Michelangelo’s Art: the “Unfinished”

Michelengelo’s art: the “unfinished”
Michelangelo Buonarroti is mainly known for sculptures like “Pietà” and “David” or for frescos like “Il Giudizio Universale”, perfect works, you might say. Anyway an other technic used by Michelangelo is the so called “unfinished”. He employed this technic to express the opposition between the spirit and the matter, the order and shapeless. He created “imperfect” works to express perfectly a message and a philosophy. The most relevant work is the “Prigioni”.

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Source ( in Italian): http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Michelangelo,_schiavo_che_si_ridesta.jpg

Vampire Teeth

The vampire, a strange evil creature. It can hide it’s rot just with magic and it drinks women’s blood. He his a living dead, a deceiver…but he is also very charming and last year one of the strangest teen fashion was the “vampire teeth”. Many gilrs and boys want to shape their canines to be close to a vampire. it looks like it’s an effect of the “twilight saga”.

Anyway some people don’t need a cosmetic surgey operation: Danieledoesntmatter is one of the most popular Italian youtubers (200000 followers) and his canines are just like that, but they are natural…he was born this way and his teeth are one of his main strenght, he says.

Source (in Italian): http://planetstarblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/daniele-doesnt-matter-il-vampiro-piu-simpatico-e-famoso-del-web/

See also: http://beautifullyimperfects.net/2012/12/17/the-yaeba-smile/

A Terrible, Great Voice

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American soprano, but her voice was totally tone-deaf. Her parents didn’t want her to sing, but she didn’t care. In spite of her terrible voice, her shows were always successful beacuse the public considered them very funny. Florence knew that her voice wasn’t perfect, but she always said “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing”.

A Pixel Art Game

“Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.
It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.”

This is the description that you can find in Minecraft website. It’s an on-line indipendent game which is made in a sort of pixel art: everything, even the charachters, is made by big blockes. Minecraft is very different from the modern pc games, where the graphic is very defined in order to be very close to reality. It looks strange, but this is probably the main strenght of Minecraft and today millions and millions of people buy and play this game.

Making of Minecraft

Source: http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/11/10/the-making-of-minecraft/

Source: https://minecraft.net/

 

Piero Chiambretti: “The beauty of perfection? The imperfection”.

Piero Chiambretti is an italian showman. He partecipated at the last edition of Milanesiana,the theme of ehich has been the imperfection. During his performance,Chiambretti has read a text that was written by the same italian showman.
Here there is a text’s transltion,but in the end there is also the source in which there is the original text,that is in italian.

When the Milanesiana’s queen Elisabetta Sgarbi in a hotel’shall in Turn,near at the the Salone del Libro,with a very deternmined air said to me:” For you I have a perfect thing” I thought to a performance about the crisis of rejection of TV,or about the mass comunication,or,about the legend of Big Turin.
It wasn’t so. The theme of this edition is the imperfection. I ask to myself which was the relation between me and this theme. I spent a lot of days to find an answer,that,for fortuity,looking in the mirror,I arrived at the truth. The sociologist of Houston , Brenè Brown,wrote an interesting book entitled ”The imperfection’s talent”,in which she show the defect as a new taste’s horizon. Defects and the courage to show them are considered now as symbol of personality and particularity. The austrian aphorist and writer Karl Kraus,about this theme was lapidary: ”To be perfect the only thing missing to her was a defect”.
The perfection’s obsession during the last decades found in the scalpel a faithful tool.
When everything is perfect,it’s the moment to be more worry.
Noses,mouths,cheeks,breasts,crow’s feet,they all made available to the achievement of the masterpiece.
Shame that true perfection is the imperfection. It’s enough to take a ride to the streets to note how cosmetic surgery is the true litmus test of this concept. Monsters we find are sublimes and happy about their adjustments. I saw in some bar,women laughingas camels,in TV,girls transformed in gas cylinders,on the catwalks designers who seem masks to Viareggio Carnival .
Rita Levi Montalcini during one hundred and one years , has never been to the beautician. My compatriot has published a book entitled ”Praise to the imperfection”,in which she write without fear,that her life has been imperfect. Not surplisingly she earned a Nobel Prize in 1986. I wonder ,if she is not perfect,who is perfect? Dolce and Gabbana?. Striving for excellence excites you,aspire to the perfection distress you. The imperfection is perfect. A paradox that has deep roots: Empedocles,Aristotle,and the more contemporary Bruno Vespa ,support the contention that if the world were perfect could not improve.
Billy Wilder comes to my aid when he says “No one is perfect.” I look and do not see myself perfect, but complete with all necessary parts. The best perfection is imperfection.
Is called perfect person who can reach his goal. In life I wanted to be high.
Seven years was very high, at fifteen I was the same, ie low.
I did not grow due to a problem in a gland, said to my mother some endocrinologists, “The face do a bit of these injections, it gains a few inches safe.” I bucarono my ass for six months, then it was discovered that the treatment was against the ‘orchitis.
I came two testicles touching the ground. The feeling of drag testicles along the sidewalk at the risk of stepping on, was to feel even smaller.
Imperfect, to be perfect for the comic.
It was my luck.

