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Things Are Good: Using Art to get People to Care About the Environment

We’ve all seen sad, depressing, and otherwise disturbing photos of animals or people suffering after a human made disaster. You know, like the ducks dying in the tar sands or photos from the Bhopal disaster. Photographers have long thought that by showing these disturbing and truth-capturing photos people will start to care about the damage we are doing to the environment. Years of neglect and a lack of change has proven this point wrong.

So what do we do?

Artist Chris Jordan examined this very question and has found new ways to use art to get people to acknowledge the (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Documentary: This Changes Everything

The Toronto International Film Festival starts today and one of the documentaries that will be screened is based on the book This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. The film shares the same title and looks like it carries the same optimistic and clear message: we can change the world and we have to!

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents (Read more…)

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PostArctica: Great Paintings – Las Meninas

Las Meninas[1] (Spanish for The Maids of Honour) is a 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The work’s complex and enigmatic composition raises questions about reality and illusion, and creates an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. Because of these complexities, Las Meninas has been one of the most widely analyzed works in Western painting.

The painting shows a large room in the Royal Alcazar of Madrid during the reign of King Philip IV of Spain, and (Read more…)

cartoon life: Syria’s Ultimate Conflict: the comic

Yes, I haven’t posted in a while. Reasons.  And I don’t usually share stuff from click bait sites, but this one is good. News drama, history, context, and it’s a well done cartoon about life.

Upworthy. Trying to understand the Syrian conflict? This will get you there in five minutes.

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cartoon life: The Leaving Series

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cartoon life: Leaving #8

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cartoon life: cartoon life 2015-08-21 22:49:24

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cartoon life: Hey, Duffy! Stand still a moment, will ya?


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mark a rayner: Gonzo street

One of my guilty pleasures is Jim’ll Paint It — where readers request crazy scenarios and Jim makes them happen through the magic of imagination (and some kind of hallucinogen, I’m guessing.) Alltop loves a good hallaughinogen.

cartoon life: Different but the same

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cartoon life: A bit more, not too puzzling bits of information. The world changes.

In addendum to these comments on Technology: ups and downs:

Wars seem to have decreased. But more likely they are spread out over a larger area and contained as smaller, localized wars and will limit the larger massive death counts. …

And wars are about resources.

In Mass migration is no ‘crisis’: it’s the new normal as the climate changes, Ellie Mae O’Hagan writes:

A new government-commissioned report on the looming climate-induced food shortage suggests that “the rise of Isis may owe much to the food crises that spawned the Arab spring”.

In his book, Collapse: How Societies Choose (Read more…)

PostArctica: Symposium d’Arts Interculturels – SAI Part 2

Things were a tad slower on Sunday as we plunged deeper into this oppressive heat wave but the spirit was not broken.

Greeting people

Aarmèse DeLavoie with Luz Garcia de Zielinski

Peinture en direct

Painter Juan C. Raggo at work

If a clown shows up it must be pinata time

Ana Gloria Blanch of Casa C.A.F.I. animating with the kids

Not going to be as easy as it looks

Waiting for the perfect moment

Projet Montreal Bourough Councillor Luc Gagnon takes a swing

About to fall open

Plenty for everyone

Stained glass artist Valerie Lamirande with sculptor (Read more…)

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PostArctica: Symposium d’Arts Interculturels S.A.I. Part 1

From the Facebook page.

“Taking “traditional culture” as its theme, this 1st edition of Verdun’s “Intercultural Arts Symposium” (SAI) will explore the role of traditional art in Montreal communities.

This event will bring together artists from the Greater Montreal area who take an interest in various traditional art forms in their respective neighbourhoods.

The artwork, which will be created on site, will embody the artists’ perception of the banality, intimacy and social aspect of everyday life.

The 2015 Verdun Intercultural Arts Symposium is an opportunity to spend two days outdoors with artists who will be sharing their views on art, (Read more…)

cartoon life: It’s cappuccino! A bunch of filters. Mug cut from a really old low-res picture, run through #deepdreamer coloured in #Waterlogue shifted in #colors and decorated in #handdrawn

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Things Are Good: Artists Bring Peace to the Streets

Street art about peace is getting special attention in London these next few weeks. Artists from all over the world are going to explore the idea of ‘peace in our streets’ and what it means to them. It looks like it’ll be a great exhibit.

If you’re in London you should check it out.

The show will be titled Peace from the street up! and will feature work inspired by the theme of ‘peace in our cities’. The artists, some of whom come from conflict-affected regions, will reflect on opportunities for peaceful change in an increasingly urbanised world.

“Urban and (Read more…)

cartoon life: Fooling with some apps and filters. Auryn Ink background.

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cartoon life: cartoon life 2015-08-09 22:25:28

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cartoon life: A cool smokey blob from zenbrushapp and decor from Hand Drawn Design app

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cartoon life: Nine Cats is a winner at Crated

Paper by 53 and CanvasPop teamed up for a contest. Here is a winning submission featured on the front page of Crated. Yes, that is my Nine Cats in a grid drawn in Paper.

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Things Are Good: Enter an Endangered Animal and Learn of Their Plight

Artist Evelyn Roth is using classroom sized animals to spread the word about endangered animals. She has created bright and cheerful looking versions of animals that are endangered to provide a pop-up space for kids to learn all about these animals. Her work is presently travelling the world and educating children.

“The designs interact with the people inside to make a fascinating, enjoyable and engaging intimate atmosphere where people are inspired to listen and learn and are subconsciously imprinted with the stories.’’

Roth returned from Hawaii this week after being commissioned to create a Southern Right Whale and two (Read more…)

cartoon life: Oil, our secret God…

Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do! Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mind.Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up — when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out — I wrote a piece for the German newspaper Die Zeit. In English it was called “The Future Without Oil.” It went like this:

It’s not climate change, it’s everything change.

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cartoon life: #deepdreamer images

Flickr grabs whatever image I save and uploads it. Here is my Deep Dreamer image album at Flickr. I suspect I will periodically add whatever nightmares this Deep Dreamer app generates to that album.

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