Emanuele Fornasier’s Crystal Birth

 

Crystal Birth: A Beautiful Timelapse of Metallic Crystals Forming in Chemical Solutions

Italian chemistry student Emanuele Fornasier also has a knack for photography and spent the last few months documenting the formation of crystals. The result is Crystal Birth, a timelapse of some 18 examples of electrocrystallization, where an electric current is run through a chemical solution, causing metal deposits to form over a period of several hours or days. You can see more of his chemistry and timelapse work on his website.

 

Statue of Liberty Nebula

2016 September 28     NGC 3576: The Statue of Liberty Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: S. Mazlin, J. Harvey, R. Gilbert, & D. Verschatse (SSRO/PROMPT/UNC)
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160928.html

It sounds like something straight out of Ghostbusters … today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is The Statue of Liberty Nebula.  Do you see her?

Explanation: What’s happening in the Statue of Liberty nebula? Bright stars and interesting molecules are forming and being liberated. The complex nebula resides in the star forming region called RCW 57. This image showcases dense knots of dark interstellar dust, bright stars that have formed in the past few million years, fields of glowing hydrogen gas ionized by these stars, and great loops of gas expelled by dying stars. A detailed study of NGC 3576, also known as NGC 3582 and NGC 3584, uncovered at least 33 massive stars in the end stages of formation, and the clear presence of the complex carbon molecules known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs are thought to be created in the cooling gas of star forming regions, and their development in the Sun’s formation nebula five billion years ago may have been an important step in the development of life on Earth. The featured imagewas taken at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

 

Mercury Transit Music Video

A Mercury Transit Music Video from Solar Dynamics Observatory
Video Credit: NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center, Genna Duberstein; Music: Encompass by Mark PetrieExplanation: What’s that small black dot moving across the Sun? Mercury. Possibly the clearest view of Mercury crossing in front of the Sun earlier this week was from Earth orbit. The Solar Dynamics Observatory obtained an uninterrupted vista recording it not only in optical light but also in bands of ultraviolet light. Featured here is a composite movie of the crossing set to music. Although the event might prove successful scientifically for better determining components of Mercury’ ultra-thin atmosphere, the event surely proved successful culturally by involving people throughout the world in observing a rare astronomical phenomenon. Many spectacular images of this Mercury transit from around (and above) the globe are being proudly displayed.

 

Photography Exhibit @ PAM

http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/ffbb

What is still life? Although at its most basic still life is an assemblage of inanimate objects, historically the term refers to artworks that engage with concepts of achievement, ephemerality, and mortality. They rely on symbolic objects to suggest impermanence: flowers, fruit, books, bones. The English term “still life” contrasts with the French term for the same genre, nature morte, literally “dead nature.”

Unlike paintings, which are primarily intended as artworks, a still life photograph may originally have been made for another purpose. In Flowers, Fruits, Books, Bones: Still Life from the Center for Creative Photography, the exhibition features photographs initially made as descriptive documents intended for a range of uses, from advertisements to teaching aids. Regardless of intention, the exhibition explores how photographers use the characteristics of the medium such as focus, abrupt framing, and detailed description to extract, isolate, and describe their subjects. They direct our attention to shapes, textures, details, edges, colors, negative spaces, shadows, and unexpected angles.

A more common genre in paintings, the exhibition includes paintings from Phoenix Art Museum’s collection, inviting viewers to examine the ways photographers have approached the still life genre as compared to their painter counterparts.

Each of the works invite the viewer to slow down, to leave our normal lives behind, if only for a moment, and lavish our attention on each of these unique objects. For a moment, in the gallery, all motion, all life, is stilled.

Chip Thomas: Activist, Artist, Doctor

Chip Thomas

Activist, Artist, Doctor

 

Not all artists are activists, but count Chip Thomas in. 

Embracing the relationship between art and action, Chip Thomas is busy,

spreading peace, love + awareness through paste + paint all over the world!

 fight like a woman

Photo is Courtesy of Chip Thomas, All Rights Reserved

Speaking @ GCC on

Friday, March 25th

12 pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union

 

Involved with multiple organizations highlighting grass roots initiatives, Chip Thomas is making a difference in unique ways.