SOURCE: http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/cultura/bellezza-perfezione-sta-nell-imperfezione.html

Body Loving Blogs

Socially constructed ideas of beauty lead several women to have serious self-confidence problems,  in many cases to mental and physical illness and perhaps to suicide. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to easily find anti-body shaming posts from people proud to be how they really are, not constantly worried about social acceptance and judgement. This kind of posts are frequently grouped on image sharing sites, such as the wide Tumblr platform, and are linked to personal blogs of body love and appreciation.

I Am Not A Number:

“Acceptance is one of the greatest challenges in life. This is a place of encouragement and support in learning to love ourselves.”

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“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”—<br />
Oprah Winfrey<br />

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“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”— <br />
Amy Bloom<br />

 

StopHatingYourBody:

“Our mission: to love ourselves, every last inch! To support others, help build positive self esteem! This is The Body Peace Revolution! This is a place of encouragement, a place to talk about body image, a place for feeling beautiful.”

TRIGGER WARNING: Anorexia, Bulimia, Self-Harm, Mental Illness<br />
My name is Courtney, and I have been struggling with an eating disorder since I was 9 years old. It was then that I went on my first diet- and I have been in a constant cycle of anorexia and bulimia ever since. I also have chronic depression and anxiety, and I have a tendency to engage in self-harm along with my eating disorder. <br />
Yet, you look at my body and do not see the stereotypical “anorexic” appearance. I have been told by my peers that I was lying about my disease because I am not skin and bones. I haven’t been taken seriously, and this has made me avoid getting help for so many years because I have convinced myself that as I am not skin and bones, I am not “worthy” of help.<br />
And I’ve finally realized that’s a load of BS. I started treatment last week, and I’m ending the cycle starting now. <br />
This is my body. It isn’t perfect. And I have been struggling to feel comfortable in it for a majority of my life now- but it is beautiful. It has survived years of abuse, bullying, emotional turmoil, and my two legs that I’ve always hated so much have carried me onwards through my life no matter how much I tore myself down. I’m ready to accept myself and love myself for exactly who I am. <br />
Because I’m not just going to be another statistic, another victim of this thin-obsessed world.<br />
I’m going to be better than society. <br />
My URL: redheaded-love<br />
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

“This is my body. It isn’t perfect. And I have been struggling to feel comfortable in it for a majority of my life now- but it is beautiful.” Courtney

These are just two of the hundreds of blogs spread across the network, which are instances of hope and pride. They may help other people to have their own personal acceptance, first of all.

Sources: http://shapesizeandscale.tumblr.com/
http://stophatingyourbody.tumblr.com/
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/body-love

I Just Want To Be Beautiful

Being beautiful has many benefits: respect, love, friendship, control, and ultimately power. It can be the power to improve one’s life, the power to destroy others…when you’re beautiful, the world is your oyster. What exactly is beauty, anyway?. Each person has a different concept on what beauty is, but that doesn’t mean people won’t agree on what or who is beautiful. Beauty is often in the eye of the beholder, but that doesn’t mean it’s not something some people would give anything to have. Likewise, those who are already beautiful typically want to stay that way.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IJustWantToBeBeautiful

