GALLERY

Welcome to MIWB.net Gallery.

The “Making It With Balloons” Network Gallery plans are to open with a one man exhibit by the founder of MIWB.net, Graham Rouse.  The articles below provide an introduction and preview of  this exhibit.  Read it now, but drop in again soon.  We plan to provide other seek peeks into the forthcoming exhibit.

BELOW:

  • CONTEMPLATING “BLUE ICE”
  • RIBS OF GOLD
  • NITE-LITES

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CONTEMPLATING “BLUE ICE”
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Welcome to   Making It With Balloons Network (MIWB.net).
Resource Center for   “Making Things, Making Success  & Making A Difference With Balloons”™.

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CONTEMPLATING “BLUE ICE”
Introduction & Preview of a forthcoming MIWB.net Gallery online exhibit of
Abstract Sculptures In Latex, Air and Imagination By Graham Rouse

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 A – GALLERY EXHIBIT

 

This is an abstract balloon sculpture in white by Graham Rouse

INTRODUCTION
Blue Ice is the first piece  accepted for an online gallery exhibit that is destined to alter many public and professional perceptions of balloons, of art and of the two together. It is a small, but growing collection of digital images of sophisticated and elegant forms that would be noteworthy in any original medium.

They are particularly striking once you realize they are constructed largely of

  • LATEX   (sap from rubber trees),
  • AIR   (like you breathe)
  • IMAGINATION   (like all of us had before we were conditioned to live inside our routine mental boxes).

 

 

 

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“RIBS”
An additional element, important to all of these are the “RIBS” inside the sculptures. These “RIBS”, like the normal ones you have around your lungs, are internal structures that support and shape an outer skin while protecting inner air chambers. These “RIBS” are “Rouse Internal Balloons Structures”. They are the invention, in 1983, of Graham Rouse, the artist in this one man exhibit.

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 “LITE-SCULPTURES”
Graham, later patented a variation of his “RIBS” that allows for air, lights and other objects to be inserted and removed from inside the sculptures while balloons remain inflated.  Many of these “Lite-Sculptures” are included in the exhibit. They have a luminescence you might expect from fireflies or night fairies.  And the gallery images often include flickering, fading hints of their flight.

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“TIMELESS”
Some of the images are from the 1980s. Some are recent. All are timeless.  Some of these forms might have been seen first by cavemen as they watched firelight reflecting off swirling smoke. Others might have been beamed back to us from galaxies far, far away into the future. They lead our eyes, our imaginations and our spirits along visual paths that, for at least the length of our visit, stimulate our senses and release our imaginations from our boxes.

 

You will go away refreshed. 

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B – CONTEMPLATIONS

PREVIEW  OF “BLUE ICE” Abstract Balloon Sculpture # 03 with "RIBS" by Graham Rouse

When I look at this sculpture I wonder if it is actually ice  that has been melted into shape by the sun as the earth spins round  that star.  Maybe it was polished smooth by swirling night winds. It certainly seems preoccupied with growing, reaching, stretching to touch stars in the deep, dark blue of the night sky.

Is the base a block of frozen pond or is the scale much larger?  Is this the tip of an iceberg with roots a thousand feet deep in the ocean, now rising 100 feet above the frozen surf?

Or, is it only a smooth and frozen crystal resting upon a tiny snowflake and,therefore so fragile as to melt away should it be touched by human breath?

Is it, instead, a living thing?  Perhaps a cocoon?  Maybe the blue line circumscribing this monolithic form is actually a rib defining the outer edge of some marvelous creature within; a creature whose metamorphosis is not yet complete.

MAYBE IF

  • Maybe if we sit quietly, and very very still, with only the most shallow of breathing;
  • Maybe if we stare, hour after hour with eyes wide open;
  • Maybe then we will witness that magic moment when a new life breaks forth from within the Blue Ice, stretches its wings and flys away.

MAYBE AS

  • Maybe as we bear witness to the fact and to the form of this object;
  • Maybe as we involve our imaginations in its genesis, metamorphosis, and future;
  • Maybe then we are actually imagining scenarios for our own lives the way they might be imagined in our dreams.

MAYBE SINCE

  • Maybe, since we have seen these images in the Blue Ice;
  • Maybe since we have imagined its inner workings large and small, fragile and strong, inanimate and alive;
  • Maybe, then we are a little better prepared to imagine ourselves in new ways.

MAYBE BLUE ICE

  • Maybe Blue Ice offers us the opportunity to taste, while we are awake, flavors of life usually hidden in dreams;
  • Maybe Blue Ice offers us the possibility  to make real in our lives what we imagine in the sculpture;
  • Maybe then, our own metamorphosis will complete itself and we will become one of those marvelous creatures who

Break forth,
Stretch our wings and
Fly away.

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Thanks for reading/listening.  I am

Graham Rouse
Making It With Balloons Network
At http://miwb.net Your Resource Center For
“Making Things, Making Success & Making A Difference With Balloons”™.
© Graham Rouse 2010

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 RIBS OF GOLD

A peek into a forthcoming MIWB.net Gallery Exhibit:

“RIBS for Latex, Air and Imagination”      By Graham Rouse _____________________________________________________________________________________________
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When I pause to consider this sculpture, these eight “Ribs Of Gold”, they suggest to me, a swirling motion without moving.  They give form to empty air.  They give rhythm to hollow space.

