Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I'll report back after I make the short trip to Corona del Mar. Their website is great and informative. I like the look of the utensils:The menu looks pretty good, too. Check it out: http://www.crowbarcdm.com
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Who wouldn't want their tea and crumpets delivered on this tray? It's a little out of my price range, so I won't be finding one in my lap anytime soon, But it is fun to learn about the company that makes it:
Ibride, pronounced "e-breed," is created by a French family in the south of France. The archival imagery is inspired by their travels as well as their local environment. The word 'ibride' itself is a play on words meaning 'hybrid', and the pieces combine a dual purpose of serving as sturdy and functional trays, but more often they are used as decorative art to accent home decor. Laminate decorative serving tray with wood core. Measures 25" x 17" their site: www.ibride.fr
Sometimes I come across products featuring crows and I just can't help myself. I thought this was particularly cool. if you want one, they are available at many shops on the Internet--just search for "IBride Bernardo tray."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
If you are in Los Angeles stop by the tinlark gallery and see her work in person. (Reception Oct 11.)
Friday, September 26, 2008
http://www.ocweekly.com/2008-09-25/culture/animal-magnetism-orange-county-center-for-contemporary-art-santa-ana/ I've excerpted the paragraph about crows:
There are also a couple of surprisingly lovely crow-themed pieces. Terry Davitt Powell’s Wafting is a black smear of beauty, capturing one of these scavengers in the midst of wild, sinister flight. Dale Clifford’s Shame of the Son takes an entirely different approach, a linocut depicting two feuding crows (presumably father and child) with the lush, golden browns and elegant, undulating lines of Art Nouveau. Crows have never looked better . . . although one does wonder if these belligerent little bastards really merit such loving treatment. (Maybe chickens can be sweet- or sour-natured, but I’ve yet to meet a crow who wasn’t a total asshole.)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
For most of the tests, one of the holes was sealed, so the food could be dragged across it with a stick and out of the tube to be eaten. The other hole was left open, trapping the food if the crows moved it the wrong way.
Three of the crows solved the task consistently, even after the team modified the appearance of the equipment. This suggested that these crows weren't using arbitrary features – such as the colour of the rim of a hole – to guide their behaviour. Instead they seemed to understand that if they dragged food across a hole, they would lose it.
To investigate further, the team presented the crows with a wooden table, divided into two compartments. A treat was at the end of each compartment, but in one, it was positioned behind a rectangular trap hole. To get the snack, the crow had to consistently choose to retrieve food from the compartment without the hole.
A recent study of great apes found they could not transfer success at the trap-tube to success at the trap-table. The three crows could, however.
"They seem to have some kind of concept of a hole that isn't tied to purely visual features, and they can use this concept to figure out the novel problem," Taylor says. "This is the most conclusive evidence to date for causal reasoning in an animal."
Three of the crows did fail at both tasks, however. The team plans further work to investigate why.
17 September 2008
NewScientist.com news service
Sunday, August 31, 2008
The exhibition catalog is available on Lulu.com. You can read the juror's statement and preview the first few images. You'll have to search for the title, Animal Magnetism.
If you do get to read the statement by Mat Gleason, the juror, tell me why you think he didn't take care of the stinky, mangy, flea-bitten bitch instead of turning her over to Animal Control and then going to the pound the next day to get a "better" one? He was going to get a new mate for his dog--but his dog liked the one he turned in....
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The New York Times
By Michelle Nijhuis
Crows and their relatives — among them ravens, magpies and jays — are renowned for their intelligence and for their ability to flourish in human-dominated landscapes. That ability may have to do with cross-species social skills. In the Seattle area, where rapid suburban growth has attracted a thriving crow population, researchers have found that the birds can recognize individual human faces.
John M. Marzluff, a wildlife biologist at the University of Washington, has studied crows and ravens for more than 20 years and has long wondered if the birds could identify individual researchers. Previously trapped birds seemed more wary of particular scientists, and often were harder to catch. “I thought, ‘Well, it’s an annoyance, but it’s not really hampering our work,’ ” Dr. Marzluff said. “But then I thought we should test it directly.”