Daido Moryiama: the Darker Sides of Urban Life

Daido Moryiama is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan. Born October 10, 1938 in Ikeda, Osaka. Daido Moriyama studied photography under Takeji Iwamiya before moving to Tokyo in 1961 to work as an assistant of Eikoh Hosoe. He produced a collection of photographs, Nippon gekijō shashinchō, which showed the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show how life in certain areas was being left behind the other industrialised parts. Though not exclusively, Moriyama predominantly takes high contrast, grainy, black and white photographs within the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, often shot from odd angles. The images he captures often show everyday people and everyday things in a manner not to be found in the average Tokyo tourist guidebook. Whether by using blur or cropping, Moriyama’s bleak and lonely black-and-white pictures have garnered him the reputation as one of Japan’s great modern photographers. The people of Moriyama’s work are often faceless, covered in shadow or obscured by blur. It is not unusual for a backside – a couple descending stairs, for example – to be the image’s main element. Unlike Araki, who generally uses color photography to target women in various settings, Moriyama’s focus is capturing Shinjuku’s blend of old, new, and unpredictable in monochrome.

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Sourcehttp://photoslaves.com/daido-moriyama/?nggpage=2

Suture?!

Surgeons use miles and miles sutures of all types: absorbable, non-absorbable, nylon, polypropylene, silk, and other materials, without which we could not repair the skin, subcutaneous tissue, tying vessels, nerves, arteries, veins , and all the various tissues of the body. There are several techniques of suture points with single, double, interrupted, continuous, interrupted sutures, spot pegged and many others.There are those who use other types of wire and other techniques, not to support a face such as during a facelift or for treating a skin wound, but to create real works of art that represent the human body ,as Kumi Yamashita.

Constellation – Mana

Source (in Italian): http://www.itsnotplastic.com/suturiamo/#!prettyPhoto

Christian Faur: The New Horizon of Pixel Art

What is pixel art? The pixel art is a form of digital art. It is a technique for constructing images that follows in the footsteps of the current divisionism (pointillism), whose greatest representative was Georges Seurat.
Nowadays there is a men,or better an artist who make pixel art but using crayons.
Here there is the source in which there are some images of Christian Faur ‘s works.


Kim Foster Gallery

 

Freezing a No-stop Moving City as Hong Kong

The photographer Brian Yen captures the true nature of over-populated metropolis of Hong Kong through its long-exposure photographs, revealing the dizzying paths for pedestrians and vehicles. In this way even a city in perpetual motion can stop on a photograph.

 

Isabel Wilkerson: “I wanted people who were beautifully imperfect”

Isabel Wilkerson is an american writer who was born in 1961 and who won a Pulitzer Price,a journalism’s price. She is famous thanks to his books,in particular thanks to “The Warmth of the other suns:The epic story of America’s Great Migration”. She spent 15 years to reporting and writing this book. The book’s purpose is to tell to readers the chronicles of the migration of 6 million black Americans out of the South and into the North and the West from 1915 to the 1970s. The book intertwines a general history and statistical analysis of the entire period, and the biographies of three persons: a sharecropper’s wife who left Mississippi in the 1930s for Chicago, named Ida Mae Brandon Gladney; an agricultural worker, George Swanson Starling, who left Florida for New York City in the 1940s; and Robert Joseph Pershing Foster, a doctor who left Louisiana in the early 1950s, for Los Angeles.
During a conference to present the book,she said that the the hardest thing to do for her was choose the characters. As far as the characters’emotions she said: ” These people wanted their stories told. They were the ones who spurred me on in the end. They wanted people to know what they had endured. They had lived with this for so long, that they were in some ways unburdening themselves”. About their characters,she said: “I wanted people who were beautifully imperfect. Perfection is not real, and readers cannot identify with people presented as perfect. I wanted to find people who were at peace with their mistakes and with the things they had done not particularly well. I wanted people who were willing to be who they really, truly were.”