 

One of the non-profits Chip Thomas supports is Honor the Treaties.  They are an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy by funding collaborations between Native artists and Native advocacy groups so that their messages can reach a wider audience.  Chip Thomas is one of several high profile allies including John Densmore, Daryl Hannah, and Peter Yarrow.  Read more here.

 

Chip Thomas’ Just Seeds bio includes an impressive list of interests including Anti-War, Culture & Media, Education, Environment & Climate, Global Solidarity, Health, Indigenous Resistance, Inspiration, Police & Prisons, Racial Justice, and Social Movement. With members working across North America, Just Seeds believes in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action.  Read more here.

 

Begun by Chip Thomas in 2012, the Painted Desert Project connects public artists with communities through mural opportunities on the Navajo Nation.  In an effort to boost tourism on the reservation, to supplement the incomes of families with roadside stands, and to nurture the creative talent of local youth, Chip Thomas invited a few world-renowned street artists to come to the Navajo Nation to paint murals in 2012 and has continued doing so as funding allows.  Click here to see a map of mural sites across northern Arizona.  Map of Mural Sites

Doctor Unmasked As Artist Provokes, Inspires On The Navajo Nation

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If you travel across the rural Navajo Nation you may find yourself rubbernecking out the window at giant street art. Murals created from photographic images of Navajo people appear on water towers, roadside stands, even abandoned houses.

Until recently, the artist wanted to remain anonymous.

Read more at the link provided: http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/10107/doctor-unmasked-artist-provokes-inspires-navajo-nation

50 Years from Selma, Jetsonorama, and Equality in Brooklyn

brookChip Thomas does murals all over the world! He has done numerous collaborations and this is just one of the many.  Jetsonorama created this piece in Brooklyn, New York, this a collaboration with Dan Budnik. Budnik is an American photographer noted for his photos of artists, photos of the Civil Rights Movement, and Native American life.

And Chip Thomas is coming to GCC!! MARCH 25th!!

Provided is the link to the original article.

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2015/06/27/50-years-from-selma-jetsonorama-and-equality-in-brooklyn/#.VvFzlE32bcs

 

CHIP THOMAS COMING TO GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE MARCH 25th!!

Chip Thomas

Doctor, Artist, Activist

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Photo is Courtesy of Chip Thomas, All Rights Reserved

Speaking @ GCC on

Friday, March 25th

12 pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, James “Chip” Thomas like his father became a medical doctor.  While attending Nashville’s Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, he led First Aid teams in Liberia during the summers.  As an African American, visiting Africa had a profound effect on the young Dr. Thomas.  He would return again to Africa a few years later to join a medical team trekking the length Africa. A 12,107-mile cycling trip, completed in record time, earned Chip’s team a record spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Committed to universal and public health, In 1987 Chip signed a 4-year contract to practice medicine on the Navajo reservation in a government run facility.  He saw himself returning to a developing country later on, but began to appreciate the parallels between Africa and the Navajo Nation.  He fell in love with the people and the land. Almost three decades later, Dr. Chip Thomas still resides on tribal lands in Northern Arizona treating Navajo patients in a rural community.

Dr. Thomas has said that his work as a physician brings him both happiness and sadness.  Photography became a way that he could help reconcile the dualities of medical practice into art that restored balance and reflected back the beauty that he saw around him.

  

To learn more about Chip Thomas’ story and journey 

through medicine, art, and activism, 

come join us March 25th from 

12pm to 1:30pm in the Student Union.

How a Doctor Working in the Navajo Nation Makes Compelling Photo Murals

Photos Courtesy of Chip Thomas

A video of Chip Thomas, get to know his work.

If you live in Arizona, I’m sure you’ve seen it before!

The link provided takes you to the video done by Phoenix Times Magazine.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/video/how-a-doctor-working-in-the-navajo-nation-makes-compelling-photo-murals-YTujJsvd