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 colours. Optics – the geometry of light – and geometry played an important role for instance in the works of Leonardo da Vinci or Albrecht Dürer. Interestingly the novel concepts of imaging and colour analysis developed in...

BY PEGGY WALKER 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 moss was used for the harder edges of brown gases while the softer green moss was used in the green sections. There was a moss that is white had has the feel of netting. All are glued on a thick piece of pressboard....

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 ever since. R: How long have you been here at Venice? C: From the beginning, in the background in the very beginning, but soon after I started running my own booth. 23 years I’ve been here at Venice Beach....

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 to change it, and not just the perception of what that object is but also its metaphysical properties, its nature and behavior. Wherever we look, we find evidence of the divine animating principle that pervades...

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 2010, I attended the Raumars Artist Residency in Rauma, Finland funded by the Finlandia Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. There, I was invited to participate in the Rauma Biennale Baalticum, “Mitä Meri” (What’s up, Sea), at the Rauma Art Museum, and presented the work from Finland at...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.