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Doug Perrine captured these stunning photographs in the Maldives. The particular location (Vaadhoo Island) has a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton. Bioluminescence is a natural chemical reaction which occurs when a micro-organism in the water reacts with oxygen. When washed ashore by the tides, the phytoplankton’s chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating the waves.



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Olafur Eliasson, The Weather Project, 2003

From the Tate Gallery:

The subject of the weather has long shaped the content of everyday conversation. The eighteenth-century writer Samuel Johnson famously remarked ‘It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm.’ In The Weather Project, the fourth in the annual Unilever Series of commissions for the Turbine Hall, Olafur Eliasson takes this ubiquitous subject as the basis for exploring ideas about experience, mediation and representation.

In this installation, The Weather Project, representations of the sun and sky dominate the expanse of the Turbine Hall. A fine mist permeates the space, as if creeping in from the environment outside. Throughout the day, the mist accumulates into faint, cloud-like formations, before dissipating across the space. A glance overhead, to see where the mist might escape, reveals that the ceiling of the Turbine Hall has disappeared, replaced by a reflection of the space below. At the far end of the hall is a giant semi-circular form made up of hundreds of mono-frequency lamps. The arc repeated in the mirror overhead produces a sphere of dazzling radiance linking the real space with the reflection. Generally used in street lighting, mono-frequency lamps emit light at such a narrow frequency that colours other than yellow and black are invisible, thus transforming the visual field around the sun into a vast duotone landscape.

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George Segal, Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987

From the Miami Art Museum:

An exploration of a theme from the Old Testament, Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael of 1987 is a major example of Segal’s signature life-size plaster cast figurative tableaux.

In Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, George Segal examines a dilemma faced by the Old Testament patriarch Abraham.  In this biblical account, Abraham’s wife, Sarah, seeks to secure her son Isaac’s right of inheritance by demanding that her husband expel his mistress Hagar and Ishmael, his first-born son, from their home.  Only upon receiving divine promise of Hagar and Ishamel’s safety, does Abraham reluctantly banish them to the desert. The father’s tenderness, Sarah’s jealous rage, and Hagar’s resigned acceptance portray a range of human emotions as powerful today as they were when the Old Testament was written thousands of years ago.

Whether they are depictions of man’s everyday life, themes from the Old Testament, or major historical events, his works are profoundly expressive of the human condition, its solitude and fragility.

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“The Unfortunate Man” by Duane Michals
The unfortunate man could not touch the one he loved. It had been declared illegal by the law. Slowly his fingers became toes and his hands gradually became feet. He began to wear shoes on his hands to disguise his pain. It never occurs to him to break the law.

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Participatory installation by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák called “room of heights”.

Every visitor is encouraged to mark their height on the wall and after several months a dark band encircles the gallery.

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Shane McAdams

Synthetic Landscape 13 
ball point pen and epoxy resin on panel 
24” x 24” 

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Crypto: paintings by former street artist Jose Parla

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Camera Obscure with Abelardo Morell: He covered all his windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness, he then cut a small hole in the same black plastic material, an image of the outside scenery was reflected directly on the opposite wall, but it was upside-down.

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