Another beautiful work by Seth (@seth_globepainter), ‘Phoenix’, for the ‘Out in the Open’ mural project with @kirkgallery in Aalborg, Denmark.
Love this - Yinka Shonibare’s mixed media installation, ‘Butterfly Kid (boy) IV’ 2019.
British-Nigerian artist Shonibare’s work deals with issues of race, migration, post-colonialism, globalisation, and often features iconic Western art references with an ironic and playful twist. The ‘Butterfly Kids’ series was inspired by the climate crisis, and suggests notions of escape, endangerment, collapse, and extinction, yet also, it alludes to liberation, beauty, freedom and hope.
And perhaps that kids, in their efforts, will and knowledge, will be the creators, activists and leaders of a new world.
I loved it so much - I wrote an art story about it! Check it out.
Yep - so over it.
Flow and freedom.
A short film about Ukranian skateboarder and jazz musician, Sasha Protenko. Living in the moment, doing what makes you feel present and alive, going with the flow.
Director Pavel Buryak spoke about the film saying: ”“I tried to show how jazz and skateboarding culture can exist together in one person. The saxophone is meditative and helps you journey into the subconscious. Then there’s skateboarding, which is part of the road to self-discovery and real courage.”
Three pink seesaws were installed recently at the US/Mexican borderwall. Positioned between the steel slats along the stretch of wall between El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, the installation allowed children on both sides to play together. The seesaw installation was created by the architectural studio Rael San Fratello.
In an IG post, architect Ronald Rael (@rrael), who has protested Trump’s call for development of the borderwall, commented on the installation: "The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side."
An intervention of play and joy, bringing people together, undermining the US immigration policies of fear and prejudice trying to keep people apart.
‘Truth is a Terrible Beauty’ - a poignant and incisive message in this stencil work by L.E.T. (@l.e.t._les.enfants.terribles.) at the Artbase Festival in Neustrelitz. The artwork is titled ‘Max’, and the cautionary sign beneath Max’s paw reads ‘MELTWATER’.
Polar bears are magnificent creatures. Let’s care for the environment so we can care for them.
American artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf and makes art about sound. She creates art that hinges on communication – its visual, social and textual subtleties – challenging the notion of sound as simply an auditory experience. She incorporates language – sign (ASL, American Sign Language), written, spoken – using symbols, words, drawings, noise, vibration, sight, touch, movement, performance and technology, expressing an expansive engagement with the world, and a complex relationship with deaf culture. Through her art Kim extends the possibilities of language and communicating, shifting people’s perception of being deaf as a restriction, of being ‘less’ involved and able to interpret and communicate complexity.
The statement featured on Kim’s billboard ‘Words Shape Reality’ powerfully underpins her artistic practice, in all its potentially layered meanings. The billboard was situated in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA, (2018) as part of a nationwide crowdfunded project by arts organisation For Freedoms called the ‘50 State Initiative’, created to engage the public in political participation and reaction. The organisation’s name was inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s ‘Four Freedoms’ painting series (1943) based on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 call to Congress, advocating the basic human need for the public freedoms of speech, worship, want, and from fear.
Terrific installation by artist SpY (@spyurbanart, www.SpY-urbanart.com/) ‘Luna’, Madrid, 2019.
A new and great work by WRDSMITH in Hollywood.
Find the one who loves your work.
Luzinterruptus is an anonymous artistic group based in Spain creating urban interventions in public spaces. They began creating work in the streets of Madrid in 2008 with the single purpose of using the medium of light to focus people’s attention on problems they found in the city that appeared to go unnoticed by citizens and authorities. The aim of the team is to leave lights on in the city so that other people can put them out.
The poetry of their work stems from this illumination: “We use light as a raw material and the dark as our canvas… light allows us to make interventions in a smaller degree and greater in others.”
One of their larger scale interventions has been the ‘PlasticWaste Labyrinth’ in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor for its 4thCentennial Celebration , constructed around the statue of King Philip III. They did a smaller iteration in Poland in 2014 and more recently in Buenos Aires . Built using a month’s worth of plastic bottles that had been consumed in the plaza, the work graphically emphasised the amount of waste generated throughout the city every day, and that’s often not recycled appropriately.
The walls of the maze measured 3 metres in height and comprised 15,000 bottles hung within transparent bags. Additional bottles were gathered from hospitals, universities and official institutions to make up the required amount to make the labyrinth. However they weren’t able to source bottles from the city’s recycling services, as they didn’t separate PET plastic waste from collections, which only highlighted the need for such an intervention.
While visually mesmerising – especially at night – the piece was not meant to be easy to experience. Luzinterruptus wanted people to feel discomfort when entering it, to experience the sense of being lost and hemmed in by plastic waste. This claustrophobia and sensory overload gave direct experience of the weight of the problem of plastic pollution – not just engaging with it as an abstract idea. Walking the labyrinth meant being immersed in the actual pollution so that it could no longer be ignored.
Swiss based artist duo NEVERCREW (@nevercrew), Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni, have created something unique.
