The theme for the Nanaimo Art Council’s online winter exhibition allowed for a kaleidoscope of interpretations.
‘All Things Patterned and Sparkling,’ which shows 13 various pieces of artwork by 10 different artists, can be viewed online at www.nanaimoartscouncil.ca in the Sun Star Gallery until Jan. 31.
Amber Morrison, art council president, said the group wanted to keep the theme broad and open to the community.
“It’s kind of referential to many winter holidays, but at the same time, it’s also it’s own thing,” she said.
While some artists took a more traditional approach, such as with Dana Smiley’s Winter on SSI (Salt Spring Island), the art council president said others took the route of abstraction and focused on a patterned or textured element.
“The variety was definitely the motivator in choosing an ‘outside of the box’ theme. And it looks like a lot of people picked up on that,” she said.
In recent exhibitions, Morrison noted that the art council has seen more digital work with online shows, such as with Micki Findlay’s Pittoresco Villaggio.
“It’s an interesting combination – it’s not just regular photography. A lot of these folks are working from a photographic basis. So, it’s kind of like a playful version of photography, one that almost incorporates collage.”
As with all online shows, artists are given the opportunity to sell their work in the exhibit.
To offer better accessibility to the community at large, membership to the Nanaimo Art Council is now offered on a sliding scale from $0-$25 annually. Members are welcome to make submissions for online shows, which Morrison said the council plans on holding every few months in 2023. She also said the council plans to launch calls for submissions for both online and in-person shows early in the year.
This artwork is going to be on the moon 'for eternity' – CNN
Jafri’s work, “We Rise Together — By the Light of the Moon,” is scheduled to fly into space on a United Launch Alliance rocket powered by engines developed by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The launch is scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the first week of March.
The work is an engraving depicting a male and a female figure surrounded by 88 hearts.
“The original artwork was this beautiful heart motif. Two figures entwined, reconnecting and around them is blossoming flora, fauna,” explained Jafri. He says he wanted to capture “the unification of humanity through love and empathy” in his design.
“We Rise Together — By the Light of the Moon,” by Sacha Jafri. Credit: Selenian
For his canvas, a gold alloy was developed over two years to withstand the extreme environment on the lunar surface whilst keeping the artwork intact. But the piece isn’t intended only for extraterrestrial art lovers.
“When we land the physical work of art on the moon, a little beep sounds in the control room,” said Jafri. On that signal, 88 NFTs will be released for sale back on Earth.
Jafri plans to donate all proceeds to humanitarian charities. “I’m hoping to raise a huge amount of money for the four main charitable concerns of our world — health, education, sustainability, and equality,” he said.
A lunar lander will place the work in a crater known as Lacus Mortis (the Lake of Death) where it will remain “for eternity.” According to Jafri, the mission will take between five days and two weeks to reach the moon, depending on conditions.
Art on the ISS
In April last year, another Israeli artist, Liat Segal, and Yasmine Meroz, a physicist at Tel Aviv University, created an artwork that can only exist in space.
Making use of the lack of gravity in space, “Impossible Object” is a tiered structure of gold-colored metal tubes released water. On Earth the water would fall to the ground but in space it created floating elements around the sculpture.
It was activated as the ISS orbited at around 400 kilometers above the Earth. Meroz and Segal had predicted that the water might wrap around the structure, forming a liquid shell, but in practice it behaved quite differently, forming floating orbs.
“Impossible Object,” by Liat Segal and Yasmine Meroz. Credit: Eytan Stibbe and Rakia Art Mission (Ramon Foundation)
“We didn’t know what the dynamics of water will be in microgravity — what does a piece of water look like?” said Segal. “We’re used to filling our hands with water, filling vessels. In this case the water isn’t held by any vessel. It’s only held by this skeleton structure.”
As artists get creative in space, Segal anticipates innovation.
“Many technologies were developed as a result of the space race, to accommodate for a new physical reality,” Segal added. “Now art and culture can enter this new physical reality. It will force the creation of things that we cannot expect, that could not happen otherwise.”
Jafri is also enthused about the creative possibilities and believes private space missions will open up new opportunities for artists. “I think people are tapping into people’s obsession with space,” he said. “It’s a new market for the art world to tap into.”
Rich Russians’ Art Buying Is Target of US Crackdown on Trade-Sanction Cheats – BNN Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — The US crackdown on trade-sanction violators is turning to the art world as authorities track down works bought or sold by ultra-rich Russian tycoons.
Through a series of subpoenas, federal prosecutors in New York are demanding high-end auction houses in the US turn over years of records as they seek to determine if art was smuggled offshore or if proceeds from sales were transferred illegally, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
Among those named in the subpoenas are sanctioned Russian tycoons Andrey Melnichenko, Viktor Vekselberg and Roman Abramovich, along with Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t yet public. The records requested of auction houses include any previous dealings with the men, according to the person, who didn’t disclose all the companies that were served subpoenas.
