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Susan Schuppli, Nature Represents Itself (2018), video still, 74 million million million tons, SculptureCenter, New York, 2018. Oil film simulation diagramming hydrocarbon compositions and behavior from both the initial surface slick as well as deep subsurface plumes resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. CGI simulation. 6:26 minutes (loop). Produced in collaboration with Harry Sanderson. From a mixed-media installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist
74 million million million tons is an exhibition about the types of evidence that artworks can produce. Employing different methodologies to investigate, intervene, and assemble, the artists in the exhibition reveal subjects on the threshold of politics and the outskirts of legality: the robot, the refugee, the environment, the startup, and others.
While their subject matter is divergent, the exhibitions artists push against narratives put forth by corporate and government industries by producing specific knowledge and corroborative objects around unmapped historical and political events. Directly intervening in the moments before such events coalesce into widely accepted narratives, they anticipate and shape understanding of a variety of human (and non-human) subjectivities by documenting and articulating instances of what is not yet widely known or recognized. By operating inside delays, silent pauses, sensory impairments, and omissions, these artists examine the shape and weigh the force of these gaps, not only as absences but also as sources of knowledge in themselves.
The exhibition features work by Shadi Habib Allah, George Awde, Carolina Fusilier, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Hiwa K, Nicholas Mangan, Sean Raspet and Nonfood, Susan Schuppli, Daniel R. Small, Hong-Kai Wang, and is curated by Ruba Katrib and Lawrence Abu Hamdan.
Learn more at sculpture-center.org.
74 million million million tons continues at SculptureCenter (44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens) through July 30. Opening hours are Thursday-Monday, 11am-6pm.
Lovers of Japanese art who like to be creative with their footwear will be thrilled to learn that Dr. Martens has recently released an Eastern Art edition of their classic 1460 Pascal boots and 1461 shoe. In the new collection, which also includes a leather satchel, each piece is covered in hand-drawn paintings digitally printed onto textured leather.
Similarly to Dr. Martens' Artist Series, which features works by great masters of Western art, each pair of shoes becomes a miniature art piece for your feet. Exploding with color, the designs appear as though painted onto traditional parchment paper thanks to the leather's texture.
Eastern art has long been an inspiration for creatives, whether we're talking about the influence of Japanese art on the Impressionists or contemporary tattoo artists paying homage to irezumi. So it makes sense that the forward-thinking British brand would think to mix classic Asian art with their time-honored styles.
The collection ranges from $85.00 for the leather satchel up to $155.00 for the 1460 Pascal boots. All are available via the Dr. Martens website, so scoop them up while you can!
Installation view, Maringeles Soto-Daz: Instituto Experimental Tropical del Amazonas at 18th Street Arts Center (all images courtesy of the artist)
SANTA MONICA In 1935, a group of feminist artists founded an experimental art school deep within the Amazon jungle. The local wisdom and craft knowledge of the indigenous Makiritare, Yekuana, and Yanomami peoples who live along the border between Venezuela and Brazil informed the schools art making. Modernist luminaries like Le Corbusier and Sonia Delaunay gave lectures at the school. All thats left today of the Instituto Experimental Tropical del Amazonas, which shuttered in 1942, are a small sampling of documents and mixed media works that tell a partial story about the radical forms of art making and communal living that took place.Close-up view of Instituto Experimental Tropical del Amazonas at 18th Street Arts Center
If the idea of an early 20th-century feminist art school in a remote jungle of South America seems unlikely, its because the school is a work of fiction imagined by artist Maringeles Soto-Daz in an installation at 18th Street Arts Center. The exhibition, featuring collage and drawings on paper, resembles a small university archive. One vitrine contains a spread of drawings and notes mapping out relationships between local materials and their creative and symbolic uses. Samples of achiote and coconut are displayed alongside works of geometric abstraction...
Japanese artist Hiroyasu Tsuri aka TWOONE just kicked off the Wall Street Art Festival which will be taking place in the south of Paris, France in the coming weeks.
Geared with brushes, rollers and paint, the Berlin-based muralist brought to life this signature artwork showing a large Egret. The artist took inspiration from the local lake which usually sees the egret hibernate in the area. However, this year, the bird didnt appear. TWOONE was inspired by the idea of missing something or someone.
The piece was made possible with the support of MathGoth Gallery
Take a look at more images by Gautier Jourdain below and keep checking back with us for more updates from the upcoming event.
