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Documentary Watch: Bela

 

“Bela” is a short documentary  which follows the day in the life of a street performer named Bela Erdei or “the cat man”. Bela, a recognizable face to some, travels hours by train throughout the south of France to perform with his affectionate house cats. An affable and eccentric character who has a real passion for what he does. Watch the full documentary after the jump.

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Historical News Photos Superimposed Onto Present Day New York City Sites

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Inspired by the work of Sergey Larenkov and Joeri Teeuwisse, who blend historic pictures of war-torn Europe with modern-day views of the same locations, New York City press photographer Marc Hermann has superimposed news photos from the Daily News’ massive archive over photographs of the exact same location, merging past and present. For a large city like New York, the history of events that occur in the same location is layered with much activity. This series, entitled The Daily News – Then and Now, invokes the presence of past lives and activities, asking viewers to remember the layered history that can be found right around the corner in any dense city. Hermann says, “New York is constantly changing and transforming, and tragedies that affected individuals’ lives are forgotten. We may stand on what was once the site of a horrific murder and not even know it, simply because life goes on.” What I find most fascinating is the lingering of details from past to present; particular landscapes, bricks, and staircase banisters that remain virtually unchanged, though the events that have occurred around them have come and gone. (via dangerous minds)

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MELISSA MURILLO’s Dense And Dark Art Nouveau Drawings

Berlin based illustrator, Melissa Murillo , better known as “Meyoko” her work reflects the darker side of Art Nouveau. Executed in free hand, with a fountain pen Black China ink and more recently Gold, the artworks by Meyoko are like open doorways to a microcosmic wilderness populated by divine entities and mythical creatures. Forests made of luxuriant hair are inhabited by tattooed flowers and plants ;by ravens and hummingbirds with strange silky bodies in place of feathers. An organic apotheosis executed with extreme minutia and with an endless creative sensibility.

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Graffiti Artist’s Sarcastic Messages To Authorities Creates A Visual Dialogue Of The Battle Against Graffiti

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Mobstr is an anonymous artist known for his sneaky, cheeky, and playfully subversive graffiti messages. Some of his past works include dingy walls that brazenly proclaim “REBLOG THIS” and “#Graffiti”; other works include cleverly-placed human silhouettes or sardonic social commentaries (check out this one on biodiversity in the “animal kingdom”).

Recently, Mobstr published a series of images of a progressive graffiti “experiment” that spanned the course of a year, entitled “The Curious Frontier of Red.” On the wall of an electricity substation in Hackney Wick, London, the artist engaged in a strange and amusing battle with a local council worker. Mobstr explains the project’s inspiration:

“I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was ‘buffed’ with red paint. However, graffiti outside the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Below is what transpired over the course of a year.” (Source)

Over the 30 images included in his documentation (see the full series here), you can see how Mobstr’s game escalated: at first, he writes “red.” This word is painted over and re-marked numerous times as it gradually migrates to the top, where, eventually, the words “pressure wash” appear on the brick. The council cleaner then paints over the words “pressure wash” with red, to which Mobstr teasingly replies: “You went above the line.” In a hilarious effort to defeat the graffiti artist, the entire wall is painted red. “Thanks mate, it’s been fun,” Mobstr concludes.

Light-hearted and witty, Mobstr’s “red frontier” provides a visual dialogue demonstrating the battle against (and social delegitimization of) graffiti art. Luckily, Mobstr seems to be having fun with these cat-and-mouse battles, much to our amusement. Check out Mobstr’s website and Instagram to view more of his work.

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Wim Delvoye’s Intricate, Twisted Gothic Towers

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Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is rolling out a new installation at the Sperone Westwater this month, composed of his iconic site-specific laser-cut metal towers. Intricate, decorative architectural spirals are made even more fascinating with Delvoye’s sly, humorous metal manipulations. Aided by the seemingly limitless possibilities of computer-aided design tools, he is able to execute mind-blowingly detailed sculptural works. Some pieces are pristine, acting as models for larger sculptural installations made of heavy, untreated steel. Once the actual pieces are created and placed in Delvoye’s chosen site, the sculptures quickly take on a rusted patina—and an instant “aged” look that makes each piece seem like it has existed there for centuries, even though it’s work that could only be made in present day.

His work is on view at the Sperone Westwater In NYC from May 10th – June 28th, 2013.

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Classic Paintings Recreated Using The Body As A Canvas

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Museum Anatomy is a collection of documentary photographs of works from museums around the world that have been recreated onto the human body.  The artwork goes through a significant process until reaching the final outcome, a photograph of Chadwick, sometimes unrecognizable as a human form, with an elaborate, detailed painting covering a portion of his body.  The recreated paintings of these historic portraits recapture the subjects in their own moment in history. The resulting photographs reveal a unification of art combining antiquity, history and technology in a contemporary context.”

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Cut Paper, Part 3

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Here are the last three in B/D’s series on cut paper.

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B/D Best of 2010 – Anika Lori’s Psychedelic Collage Madness

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Welcome to the psychedelic dream world of Anika Lori. Prepare to enter an alternative dimension of visual overload.

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