Posts tagged art

Castro, Batman, and Superheroes Throughout History
From Slate:

Harahap’s Photoshopped “Superhistory” presents the past as if it were a comic book, seamlessly integrating pop culture icons into the photographs that build our collective memory.

Castro, Batman, and Superheroes Throughout History

From Slate:

Harahap’s Photoshopped “Superhistory” presents the past as if it were a comic book, seamlessly integrating pop culture icons into the photographs that build our collective memory.

fjp-latinamerica:

Latino imagery invades MLK murals

In observance of MLK Day, TIME magazine’s Lightbox presents a slideshow containing a series of point-and-shoot photos taken by Chilean photographer Camilo José Vergara, who has spent his career photographing the poorest and most segregated communities in urban USA. 

This piece is remarkably different from what you can normally find in TIME’s Lightbox series, mainly because most of these pictures would never qualify as “astounding” neither by art photography standards nor by traditional photojournalism criteria. What is meaningful though, is the significance they bear as an impromptu collection, something Camilo José explains in the original post (throwing the Latino imagery into the mix): 

I didn’t set out to intentionally document murals and signs—rather, I found one and photographed it, then another, and soon I had a unique, well defined collection of images of Dr. King.

On the streets, Dr. King is represented in many wayssometimes a statesman, other times a visionary, hero or martyr. The sign painters and amateur artists who create these portraits use iconic photographs of Dr. King to model their subject. However, they often fall short of producing a perfect likeness.

It is not uncommon for Dr. King to look Latino, Native American or Asian. In Los Angeles, after the riots in 1992, many Latino shopkeepers painted Dr. King’s portrait on the façades of their businesses in the hope of deterring rioters. Furthermore, in other Latino neighborhoods, figures such as Pancho Villa, Benito Juárez and the Virgin of Guadalupe appear with Dr. King. 

FJP: Right below Benito Juárez’s depiction, the painter added the well-known quote attributed to that Mexican President: “Respect for the rights of others is peace.” That quote is perhaps the most famous saying ever recorded in passive voice (it’s legalese, after all).

Bonus: If you are curious about the MLK-Chile connection, go ahead and read Ariel Dorfman’s essay Martin Luther King: A Latin American Perspective. It’s worth your time.

Images: MLK murals by Camilo José Vergara, via TIME Lightbox. 

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A Small Group of Syrians

FJP: Syrian photographer Jaber Al Azmeh’s latest work takes the government’s newspaper to share the revolution’s thoughts. It’s quite astounding. 

The project’s description, as found on Azmeh’s Facebook page:

A small group of Free Syrians offer their words…. This project takes on one of the Syrian Government’s most prominent symbols – The Ba’ath Newspaper – as part and parcel of the Baath Security State – and here turns it upside down to be a surface of new thoughts written by the Syrian people thus overturning the daily chronicle of government lies. We emphasize also that the comments are directed not particularly to the Ba’ath but rather to ‘The Regime’ itself. Each participant was invited to use the news paper or write some words to symbolize his or her thoughts within the general idea of the revolution. Those are Syrians; Here are their words. This project began from the earliest months of the revolution. It was a time when the camera was, and continues to be, one of the revolution’s most important weapons. It was also important to work in simple and easily accessible ways while remaining discreet and not attracting too much attention. Participating in this project gave birth to new friendships, as has the revolution itself, in bringing together diverse Syrian individuals and their talks of revolution and freedom with all the complex emotional mix they entail – ecstasy, sadness and determination – they proudly express their allegiance to the one homeland, Syria.

(H/T to kawrage for the original Tumblr post)

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75 scientific mysteries, illustrated by 75 of today’s most exciting artists

FJP: The video trailer for the book is just awesome.
Finding the ‘Beautiful Evidence’ of Science
New York-based artist Thomas Allen's upcoming exhibition, Beautiful Evidence, is the product of many hours spent digging through the stacks of old bookstores and leaning over cheap purchases with his scissors. On display at Foley Gallery, the show displays old science books in new ways.
Photo: Thomas Allen/Courtesy Foley Gallery.

Finding the ‘Beautiful Evidence’ of Science

New York-based artist Thomas Allen's upcoming exhibition, Beautiful Evidence, is the product of many hours spent digging through the stacks of old bookstores and leaning over cheap purchases with his scissors. On display at Foley Gallery, the show displays old science books in new ways.

