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Description of Subject Matter: Outside Mural:
One of the prominent features of this building is a porcelain enamel on steel mural which runs the length of the buidling's Colesville Road side. The work, called "A Brushstroke of Discovery", is 2200 Square feet, 180 feet wide, and 9 feet tall at one end and 18 feet at the other end. It was done by Narcissus Quagliatain 2003 with co-credits given to Esmaltados Alfher ("Porcelain enamel on steel, manufacturing and silk-screen process, Mexico City") and Pablo Torrealba ("Silk screen and digital process design, Mexico City"). According to Narcissus web site at http://www.nquagliata.com/abrushstroke3.html:
The foundation of this work is the very simple premise that the entire history of our planet is but a single brushstroke on the immense canvas of the cosmos, and that life is in perpetual transformation. The theme of discovery runs throughout the entire mural as a thread that holds the entire work compositionally together and makes it flow from one image to the next.
This very large mural is in itself an innovation, because it presents a painting that can be placed outdoors without fading and lose color intensity. Painting traditionally is a medium that cannot be exposed to the elements for it's chemical fragility.
A meeting of art and industry:
In essence the mural is a fine art image that has been realized by adapting and extending industrial methods to achieve durable surfaces for the exterior of buildings with fired glass enamels. The mural has been made possible by the close collaboration of the artist, Narcissus Quagliata, Alfonso Hernandez of Esmaltados Alfher, and Pablo Torrealba, director of the silk-screen studio at Alfher, in Mexico City.
The work merges together into one event the disciplines of painting, photography, silk-screen, computer digital work, and the final direct intervention of the artist on the surface of the work.
In the context of a life dedicated to imagin ...More...
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2011 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs camera as well as two Nikon models -- the D90 and the new D7000. Mostly a toy, I also purchased a Fuji Real 3-D W3 camera, to try out 3-D photographs. I found it interesting although I don't see any real use for 3-D stills now. Given that many of the photos from the 1860s were in 3-D (including some of the more famous Civil War shots), it's odd to see it coming back.
Trips this year: Savannah, GA in March to cover a Civil War Trust conference. New Jersey over Memorial Day for my birthday -- people never seem to visit New Jersey -- it's always just a pit stop on the way to New York. I thought I might as well spend a few days there. Despite some nice places, it still ended up a pit stop for me -- New York City was infinitely more interesting. I did my annual pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic-Con in July, adding a few days in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Chattanooga, TN to cover the Civil War Trust's Grand Review conference.
Ego strokes: Author photos that I took were used on two book jackets this year: Jason Emerson's book "The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow As Revealed by Her Own Letters" and Dennis L. Noble's "The U.S. Coast Guard's War on Human Smuggling." I also had a photo of Jason Stelter published in the Washington Examiner and a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 390,000.