Source:http://www.niemanstoryboard.org/2012/08/03/i-wanted-people-who-were-beautifully-imperfect-isabel-wilkerson-on-finding-characters-mayborn-2012-vol-3/

Angels Fallen from Heaven

Gustavo Lacerda, a Brazilian photographer of São Paulo, has made a series of very special photographs : “the albinos”.The feeling that accompanies the images is the reflection of a complex interpersonal and professional job elapsing between Lacerda and his models in their timidity and unique beauty. In this way they are admirably led to an authenticity that makes art. This is a good example of how beauty can be imperfect yet totally disconnected by mistake (visible but not relevant). Perfection and Beauty are not synonyms but represent an open road to achieving a truth that transcends the stereotype, the commonplace, reaching sky-high levels of beauty and purity. The strongest feeling that comes is of lightness and delicacy, though in some pictures there is a tension in the air caused by shyness.                                                                                                                 “I like to photograph ordinary people in my personal work. Often, people are more beautiful in its imperfections. That’s what makes us more humans.” Gustavo Lacerda

Albinos: gli angeli caduti di Gustavo Lacerda

Albinos: gli angeli caduti di Gustavo Lacerda

Albinos: gli angeli caduti di Gustavo Lacerda

Source(in Italian): http://wordsocialforum.com/2012/08/30/albinos-gli-angeli-caduti-di-gustavo-lacerda/

The Daylight Project

On September 18, 2012, the band announced on their website: “We need YOUR help for our next music video. We’re asking YOU to record and share ‘YOUR story’, and that recording may be handpicked to appear in the video for our third single, ‘Daylight’, directed byJonas Akerlund.” Levine says, “As different as we all are, there are common themes that bring us together, inspire and show everyone what is important today. With this video, we’ll present the world today and beyond, creating more than just a music video.”They also launched a website called “Daylight Project” for more information and for people to submit their video. The music video was released on December 10, 2012. The accompanying music video sees fans express things they love and hate throughout the clip, after the band asked them to submit entries online.

 

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_(Maroon_5_song)#Music_video

 

Nasal Twang: a Defect Makes Special and Unforgettable a Voice

Nasal twang is a defect of sound’s emission, caused by a improper escape of air through the nasal cavities. Not for this reason, a singer with this imperfection cannot be a a good singer. In fact, Eros Ramazzotti, a famous Italian singer, can be an example. He is well known also in many not English-speaking European countries and in Spanish-speaking world because he has translated many songs in Spanish. In the video, we can hear how particular is his voice.

Source in Italianhttp://www.luciapalumbo.com/scuola-di-musica/voce-nasale/

Imperfections in a Movie

Gomorra is a 2008 Italian movie directed by Matteo Garrone, based on the famous book by Roberto Saviano. It talks about the Casalesi clan, a crime syndicate within the Camorra. This film make us understand how great is Camorra’ influence in the everyday life, above all in Naples. Matteo Garrone used a particular way to direct the film. Hand-held shot, the use of not-professional actors, ambient sounds, grainy pictures, dark scenes make the film imperfect but more realistic.

Elisabeth of Austria: Perfection make imperfection

Elisabeth of Austria or simply Sissi, was born in 1837 and in her life a lot of things happened. When she was sixteen,she married his cousin,the Emperor Of Austria,Franz Joseph 1°. She is an historical icon. During her life,she had a lot of problems.
Elisabeth had a lot of passions,including horses,that she loved.
But the Empress of Austria can be considered an imperfect beauty. In fact, the real woman wanted to be perfect and so she took care of her hair,but she was a thinness maniac: she was very thin. Elisabeth’s thinness was due to his research of perfection,but actually, she was not perfect. In addition his thinness caused her a depression that increased when in January,30th, 1889,the son,Rudolph committed suicide to Mayerling afetr murdering the lover,Maria Vetsera.
In the end,Elisabeth is a symbol to how the research of perfection provoke imperfection,not only to the body,but also to the soul of a person.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Elisabeth_of_Austria

