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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 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...

Posted By Elizabeth Howell on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

BY PEGGY WALKER

Crabnebula

CRAB NEBULA – M-1 The Hubble image evoked a picture of a pond with vegetation around the bank. If one would walk into it, the vegetation would wrap around your legs. I used a blue synthetic fabric that is cool to the touch for the water and moss for the nebulous gases. The wooden...

Posted By Elizabeth Howell on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

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BY RON SAUNDERS
PAINTINGS BY 'CARLOS'

R: How long have you been doing this and how did you learn?

C: I’ve been doing it for 23 years. I started by watching my brothers in law and wanted to try. When they let me do it the first time and showed me a few things I liked it. I’ve been doing it...

Posted By Elizabeth Howell on Monday, 24 February 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

These paintings investigate how our desire to find our place in the universe can result in a deeper understanding in what we observe. There is a recognition that what we observe may not have always been the same, that the very action of observing may impact the end result.

As explained by the observer effect, born out of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, to observe something is...

Posted By Elizabeth Howell on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

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PHOTOS AND TEXT BY RON SAUNDERS

I am a multi-disciplinary artist who works in both traditional and experimental media, and have shown and lectured about my work nationally and internationally. No matter what medium or content I have explored, I have carried my interest in the sciences with me.

In...