Sunday, July 21, 2013

Railroad tracks. Vías de ferrocarril

This is a my digital manipulation of a screenshot from my computer, while watching the movie Aftershock. So, the urban landscape is in China.

Ombú. Phytolacca dioica

Ombú. El símbolo de las imágenes gauchescas argentinas

Phytolacca dioica, commonly known as ombú, is a massive evergreen tree native to the Pampa of South America. It has an umbrella-like canopy that spreads to a girth of 12 to 15 meters (40 to 50 feet) and can attain a height of 12 to 18 meters (40 to 60 feet). Because it is derived from herbaceous ancestors, its trunk consists of anomalous secondary thickening rather than true wood. As a result, the ombú grows fast but its wood is soft and spongy enough to be cut with a knife. These properties have led it to be used in the art of bonsai, as it is easily manipulated to create the desired effect. Since the sap is poisonous, the ombú is not grazed by cattle and is immune to locusts and other pests. For similar reasons, the leaves are sometimes used as a laxative or purgant. It is a symbol of Uruguay and Argentina, and of Gaucho culture, as its canopy is quite distinguishable from afar and provides comfort and shelter from sun and rain.
The herb is categorized in the same genus as the North American pokeweed. The species is also cultivated in Southern California as a shade tree.
Fotos por Myriam B. Mahiques

Monday, July 15, 2013

African Warriors. Guerreros africanos

I imagined three African Warriors watching at the enemy across the forest. They are ready for the battle with painted faces. Most probably the one at the right side is scared, the one in the middle is angry and brave, the first one is thinking about stratagems. 
I selected the red and black colors as primary, considering the tragedy of war, any war.

Decorative ponds. Charcos decorativos

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Robot rock band. Banda de rock de robots

This is a digital intervention of a screen shot from my computer, from a video of the Japanese robot rock band. Here the text and link for one of the videos:

A three-piece band made entirely from robots plays guitar, drums and keyboard alongside Japanese pop singers in Tokyo on Monday. The trio, called Z-Machines, was designed by engineers and academics at Tokyo University who hope to one day send them to play in space. The robots performed to a crowd of 100 people and accompanied Japanese group Amoyamo

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