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Ironically, it was Jewish doctor of Hungarian descent that coined the term degenerate art. His name was Max Nordau. His book, Degeneration (1892) railed against the coming storm of modernity, and more importantly, the moral collapse associated with it. He cited the case of Oscar Wilde as just one example of this so-called moral decay and urged repression, even censorship to oppose what he felt were real dangers to European cultural and social institutions. William James, among others, thought it all a bit extreme, even comical, but Nordau and his views would find an audience; it would just take some time. It bears mentioning, too, that as the Dreyfus Affair (18941906) unfurled in waves of sordid, anti-semitism, Nordau, like many European Jews, became a fervent Zionist. Indeed, he co-founded the World Zionist Organization with Theodor Herzl in 1897.Still from Hitler Versus Picasso And Others (all images courtesy Trafalgar Releasing)
Fast forward 40 years to 1937, and Nordaus ideas, long out of fashion in most quarters, made their return, albeit in ways he might never expected. With Hitler now in power in Germany and the Reichskulturkammer (Reich Chamber of Culture) firmly en...
Self-taught Gabonese photographer Yannis Davy Guibinga is known for portraits that highlight the diversity of cultures and identities in the African diaspora. His works are often richly hued, with subjects positioned against bright gradient backgrounds or adorned in warm tones.
In his project The Darkest Colour however, Guibinga moves away from his multi-colored photo shoots to focus entirely on the color black and its relationship to darkness, mourning, and death. The series is set in front of a matte black background and features two nude models whose skin has also been painted black. The works seek to unpack the negative aspects of the both the color and its symbolism.
Black is generally the colour associated with tragedy, death, and mourning, and the act of passing away is considered to be a tragedy in many cultures, Guibinga tells Colossal. The Darkest Colour seeks to redefine association of black and death with tragedy and sadness by representing the act of passing away as more of a relaxing experience.
The 22-year-old photographer is currently a student in professional photography at...
Our friend CloakWORK ran the CloakWORK-shop pop-up experience for two weeks at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
The space was aimed for creative minds, rebellious people and those who seek for freedom in their creations.
The A4 papers provided are for the public to draw out the word CLOAK in their own style and pin them on the wall. At the end of the event, the artist choose 2 of his favourites and will paint them on his next creation.
Take a look at more images below and then make sure to head over to the artists instagram for more on his work....
It was 2002 when an international group of street art and electronic music enthusiasts organized the first Nuart Festival in Norways oil capital, Stavanger. The idea was to create a secondary event for their music program in order to introduce some of the most interesting artists of the underground street art movement. Keeping their concept simple yet original, the festival presented an annual platform for national and international artists who operated outside of the traditional art establishment, both indoors and outdoors, to stimulate conversation that would challenge the notions of what art is, and what it can be.
It wasnt long before the visual part of the project continued on its own and grew into whats now widely considered to be the worlds leading celebration of street art among its peers. It was around the 15th year of the festival when founder and director Martyn Reed and his team were approached by the city of Aberdeen, Scotland with an idea to develop a similar project in their own town. After years of rejecting similar offers, the team felt a strong connection and similarities between the two oil industry-dependent cities, and in 2017 the first edition of Nuart Aberdeen (previously) was introduced to the public.
The 2nd edition of this festival was held only a few weeks ago, and once again brought the Granite City to the spotlight of the international urban and street art scene. Nuart Aberdeen invited well-established artists who first started their careers at Nuart in Stavanger, such as Bordalo II and...
Television host and childrens advocate Fred Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister, for whom spiritual reflection was as natural and necessary a part of daily life as his vegetarianism and morning swims.
His quiet personal practice could take a turn for the public and interactive, as he demonstrated from the podium at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 1997, above.
Accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award, he refrained from running through the standard laundry list of thanks. Instead he invited the audience to join him in spending 10 seconds thinking of the people who have loved us into being.
He then turned his attention to his wristwatch as hundreds of glamorously attired talk show hosts and soap stars thought of the teachers, relatives, and other influential adults whose tender care, and perhaps rigorous expectations, helped shape them.
(Play along from home at the 2:15 mark.)
Ten seconds may not seem like much, but consider how often we deploy emojis and likes in place of sitting with others feelings and our own.
Of all the things Fred Rogers was celebrated for, the time he allotted to making others feel heard and appreciated may be the greatest.
Fifteen years after his death, the Internet ensures that he will continue to inspire us to be kinder, try harder, listen better.
That effect should quadruple when Morgan Neville's Mister Rogers documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor? is released next month.
Another sweet Emmy moment comes at the top, when the honoree smooches his wife,...
Start spreading the newswe love New York! To express our admiration for the bustling metropolis, we've come up with a selection of gifts that are much more creative than a souvenir shirt.
From a statement necklace to a stamp-inspired print, some of these products showcase New York City's well-known skyline. Othersincluding a yellow cab poster and subway map plateexplore the way New Yorkers make their way around the concrete jungle. Of course, some celebrate the Big Apple's food scene, allowing you to transform your kitchen into a craft brewery, coffee shop, or pizza place. And, if the fast pace of NYC is too much for you, a few products even escape city limits to honor the entire Empire State.
Wake up in the city that never sleeps with these eye-catching New York gifts!
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