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Chiharu Shiota‘s installations have the power to generate a surreal and almost dreamlike environment. Using a combination of items, the artist has created works that range from floating beds and a window tower to objects prisoners in a nest of thread.
By now most of you have seen or heard about this brilliant documentary by LA filmmaker Nirvan Mullick about a 9 year old boy named Caine and his amazing incredible DIY arcade. Stuck at this fathers office on the weekends, Caine took his boredom and turned it into one of the most awe inspiring arcades I’ve ever seen, completely made out of discarded cardboard and packing tape. Unfortunately Caine rarely got any foot traffic in his little shop of fun. That is until Nirvan came by and decided to share this little boys inspiring story with the world. With a few Facebook invites and some help from strangers Nirvan managed to create an amazing day for Caine by way of a surprise flash mob.
What’s more amazing about this story is that since the videos launch just a few days ago Nirvan has helped raise over $114,000 towards a college fund for Caine. Watch this video, get inspired to do better, and get off your ass and make something. There’s no more excuses now that you have seen the amazing things that a 9 year old boy with no money and a bunch of creativity can accomplish! (via colossal,mefi)
Michael Werner is a photographer from Germany. His work has been exhibited internationaly and is included in several private and public collections, such as the Museum Hanau, Germany or Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York and published in many catalogs to the exhibitions.
The artist Jess Riva Cooper’s Viral Series imagines the human body overtaken by malevolent plant life; like the bodies of the dead, her ceramic women busts are infected with ivy, flowers, and insects. Inspired by the Hebrew figures of the golem and the dybbuk, the viral females occupy a space between life and death; like golem, they are anthropomorphic beings brought to life by human (as opposed to divine) hands, but they are also seemingly suffocated by roots that harken back to the cleavage of the ominous dybbuk, a departed soul that fixes itself to the body of a living person. The word “dybbuk,” in fact, arrises from the Hebrew verb for “sticking from the root.”
Unlike the figures of Yiddish folklore, Cooper’s busts are female, modeled after the seductive sculpted faces of Classical Greece. Closing resembling the great alluring forms like Praxiteles’ Aphrodite of Cnidus, these figures abandon the feminine piety in favor of an ecstatic sexuality; serpentine vines crawl across their tender cheeks, and their mouths open wide to give birth to lush roses or to allow passage to fertile swarms of scarab beetles. Their eyes appear to roll back in sensual pleasure; their teeth gnaw on thick roots.
Cooper’s series seems to draw on ancient and Judeo-Christian mythology to construct a cohesive and elaborate narrative of female creative power; these women represent death and birth in equal measure. As the bodies of the dead are consumed by insects, they ultimately give rise to blossoming flora. This strange and natural cycle of rebirth serves as a metaphor for the artist’s beloved Detroit, where buildings and homes succumb to financial ruin and are eventually overgrown with feral plant life. Take a look. (via Colossal and HiFructose)
Hilarious and ingenius Christmas sleaze, mess and raunch to counteract the bloated saccharine tin carols and pop-punk remixes of all those festive songs you hate. “Stick that chocolate Santa up your butt!” proclaims PauL McCarthy, and ya can’t help but love him for it.
Tristram Lansdowne’s watercolors are investigations of landscape and architecture in relation to ideas of permanence and function. Geological and botanical frames of reference add temporal concerns to Lansdowne’s exploration of the metaphorical power of ruins.
The watercolours present richly described scenes in which various tropes of landscape and architecture have been assembled to create conflicted systems, developed according to a logic dominated more by historical glitch than any autonomous idea of form and function. Both enchanting natural phenomenon and deluding vision, the mirage serves, here, as false refuge but also as an opportunity for divination, for time travel. Vestiges of architectural modernism appear, but only as specimens in a larger natural history that includes 17th century geological theories and Romantic totems. This is a world comprised of art historical flotsam, predicated on faulty idealism and mistaken identity, where everything is an invasive species.
Don Porcella is best known for his awesome figurative sculptures made using pipe cleaners. He also makes very tactile and colorful paintings. I love how the flatness of a messy drip painting can transform into the immensity of a sky which is back-dropping a space opera on an alien planet. Check out Don’s blog for updates and shows, he’s been in a bunch of cool shows over the last couple of months.