Photo: Thomas Allen/Courtesy Foley Gallery.

A Day in the Life of the Internet
Fast Company:

For her curatorial project Hotel Palenque, Elise Lammer invites artists to create just one piece of work that gets displayed for just one night in a certain location. There are two further criteria the guest artists must adhere to: the work has to take the form of a standard A0 print, and the artist has to destroy all the digital files that went into the piece’s production before it’s put on display. 
The piece, Process Watch, was made and exhibited on June 27 in London. Novitskova’s poster is comprised entirely of mundane data from that day—stock quotes, exchange rates, weather updates and more, captured in screenshots and then reassembled piecemeal in Photoshop.
But the seemingly straightforward piece raises some interesting questions about experience and reality in the internet age. The largely black and white screenshots do give us exchange rates and weather forecasts for a particular moment in time, but do they really tell us what the world was like on June 27, 2012? Surely not in the same way a collage of candid snapshots would. The poster shows us that it was 30°C in Houston, TX, but wouldn’t a sun-kissed photograph of a Houston city block show us so much more? Sure. But then again, for all those people who spend their days staring at their computer displays, the screenshots in Novitskova’s piece are exactly what June 27 was like—boring, pixelated, and not sun-kissed in the least.

FJP: Interesting thought-piece. And noted: Mix some nature into your internet.

A Day in the Life of the Internet

Fast Company:

For her curatorial project Hotel Palenque, Elise Lammer invites artists to create just one piece of work that gets displayed for just one night in a certain location. There are two further criteria the guest artists must adhere to: the work has to take the form of a standard A0 print, and the artist has to destroy all the digital files that went into the piece’s production before it’s put on display. 

The piece, Process Watch, was made and exhibited on June 27 in London. Novitskova’s poster is comprised entirely of mundane data from that day—stock quotes, exchange rates, weather updates and more, captured in screenshots and then reassembled piecemeal in Photoshop.

But the seemingly straightforward piece raises some interesting questions about experience and reality in the internet age. The largely black and white screenshots do give us exchange rates and weather forecasts for a particular moment in time, but do they really tell us what the world was like on June 27, 2012? Surely not in the same way a collage of candid snapshots would. The poster shows us that it was 30°C in Houston, TX, but wouldn’t a sun-kissed photograph of a Houston city block show us so much more? Sure. But then again, for all those people who spend their days staring at their computer displays, the screenshots in Novitskova’s piece are exactly what June 27 was like—boring, pixelated, and not sun-kissed in the least.

FJP: Interesting thought-piece. And noted: Mix some nature into your internet.

Voodoo Shaman
The New York Times Lens Blog profiles photographer Sonia Soberats:

Her subjects are often friends or family, and she frequently captures or recreates life-altering events: pregnancies, marriages, death. Her work is often joyous, but it can be haunting, even schizophrenic. She plays with light and texture and draws on her Latin roots, taking the viewer on a journey to places as magical as the the fictional town of Macondo or as surreal as a Salvador Dalí painting…
…Ms. Soberats does not rely on capturing a decisive moment. Instead, her technique, called light painting, involves careful planning and imagination…
…Using various light sources, including flashlights and Christmas lights, she darts about the frame like Tinkerbell, illuminating details within the image. The shutter remains open anywhere from two minutes to an hour.

Oh, important note: Sonia Soberats is blind.
She’s a member of the Seeing With Photography Collective, a New York-based group that creates collaborations between the visually impaired and sighted photographers. Her first solo show was last February in Venezuela.
New York Times, Visions of a Blind Photographer.
Image: Voodoo Shaman by Sonia Soberats. Via Flickr.

Voodoo Shaman

The New York Times Lens Blog profiles photographer Sonia Soberats:

Her subjects are often friends or family, and she frequently captures or recreates life-altering events: pregnancies, marriages, death. Her work is often joyous, but it can be haunting, even schizophrenic. She plays with light and texture and draws on her Latin roots, taking the viewer on a journey to places as magical as the the fictional town of Macondo or as surreal as a Salvador Dalí painting…

…Ms. Soberats does not rely on capturing a decisive moment. Instead, her technique, called light painting, involves careful planning and imagination…

…Using various light sources, including flashlights and Christmas lights, she darts about the frame like Tinkerbell, illuminating details within the image. The shutter remains open anywhere from two minutes to an hour.

