Monday, 14 September 2015

An Interview With Artist Beth Cavener Who Captures Human Emotions Through Sculpted Stoneware Animals

[Briefly NSFW?] Artist Beth Cavener (previously) explores the extremes of human emotion and psychology through the articulated forms of animals. The twisting shapes of oversized predatory cats, foxes, goats, and other animals are meant to depict the internal and external human struggles of fear, anger, love. "On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension," Cavener shares, "[but] beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding."

Filmmaker Bas Berkhout of Like Knows Like recently interviewed Cavener in her Montana studio to learn more about the inspiration and process behind her sculpture for a new short film. If you're interested, the video shows the artists working on two new pieces: Trapped and Foregiveness. (via Juxtapoz)





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Rosetta blog: CometWatch 26 August

Today's CometWatch entry is an image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta's NAVCAM on 26 August 2015, about

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VIDEO: Hawking on internet and humans' fate

Professor Stephen Hawking talks to the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones about the power modern technology has to transform our lives. 
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Wendell Berry's 6 favorite books about environmental protection

 Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan by F. H. King (Dover, \$17). This book, first published in 1911, is an account of King's studies of the enduring small peasant farms of three Asian countries. How did the people keep their land productive for 4,000 years? By returning all "wastes" to the soil, leaving the fertility cycle intact.

Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith (Island Press, \$60). Published in 1929, Tree Crops confronts the error we made when we "carried to the hills the agriculture of the flat plain." This is another "travel book": Smith, a Columbia University geographer, seeks and finds better ways to interact with the land.

An Agricultural Testament by Sir Albert Howard (Benediction, \$23). Published in 1943, this is one of the major books written by Howard, a British scientist who worked in India for decades. It argues, rightly, that farming can be made to last only by obeying the laws and incorporating the systems of nature. "Mother Earth never attempts to farm without livestock," Howard wrote. "There is no waste; the processes of growth and the processes of decay balance one another."

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (Ballantine, \$8). Leopold's masterwork, posthumously published in 1949, begins with close observation of the plant and animal life on the author's Wisconsin farm and then expands across North America. The book ultimately proposes a "land ethic" by which a human society might live in harmony with the biotic community.

Home Place: Essays on Ecology by Stan Rowe (NeWest Press, \$20). This book insists upon the importance of the ecosphere (not the biosphere, a term that refers only to the living environment) as the inescapable context of our life. Rowe wrote that we should "live on the annual interest and leave the land's capital alone."

Nature as Measure: The Selected Essays of Wes Jackson (Counterpoint, \$17). A scientist and advocate, Wes Jackson is fully and honorably the heir of the foregoing five writers. This 2011 book addresses "the problem of agriculture" and the prospects for practical solutions.

Wendell Berry's newest essay collection, Our Only World, makes an urgent plea for an end to destructive land use practices.

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Quirky Interpretations of Everyday Objects by Vanessa McKeown



For the last few weeks, photographer and art director Vanessa McKeown has been sharing colorful, quirky interpretations of everyday objects on Instagram. McKeown imagines balloons as various fruits and vegetables and oranges are peeled to reveal unexpected objects. Clever visuals all around. You can also follow her on Tumblr.








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The (Possible) Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10

Over the course of the past decade, more and more objects have been discovered within the Trans-Neptunian region.

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