on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sunday, 24 January 2016

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 58 : Best Illustrations Alice in Wonderland

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 58  :  Best Illustrations Alice in Wonderland

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/07/07/best-illustrations-alice-in-wonderland/?mc_cid=20d46f502a&mc_eid=bddb910cbd

Now that I have started to draw portraits - which I have not done much of since I started it in highschool.  I am looking at all the story book illustrations.  The precious paper quality of books and stories.  So I begin with one of my favorite books : Alice in Wonderland.

I found a starting list from the blog brainpickings.

(Because, you know, it’s not a tea party until somebody flips the bird.)
Should you find a surviving copy, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Ralph Steadman is an absolute treat in its entirety. See more of it here.
TOVE JANSSON (1966)
In 1959, three years before the publication of hergorgeous illustrations for The Hobbit and nearly two decades after her iconic Moomin characters were born, celebrated Swedish-speaking Finnish artist Tove Jansson was commissioned to illustrate a now-rare Swedish edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland(public library), crafting a sublime fantasy experience that fuses Carroll’s Wonderland with Jansson’s Moomin Valley. The publisher, Åke Runnquist, thought Jansson would be a perfect fit for the project, as she had previously illustrated a Swedish translation of Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark — the 1874 book in which the word “snark” actually originated — at Runnquist’s own request.
When Runnquist received her finished illustrations in the fall of 1966, he immediately fired off an excited telegram to Jansson: “Congratulations for Alice — you have produced a masterpiece.”
What an understatement.
In 2011, London’s Tate Museum published an English edition of Janssen’s Alice, but copies of that are also scarce outside the U.K. Luckily, this gem can still be found in some public libraries and, occasionally, online.
See more here.
LEONARD WEISGARD (1949)
One of the most beautiful editions of the Carroll classic is also one of the earliest color ones — a glorious 1949 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (public library), illustrated by artist Leonard Weisgard. The vibrant, textured artwork exudes a certain mid-century boldness that makes it as much a timeless celebration of the iconic children’s book as it is a time-capsule of bygone aesthetic from the golden age of illustration and graphic design.
JOHN VERNON LORD (2011)
“Words mean more than we mean to express when we use them,” Lewis Carroll once wrote in a letter to a friend,“so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer means.”
That’s what British artist John Vernon Lord — one of the most imaginative literary illustrators working today, who also gave us those spectacular recentillustrations for James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake — sought to embody in his special ultra-limited-editionThrough the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (public library), published in 2011 in a run of only 420 signed and numbered copies, of which 98 came with a special set of prints.
Lord writes in the afterword to his glorious edition:
There is hardly anything new to be said about Lewis Carroll’s two ‘Alice’ books. So much has been written about them. Their contents have been probed by the scalpels of psychoanalysts, literary theorists, annotators, enthusiasts and the journalists. Perhaps I should include illustrators among this group, for it is the illustrator’s duty to get to grips with the text and thus make a visual commentary upon it.
Readers of the text and viewers of the illustrations also make a book their own. Each one of us interprets stories and pictures in our own way and each one of us is unique. . . . [But] I think we have to be careful not to look for too many possible meanings that we might think may be lurking within the text of Carroll’s Alice books. It is very tempting to do so and many writers have done just that, sometimes disturbingly, often without evidence, and sometimes in a most delightfully illuminating way.
And yet Lord’s own illustrations invite a wealth of meaning — the most “delightfully illuminating” kind possible. He argues that illustrators of classics like Carroll’s have the special duty of “confounding people’s expectations,” as readers are already well familiar with the stories and long “to be given a different slant to a familiar narrative.” I was fortunate enough to hunt down one of these rare editions — here’s a taste of Lord’s unparalleled genius:
If you’re able to track one down, do treat yourself to a copy of Lord’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There — it’s absolutely gorgeous. See more of ithere.
SALVADOR DALÍ (1969)
In 1969, Salvador Dalí was commissioned by New York’s Maecenas Press-Random House to illustrate a special edition of the Carroll classic, consisting of 12 heliogravures — one for each chapter of the book and an original signed etching in four colors as the frontispiece. Distributed as the publisher’s book of the month, the volume went on to become one of the most sought-after Dalí suites of all time — even rarer than Dalí’s erotic vintage cookbook and his illustrations for Don Quixotethe essays of MontaigneRomeo and JulietThe Divine Comedy.
Frontispiece
Down the Rabbit Hole
The Pool of Tears
A Caucus Race and a Long Tale
The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
Advice From a Caterpillar
Pig and Pepper
Mad Tea Party
The Queen’s Croquet Ground
The Mock Turtle’s Story
The Lobster’s Quadrille
Who Stole the Tarts?
Alice’s Evidence
See more, including a hands-on video tour of the folio case, here.
YAYOI KUSAMA (2012)
In 2012, Yayoi Kusama, Japan’s most celebrated contemporary artist, unleashed her signature dotted magic onto a gorgeous edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (public library) from Penguin UK and book-designer-by-day, analog-data-visualization-artist-by-night Stefanie Posavec.
Since childhood, Kusama has had a rare condition that makes her see colorful spots on everything she looks at. Her vision, both literally and creatively, is thus naturally surreal, almost hallucinogenic. Her vibrant Alice artwork, sewn together in a magnificent fabric-bound hardcover tome, becomes an exquisite embodiment of Carroll’s story and his fascination with the extraordinary way in which children see and explore the ordinary world.
Kusama’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a breathtaking piece of visual philosophy to complement Carroll’s timeless vision. See more of it, including a short trailer, here.
BONUS: ALICE IN WONDERLAND POP-UP BOOK (2003)
Those of us enchanted by imaginative pop-up books — from an adaptation of The Little Prince to the life of Leonardo da Vinci to a naughty Victoriana — are bound to fall in love with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation (public library) by pop-up book artist and paper engineer Robert Sabuda. Originally published in 2003 — three years after Sabuda’s equally enchanting adaptation of The Wizard of Oz and five years before his take on Peter Pan — the book is a kind of “Victorian peep show” version of the Lewis Carroll classic.
Then the Queen, quite out of breath, said to Alice, ‘Have you seen the Mock Turtle yet?’
‘No,’ said Alice. ‘I don’t even know what a Mock Turtle is.’
‘It’s the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from,’ said the Queen.