I love this contest. The entries from young artists are so inspiring.
The 2017 winner is Sarah Harrison (CT):
Congratulations to Sarah Harrison from Connecticut in the 10th-12th grade group on being named the National Finalist of the 2016-17 Doodle 4 Google Contest for her doodle “A Peaceful Future”. Google is honored to award Sarah with a $30K college scholarship and a $50K technology award for her school, as well as sharing her doodle on the Google homepage for the world to see.
A Bright Future
The winning artists from this year’s contest shared powerful visions for the world of tomorrow with artwork that advocated for a cleaner environment, worldwide equality, advancing technology, and more. The next generation showed us a bright and hopeful future.
To see the various finalists, click here: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/.
“That which takes place by surprise, moments of happiness, that is inspiration. Inspiration is there all of the time for everyone whose mind is not clouded over with thoughts, whether they realize it or not. Inspiration is pervasive but not a power. It is a peaceful thing. It is a consolation even to plants and animals. Do not think that it is unique. If it were unique, no one would be able to understand your art work. All of the moments of inspiration added together make what we call sensibility, and a development of sensibility is the most important thing for children and adults.”
~ Agnes Martin, from a lecture Cornell University in 1972
While in Arizona in December, I made time to stop by the Phoenix Art Museum to see Kehinde Wiley’s exhibit. I’ve loved his style since I saw my first image of his at the Brooklyn Museum a decade ago. Until December I had only seen a few images. I was completely blown away by the breadth, scope and creative power he expressed in an exhibit I could only refer to as prolific. I will share some images of his work throughout a few posts. The Phoenix Art Museum exhibit ended at the beginning of January, but be sure to find him whenever he pops up near you.
A couple of years ago, I saw Hiroshima, Mon Amour, a 1959 French film set in Hiroshima, Japan following the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. I had learned a very sanitized version of the bombings in school, but I don’t recall ever seeing the effects of the bombing, i.e. the large-scale destruction of life and the desolation of the survivors. Prior to watching Hiroshima, Mon Amour, I had not heard of the bombings in any personalized way. Suffice it to say that the film left an impression.
A couple of months ago, I visited Montreal, Quebec and spent an afternoon at the Botanical Garden. I spent the majority of my time that afternoon in the Japanese Garden. I trailed through the meditation spaces, lingered over the bonsai trees and wept over the Hiroshima memorial of drawings by survivors. I’ve been wanting to share this for a while, but it’s been difficult to revisit my photographs and the personal stories they captured. However, the 70th anniversary of the murder of so many Japanese people seemed to be an appropriate time to share the images.
We should all work to eliminate the idea that we need to destroy others in order for some to live with their own ideas of freedom. Visit the City of Hiroshima web site for current information about the city.
by Yashinori Kato 17yrs old at the time of the bombing
Masahiko Nakata 15 yrs old at time of bombing
Torao Izuhara 23yrs old at the time of the bombing
This is for everyone who would like to visit my table at the Harlem Book Fair, but is unable to. I will be offering a 10-15% discount at the Fair and that offer will extend to anyone who shops from this blog post using this code: WPHBF.