Picks of the Week

picks of the week

From a mini Marshall speaker and mesmerising 3D animations to a downloadable colouring-in page and 60-second art clips, these are the VISI team’s top picks of the week.

1. Lauren Fowler’s Downloadable Bee

Cape Town-based designer and illustrator Lauren Fowler has created a downloadable PDF colouring-in page to keep you entertained, relaxed and creative during lockdown.

Download the bee, here.

Image credit: Lauren Fowler at lostisaplacetoo.com

2. Norval Foundation’s 60-second Art Clips

While the Norval Foundation has had to temporarily close its doors, it has launched its #60SecondArt project on Instagram. Over the next few weeks, the gallery will be sharing a series of 60-second art stories, voiced by curators, artists and visitors, that showcase what is currently on display in the art centre.

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Announcing #60SecondArt – We are committed to keeping you inspired from home during these tough times. It is our mission to make art & culture more broadly available, and as part of that mission we will be bringing the best of Norval Foundation right to your screen. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing live art stories in 60 seconds with #60SecondArt – every day we will be posting an image of an art piece from the Homestead Collection, or what is currently on display, with a voiceover by our own or invited curators, artists or colleagues who discuss the work, or offer an insight that we might miss when we see a work on display. Think of it as an art museum tour from your phone! Remember to stay tuned and turn your volume up when you see our #60SecondArt posts. #NorvalFoundation #CapeTown #StayAtHome #Flattenthecurve #NorvalFoundationFromHome #MuseumFromHome

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Turn your sound ON to listen to 12 year old museum visitor, Sean Jacobs 🔊. We’re sharing live art stories in 60 seconds with #60SecondArt – every day we will be posting an image of an art piece from the Homestead Art Collection, or from what is on display, with a voiceover by one of our curators, artists or colleagues. As Sean points out, William Kentridge’s “Tabletop Equestrian Figure” uses everyday materials to create a figure of a horse being ridden by a giant nose – can you point out some of the household materials that he used? #60SecondArt #NorvalFoundation #JacksonHlungwane #CapeTown #StayAtHome #Flattenthecurve #NorvalFoundationFromHome #MuseumFromHome #nf60secondart

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Turn your sound ON to listen to Chief Curator Owen Martin discussing “The Dumb Oracle” (2019). 🔊We’re sharing live art stories in 60 seconds with #60SecondArt – every day we will be posting an image of an artwork from the Homestead Art Collection or from what is on display, with a voiceover by one of our curators, artists or colleagues. The works in “Accomplice: Michael Armitage,” both an exhibition at Norval Foundation and a series of eight paintings, respond to the events that occurred before, during and after the Kenyan general elections in 2017. In addition to a chaotic rally staged by Kenya's main opposition party that the artist attended, Armitage draws on images, scenes and characters, both real and imagined, to create the paintings in this series. #60SecondArt #NorvalFoundation #MichaelArmitage #CapeTown #StayAtHome #Flattenthecurve #NorvalFoundationFromHome #MuseumFromHome #nf60secondart

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Turn your sound ON to listen to artist Georgina Gratrix discuss her work “Pink Pop (Still life with Hylton Vase and Cheese Curls)” (2019) 🔊. Gratrix playfully toys with the history of still life painting in this work, adding a contemporary interpretation to a genre of painting that goes back hundreds of years. We’re sharing live art stories in 60 seconds with #60SecondArt – every day we will be posting an image of an art piece from the Homestead Art Collection, or from what is on display, with a voiceover by one of our curators, artists or colleagues. #60SecondArt #NorvalFoundation #GeorginaGratrix #CapeTown #StayAtHome #Flattenthecurve #NorvalFoundationFromHome #MuseumFromHome #nf60secondart

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3. The Internet Archive Makes 1.4 Million Books Available

Non-profit organisation The Internet Archive has launched the National Emergency Library, allowing anyone across the globe to access over 1.4 million books, reading materials and educational writing for free.

Click here for more information about the initiative.

Image credit: Nick Fewings on Unsplash.com

4. Kyle Szostek’s 3D Motion Experiments

Get lost in these captivating 3D motion experiments, often featuring a variety of calming, pastel tones, by artist and graphic designer Kyle Szostek of Simulation Lab.

Image credit: @simulation lab on Instagram

5. Mini Marshall Speaker

The latest addition to the Marshall speaker collection is a small cube called Uxbridge. It features both state-of-the-art sound and Amazon’s Alexa.

Image credit: Zound Industries via designboom.com