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Wildlife graffiti: Hummingbird in Oaxaca, Mexico

May 24, 2013 1 comment
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Homage to Victor Vasarely

March 26, 2012 4 comments

by Steve Wing

 

tufted orb by Steve Wing
tufted orb

 

rectilinear fatigue by Steve Wing
rectilinear fatigue (click on images to see larger versions)

 

In homage to Victor Vasarely, a pioneer of what became known as Op Art. This genre brought unique perceptual energy to art, often utilizing geometric shapes and shading to create illusions of movement and depth that are almost vertigo-inducing.

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Steve Wing lives in Florida and has been a frequent contributor to qarrtsiluni. More about him can be found here.

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Identity Crisis

March 12, 2012 1 comment
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Cathedral forest

December 2, 2011 3 comments
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Vegetative detention

July 15, 2011 3 comments

by Steve Wing

Vegetative detention by Steve Wing
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Steve Wing is a visual artist and writer whose work often focuses on extraordinary aspects of the everyday world. He lives in Florida and works at an academic institution. More about Steve and his work can be found here.

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The Spoken Glyph

April 19, 2011 4 comments

by Steve Wing

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Steve Wing - Mayan poster

Poster for heiroglyph translation at the Academia Municipal de Lengua Maya in Merida, Yucatán

 

Steve Wing - trilingual tablet

Translation Spanish / Mayan / English at Labná, Yucatán

 

Mayan ruins by Steve Wing

The Mirador, Labná, Yucatán

 

Mayan glyphs by Steve Wing

glyphs from Kabah, Yucatán

 

In my travels in Guatemala and the Mexican states of Yucatan, Tabasco, and Chiapas, while visiting the Mayan ruins I have been struck by the silent omnipresence of glyphs. These ghosts are reminders of a once vast and now seemingly vanished civilization, and yet there are Mayans living everywhere in the region. And in many places the culture is so strongly preserved and felt that it is like a nation (many nations really) within a nation. The guidebooks tell you that in some villages Spanish is not the predominant spoken language. It is a living and highly visible culture. Many, even most, of the places still bear their Mayan names. It seems impossibly contradictory that the Mayan cities were abandoned and yet the culture remains. That is what one experiences in these places. There is a sort of mental disconnect; how to understand that these builders of mighty cities have transitioned and yet are same as the people living today?

Walking in Merida one day, wandering into a neighborhood, I was attracted by a very old looking church there. Opposite it was a Mayan language school. Seeing the poster at the entrance to the school was as a Eureka! to me. There it was, a connection between the mysterious ancient Maya and the largely colonial Spanish city of today, and the young students learning to read the glyphs that they may translate the old symbols into a spoken language, themselves the concrete sign that the Mayan culture remains vibrant today, their heritage a direct connection to the the pyramids.

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Steve Wing is a visual artist and writer whose work reflects his appreciation for the extraordinary elements in ordinary days and places. He lives in Florida, where he works at an academic institution. A regular contributor to BluePrintReview and qarrtsiluni, his images also have appared in Cha, Lantern Review, Melusine, and Counterexample Poetics.

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Black skimmers

December 21, 2010 6 comments

by Steve Wing

Black skimmers by Steve Wing
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Steve Wing (PBase gallery) is a visual artist and writer whose work reflects his appreciation for the extraordinary in ordinary days and places. He lives in Florida, where he takes dawn photos on his way to work in an academic institution. He’s a regular contributor to qarrtsiluni, as well as to BluePrintReview, where he has a bio page with links to some of his other publications.

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