Tintype me !

Modern Tintype by James Weber

James has been creating photographic art for over 19 years in a variety of photographic mediums including wet plate, film, polaroid, and digital. Portrait and nude studies have always been a constant study of James’ personal work.

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Most recently, he’s found and immersed himself in the second oldest photographic process ever created, wet plate collodion, which has helped create a bond between himself and the physical work he is creating.

Wet plate shoots on old large format cameras that were initially made from the Civil War era all the way through the Great Depression.  By creating your own emulsion and shooting on glass(ambrotypes) or metal(tintypes), it makes each plate a unique piece of art.  You could never get the same image twice even if you tried due to it’s hand crafted nature.

“Wet plate collodion is a chemical process as much as it is a photographic process.  It takes you back to the roots of the first recorded images.    It’s part Breaking Bad, mixing up the chemistry, and part Ansel Adams trekking up mountains with a large format camera to get the shot.    The process slows you down so that you take in all of the minute details of your subject before you shoot.  Because of this necessary attention to detail, it’s made me better able to see.” (source)

Luminous and genius… Serge Mouille

Iconic design, following the foot step of Calder

La lampe “Cocotte” by Serge Mouille

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In 1937 at age 15, Serge Mouille began studying with famous silversmith designer Gabriel Lacroix. Getting his silversmith diploma 4 years later, he worked for different companies and started his own metal workshop and became assistant to Mr. Lacroix. His talents had grown to the point that he created in 1952 a revolutionary stainless steel automobile body, the Zebra. This car was more of a challenge than anything else, and never was intended for production. Continue reading

Sculpture or Painting…or Aquarium ?

Riusuke Fukahori

A Japanese artist named Riusuke Fukahori is painting incredibly realistic three-dimensional goldfish using acrylic paint layered over clear resin. Just like 3D printer, the artist paints the fish layer by layer, with the sandwiched slices revealing slight more about each creature.

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Riusuke Fukahori was born 1973 in Aichi prefecture where he also graduated at a design university in 1995. It is on 2002 that Riusuke started using acrylic and resin to meticulously draw goldfish layer by layer to achieve a 3D effect close to a sculpture. The result are very realistically looking goldfishes frozen in time swimming in all kind of containers ranging from wooden tubs in all sizes, shells, metal boxes or bamboo.

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Banana Art…

Banana Monkeys, by Olaf Breuning

Plastic ice cream cone (Half banana), signed by the artist Olaf Breuning, 2011

Provenance: Kreëmart, an organization devoted to getting contemporary artists to switch their materials to things like cookie dough and cake batter, for an evening of sweet, edible installations and performance art.

Size: 5″ L x 1″½ w

Olaf Breuning: (born 1970) is a Swiss-born artist who is currently living in New York.

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Magic Lantern, made by Perry Mason Co. (USA)

Rare ” ideal ” magic lantern

“Ideal” magic lantern by the Perry Mason Company, Boston, circa 1900, complete with burner and interior chimney and condenser.

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lanternSize: 23.8cm H X 12.0cm W X 20.0cm L (12.0cm diameter to base)

Type: Projector

Manufacturer: Perry Mason & Co.

Place manufactured: USA

Introduction date: ca. 1882

Production date: 1882

Patent date: Aug. 29, 1882

Functional type: Magic lantern toy

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Mayan Shaman statue

Ancient Mayan Shaman bust

Little clay art pottery, around 15th century.

The Mayan shaman was the healer of this indigenous civilization, who was working especially with the purpose to harmonize the body and the mind of all the inhabitants of his people.

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Size: 4″¼ h x 3″ w (pedestal included)

Ancient Maya art refers to the material arts of the Maya civilization, an eastern and south-eastern Mesoamerican culture that took shape in the course of the later Preclassic period (500 BC to 200 AD), saw its greatest flowering during the seven centuries of the Classic period (c. 200 to 900 AD), and went through an extended Postclassic phase before the upheavals of the sixteenth century destroyed courtly culture and put an end to the Mayan artistic tradition. Many regional styles existed, not always coinciding with the changing boundaries of Mayan polities. Olmecs, Teotihuacan and Toltecs have all influenced Maya art. Traditional art forms have mainly survived in weaving and the design of peasant houses.

