Tuesday 24 August 2010

Divine Accidents

"Her Heart" by Jo Bradford, 2003

"The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty, and joy as the year's increase.  This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvellous thing: it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it.  It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life."
Today's quote is from Henry Walpole, it is all about celebrating the wonder of lasting love.  The reason for this post is that I want to send huge congratulations to my Mum and Step-Dad for reaching their 20th wedding anniversary,  they have clearly been lucky enough to have had that often elusive divine accident and I wish them both many many more years of the inner progressiveness of love that will nourish them both as they travel through life together.


Wednesday 18 August 2010

My art is going to space!!

My fluxface in space contribution


Thought you might like to know about a little project I am involved in, where a digital copy of one of my meteorite photograms + a photo of me with my artwork will be launched into space onboard the final NASA space shuttle mission.  

The Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) will launch at 8:47pm BST on Friday 29th April 2011.  Here is a bit about the project.....

The Fluxface Exhibition Poster by Angela Ferrara

The "Fluxface in Space" exhibition is a commemorative project around the fact that the Space Shuttle program is coming to an end after this flight.  The exhibition is to be launched into orbit on the last Endeavour Space Shuttle mission in April 2011, this final mission will include a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

The 127 participating artists (from 26 nations) each created an original postcard sized work of art, in various media, interpreting the themes of Space Exploration & the Arts, the Shuttle Program, Outer Space, Rockets, Astronauts and Astronomy.  

As my darkroom (photogram) art is made using meteorites, it seems only right that at some point it should go to space, as that's where it all originates from, well, you could say that about all of us too.  The organisers are heralding this as an historic exhibition as apparently this is the first international group art exhibition in space.

The exhibit is expected to travel around the surface of the world as well, while the digitised versions are touring space on board the Space Shuttle, the actual artworks will be exhibited in a touring exhibition here on earth.  In October 2010 the touring show kicks off at the Kennedy Space Station in Florida where the Launch will occur, after that it's next stop is at the Fort Worth Art Center in Texas, it will continue to tour the world and it is expected to be seen by many thousands in art centers, museums and other art gallery environments. 

You can read more about my space themed photogram and cliché verre artwork made with meteorites over on my website... www.jobradford.com
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