Dublin, the capital of Ireland has become a home for app developers. In the 80’s when public art first emerged in Dublin, the South Dublin County Council and a group of artists roll up their sleeves to create Art Trax.
An interactive tour, Art Trax guides visitors to public art with a built-in map that shows locations where you can find public exhibitions in Dublin.
Art Trax Public Art South Dublin County By AppKickr
Another popular app in Dublin, Dublin Street Art, guides art enthusiasts to must-see street art. There are a plethora of street artists in Dublin, and while the quantity may not match NYC, the work is equally creative.
With Dublin Street Art, even if laziness has set in, you can sit comfortably from your sofa and scroll over a gallery of pictures of street arts throughout Dublin.
Street Art Application, Dublin
The most recent app in Dublin is an audio guide of specific public art projects. To date audio information is available for 17 of Dublin’s 70 public works. The app can also be used at the Columbus Museum of Art, The Wexner Center of Arts, and a famous 12 ft. sculpture of the Wyandot chief Leatherlips.
The application works by entering a phone number or scanning a QR code. An audio or video recording then starts playing. The narrator is the artist them-self, explaining detailed information about his/her work.
Finally, an app that launched on Tuesday, maps the city’s 10 Riverboxes and 3D works of Dublin’s outdoor arts. Riverboxes are trails along the river that one follows to find hidden treasuries, 3D works, graffiti, or paintings on the floor that look amazingly real!
Now you finally have a great excuse to visit Dublin and install all those cool apps on your new IPhone 5!
iSpySculpture Dublin’s Public Art By Shanagarry Technologies
Thirteen-time Grammy winner Michael Jackson belted the hit single “Black or White,” which soared to the top of the music charts in 1991 and became the second best selling single of that year.
See if you can recognize the young Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin jammin’ with MJ in the “Black or White” music video below!
While the King of Pop wrote “Black or White” to address racial tension, famous artists utilized the colors black and white — or shades, values, or gradients as per the ongoing “black-and-white color debate” — as defining styles for bodies of work.
Richard Avedon, renowned American fashion and portrait photographer, developed his photos solely in black and white. Avedon photographed acclaimed subjects like The Beatles, Andy Warhol, and Marilyn Monroe.
You may have seen Avedon’s work in the permanent collections of The MoMa or The Met, or at the Richard Avedon exhibition at Chelsea’s Gagosian Gallery. Catch the last day of the Avedon exhibit and head over to Gagosian on your lunch break today!
Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon
Dying for a good black and white read? Just wait a month until Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld release the highly-anticipated The Little Black Jacket.
In June, Chanel opened a one week Little Black Jacket exhibition featuring over a hundred black and white photographs of the rich and famous adorned by custom Chanel jackets.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Uma Thurman in Chanel jackets
You can read it to believe it on August 25th, when The Little Black Jacket becomes available in all its black and white glory. Sporting pages of Lagerfeld’s and Roitfeld’s reinterpretation of Chanel’s iconic black jacket, The Little Black Jacket also includes black and white photos of jacket-bearing celebrities like Kanye West and Yoko Ono.
The Little Black Jacket by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld
Looking for an excellent restaurant filled with black and white decor?
Hirschfeld’s black and white portraits of celebrities and broadway stars hang at six-by-sixteen feet and invite restaurant goers into an atmosphere filled with authentic Italian cuisine and whimsical black and white art.
Al Hirschfeld caricatures lining the walls of NYC’s Alfredo of Rome
[Editor's Note: Have you read our entire Color Commentary series? Please check out Red and Blue and stay tuned for more colors to come...Only at The Bare Square!]
Someone close to me actively uses LinkedIn, the social media website for business. (Okay, it was my mom.) Anyway, she found out about a one-time introductory online Pinterest webinar that filled so fast, the server overloaded on the day of its debut! Now, the company offering the webinar has several more scheduled, for EVERY day this week.
What is it with this Pinterest?!
To put it simply – bulletin boards, push pins, and pictures.
But instead of using cork, sharp tacks, and flimsy paper, Pinterest digitizes this everyday image-focused organizer through an accessible social network, coining the term “Pin It” and spreading it throughout the web.
Millions of Pinterest users can share their own electronic bulletin boards, allowing users to re-pin, like, and comment on the images they love most.
A member of the nAscent team shares her pinboard with The Bare Square!
With Twitter posts limited to only 140 characters, Pinterest offers the proverbial picture worth a thousand words.
What does this mean for fine art though?
Already, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook serve as interactive spaces for sharing fine art in social media.
Is there then room for Picasso on Pinterest?
¡Claro que sí!
Because of Pinterest’s captivating content of purely pictures, pinboards are optimized for displaying any form of visual art for all the world to see.
In the course of a day, you see perhaps thousands of individual objects: a bush, a shoe, a maraschino cherry, a 1st place ribbon. You may absorb even more images via the nightly news, the cable networks, or the iPad.
All these thousands of images, all in your head. Where do they go?
For artist Denise DeSpirito, they go on the paper.
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New York City-based emerging artist Denise DeSpirito creates active, colorful, and expressive works using gouache paint on paper. Her minimal lines spin tales of city life and of her travels.
Denise DeSpirito, The Flower of Life
This piece, The Flower of Life, grew from Denise meditation, an effort to sort through the images she considers and portray the ones that stood out to her. The piece began to take the form of The Flower of Life (after which the piece has been named), a centuries-old symbol in religious philosophies and ways of life all around the world. The Flower of Life, said to contain the Akashic Record or energetic imprint of a soul’s journey (and perhaps the universe), inspired the artist’s desire to share her journeys with the viewers of her work. DeSpirito’s work creates a dialogue with ancient philosophies while concurrently making them contemporary.
Why New York City?
“Being an artist in NYC you have access to a whole community of artists to inspire you, museums and galleries to see and people to talk about art with. I think the best thing about being an artist here is the type of feedback you can get so immediately from your peers,” Denise said.