To test the birds’ recognition of faces separately from that of clothing, gait and other individual human characteristics, Dr. Marzluff and two students wore rubber masks. He designated a caveman mask as “dangerous” and, in a deliberate gesture of civic generosity, a Dick Cheney mask as “neutral.” Researchers in the dangerous mask then trapped and banded seven crows on the university’s campus in Seattle.
In the months that followed, the researchers and volunteers donned the masks on campus, this time walking prescribed routes and not bothering crows.
The crows had not forgotten. They scolded people in the dangerous mask significantly more than they did before they were trapped, even when the mask was disguised with a hat or worn upside down. The neutral mask provoked little reaction. The effect has not only persisted, but also multiplied over the past two years. Wearing the dangerous mask on one recent walk through campus, Dr. Marzluff said, he was scolded by 47 of the 53 crows he encountered, many more than had experienced or witnessed the initial trapping. The researchers hypothesize that crows learn to recognize threatening humans from both parents and others in their flock.
The reaction to one of the dangerous masks was “quite spectacular,” said one volunteer, Bill Pochmerski, a retired telephone company manager who lives near Snohomish, Wash. “The birds were really raucous, screaming persistently,” he said, “and it was clear they weren’t upset about something in general. They were upset with me." (for more click on the link above to visit the New York Times site.)
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Hmmm. How many people would give that answer to the question: "What is your favorite noise?"
This is the reply of Father Bill Moore, a resident artist in the Pomona Arts Colony in Southern California. I like his work and am looking forward to meeting him at one of the Second Saturday Art Walks.
Listen to a variety of crows :
Friday, May 16, 2008
at The Folk Tree
I am happy to say that my work will be included in the next exhibition at The Folk Tree in Pasadena, California. This show celebrates many of the artists The Folk Tree has featured throughout the last twenty-two years, as well as some who are exhibiting there for the first time.
Approximately one hundred works of art are on view by as many artists. Each individual is invited to submit one piece. And, “almost anything” goes. Subject matter, style, and medium are open. As the title of the show implies, the only restriction relates to size. Two-dimensional pieces must not exceed 12” x 12”, three-dimensional 10” x 10” x 10”. The number and variety of pieces create a wonderfully eclectic visual experience.
Southern California has a vast and diverse artistic community. ANYTHING GOES: A Small Works Show is a tribute to this impressive group.
The Folk Tree is located near the heart of Old Pasadena at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Gallery hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at 626/793-4828 or The Folk Tree at 626/795-8733.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
"Okay, so where are the crows?" you are wondering. CrowCentric certainly seems to suggest that this blog would have something to do with crows. So enough with the backyard birds and on to the main topic.
I am a painter and printmaker. My work is focused on acknowledging the adaptation made by the wild animals and birds to the changes we have made in the landscape. The Peregrine Falcon nesting on big city skyscrapers is an excellent example.
I have taken a lot of photographs of crows to use as reference in my paintings and prints. I've looked around the Internet and book stores for information on crows. After having to go to so many places, I thought that it might be a good idea to create a website as a central (centric) location for information, artwork, links, books, dealing with the crow. I would appreciate input from one and all. Please visit my websites. Artwork is found at www.tdpowell.com and www.CrowCentric.com is the central spot for crow info.
Here's one of the photos from the "Juveniles" series on CrowCentric.com. It was the end of summer, the juvies had become a little too aggressive in taking nuts from mom and dad and one of them got put in it's place!
Monday, April 21, 2008
In Rochester, New York, the Kodak company built a nest box many years ago to accommodate a male and female falcon. They focused a camera on the box and every minute or so it took a picture and you could view it on the Internet. It was so exciting to watch as the eggs were laid and then hatched. I watched as the parents brought food and then the young ones fledged. (The scientist that monitor all of this also remove the eyas (chicks) and band them.
Mariah and Kaver are the current pair. Mariah has finished laying and has five eggs this year. The eggs are due to hatch soon. This would be a great time to keep an eye on them and watch their intimate behavior in the nest box.
Technology and experience has helped to upgrade the experience for both human and Peregrine. There are many camera views now and you get a new image every 30 seconds.
Kodak has launched a separate site for the FalconCam and you can either peek at the nest box or read up on the history and go through the pictures of last year. Take a look! Maybe you'll be there when the first chick breaks through the egg...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
and then dry in the sun on the branches of the persimmon tree.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
2) nature’s beauty and fragility;