Humans process information better visually than by any other means. With 90% of the data transmitted to the human brain being visual, its not surprising that the visual arts is such a diverse and far-reaching mode of cultural transmission. Documenting a community's values and history, inciting social change through protest, creating cohesion and engagement with collaborative endeavors, inspiring spiritual illumination and transcendence with divine visions, evoking patriotism with nationalistic messages, or simply entertaining or uplifting with witty observations or comic spoofs are among the many ways the visual arts interpret society for us. A culture can become strongly identified with a particular style of visual art--or for being a society in which artistic risk-taking flourishes. From the nationalistic public art of Oslo's City Hall, to the 2nd century Buddhist paintings adorning the walls the Ajanta Caves in India, or the community-created murals of Hermans Mirabel in the Dominican Republic, the visual arts show us a dimension of a culture's people.
Travel with contributing writer Liz Doles to the Fayoum in Egypt, an oasis in the Sahara where art and connections are nourished. Join Liz at the Winter Academy, a six-week artist’s retreat & workshop at the Fayoum Art Center in Tunis, established in Egyptian painter Mohamed Abla and now run by his son Ibrahim, a film-maker. See Liz’s view of the land of the Nile and the Pharoahs through the medium of her art—a pinhole camera. Let Liz instruct you in the 19th century realm of photograms and the pinhole camera, fundamental in the history of photography, both part of the earliest image-making processes.
Meet Mira Francetic Malcic, for a tour of the Croatian Museum of Naive Art in Zagreb. Mira offers insights into this "art of the people" movement and an introduction to how it got started in Croatia in the mid-1930s, now a distinct segment of 20th century art.
Ever wonder what a work of art means to its creator? Here's a chance to hear the meaning behind eight powerful pieces by painter & print-maker Iréne Jensen who has called Iceland's capital of Reykajvic home for over 20 years. Her art work is very much inspired by the light and contrasts of Iceland's landscape--and her own observations about the journey of life. Read on to view some of her stunning & thought-provoking pieces and hear from the artist herself on the personal adventures, philosophical musings & social commentary they represent.
Do you believe art is transformative? Deer Isle, Maine sculptor Peter Beerits embodies the power of art as a catalyst to be true to ourselves, transform the past, find our place in the world, be heard, trust Life to unfold as it is meant to, and hold sacred the ideals that matter to us.
The Oslo City Hall Murals are part of a spectacular public art collection which highlights themes that influenced Oslo City Hall & its art collection, including independence from Sweden, WWII, women's rights, and describes the artists who bring Norse mythology to life in sculptures.
In this revealing Q & A, meet naive painter Oscar Eduardo Peren at his gallery in Comalapa Guatemala. Hear his moving personal story--learn about both the customs and personal circumstances that have shaped his extraordinary art. Oscar is one of the artists represented in the book "Arte Naïf: Contemporary Guatemalan Paintings" published by UNESCO. Let him tell you about the meaning and symbolism behind his pieces, As always, BCD scouts out the most authentic experiences for you!
Visit the Hermanas Mirabel murals and enjoy the public art paradise of the Dominican Republic providence of Hermanas Mirabel! Meet Dominican artists Maximo Ceballo and Carlos Veras who are among the renowned artists who created 400 murals in the region's towns of Tapia, Tenares, and Salcedo.