Archive for December, 2009

What a catch – Banksy

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

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Last week I saw this beautiful piece from London based artist Banksy on the street art blog Wooster Collective.  A young boy is sitting alone fishing on the banks of a river.  What has he caught? It looks like a green graffiti tag has just been fished out from the river. The tag is still dripping drops of green paint, a nice little detail that strengthens the idea of just being pulled out of the river. The drips also make the green moss that grows naturally along on the riverside wall, look like green paint that is flowing into the water. The old wall with its patches and weathered bricks, fits the scene perfectly with the boy dressed as if he lived a 100 years ago. The blue shades along the wall and the ground makes the blue overalls of the boy blend into the scenery. Altogether it gives a sense of nostalgia. Very beautiful is the light that shines on the boy like it was a chiaroscuro painting by Rembrandt, nice work of the photographer (Romanwig). The tag says Banksy but it looks like it was made by someone else, certainly if you don’t know Banksy. Either way, it’s very creative.

Store upside down – Victor & Rolf

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

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In 2005 fashion designers Victor and Rolf created a very inventive boutique in Milan to showcase their clothes. The Versailles style interior is build completely upside down. At first glance, it seems like the interior was just turned upside down, but the elements of the original ceiling are cleverly used to make a new logic that fits the ground. The archways are transformed into benches and chandeliers change into flowers sprouting out of the floor. The ceiling is made of a oak parquet that is normally used for the floor. Victor and Rolf executed their idea very consequently. The front door is upside down as are the chairs, the doormat is on the ceiling, and the cornice moldings for the top of the wall now outlines the floor. Every element of the room seems as if the room itself is turned on its head.

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What I like about this artwork is that it is completely made out of elements, patterns and structures that normally make the interior of a house. It looks like everything was already there, but the elements are slightly changed and rearranged and now make up a whole new reality. The boutique is beautiful and makes you feel like you are in a fairytale. In the store a TV that is turned upside down displays a Victor and Rolf runway show. I wonder if they also put their shirts and pants upside down on the shelves?

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The work of Victor and Rolf might be inspired by Henry Roltair, an architect who built houses and their interiors upside down, for example at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900 (le manoir a l’envers).

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PIG 05049 – Christien Meindertsma

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

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Dutch artist Christien Meindertsma made this beautiful book about all the products that were made from one pig, nr. 05049. She spend 3 years following all the body parts of this pig around the globe and documented all 187 end products at their true scale. The book is classified by the pig’s bodyparts,  for example one chapter describes all the products that were made from the nose of pig 05049. The content and structure of the book are logically following the initial choice of the artist. PIG 05049 reveales the hidden realities of our modern world. Very refreshing. It remindend me of the book Exactitudes by Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek.

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PIG 05049 shows that it is very helpful for an artist to work within boundaries, especially when these boundaries are real and not just metaphysical. Limitations make creative solutions possible. If you wonder were all the ingredients from a package of chewing gum come from and your initial research shows that one ingredient comes from a pig, you could start wondering what else is made from this pig? If you than dare to limit your research to this one pig and you are ready to spend 3 years following all body parts around the globe to document all the end products, you can truly call yourself an artist. This requires talent, guts, faith and total commitment, but that’s not what makes this work exceptional. The key to the quality of this work is the choice to work within the bounderies of a single pig.

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Dexter

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

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This highly addictive new TV show is about Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, who is a serial killer at the same time. I won’t say too much, you just have to watch the show. In the Netherlands, it is broadcasted by the VPRO. I saw the first 3 seasons in the States and I can’t wait for the 4th season which has just finished and is said to be very good. To me, this show is about the true nature of an artist and all the efforts it takes to be one. Striving for total perfection, beauty, completely irrational and passionate, and although it all makes sense, nobody will ever understand. Do I need to say that the killing is just a metaphor?