• Aug. 16th, 2014 · Looking at a Lute Player
    1626_Orazio_Gentileschi_-_Lute_Player painting illusion I saw The Lute Player by Orazio Gentileschi at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC a couple of weeks back. I assumed I knew how to appreciate a work of art, at the very least just by looking and taking it in. But if it wasn’t for a great museum staff standing nearby that day, I wouldn’t have taken a second look at this particular painting before moving on. He said it was important to move beyond receptive appreciation and look at art more actively. I’m glad I did. Check out this great illusion: move your head from one side of the screen to the other all while looking at the scroll of the violin resting on the table. The instrument points at you whatever your position! As you might imagine, I spent the next little while doing all sorts of funny walks elsewhere in the museum. Nothing cool to report– no magical illusions, but it was kind of new and magical for me to approach some works in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise. # #
  • Nov. 13th, 2013 · The curtain
    Hercule_PoirotFor the past 25 years, David Suchet has brought Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot to life. It’s a thrilling but subdued show that I’ve enjoyed watching no matter where in the world, and as it draws to a close I must bid adieu!
    “It is the brain, the little grey cells on which one must rely. The senses mislead. One must seek the truth within — not without.” – Agatha Christie (Poirot Investigates, 1924)
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  • Sep. 28th, 2013 · Emerging shadows
    Tim Noble and Sue Webster Tim Noble & Sue Webster‘s shadow sculptures emerge from jumbled statues of discarded wood. #
  • Aug. 19th, 2013 · Still life coming alive
    Alexa Meade Instead of capturing and constraining a slice of life on a still canvas, Alexa Meade breathes life into canvases and sets them free in a perpetually moving world. #
  • Jan. 6th, 2013 · Underwater Sculptures
    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.

    - William Shakespeare (The Tempest, 1610)
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  • Ivar Mendez: Closing the distance

    Published November 03, 2011 | One response so far
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    Closing the distance A neurosurgeon uses technology to reduce disparities in medical care and education in remote areas By Marzieh Ghiasi Published on November 3, 2011 http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2011/11/closing-the-distance/ Image by Afra Saskia Tucker “Two worlds, One spirit,” a collection of photography and sculpture by Ivar Mendez, the chairman of the Brain Repair Centre at Dalhousie University,
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    Marzieh Ghiasi
  • Jan. 25th, 2011 · Life is short, art is long
    Life is short, art is long… is a wonderful blog by designer Michele Roohani that I’ve been following for a couple of months. Her posts are visual delights narrated with warmth rather than pretentiousness like many other art blogs. I’ve also discovered a number of fantastic artists and works of art via the blog. # #
  • Hummingbirds against fires

    Published April 05, 2010 | No responses yet
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    The animation above is based on illustrations from the Flight of the Hummingbird by Haida Canadian artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. The story, which is from the parables of the Quechuan people of Ecuador, is about a small yet persistant hummingbird who is determined to save his forest from a fire drop by drop, while other
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    Marzieh Ghiasi

    Anatomically correct cakes

    Published November 11, 2009 | No responses yet
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    Every year, for more than twenty years or so, the McGill Anatomy & Cell Biology Students Society has held an “anatomically correct” bake sale at the systemic human anatomy class. This year’s bake sale was pretty amazing and apparently in an hour managed to raise nearly two-thousand dollars for a charity for deaf students here
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    Marzieh Ghiasi

    Postcard: A venture into acrylics

    Published October 18, 2009 | No responses yet
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    This year I’ve begun to venture into acrylics. I’m still trying to get used to the medium and learning how to manipulate the colors. But, I seriously love it. It’s so much fun to work to paint. This following is a 4″x6″ I completed today. I assure you though I am not a narcissist, I
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    Marzieh Ghiasi