Of the major auction houses contacted by Bloomberg, Christie’s International Plc said it “cooperates and complies fully with law enforcement as and when we are required to do so.” Phillips Auction House said it has measures in place “to ensure that no individual or institution targeted by sanctions are able to do business directly or indirectly through our salerooms.” Sotheby’s and Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers Corp. didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US has expanded sanctions targeting Russian businessmen and companies with ties to Vladamir Putin. That’s led to seizures of luxury assets, from a yacht in the South Pacific to art work in a French gallery. The US Justice Department also plans to seize a Greenwich Village townhouse linked to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.
Read more: Art Seized at US Homes Part of Crackdown on Wealthy Russians
With its search of auction houses, the department is looking to track down “professional sanctions evaders” — people who help the wealthy avoid restrictions and launder money. This month, prosecutors charged two men, including a former FBI special agent, with aiding Deripaska and violating sanctions.
According to Georges Lederman, an attorney who specializes art crime and asset forfeiture cases, the crackdown has been the result of greater coordination between the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees the sanctions list, and prosecutors trying to stop money laundering.
“In the past if you violated a sanction, you got a big fine and then you had to implement a more sophisticated anti-money laundering program,” Lederman said. “But now, because of Russia sanctions and heightened awareness, there is a greater referral of money laundering prosecutions.”
In recent months, prosecutors in Manhattan have narrowed the focus of their inquiries, asking about specific artworks bought years ago, as well as some real estate, according to the person familiar with the matter. The probe is being led by the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and the federal KleptoCapture task force, which was set up to police Russian sanctions. A spokesman for KleptoCapture declined to comment.
$50 Million Monet
Fertilizer tycoon Melnichenko, with a net worth estimated at $12.7 billion by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is said to have purchased Monet’s “Le Bassin aux Nympheas” for 40.9 million pounds ($49.6 million) in 2009. Abramovich is Russia’s second-largest steelmaker and previously owned London’s Chelsea Football Club. His ex wife, Daria Zhukova, was a Russian art collector.
KleptoCapture’s lead prosecutor Andrew Adams told the NYC Bar Association in November that his team was focused on taking “assets off the table” before they could be moved to other jurisdictions.
One such alleged facilitator was UK businessman Graham Bonham-Carter, who was indicted in October and accused of trying to transfer artwork owned by Deripaska, who is under US sanctions. Using a shell company, Deripaska purchased 18 pieces of art at a New York auction in 2008, a decade before he was sanctioned, according to an indictment. The art works were kept in a New York storage facility until Bonham-Carter allegedly try to ship them out of the country in 2021.
Bonham-Carter is fighting extradition from the UK to the US to face charges.
In the wake of a 2020 Senate report on sanctions evasion in the art world, major auction houses and private sellers started including as a standard condition in contracts that the buyer or seller not be sanctioned or engaged in criminal activity, said Thomas C. Danziger, a New York-based attorney specializing in art law.
The leading auction houses have implemented voluntary anti-money laundering programs, but that may not be enough to prevent the true owners of art works from shielding themselves themselves behind webs of corporate structures or relatives.
“Putin’s banker is unlikely to walk into a gallery on Madison Avenue and buy a Picasso,” Danziger said.
©2023 Bloomberg L.P.
St. John's International Airport Unveils New Art Installation – VOCM
St. John’s International Airport has unveiled a brand new art installation to welcome arriving passengers.
The piece, Art Upon Arrival, includes 24 illustrations on eight structural columns in the arrivals area are adorned with brightly colored, graphic images that harken to all things St John’s such as food, plants, nature and music.
Artist Molly Margaret says after an extended period working on the project it’s fun to see public reaction to the piece.
— Gerri Lynn Mackey (@GerriLynnMackey) January 31, 2023
IMF raises growth outlook for first time in a year, expects inflation has peaked – Financial Post
Marner shows off custom All-Star Game skates at Maple Leafs practice – NHL.com
OMERS names capital markets head as next chief investment officer – The Globe and Mail
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Search for life on Mars accelerates as new bodies of water found below planet’s surface
Business20 hours ago
Stock market news live updates: Stocks wrap up strong January as Fed decision looms
Sports18 hours ago
Jays Sign Chad Green
Science24 hours ago
Is there life on Mars? Maybe, and it could have dropped its teddy
Business19 hours ago
Canadian economy grew slightly in November, expected to slow further
Investment19 hours ago
Intel Cuts Pay Across Company to Preserve Cash for Investment
Tech18 hours ago
Canadian discovery could help batteries last longer
Science19 hours ago
How to spot the green comet in Manitoba
Sports20 hours ago
Broncos trade for former Saints HC Payton