Focusing on the relationship of humankind and nature, and the effects of human attitudes and interactions with the environment, especially with animals, Nevercrew experimented to create a thermochromic mural painting, ‘Celsuius’, that reacts to temperature changes. Painted in Spazio Morel in Lugano, Switzerland, the project deals with the reality of human action on environmental changes. As the temperature shifts, so does the painting, revealing the changes to the whales as ocean temperatures rise.
The impact is devastating, the message necessary.
Totoro! Great street art by @losthills_ in Paris. Big Miyazaki fan - so love this. Kind of creepy though with all the rats…
Today, a friend sent me a poem he wrote, ‘June Sun’. Gorgeous and melancholic. Here it is:
- gentle in its
a passing fender
© by Peter Matthews
I read this today from William Wordsworth’s poem, ‘The Excursion’. It’s beautiful.
“To every Form of being is assigned,"
Thus calmly spoke the venerable Sage,
“An active Principle: - howe’er removed
From the sense and observation, it subsists
In all things, in all natures; in the stars
Of azure heaven, the unenduring clouds,
In flowers and tree, in every pebbly stone
That paves the brooks, the stationery rocks,
The moving waters, and the invisible air.
Whate’er exists hath properties that spread
Beyond itself, communicating good,
A simple blessing, or with evil mixed;
Spirit that knows no insulated spot,
No chasm, no solitude; from link to link
It circulates, the Soul of all the worlds.
This is the freedom of the universe;
Unfolded still the more, more visible,
The more we know; and yet is reverenced least,
And least respected in the human Mind,
Its most apparent home.”
(excerpt from Book IX of ‘The Excursion’, 1853)
This resonates - new paste-up by WRDSMTH titled ‘what you do’, located on the boulevards of Hollywood (@wrdsmth).
Paste-up by artist Donk (@donklondon) - “So then we made like dinosaurs and disappeared....”
This kind of sums up how I feel about the Australian federal election, with the Liberal/Coalition winning. I didn’t want to comment on it - too depressing. However, I saw this and - yep - Australia just had its Trump/Brexit election: anti-refugees, climate change deniers, fossil fuel lovers, fearful… ugh.
Standing atop the rubble - the girl’s even wearing an Extinction Rebellion symbol. Perfect.
So then we made like dinosaurs and disappeared....
For the current British Library exhibition (showing until August 2019): ‘Writing: Making Your Mark’ – a project spanning 5,000 years, across the globe, and that explores the act of writing, of leaving one’s mark – artist eL Seed created a painting for the exhibition with his distinctive calligraffiti script.
Language for eL Seed is about identity. Growing up as French-Tunisian, he felt conflicted about who he was and found that Arabic script enabled him to make a connection between his two cultural identities. It’s fascinating that the Arabic alphabet has symbols not present in other languages, which to eL Seed, creates infinite possibilities for expression and connection, especially in relation to his audience.
Speaking about the project, eL Seed said: “Once a bedouin in South of Tunisia told me, 'The one who doesn't leave a mark, didn't have a life'. I guess this is why I write.”
The painting for the exhibition features a quote from the Lebanese-American writer, Khalil Gibran, that was etched on his gravestone: “I am alive like you, standing beside you. Close your eyes and you will see me in front of you.’
Studio Drift’s ‘Fragile Future III’ (2019) is a poetic light installation merging nature with technology, where light is pivotal in connecting the work to its audience and environment.
As stated by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, founders of Studio Drift: "'Fragile Future III' is about conveying emotion and at the same time refers to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life.”
Currently showing at the Venice Biennale in the exhibition, ‘DYSFUNCTIONAL” at C'a d'Oro Museum in Venice, the installation is situated around Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna’s painting ‘San Sebastian’ (1506), one of the outstanding artworks of the museum’s collection.
Integral to the piece is the dandelion. The sculpture consists of three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to light emitting dandelions – actual dandelion seeds, that were handpicked, and glued seed by seed to LED lights. The artwork’s handmade, labour intensive creation stands in contrast to contemporary mass production and consumption. By fusing nature with technology, Studio Drift explores the evolution of both, questioning whether technological developments are any more advanced than what is found in nature, and can the two co-exist?
The results of the UN biodiversity report has been made public.
As artist/writer Oliver Jeffers pointed out on IG today - it’s devastating.
Here’s what he wrote:
“The UN undertook the largest survey of life on the planet and the results are devastating.
Since the end of WW2 humanity has thrived and prospered like never before, but- as has been becoming increasingly obvious - our good times have come at the expense of everything else alive on the planet.
Almost a million species of plants and animals are close to extinction. In the space of one human lifetime we have managed to already eradicate 60% of life on earth.
Enough is enough.
There is a ten year window to make a difference if we start immediately.
Personal lifestyle changes help, but real solutions will only come from the top down and politicians only act in order to be re-elected. So speak with your votes and your wallets. Make it very obvious you want life -not just humanity, but life all life on earth- to continue to thrive.”
stars on the ground
the earth has tilted
and the sky
this sea of lights
© Angela Jooste