DAUM Soliflor

Art deco soliflor or bud vase “banjo” form

Art glass vase signed by french well known maker “Daum Nancy” and bearing also the cross of Lorraine . Great composition ranging from the top in a turquoise hue to a deep blue in the bottom.

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Size: 19″½ H x 9″ W (50 cm x 23 cm)

Daum is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France, founded in 1878 by Jean Daum (1825–1885). His sons, Auguste Daum (1853–1909) and Antonin Daum (1864–1931), oversaw its growth during the burgeoning Art Nouveau period. Currently Daum is the only commercial crystal manufacturer employing the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for art glass and crystal sculptures, a technique in which crushed glass is packed into a refractory mould and then fused in a kiln.

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Camera obscura

Antique “portable” camera

Vintage folding wooden camera with lens, made probably in England, 1880’s

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Size: 8″ x 8″ (closed)

Early photographic cameras were usually in the form of a pair of nested boxes, the end of one carrying the lens and the end of the other carrying a removable ground glass focusing screen. By sliding them closer together or farther apart, objects at various distances could be brought to the sharpest focus as desired. After a satisfactory image had been focused on the screen, the lens was covered and the screen was replaced with the light-sensitive material. The lens was then uncovered and the exposure continued for the required time, which for early experimental materials could be several hours or even days. The first permanent photograph of a camera image was made in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce using a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris.

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The third eye of the Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva from Tibet

Bodhisattva in bronze, Tibet, middlle 19th century

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Bodhisattva in bronze, Tibet, middle 19th century – size: 9″w x 13″h, weight: 5 kg

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In Buddhism, a bodhisattva (Sanskrit: बोधिसत्त्व bodhisattva; Pali: बोधिसत्त bodhisatta) is an enlightenment (bodhi) being (sattva). Traditionally, a bodhisattva is anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.According to Tibetan Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is one of the four sublime states a human can achieve in life (the others being an Arhat, Buddha, or Pratyekabuddha).

The bodhisattva is a popular subject in Buddhist art. Usage of the term bodhisattva has evolved over time. In early Indian Buddhism, for example, the term bodhisattva was primarily used to refer specifically to the Buddha in his former lives. The Jatakas, which are the stories of his lives, depict the various attempts of the bodhisattva to embrace qualities like self-sacrifice and morality.

Tiki… 9° 00S, 139° 30W

Tiki from Marquisas Islands

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I’ve always had this fascination for French Polynesia (especially the Marquesas). I discovered these distant regions in 1984, during my military service. At that time, I bought many things including this beautiful Tiki carved in lava stone.

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Tiki refers to large wood and stone carvings of humanoid forms in Central Eastern Polynesian cultures of the Pacific Ocean. The term is also used in Maori mythology where Tiki is the first man, created by either Tūmatauenga or Tane. He found the first woman, Marikoriko, in a pond – she seduced him and he became the father of Hine-kau-ataata. In the Maori language, the word “tiki” was the name given to large wooden carvings in roughly human shape, although this is a somewhat archaic usage. The carvings often serve to mark the boundaries of sacred or significant sites.

In traditions from the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, the first human is a woman created by Tane, god of forests and of birds. Usually her name is Hine-ahu-one. In other legends, Tane makes the first man Tiki, then makes a wife for him. In some West Coast versions, Tiki himself, as a son of Rangi and Papa, creates the first human by mixing his own blood with clay, and Tane then makes the first woman. Sometimes Tūmatauenga, the war god, creates Tiki. In another story the first woman is Marikoriko. Tiki marries her and their daughter is Hine-kau-ataata (White 1887-1891, I:151-152). In some traditions, Tiki is the penis of Tane (Orbell 1998:178, Tregear 1891:510-511). In fact, Tiki is strongly associated with the origin of the procreative act.

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Here is one story of Tiki among the many variants: Tiki was lonely and craved company. One day, seeing his reflection in a pool, he thought he had found a companion, and dived into the pool to seize it. The image shattered and Tiki was disappointed. He fell asleep and when he awoke he saw the reflection again. He covered the pool with earth and it gave birth to a woman. Tiki lived with her in innocence, until one day the woman was excited by an eel. Her excitement passed to Tiki and the first procreative act resulted.