Oh, important note: Sonia Soberats is blind.

She’s a member of the Seeing With Photography Collective, a New York-based group that creates collaborations between the visually impaired and sighted photographers. Her first solo show was last February in Venezuela.

New York Times, Visions of a Blind Photographer.

Image: Voodoo Shaman by Sonia Soberats. Via Flickr.

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Homophobia, machismo and classism in the Mexican Tweetosphere
#Puto (fag), #Zorra (whore), #Prole (poor), #Naco (tacky –this is actually a very rough translation) and #Indio (indigenous) are some of the most common hashtags used in Mexico to insult others on Twitter, according to Tweetbalas, a new, artsy, and very innovative experimental platform sponsored by the Mexican National Commission to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred).
Tweetbalas, which also is co-sponsored by Ogilvy and the Museum of Tolerance in Mexico City, analyzed 31 of the most offensive hashtags used by Mexican Twitter users for two months and came up with its results two days ago.
Through Tweetbalas web-based platform, one can pinpoint who’s using some of these offensive, discriminatory hashtags. Here’s an example:
@pucho93: JJJ is another great example of a stupid teacher. He organizes many female soccer tournaments. #fag
Bullets: The name of the experiment, Tweetbalas (Tweetbullets), reflects the fact that words may hurt, said Ricardo Bucio, president of Conapred. To illustrate this, every 20 offensive tweets detected by the platform, a Gotcha rifle shoots a paintball into a wall with the word Mexico inside a special hall in the Museum of Tolerance.
FJP: What we found innovative here is the combination of web based platforms and social media to make evident the tension between the freedom of speech and discrimination.
Image: The wall at the Museum of Tolerance via International Business Times

fjp-latinamerica:

Homophobia, machismo and classism in the Mexican Tweetosphere

#Puto (fag), #Zorra (whore), #Prole (poor), #Naco (tacky –this is actually a very rough translation) and #Indio (indigenous) are some of the most common hashtags used in Mexico to insult others on Twitter, according to Tweetbalas, a new, artsy, and very innovative experimental platform sponsored by the Mexican National Commission to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred).

Tweetbalas, which also is co-sponsored by Ogilvy and the Museum of Tolerance in Mexico City, analyzed 31 of the most offensive hashtags used by Mexican Twitter users for two months and came up with its results two days ago.

Through Tweetbalas web-based platform, one can pinpoint who’s using some of these offensive, discriminatory hashtags. Here’s an example:

@pucho93: JJJ is another great example of a stupid teacher. He organizes many female soccer tournaments. #fag

Bullets: The name of the experiment, Tweetbalas (Tweetbullets), reflects the fact that words may hurt, said Ricardo Bucio, president of Conapred. To illustrate this, every 20 offensive tweets detected by the platform, a Gotcha rifle shoots a paintball into a wall with the word Mexico inside a special hall in the Museum of Tolerance.

FJP: What we found innovative here is the combination of web based platforms and social media to make evident the tension between the freedom of speech and discrimination.

Image: The wall at the Museum of Tolerance via International Business Times

Let the Olympics Begin… Just Make Sure Street Artists are Kept at Bay
Via the Guardian:

When Adidas wanted to create a mural to illustrate the launch of its new football boot last year, it turned to “professional graffiti artist” Darren Cullen for help. Cullen, 38, runs a firm providing spraycan artwork and branding to major international companies, and says he has never painted illegally on a wall or train.
But despite having worked with one of the Games’s major sponsors, on Tuesday Cullen was arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) and barred from coming within a mile of any Olympic venue, as part of a pre-emptive sweep against a number of alleged graffiti artists before the Olympics.
BTP confirmed that four men from Kent, London and Surrey, aged between 18 and 38, had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage, two of whom were also further arrested on suspicion of incitement to commit criminal damage.
They were bailed until November under strict conditions restricting their access to rail, tube and tram transport, preventing them from owning spray paint or marker pens, and ordering them not to go near any Olympic venue in London or elsewhere. None has been charged.

Image: Pole Vaulting, via Banksy.

Let the Olympics Begin… Just Make Sure Street Artists are Kept at Bay

Via the Guardian:

When Adidas wanted to create a mural to illustrate the launch of its new football boot last year, it turned to “professional graffiti artist” Darren Cullen for help. Cullen, 38, runs a firm providing spraycan artwork and branding to major international companies, and says he has never painted illegally on a wall or train.

