Space Suit of the Week

31 05 2011

A quick note today on a very excellent blog series called Space Suit of the Week.  Its weekly contributions feature, unsurprisingly, space suits as they appear in art, culture and history.

While entries vary in style from edgy or morbid to fascinating and  fun, the posts carry readers on a romp through some of the most identifiable imagery in our collective psyche.  It’s quite awesome.

The series is actually a sub-part of the The Fox is Black blog, which is billed as an “art and design website that seeks to discover and share the most interesting, beautiful and inspiring parts of contemporary life.”  I’d say that space exploration definitely fits the bill. 

Check it out if you get a chance.





In Space, Life Imitates Art

19 11 2010

Space Station Astronaut Tracy Dyson gazing back at Earth. (Credit: NASA)

When the now-famous image above, possibly the most romantic space exploration image ever taken, hit the net a few days ago, a similarity immediately struck me.   One of my favorite modern “romantic realist” artists, Bryan Larsen, painted a nearly identical, visionary image seven years ago, entitled, “How Far We’ve Come“:

Painting of a space station astronaut gazing back at Earth. (Credit: Bryan Larsen)

Not only is the similarity unbelievable, but both images invoke the same sense of beauty, wonder, and awe-inspired appreciation for what we’ve been able to achieve so far.  -Just something I felt compelled to point out.

For more from Larsen, check out his gallery at Quent Cordair Fine Art here.  There are a few additional space-inspired paintings in his offerings, as well.








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