Internet is the Avant-Garde Paris of Today

Painters, sculptors and writers migrated to Paris—the center of vanguard art—during the early decades of the 20th century.

The Lobby of the Beat Hotel.

The importance of the context can’t be ignored. Picasso was—obviously—talented technically, but he also fed from, and contributed to, the zeitgeist of the times. Picasso traveled from Spain to Paris because he knew it was the place where the action was. Paris was the place to get influences and contribute to.

Internet is that Paris of 1920’s. The new cradle of art is Internet. Today’s artists and creators are gathering in digital hubs, sharing ideas, creating new genres of art, learning, evolving and sharing.

20 years from now an artist that’s not on the Internet will not be relevant. It’s not enough to create art, one has to join in, engage the audience to understand their thoughts, and to serve their needs.

Paris

Maruja Mallo on Solitude

Maruja Mallo on solitude and her connection with the cosmos.

My biggest asset is solitude because it gives me everything. In solitude I am in connection with the Milky Way, with astrology, with astronomy, with Science, with Art, with the Everything. It’s wealth. Man is measured by the amount of solitude he can bear.
—Maruja Mallo

Maruja Mallo y Josefina Carabias - Antro De Fosiles, Madrid 1931

And in her own words in Spanish:

Mi mayor capital es la soledad por que me lo da todo. En la soledad yo estoy en comunicación con la via láctea, con la astrología, con la astronomía, con la ciencia con el arte, con el todo. Es un capital. El hombre se mide por la soledad que aguanta.
—Maruja Mallo

Inspiration: The Internal Geometries of Arab Designs

I find that Arab designs—specially mosaics—have a very strong connection with pixel and vector art. It’s intricacies, repeated patterns, changes in scale, flat surfaces and colors, etc are all characteristics of a trend of design that focuses on stylized iconic design

The Pattern In Islamic Art site has a great collection of photos and design where these internal geometries are deconstructed.

Pattern In Islamic Art

Pattern In Islamic Art

Pattern In Islamic Art

Pattern In Islamic Art

Word + Image: Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is both writer and illustrator and a great example of the mixing the word and the image in one single artwork.

Maira Kalman, the Word and the Image

Maira Kalman, the Word and the Image

[It’s] better if you don’t know about something before trying to do it. This blew my mind, since I’m used to learning it all and being perfect before even getting started, which is (obviously) nonsense. Perfectionists know what Im talking about.
—Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman’s TED Talk

Maira Kalman, the Word and the Image

Maira Kalman, the Word and the Image