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Top Colorful Art Links of the Week

Since I’m living in Morehead, Kentucky for the next four months, the majority of my artistic explorations have to take place online. The internet is such a lovely tool for preliminary exploration and vicarious living.

Since we are quickly approaching January 24th, the worst day of the year, and cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder (and general grouchiness) are reaching their yearly peak, this week’s post is about color and joy! Let’s get to it!

Image: Getty

On Tuesday, Phillips de Pury and Company opened a new exhibit (curated by HervĂ© Mikaeloff), Fly to Baku, in their London art gallery. Twenty-one contemporary artists collaborated on the project to produce light-and-plexiglass ‘paintings’ of Azerbaijan. The installation is striking and joyful, and a stunning exemplar of collaboration. You can read more about the exhibition here and view highlights here.

Image: Matthew Brodie

Madame Magazine featured the work of Matthew Brodie in a 2011 edition. Brodie creates fashion out of paper and other media that are not conducive to draping or shaping on a human body. View more images of Brodie’s work here.

Image: Alyse Nicole Dunn

Contemporary pop artist Alyse Nicole Dunn works in the medium of paint to explore alternative views of race and skin color. The resulting works are bold, distinctive, and original. View more of Dunn’s work here.

Image: Mark Mawson

Digital Photographer Mark Mawson is inspired by the “vibrant colors that brighten up everyday life.” He captures vibrant, fluid images of natural phenomenon: water, smoke. View Mawson’s work on his personal website here.

Image: Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama created “The Obliteration Room” by installing an entirely white domestic living space and inviting young visitors to ‘obliterate’ the room with thousands of colorful stickers. I love the simplicity and whimsy of this project! View images of the installation here.

Viewing art, looking at bright colors, and enjoying the creativity of others are all steps that can help combat depression and SAD. If you suffer from SAD or need a pick-me-up on the worst day of the year, you can read about holistic treatment options here.

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How Americans View North America (Game of Thrones Edition)

The first big snow-storm of the season is hitting the Midwest!

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Lesser-known Art

Image: Christine White

What I love about photography is the way it makes the photographer view the world. Art allows us to see things comprehensively, to see the beauty in the mundane, and to communicate universally. Photography can be funny and light (as in this intricate Barbie and Ken wedding photo-shoot), or evocative and thought-provoking (45 Most Powerful Images of 2011).

Inspiration for art is everywhere. And people are making art out of everything (The human body, Toothpicks, Street art, Underwater ink, and brown paper bags). I remember playing with beautiful interactive wood sculptures at the Technorama in Zurich, Switerzland when I was little.

Fashion is a source of inspiration and a creative outlet for many, although the art of the fashion industry is often sadly obscured by the many scandals in selling and producing garments. Alexander McQueen is an artist. Garance Dore, the famous fashion photographer and illustrator has been sharing her beautiful work in her blog since 2006. There are thousands of women who are devoting their lives to making other women look more beautiful with makeup art.

Artists live to share their creative gifts with the world. They are creating things that will educate and inspire for many years to come.

What has inspired you today?

Let Meryl Streep school you if you still think fashion is silly:

“‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.” -Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in the film The Devil Wears Prada

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