It is difficult to define the Lightwork series of Conrad Shawcross – sculpture, installation, perhaps even performance. His pieces are typically large machines that move and spin bright lights in a manner that is somehow at once mechanistic and human. The sculptures are built of elaborate machinery similar in appearance to factory robots. However, in a way Shawcross juxtaposes the utilitarian appearance of his machines with their art-making purpose.
He says, “I really like them as unfinished objects. The minute they turn, you are left in a much easier position of ‘ok, that’s about a spinning light bulb’. But before they operate, you have to be more aggressively thoughtful to try and work out what they are for.” (via)
Jesse Greenberg lives and works in New York City. He utilizes a wide variety of materials to create foreboding structures that reference the natural world as well as the artificial. The majority of his work is made from plastic and displayed so that viewers may touch what they see as the tactility of the work adds to the experience. Greenberg takes a cheap mass produced material that many take for granted and morphs it into deteriorated monuments that comment on consumption and decay.
Pieter Hugo’s “Kin” is the photographer’s closer look into his motherland and a personal approach to the incredible human diversity surrounding him. Hugo’s photo series from South Africa depicts the issues of race, social status, economical despair, sexuality and his own place in such “fractured, schizophrenic, wounded, and problematic place”.
Despite being complicated in content, Hugo’s photographs carry a distinctly serene, calming style and the sense of connection between the photographer, camera and the subject. Regardless of who’s in frame, an unknown homeless drifter, domestic servant, or his pregnant wife, Hugo captures their essence and tension in a simple static shot.
“[Kin] is an engagement with the failure of the South African colonial experiment and my sense of being ‘colonial driftwood. [South Africa] is a very violent society and the scars of colonialism and apartheid still run very deep. Issues of race and cultural custodianship permeate every aspect of society, and the legacy of forced racial segregation casts a long shadow.”
Based on his photographic approach, Pieter Hugo raises questions to himself and searches for answers through his work. How should one live in this diverse society? Should one accept the historical aftermath for granted or try to change it? How to raise a family in these circumstances?
This video just sorted out where I would spend my next vacation. Watch it and then join me in the private B/D jumbo jet as we head off to Spain, where the Goths, the Romans, and the Moorish left their mark. Where Don Quijote fought against the windmills. And where El Greco, Diego de Velazquez and Francisco de Goya all once lived. Watch the full video after the jump.
Decadent desserts are paired with sexy legs in Argentinian-based artist Camila Valdez’s series of life and table-sized sculptures. The faceless beings are placed in public and are posed on benches, seen exiting restaurants, and enjoying a picnic in the park. Despite the fact they can’t convey emotion through eyes or a mouth, Valdez has made their legs expressive. They are straight and together if trying to look pensive, or partially open as if trying to suggest something else.
This series literally objectifies women and compares them to a sugary treat that will rot your treat and should be enjoyed only every-so-often. At the same time, they reference outdated objects from the middle of the 20th century, where legs were attached to things like lamps (as seen in the film A Christmas Story). Valdez pokes fun at this absurd and fantastical objectification of the population. (Via HiFructose)
From subliminal messages to product placement, advertising is no stranger to double meanings, and this is just what the Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation (ANAR for short) had in mind when they teamed up with Grey Spain to create a new cutting-edge campaign which speaks directly to children suffering from abuse– even in the presence of their abusers.
Just how is this possible?
Well, using “outdoor lenticular” technology, a dualistic message is transmitted. Adults see a simple clean awareness message while children see a slightly bruised variation on the advert, directing them to a help crisis line.
Sydney-based illustrator, Jirat Patradoon, creates strong, masculine, and drama-packed illustrations of masked protagonists inside an almost comic book-like world. He recently featured his work at a solo show in the Sydney-based Boutwell Draper Gallery, and has made an appearance in our new Beautiful/Decay Book 4.