Mexican born artist Ana Teresa Fernández “erased” a portion of the U.S. and Mexican border. Using a fifteen foot ladder, a spray paint gun and a generator, she painted a portion of the metal wall that separates Playas de Tijuana and San Diego’s Border Field State Park. By applying a powder blue paint, Ana Teresa Fernández was able to create the illusion that some of the border had disappeared into the sky. During her performance she wore a “little black dress,” representing the Mexican tradition of “luto,” which is to wear all black for one year during a period of mourning. This act is the artist paying homage to the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their lives attempting to cross the border, getting to the true heart of the matter. Border patrol between the United States and Mexico has been a controversial topic for decades. Depending on which side of the border you are on, the large metal wall means something drastically different. For many Mexicans, the border represents being kept from opportunities and the ability to have access to a better life. Despite the project having nothing but optimistic intentions, the artist did face some objection. In the middle of painting, Ana Teresa Fernández was stopped by the police who attempted to arrested her. However, after a half an hour of explaining her concept, she was let go. Following the projects completion the artist received hate mail and was called a “Mexican terrorist.” She believes her project is feared because it “re-contextualizes a possibility” of peaceful coexistence.
Kristine Five Melvær is a Norwegian designer who brings a really subtle, but affective approach to the table. This Bloom lamp series is great. Inspired by natural forms, the shades call to mind “buds, fruit, or water”. Each of the three lamps are a different height, which promotes a sense of organic incongruity. The shades are made of canvas, which, though a possible fire hazard, goes along nicely with the earthy vibe of each piece. (via)
Dinosaur bones come to life in the work of Bevan Ramsay.
Seattle based artist Vincent Pacheco also known as “Mudchicken” creates beautiful mixed media collages and paintings. These cigarette paintings are hilarious. I feel the cancer coming on just by looking at them.
Next up on the B/D Interview (Chat) Roulette is master of disguises Joseph Gillette. Joseph continues to explore the ocean depths as well as D E E P S P A C E in his Party Food performance series. This show debuting at Videos Collide in Real 3D Space features screwed up music, puppets, poop jokes, and Real Life experience. Read the interview after the jump!
In a dark series of sculptures titled Broken Dreams, Brooklyn-based artist Sandra Osip captures the decline and decay of suburban Detroit. The works are inspired by Osip’s memories of the city: the streets she roamed as a child, the corner stores she visited, and the neighbourhood—now destroyed—that surrounded her former high school. She sculpts the skeletal husks of houses that are burnt down, collapsed, and decaying, evacuated of all life and purpose. In more abstract renderings, Osip has created “junk heaps” of urban ruin, crushed-up buildings that represent entire neighbourhoods left to the cruel forces of time and neglect. In the following statement, Osip explains the deeply personal inspiration for the series:
“Recently I visited my childhood neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, and to my disbelief my house was no longer standing; neither was the corner store where I bought my penny candy, nor my friend’s house down the street, nor the empty lot I used to ice skate on. This is now an empty wasteland and overgrown by nature. The day after my visit the news reported that a block away from where I lived they found two decomposing bodies. The news stated at least a dozen bodies in twelve months have been found in this abandoned and neglected part of the city.” (Source)
Nostalgia is a painful concept in these sculptures; instead of comforting childhood origins, Osip is left with rootless memories, and a sense of “home” that’s deteriorating and forever changed—haunted, even, by literal images of death in the form of human bodies. “Many of my fond memories have now vanished,” she goes on to write, explaining the pain of having part of one’s personal history obliterated. She approaches the series with a profound awareness tinged with irony; one work, titled “Beautiful Homes and Gardens,” incongruously depicts a stack of cadaver-like houses. However, by consciously reworking her attachments to the now-ruined streets of her youth, Osip’s work demonstrates a courageous exercise of healing through the release of the past.
Visit Osip’s website to view more of her works.
Thursday nights in Santa Monica, CA are going to be a lot louder now that the 29th Annual Twilight Concerts at the Pier are back. Packing in 10,000+ people to the opening night this past Thursday July 11th, Surfer Blood tore through songs off of their new album, Pythons as people on the beach danced on their blankets. The audience on the pier itself sang along and moshed which made singer, John Paul Pitts follow along jumping into the crowd himself.
This year, the recently relaunched Myspace is presenting the shows and will even be streaming a lot of them online. With the help of Rum & Humble and Spaceland Presents, the incredible lineup of upcoming concerts include Meshell Ndegeocello, No Age, Hanni El Khatib, The English Beat, Nick Waterhouse, Gardens & Villa along with Mr. Little Jeans, and Jimmy Cliff capping off the series on September 12th. All the shows are from 7-10pm, but beware that the adjacent parking lots fill up early. Also, don’t forget to visit the many vendors on the pier. I was able to grab one of the famous beef and pickle tacos from the Mas Malo stand as well as browse through the very cool collection of sunglasses from Brazil at the Chili Beans truck. Check out the schedule here and I’ll see you at the beach!
Derek Weisberg, is an artist working in Oakland CA. He is primarily a figurative sculptor creating works which focus on emotions and the human condition.