It's been said before and I guess I'll be saying it again. How quick does a plastic protective cover have to come up on a supposed Banksy for it to just kill the whole act of 'graffiti'? This new wall piece was announced and in no less than two days somebody has gone up there and nailed this piece of plastic over it. The paint hadn't event dried from the sidewalk when I passed by it. There's something very cold, while still rather very uncool, about this meticulous protection of graffiti. I would imagine the 'rebellious', fleeting nature of this art form is the point, meant to transcend any kind of neat preservation. Just like performance, you can take pictures of it, but you just can't preserve it, it happened...
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
John Baldessari's "Your Name in Lights" plays with people's narcism and obsession with fame. Read more about it on this Stylembe blog.
Thank you Luciana for being so on it, putting my name up there, being there AND taking a picture of it. You have connected me to my narcissistic self...
Happy summer to you too xxx
Friday, 10 June 2011
Back in the 80's there were lots of pictures of kids and war. From Palestine, from Ethiopia, from Afghanistan there were pictures, back then, that were iconic and are still recognizable. Interestingly, as of late, some of those pictures have come back with updates.
There was the National Geographic portrait of the Afghani girl from 1984 who resurfaced with a later portrait (in 2002):
image taken from NationalGeographic.com
More recent is the story about a little boy whose image was taken while he was furiously hurling a stone. Back in the 80's, the stone throwing children were a strong part of the resistance, become icons of strength in their own right (branded Children of the Stones).
Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, the little vivacious boy, is today a violinist. Turning his energies to music, he isn't only a respected player, but also a very respected teacher. He runs a school in Palestine where he teaches children to play the violin. His school is called Al Kamandjati.
What strikes me about these stories, just like Robert Frank's 'Girl in the Elevator', is the moment that we, as viewers, all stay with for decades to come are only remet with an "after" image. We have been given the opportunity to re-meet the subjects of these striking photos. With that, entire lives fill that gap of time between the mili-second of that first shutter-flap that created the iconic image that we know, and today.
It's almost like a time lapse. After all, that's what animation is...
More on Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan
listen and read: NPR
videos, pictures and more reading: The Star blog
Monday, 6 June 2011
So late on sharing these, but here they are. I thought the Royal Wedding was ultimately a Royal Anti-Climax, but it was interesting to see how the nation celebrates royalty in 2011. The royalists versus those looking for a party, the tradition versus the kids, the way technology and urban space played into the capitol wide celebration.