But despite having worked with one of the Games’s major sponsors, on Tuesday Cullen was arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) and barred from coming within a mile of any Olympic venue, as part of a pre-emptive sweep against a number of alleged graffiti artists before the Olympics.

BTP confirmed that four men from Kent, London and Surrey, aged between 18 and 38, had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage, two of whom were also further arrested on suspicion of incitement to commit criminal damage.

They were bailed until November under strict conditions restricting their access to rail, tube and tram transport, preventing them from owning spray paint or marker pens, and ordering them not to go near any Olympic venue in London or elsewhere. None has been charged.

Image: Pole Vaulting, via Banksy.

Typing Journalism Fatalities

Julian Koschwitz, an interactive art director based in Italy, created On Journalism #2 Typewriter, an installation that generates stories about all journalists killed from 1992 - 2011.

The data comes from the Committee to Protect Journalists and is fed from computer to typewriter where stories are written out on an endless sheet of paper.

Via Julian Koschwitz:

The individual stories are connected through common fields of coverage, places, professions and many other aspects. Besides the text the typewriter creates also images e.g. flags which are heavier distorted the more journalists got killed in that particular country…

…The software creates information graphics about the statistics in the data-set (e.g. how many have been killed in which country, which professions etc.) to connect them to the individual stories of the journalists.

"When we look at digital news what we see is technology, not the journalists who provide the news," Koschwitz tells Journalism.co.uk. “This project is to remember the journalists who are the interfaces. It makes us aware of who is providing the news, who is risking their lives to give us a tweet.”

On Journalism #2 Typewriter, by Julian Koschwitz. Select to embiggen.

Blade Runner: Aquarelle Edition

I’m a fan of patient things. If you wanted to dig deep it’s a reaction to the hyper immediacy of digital lives. With everything a touch, click or swipe away, we forget the journey on our leap to the destination. Communication, ideas and thoughts get reduced to an atomized 140 characters.

Which, now that my jaw is no longer on the ground, I say take twelve minutes to watch Anders Ramsell’s watercolor remix of Blade Runner. This reportedly is part 1 of more to come, and Ramsell has created it by painting and then animating 3,285 separate watercolors across his timeline. — Michael

Kids Draw the News
Drawing by Violet Newman, age 7, Brooklyn.
via NY Times:

We are excited to announce the debut of a new feature on City Room today: Kids Draw the News, in which we ask the children in the audience to render a current event in pictorial form.
Today’s assignment: The spectacular brawl in the Tap Room of the New York Athletic Club. Please have your children-artists read the article or read/summarize it for them. Talking points: fancy restaurant/bar, men and women dressed up, people punching each other, throwing glasses, overturning tables, arrests. (I took the liberty this morning of asking my daughter to provide the example above.)

FJP: This will be interesting. I think I’d prefer the drawings that kids come up with on their interpretation, when their parents don’t summarize the story.—Jihii

Kids Draw the News

Drawing by Violet Newman, age 7, Brooklyn.

via NY Times:

We are excited to announce the debut of a new feature on City Room today: Kids Draw the News, in which we ask the children in the audience to render a current event in pictorial form.

Today’s assignment: The spectacular brawl in the Tap Room of the New York Athletic Club. Please have your children-artists read the article or read/summarize it for them. Talking points: fancy restaurant/bar, men and women dressed up, people punching each other, throwing glasses, overturning tables, arrests. (I took the liberty this morning of asking my daughter to provide the example above.)

FJP: This will be interesting. I think I’d prefer the drawings that kids come up with on their interpretation, when their parents don’t summarize the story.—Jihii

An Igloo, Made of Books

From a series called “Home”, by Miler Lagos.

H/T: Colossal.

Floppy Portraits
I don’t have any but if I did have floppy disks, and if I did have talent, and if I did have a creative bent that brought the idea to mind, I’d make floppy disk portraits like those created by Nick Gentry.
But I don’t.
So instead, head over to Colossal for more floppy disk portraits and a short video about Gentry and his work.

Floppy Portraits

I don’t have any but if I did have floppy disks, and if I did have talent, and if I did have a creative bent that brought the idea to mind, I’d make floppy disk portraits like those created by Nick Gentry.

But I don’t.

So instead, head over to Colossal for more floppy disk portraits and a short video about Gentry and his work.