Roy Lichtenstein – Perfect/Imperfect

The subject of the Perfect/Imperfect series demanded a change in studio protocol for Lichtenstein: instead of employing preliminary sketches derived from mass-produced images, these works were self-generated—in many ways like his Modern paintings (on view in a previous gallery)—with initial studies for these compositions plotted on graph paper. Line becomes the primary structural element, forming webs of shapes filled with areas of dots, diagonal lines, and flat color. The series represents his most sustained, if intermittent, foray into total abstraction within the Pop idiom. Lichtenstein followed a rule in the composition of hisPerfects: “The idea is that you can start with the line anywhere, and follow the line along, and draw all the shapes in the painting and return to the beginning.” Imperfect paintings are nearly identical, but where the Perfect idea celebrated boundaries, the Imperfects humorously subverted them. Lichtenstein explained, “In the Imperfect paintings, the line goes out beyond the rectangle of the painting, as though I missed the edge somehow.” Accommodating this “mistake,” eachImperfect includes an attached triangular protuberance that breaks the edge of the canvas.

These works certainly owe a debt to Nicholas Krushenick’s Pop abstractions and Frank Stella’s shaped canvases of the 1960s, as well as to the cool geometry of Neo-Geo (short for Neo-Geometric Conceptualism), a style practiced concurrently with Lichtenstein’s production of the Imperfects. Somewhat radically, he embraced the potential for the works in this series to be read as decor. As blank parodies, early versions of these works had already debuted as props in the Artist’s Studios paintings (on view in a previous gallery). Lichtenstein acknowledged the series as an evolved parody: “It seemed to be the most meaningless way to make an abstraction . . . dumb paintings . . . [like] the nameless or generic painting you might find in the background of a sitcom, the abstraction hanging over the couch.”

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Source: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/Lichtenstein/themes/Perfect-Imperfect

Quotation by Pascoli

“Oh! Come è necessaria l’imperfezione per essere perfetti!”                                      Giovanni PascoliIl fanciullino, 1897

“Oh!How is necessary the imperfection to be perfect!”

As in the Platonic myth of the Phaedo exists within us a child who is confused childhood with us, but, even with the onset of maturity, it grows and continues to make its voice naive and primitive, suggesting the emotions and feelings that only a child can have. Often, however, this part which has not grown by adults is no longer heard. Instead the poet is one who is able to listen and give voice to the little boy in him and try to nature the same feelings of awe and wonder of your child or the primitive state of humanity. So the child is the perfect figure that makes us feel emotions and sensations that a grown man can not prove without him. The child feels sensations are beyond reason, leads us to tears or laughter in moments of tragedy or happy, save us with his ingenuity, is a dream, vision, abstraction. The poet thus becomes a perfect figure that can bring out the feelings of young child, although this needs imperfection to be perfect.The adult instead is not perfect because he can not feel those emotions that the child can prove.

Source (in Italian)http://www.aforismario.it/aforismi-imperfezione.htm

The Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) is a privately owned museum whose stated aim is “to celebrate the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum”. It has three branches, one in Dedham, Massachusetts, another in nearby Somerville, and a third in Brookline, Massachusetts. Its permanent collection includes 500 pieces of “art too bad to be ignored”, 25 to 35 of which are on public display at any one time. MOBA was founded in 1994, after antique dealer Scott Wilson showed a painting he had recovered from the trash to some friends, who suggested starting a collection. Within a year, receptions held in Wilson’s friends’ home were so well-attended that the collection needed its own viewing space. The museum then moved to the basement of a theater in Dedham. Explaining the reasoning behind the museum’s establishment, co-founder Jerry Reilly said in 1995: “While every city in the world has at least one museum dedicated to the best of art, MOBA is the only museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the worst.” To be included in MOBA’s collection, works must be original and have serious intent, but they must also have significant flaws without being boring; curators are not interested in displaying deliberate kitsch. MOBA has been mentioned in dozens of off-the-beaten-path guides to Boston, featured in international newspapers and magazines, and has inspired several other collections throughout the world that set out to rival its own visual atrocities. Deborah Solomon of The New York Times Magazine noted that the attention the Museum of Bad Art receives is part of a wider trend of museums displaying “the best bad art”. The museum has been criticized for being anti-art, but the founders deny this, responding that its collection is a tribute to the sincerity of the artists who persevered with their art despite something going horribly wrong in the process. According to co-founder Marie Jackson, “We are here to celebrate an artist’s right to fail, gloriously.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Bad_Art