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AstroArts Blog

 AstroArts is an artists lead program, co-founded by visual artist Daniela de Paulis and astronomer Thilina Heenatigala.

The AstroArts Blog features artistic works inspired by the Cosmos and Space research.

 

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Dan Durda

Title: “Beach by Dan Durda” Caption: “Sunrise on a very distant beach.”

Otherworldly planetary landscapes and their alien biotas fill my space artwork thanks to a nearly life-long fascination with the idea that we might live in a galaxy packed to the rafters with habitable worlds. As I described in my...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Dan Durda

Title: “Mars Landing: Heading for the High Ground by Dan Durda”
Caption: “A little Photoshop makeover and Death Valley's Mars Hill becomes... Mars! I used a panorama of a couple images I took during our IAAA Death Valley workshop in 2005 to create this Martian landscape.”

As I recounted in...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Dan Durda

Title: “New Horizons by Dan Durda”

Caption: “Completed for the New Horizons mission to Pluto before the spacecraft was even built and launched. This was my guess at some of the interesting geological features and activity that we might see when we finally see Pluto up close for the first time. When asked at the...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Yin-Ju Chen

I would like to talk about three influential movies that have spurred my artistic practice in recent years. They are 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), For All Mankind (1989), and THX 1138 (1971)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey 

The first time I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey was during an unbearably hot summer in Taipei in 2000....

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Friday, 13 June 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

By David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA

Title: “Mars Desert by David A. Hardy (1972)”
Caption: “For his 1972 book with Patrick Moore, Challenge of the Stars, Hardy painted this scene on Mars based on black-and-white images of Mars sent back by the Mariner probe in 1965. These showed Mars to be disappointingly Moonlike, with...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 22 May 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Nahum Mantra

I grew up in Mexico, a country with little context for space exploration. Until recently, we didn't have a space agency or any important participation in the space race. We can almost say there was no context to be involved in space activities. I realised during the first KOSMICA Mexico how far and how close this country was from conquering the stars. I remember how a young...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

By David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA

Title: Ocean of Space by David A. Hardy (acrylics on canvas; from the private collection of M.C.Turner) 
Caption: Here we see the earthlike planet of a star far beyond our own Milky Way. Above its ocean the sky is dominated by the great pinwheel of another spiral galaxy, and while the...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Monday, 12 May 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

By David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA

Title: “Graben on Mars by David A. Hardy”
Caption: A scene of a graben on Mars with an approaching dust storm to add drama, and an invented robotic rover, painted in gouache as inspired by a scene in Iceland.

Until the 1980s I was aware of only...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 08 May 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

BY: NAHUM MANTRA

There are always certain key events during one’s childhood that leave psychological and emotional marks forever. One would be wrong to ignore these experiences later in life.

I remember my first experience with magic. I must had been around 7 years old when

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Wednesday, 07 May 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

By David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA

Posted By Liz Sanders on Monday, 28 April 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

BY: NAHUM MANTRA

Hello, is anybody there?

I have many hats and one is of a musician. During my early 20’s I got obsessed with learning how to play every instrument that fell onto my hands. My initial idea was to understand one of the most precious things I know: music. I wanted to...

Posted By Liz Sanders on Thursday, 03 April 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

BY: NAHUM MANTRA

I cannot stop thinking about space. Ultimately this where I am right now, writing these lines. It’s not about ‘being’ outside, it’s about realizing where we are. I am curious and can’t stop wondering where all this comes from and where will it end. I am fascinated with the feeling of drowning in the immensity of the cosmos and in all these unanswered questions. It’s a...

Posted By Liz Sanders on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

BY DANIELA DE PAULIS

Can you please describe your latest work, Heaven's Carousel, for the AWB community?

The Heaven's Carousel creates a kind of accelerated sound universe translating light physics into acoustics. It consists of carousel of 12 arms pending at a height of 10 meters. On each arm hangs a double...

Posted By Liz Sanders on Saturday, 22 March 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

By Ron Saunders

16”X24”, acrylic and spray paint on canvas

The following paintings are the result of recent experiments using liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze water and oil-based paints, thereby using phase transition as a method of slowing down paint dispersion in a closed setting of simple rules.  The majority of the two...

Posted By Elizabeth Howell on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog


Tim Otto Roth with his programmer & assistant Benjamin Staude at work at the Americain Museum of Natural History, NYC 2011. credit: AMNH/D. Finnin.

BY DANIELA DE PAULIS

One of my major interests is the physics of a picture. This is not a new concept – the arts have always asked for the nature of pictures or the exploration of the phenomenon of...