  

They seem almost alive.  It is as if they be dancers performing an ancient rite.  They circle an invisible flame, to honor an absent god.  They lift their arms with hands together pointing upward.  They are swaying to and fro. 

  

It seems they must originate in millennia past and yet they are akin to

  • An aboriginal ceremony in an Australian desert
  • A native rite in a tropical jungle
  • An Indian ritual in the North American plains.

 

They even foretell actions of thousands today as those thousands rise and sway to create waves of motion in sports arenas and stadiums around the world.

 

I know these ribs must be fixed and motionless in this picture, but the longer I stare, the more it appears that they are expanding and contracting with my own ribs as I breathe.

 

Or is it flickering that I see reflected in the surrounding frame?  Are these actually golden flames licking the air for a taste of cool aromas in the night?

 

Are they actually petals of some exotic flower, exuding their own sweet scent into the atmosphere for others to taste and be drawn back to the source.

 

Are they, in reality, a musical instrument tuned to the passing winds.  Does each golden arc vibrate to different frequency depending on its volume and curve and angle to the breeze.  Does their aggregate form focus their vibration like the chambers of a violin or a tuba or a drum?  Are they humming tunes for the pleasure of butterflies and beatles and bees? Or are they singing for me?

 

Can we use our eyes and imagination to hear the music, to smell the scent, to feel the rhythm, to taste the flavor, to experience ourselves floating in the open chamber surrounded by these golden ribs?  If so, then, maybe, the “art” of the sculpture is more in us than in it.  And, yet, we can celebrate the object as catalyst for our experience and value it for what it brings out in us.

 

Each time we breathe and feel our ribs move, we can then recall these Ribs Of Gold and experience once more those sights, sounds and scents that earlier filled our thoughts. We can be, once more, a partner in the art.  We can experience once more, ourselves as artist.

 

And,

  • All this is because
  • we paused
  • to ponder
  • these
  • eight

“Ribs Of Gold”.

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Thanks for reading/listening.  I am

Graham Rouse
Making It With Balloons Network
At http://miwb.net Your Resource Center For
“Making Things, Making Success & Making A Difference With Balloons”™.
© Graham Rouse 2010

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 NITE-LITES

A peek into a forthcoming MIWB.net Gallery Exhibit:

“RIBS for Latex, Air and Imagination”      By Graham Rouse _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Welcome to   Making It With Balloons Network (MIWB.net).
“Making Things, Making Success  & Making A Difference With Balloons”™.
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LATEX SCULPTURE?
This is a Rouse Original "RIBS" balloon sculpture illuminsted from insideAre these “Nite-Lites” really a sculpture of latex and air as advertised or are they actually reflections in a window along the Las Vegas strip?  Are they instead, maybe, neon lights in New York’s Times Square?  

LIVING SCULPTURE?
Perhaps they are luminescent tentacles of a plant that lives very deep, black bottom deep, within the ocean.  Or, could it be a snapshot of the mating dance of some tri-sexual form of phosphorescent life from another galaxy?

LUMINOUS TRAIL?
Are the background lights the fading trail of earlier animations by our glowing sculpture? Are they reflections of our sculpture’s light off the wings of a dozen hovering humming birds?  Or maybe they are the shadow of a rainbow turned inside out?

TAKE IT WITH YOU!
In any case, this image is an elegant and active stimulus for the imagination of viewers.  And like the background colors, it will flicker in our mind’s eye long after we have moved on.

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Thanks for reading/listening.  I am

Graham Rouse
Making It With Balloons Network
At http://miwb.net Your Resource Center For
“Making Things, Making Success & Making A Difference With Balloons”™.
© Graham Rouse 2010

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  1. Frany

    Hi GR and Mary, this site is really very useful and interesting. I could not imagine how the balloon industry will survibe without you and Mary.

    Anything you need from me, I am just an e-mail away from you guys and you can always reach me in Facebook anytime.

    Missing our chat on the net!

  2. Sean O'Kelly

    Hey guys,
    The prospect of what’s to come is making me so eXcited I just can not Wait 4 It.
    Bring it on I am Hungry 4 It.

    Sean O’Kelly
    Balloon Decor, Australia

  3. Patrick Brown

    Graham
    Good to hear from you. I always admired yours and Mary Queens work. Anything I can do to help just e-mail or call

  4. Gloria Gilchrist

    You are an Artist thank you so much for inspiring me. X

  5. sneha

    Hi,

    We would like to start a balloon decoration business in India.

    We would be glad to take your ideas and suggestion.

    Could you please let me know if you have any online courses or CD’s available.

    Wolud also request you to priovide me with some exclusive photo galery if posible.

    Thanks in advance for your help and support.

    Regards,
    Sneha

  6. admin

    Sneha,
    Thanks for your note.
    — We do have some “Video Tips” online at http://www.rouseinternational.com/rms_video_tips/index.htm but no CD’s of instructions.
    — We are planing for some live webinars for instructions, but it may be a while before they are ready. Check back with us here for anouncements or
    — Sign up for our RouseABOUT newsletter to have announcements, pictures, instructions etc. sent to you. Go to: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001Fn1fHTcb0kr_DB6HXm5U7cpLLPEYHXgZ and enter your email address.
    — For more pictures, you may want to visit http://facebook.com/RouseMatrixPage and look at the photo albums and videos there.
    — For an even larger collection of pictures visit http://www.rouseinternational.com/galleries .

    I hope these resources will be of use to you. Do come back to visit here and write us about further questions.

    Thanks,
    Graham Rouse

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