I finally arrived in Sharjah after a grueling 20 hour flight. After dropping my bags at the hotel I headed straight towards the hotel. Sharjah & Dubai are filled with intriguing visual stimuli. Some of the most interesting images in Dubai are the posters, photos, and paintings of the various Sheikhs. My favorite of these signs is the massive ligh tbox depicting Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the famous Sheik Zayed Road.
I’ve been to Dubai and Sharjah several times and have always loved these sun visors on the backs of cars. You’ll see them all over the place depicting the royal family behind a flapping U.A.E flag. I’m sure that we’ll be seeing images of Obama on the backs of car windows in no time.
Brazilian artist ALMA has been getting up a lot lately with these haunting, stark, sometimes figurative pieces that move in and out of decaying urban environments in an incredibly natural way. I like that he mixes it up between extensive, symmetrical work that kind of reminds me of Richard Colman, and flat black stuff that’s really hard to define but affective nonetheless. South America is always killin’ it.
I’ll be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about dance, especially when it comes to ballet. I am, however, a huge Fall fan, which led me to these videos of choreography by Michael Clark, a British dancer who famously shook up the modern dance world by staging avant-garde productions often set to experimental or post-punk music. These clips come from a 1988 ballet called “I Am Curious, Orange” which was scored entirely by The Fall. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been much proper documentation done of this work, but these YouTube clips, taken from Charles Atlas’ long out of print film Hail the New Puritan will have to suffice.
Tumblr sensation Mister Fungo creates funky, mind-bending gifs that vacillate between psychedelic and zombie inspired imagery. The bright colors, together with their mesmerizing movements, create a lively yet freaky vibe.
During his graduate studies in microbiology, artist Zachary Copfer invented a new type of photography, one grown entirely of living bacteria. By exposing sections of microscopic organisms to radiation, he accelerates their growth, allowing them to multiply and compose vivid photographic portraits. Copfer’s subjects include both artists and scientists who inspire him; famous images Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso are replicated in Serratia marcescens, a human pathogen often associated with infections of the urinary tract and respiratory systems. The portrait of Stephen Fry is made of bacteria found in the actor’s own body.
Copfer’s portraits closely resemble the art of Roy Lichtenstein; his faces bear the same comic book-style polka dots made famous by the legendary pop artist. Also like Lichtenstein’s paintings and prints, they are duplicates of mass-produced, iconic public domain images. But quite unlike the work of Lichenstein and his colleagues, Copfer’s images are imbued with an undeniably unique and human tenor. These bacterial cells, some drawn from the bodies of the subjects they portray, are corporeal and therefore inevitably personal. In contrast the ink used by the pop artists, these cells will someday die. Though iconic, these portraits are ultimately of mortal men, and the fact that they are rendered here in disease-causing bacteria only underscores that fact.
In addition to portraiture, Copfer experiments with photographs of celestial bodies. Here, in glowing green E. coli genetically modified with GFP, the vast cosmos are paradoxically formed from the microscopic, reminding us that in the end, all matter great and small is profoundly interconnected. Take a look. (via Jezebel)
Moki Mioke celebrates a beautiful relationship between people and nature. Her photography provides reference images for her surreal paintings, but her creativity manifests in other media as well, such as installation and comic art. She has a great passion for nature that she expresses through her work in her constant exploration of its textures, scenes, and hidden treasures. She is able to find the most stunning glaciers and mossy green boulders in absurd abundance, a tribute to her investment in her passion. Her paintings show how she perceives her relationship to nature; Comfortable and inseparably entwined as in the feeling capture in the painting of a woman who sleeps under a blanket of rock.
Mioke’s paintings are excitingly contemporary. Nature is not a particularly modern subject matter, but Mioke immerses herself within it to successfully find its relevance today. She avoids the nostalgia and sentimentality that would come with a less profound examination. Most importantly, she finds a perspective, a lens through which she can observe the environments she seeks out, that feels new. You don’t feel as though you’re seeing just another tree. Mioke’s awe and wonder at the beauty of her subject translates loudly in her work. (Via Ignant)