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Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

Unexpected dramatic imagery in a baseball coaching video

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

I was reading an article about a minor league baseball team in my ESPN magazine, and came across the phrase “the last legal execution of the third-to-first pickoff move outlawed by major league baseball.” I thought to myself, “what the heck is that?” and did a Google search for “third to first pickoff move.” One of the top results was this video by John Madden from YouGoProBaseball.com. It seemed like a normal coaching video, with Madden on a small pitchers mound in his sweatshirt and shorts explaining this particular move, as you can see in the top picture below.

But suddenly, at the 45 second mark, the camera angle takes a drastic turn, showing Madden in silhouette against a dramatic sky, and he throws up his hands and says “let me know what you think, WHY did they take this away from us pitchers?” It’s like it suddenly became such an urgent question, that he had to turn to the heavens with his plea, and the camera man got the perfect angle to add to the drama. Scroll down for more …

YouGoProBaseball video starring John Madden

It made me wonder, are YouGoProBaseball videos always this dramatic? I watched a few other videos on this channel, and didn’t see anything that had the visual flair of this first video. That camera man hit us with some visual genius, that’s what I’d say. It also reminded me of dramatic religious paintings showing Jesus bursting through the clouds … now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying baseball is religion and I don’t want to be accused of blasphemy, but do you see my visual connection between the outstretched arms, the hands pointed up, and the dramatic clouds in the background of these three images? We’ve got John Singleton Copley’s “The Ascension” at left; the baseball video in the middle, and Raphael’s “Transfiguration” at right. Maybe the camera man has an art history degree and he’s showing off some stylistic influences. But it sure did take a simple, educational video about pickoff moves, and – in my book – gave it an artistic touch.

John Singleton Copley and Raphael

Artistic asteroids

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

During a recent visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, I happened upon this video installation by Jennifer Steinkamp. Titled “6EQUJ5,” it references a possible radio signal scanned by “The Big Ear” radio telescope in 1977. The telescope was searching the heavens as part of a SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) project at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio. The entire signal sequence lasted for 72 seconds, but has never been detected again.

The asteroids in Steinkamp’s piece reference the idea of “panspermia,” which is a scientific hypothesis that life exists throughout the universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, and comets. Stephen Hawking suggested that an asteroid collided with the Earth accidentally, and the microscopic organisms from another planet, which were frozen inside the asteroid, survived the space travel. It was further suggested that when the organism-filled asteroid passed through the Earth’s atmosphere, the organisms were released and evolution began.

Are you still following me? The asteroids in Steinkamp’s video projection contain drawings and paintings. The artist states: “I decided to make intelligent asteroids inscribed with drawings and paintings that possibly collided with the Earth as another explanation” for evolution.

Check out the video below … note how the asteroids seem to know the confines of the space of the actual dome within the Art Institute, and bounce off the actual edges of the dome. (please note, the music accompanying this video was not part of the original art installation, but was added as a soundtrack for this video)

Journey to Jersey City for street art and graffiti

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Check out our video from our exploration of Jersey City yesterday, looking for street art and graffiti:

Samuel Jackson pitching Capital One in an MC Escher environment

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I just saw a very creative commercial for Capital One where Samuel Jackson is walking through a shifting-stairs environment which brings to mind MC Escher’s famous image titled “Relativity,” which is shown below left (with Jackson’s setup on the right). Scroll down to watch the actual commercial.

MC Escher Relativity with Samuel Jackson

Winter wonderland via David Hockney

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This is a short excerpt from David Hockney’s video installation Woldgate Woods, November 26th (2010), which was filmed with nine cameras attached to a moving SUV, exhibited across a multi-screen grid. It was part of Hockney’s recent exhibition at Pace Gallery in NYC.

Artisans Inspired: Andrew Tedesco

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

We happened upon a video profile of artist Andrew Tedesco, whose amazing murals we have covered here before. In this new video, titled “Artisans Inspired,” Andrew explains how some of his work gets inspired by travel, and paraphrases a Picasso quote, saying “when he would travel, he would devour everything in his sight, and just take it, and keep it, and use it later” … great quote! The video also has some coverage of Tedesco working on pieces in his studio as well as some footage of finished-and-installed murals.

For more information on Andrew Tedesco and his murals, please check out his web site here.

A glimpse into what’s happening with Christian aTunde Adjuah

Friday, November 7th, 2014

One of the best jazz concerts I’ve heard – ever – was Christian aTunde Adjuah (previously known as Christian Scott) and his dectet at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse last May (see what Jr. Bop and Lil’ Groove think about it here). It causes me to check his Facebook page on a regular basis to see if and when he might be coming back to the NYC area so I can see him perform again. I don’t see anything coming up any time soon, so in the meantime, I’ll have to settle for bits and pieces via the internet, such as this recent video. In the video, Christian discusses a range a topics, including his name change, his new double album, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and his band mates … check it out below:

The Art & Jazz Series, #1, featuring Arshak Sirunyan

Monday, September 29th, 2014

We previously had our “Art & Jazz Series” over at our now-disbanded membership section, and we’re in the process of rolling over all of the former membership features into the regular site (where everything has always been free and accessible to all). In the Art & Jazz Series, we listen to jazz compositions and then guide you towards an art project related to the music.

So our debut Art & Jazz Series #1 features the music of jazz pianist Arshak Sirunyan, and in particular a composition from his album Journal (if you like his music as much as we do, you can buy this album here). We focus on his song “Twitching Eye,” and we listen as to how he suggests the movement of the twitching through his music. You can watch the video, hear the music, and then jump into our suggested art project based on this song … check it out here.

Please note – more Art & Jazz Series coming soon … we have 3 more lined up with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, and The Bad Plus. We’ll let you know once they’re posted.

jazz pianist Arshak Sirunyan in our Art and Jazz Series #1

Phil Frost in the studio

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

I’ve been a fan of Phil Frost’s work for a long time, ever since I used to see his pieces attached to walls on the Lower East Side in the early 1990’s. He seems to be a hard artist to track down, exhibition-wise, as it appears that his last show in New York was in 2009. But I happened upon this video, in which he discusses his love of the music of Bob Marley. That topic in itself doesn’t interest me so much, but the video shows multiple looks inside of his studio, and it’s packed full with incredible paintings … I could spend hours looking around this studio, love his work!

How art can help you analyze

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

We happened upon this interesting video, which explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.

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