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“Global Street Food”

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"Floating market" from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

“Global Street Food” is a show which is currently running at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. The exhibition is made up of actual structures used by street food vendors around the world. It was curated by German art director Mike Meiré, who writes that it “is dedicated to the fascination with improvised kitchens in public places; urban fast food stations navigating the contrast between pragmatic dilettantism and complexity in the smallest of spaces.”

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Mothi Limbu

Lots of great design, illustration, art direction, and art over at the portfolio of creative juggernaut Mothi Limbu.

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Richard Coleman

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Wow wow wow, Richard Coleman’s work leans towards the magically mysterious, while exhibiting complex combinations of color and form. He’s part of an impressive list of artists included in the very first show at THIS Gallery which opened this weekend in Los Angeles, so if you are in town go check it out!

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Ben Wheele Finds Baroque Pathos in The Unusual

 

 Ben Wheele is an artist and animator based in London who makes a variety of videos, animations, and sculptures dealing with surreal images  and worlds that are extremely compelling but  hard to describe. When asked about his work Ben says “If I were to speculate…I’d say my work is probably an attempt to find ‘Baroque pathos’ in unusual netherworlds, where logic has somehow receded. What remains is often gooey and emotional.” Watch the above videos and tell us what you think his works about! (via vvork)

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Christo’s Massive 300 Foot Tall ‘Sculpture’

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Legendary artist Christo‘s newest project, Big Air Project, is more than just big.  Even ‘huge’ would be an understatement.  At nearly 300 feet tall Big Air Package could possibly be the largest indoor work of art ever.  Housed in a venue that was once a gas holder, the project is exactly as its title describes it.  Big Air Package is a massive inflated cylinder with no hard underlying structure – a giant balloon.  The project’s press release explains how it functions:

“Two air fans creating a constant pressure of 27 pascal (0.27 millibar) keep the package upright. Airlocks allow visitors to enter the package. Illuminated through the skylights of the Gasometer and 60 additional projectors, the work of art creates a diffuse light throughout the interior.”  [via]

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Transmormon – The Story Of A Transgender Mormon Woman

The short film “Transmormon” is the story of Eri Hayward. Born into a Mormon family and assigned male at birth, Eri struggled with her gender identity as early as five years old.

“When I was explained to myself that I was a boy, it was because God had made me that way, which didn’t make a really great relationship, as a five year old, between me and God.”

In many ways, this is what “Transmormon” is really about. Eri and her family describe her struggles growing up in a religious community in Utah where her search for identity included a time believing she was a gay man, and her pain and despair led her to try to cut off her own penis. Her family’s love eventually led to their acceptance of her as female and they supported her trip to Thailand for a sex-change operation. But though her family embraces her as a woman, her religion does not.

According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Handbook, as a transgender person, Eri cannot get married in the temple or raise children in the faith. Because Eri sought to align her birth-assigned sex and her internal sense of gender identity, she has been marginalized. And yet, her belief in God, so problematic when she was five, has been strengthened even as her religious community has closed to her. This hasn’t caused her to become bitter, though, although she is wistful.

“It’s hurtful to someone who wants to have a relationship with someone but also have a relationship with God and the Church. But, my personal opinion is while it might be nice of them to approach things in a way that is a little more kind, it is their church. You can go find another one. … I looked at my life and I looked at the things that were important to me and I found a way to have family in my life and have a lot of the cultural aspects of my LDS upbringing and still find a way to be happy.” (Source)

“Transmormon” takes a sincere look at gender and belief, God and acceptance, family and faith.

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Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung

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Born in Hong Kong, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung now lives and works in New York. His art is incredibly socially conscious, exploring and excelling in high-definition video animation, video games, net.art, digital graphics, and mixed media installations. Currently in progress is video installation “In GOD We Trust.” He envisions Obama as a reincarnation of seven spiritual leaders and prophets. Far from worshipping Obama, “In GOD We Trust” delves into the hopes and changes the 44th U.S. president promises to deliver–and the obstacles he will encounter along the way.

 

P.S. The “GOD” in “In God We Trust” is an acronym for “Global Obama Devotion.” Not our national motto!

 

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Hate Mail For Hire: Mr Bingo Send Postcards With Nasty Messages To Your Friends

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Throwing abuse at people is easy. Getting paid to do it is another matter. London based illustrator Mr Bingo does it with ease, and loves taking money for his efforts. The prankster receives offensive sayings from visitors on his twitter page, draws pictures to accompany the words, and sends the composited postcard to the chosen (willing, or unsuspecting) victims. For 50 quid, plus postage, you can receive a customized card that tells you exactly how crap you are. Quite surprisingly, the abusive service he offers has proven to be quite popular. Mr Bingo explains how it all began:

It all started one night in my studio in 2011 when I’d had a few drinks. I went on Twitter and said I will send a postcard with an offensive message to the first person who replies to this. (Source)

After receiving over 50 replies in a matter of minutes, he sent the postcard to ‘winner’ to Jonathan Hopkins from Forest Hill in London, stating that Mr Hopkins had shit legs. “Fuck you, Jonathan, fuck you and fuck your shit legs” the card read. Even though he was saying something that would be offensive, even repulsive to some, Mr Bingo’s card went down a treat and kickstarted a niche market for cards that knocked the receiver’s self confidence.

Essentially, what I was doing was enabling strangers to pay me to tell them to fuck off. All this is comedy. It’s clear that the hate mail is a joke and that I’m only sending it to people who want it. (Source)

Mr Bingo himself receives a lot of hate mail, but takes it all on the chin, as he expects his clients to do. He is the type of person that considers swearing funny, and in fact necessary, but refuses to poke fun at homophobia, racism, religion or disability.  The cheeky illustrator has also launched a (successful) kickstarter campaign to fund a printed collection of his postcards. You can see that project here. (Via Juxtapoz)

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