Romantic Whimsey

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


Megacles Recognizes his Daughter during the Feast by Marc Chagall c.1956-61, printed 1961, colour lithograph on wove paper

Megacles Recognizes his Daughter during the Feast by Marc Chagall c.1956-61, printed 1961, colour lithograph on wove paper

Early modernist Marc Chagall was known for presenting a playful, ethereal, richly hued version of the world through his work. He created art in virtually every medium possible, but this piece is from a series inspired by the romantic tale Daphnis & Chloe written by the Greek poet Longus in the second century. He created these beautiful illustrations — on display at the Art Gallery of Alberta until February 16, 2014 — at the beginning of his second marriage to the women who was to become the great love of his life. 


The Poet

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


The Summer Palace, Beijing, China

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China

At the Summer Palace, just outside of Beijing in China, this street artist was writing poetry on the slate walkways. Though it may look like he is using ink, it was actually water that he used as the tool for his craft. As soon as he had finished a few lines, his art disappeared, evaporating into the air and soaking into the slate. 


Limbo

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


Whether you love or hate airports, there is something unique and freeing about them. You are literally trapped between two worlds. You are physically in one country but technically in another — on your way somewhere but being trapped in a secure space. You have nothing to do but wait, and wait, and wait — you can not workout, fold laundry or tackle a list of never-ending errands. Curling up and having a nap is completely normal, as is having a sponge bath in the bathroom. Multiple languages will be spoken and no matter what class you are travelling in, you will all get your bag searched at some point in time...