Although We Were Once a Fairytale (2007) begins slowly, with Kanye West stumbling drunkenly around a nightclub, the short film offers strange but rare insight into the celebrity/artist/god’s psychological complexes in a totally strange and successful way. He accomplishes this by stabbing himself in a bathroom, and producing a rodent from his guts. One of the main criticisms thrown Kanye’s way (other than pointing to his spectacular ego) is his inability to express himself coherently, but in his collaboration with Spike Jonze, Kanye seems to accomplish seemingly genuine and recognizable sentiment.
At first all of your assumptions about Kanye are affirmed: seeing him act like a shithead around the club, pitching back and forth barely able to stand, he is almost too easy to dislike. It’s about halfway through, when he ends up in the bathroom alone, that things begin to change. After he stabs himself, the vulnerable and repulsive creature he extracts from his streaming red-ribbon viscera creates an inner layer of Kanye most people are perhaps even unwilling to concede to him. Depending on how you look at it, it could be as cheesy/naive Bound 2 music video, but it’s difficult not to respect Kanye for the attempt to bare something deeper even when he is bashed so vehemently by pretty much anyone. The film defies direct interpretations. You have a sense of what the rodent represents: something living within, curious and grotesque, but it’s difficult to make sense of his relationship to the creature when he hands it a miniature knife. The final shot of Kanye’s expression maintains the ambiguity of the event, and keeps you thinking about it long after.
Dutch art collective WE MAKE CARPETS create a contemporary interpretation of the centuries-old medium of carpets but with the weaving method, materials, and patterns reflect the 21st century. At a distance, you simply see a decorative carpet. Closer inspection will, however, surprise you as WE MAKE CARPETS uses everyday items to create large carpets.
Products that normally have no value once they have been used, such as plastic forks, plasters, paving tiles, pasta, cotton balls and pegs are arranged in an inventive way to form a graphic pattern. WE MAKE CARPETS are inspired by the color, shape and possibilities of the discarded and cheap materials. The result is not just a decorative carpet, but an object that makes us think about the consumer society that produces these ‘weaving materials’.
Nicolas Holiber works in the middle of unwanted pieces of wood and thrown away shipping pallets. He also recycles feathers, nails and found objetcs. In his Brooklyn based studio, he creates instinctively from this magical chaos. The result is expressive, colorful mixed media sculptures representing portraits and busts of kings. One of the most emblematic ones, Goliath; from the famous tale David and Goliath is currently installed at Tribeca Park, in the heart of New York.
The sculptures come alive after being assembled, destructed and rebuilt. The process is the same each time, no exceptions. Nicolas Holiber creates from doing; with the intent of building beautiful things from a mess. Give him trash, reclaimed wood and a couple of nails and he will be able to come up with a bold, vibrant and stimulating piece of art. He will only be satisfied when he can look at the piece over and over without feeling the urge to retouch it. But beware, beautiful and finished doesn’t mean perfect. He doesn’t want anything to look too figurative. His work has to feel new and exciting. Otherwise, It just doesn’t work for him.
Until recently, the artist used to create for his own pleasure. He still does but he now shares his work by teaching sculpting classes, attending residencies (the next one is scheduled for Spring 2016 at Governor’s Island) and showing his work to the art scene.
Nicolas Holiber’s Goliath is at Tribeca Park, New York City until July 2015.
Tilt-shift photography is becoming increasingly popular in the mobile photo editing world. Even if you’re not sure what it is exactly, you’ve definitely seen it on your social feeds, and after reading this article, you’re definitely going to have a lot of fun with it.
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So…what is it?
Tilt-shift photography is a technique that has several different uses, but nowadays, its most common use is simulating a miniature effect.
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Simulating tilt-shift photography is actually pretty simple. There are lots of mobile photo editors out there, but the one we are loving right now is called PicsArt Photo Editor. They just came out with a Tilt-Shift Tool that’s really easy to use, but this app really shines in all the different ways that you can personalize your shots. But let’s talk about what you need to do.
Curated by Ohio based Faesthetic Magazine, “This Must Be The Place” opens June 20th, 2009 at Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery Space in Culver City. The exhibition features 9 American artists from the Faesthetic family who represent the diverse styles appearing in the magazine. “This Must Be The Place” is comprised of art based on the idea of “Home,” and artists are loosely limited to a 2-color palette, much like an issue of Faesthetic.
when I was a kid I used to love to collect comic books. I would buy stacks of them and read them obsessively. I always wanted to start a comic book company but B/D was as close as I ever got. The best part about comic books are the covers so we slaved away on creating our own unique cover complete with our very own super hero, the Death Goat. He’s one bad motha who punishes all in his way with one blow to the head with his might crowbar. Get the Death Goat shirt and join the Cult Of Decay. Together we’ll punish all those in our way!
Nicolai Howalt‘s Car Crash Studies series ties a post-crash carnage to artistic abstraction, as the photographs of metallic dents and scratches have a true sculptural quality. This contrasts to the chaos of the subject-matter to unveil a fascinating and hidden beauty in destruction.