Sofia Hultén, Fuck it up and start again (one guitar smashed and mended 7 times), 2001

Let’s start today with Fuck it up and start again (one guitar smashed and mended 7 times), 2001 from Sofia Hultén.
I am normally not a big fan of happening and other video of such (I usually pass quickly in front of it during art fair/exhibition…), but how not to be captivated by the concept, energy and title?

Unlike the rock star smashing for good its artistic medium, using a language of self-destruction and provocation, here, the artist repairs it, smash it again and on repeat. Therefore, the emphasis is not much on the action only but also on the object itself: she doesn’t use another guitar, but give to this object, life and death, in a word: history and that’s exactly why this anthropomorphism is captivating.

Plus, by exploring in her works the concept of reconstruction of everyday objects, she actually succeed to reverse at its best the concept of ready-made art. Brilliant.

Images © Sophia Hulten

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The Audubon Mural Project

Created in October 2014, this brilliant project aim to raise awareness for endangered and climate-threatened species of birds via graffiti art / murals in New York City.

This idea came after the Audubon Report of the same year, which reveals that 314 (yes, 314!!!) native North American avian species are in serious danger because of climate changing.

Maybe because images are sometimes stronger than words, the National Audubon Society liaised with Gitler &_____ Gallery to create this eye-catching project aiming now to depict every one of the species on the list forming a meaningful outdoor gallery.

Artists from different nationalities participate, but also landlords, business owners: everyone is more than welcome to contribute.

And the result (either big or small) is always stunning and colourful!

Please have a look on their website here for more detailed information and more pictures.
Photo © : Mike Fernandez, Camilla Cerea/National Audubon Society

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Peter Daverington, Bald Eagle, 2014

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Graham Preston, Mallard, 2014

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Ashli Sisk, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, 2015

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Jason Covert, Brown Pelicans, 2015

The sexy art works of Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh.

Today is Monday, it’s raining, it’s cold, trains were delayed this morning (again!), no time for breakfast, oyster cards top up machine were broken,… so in order to change our minds, let’s share the highly sexy works born of the collaboration of the artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh.

Cooperation between artists is already rather unusual in the art field, but here, works are travelling back and forth between their separated studio where they simultaneously reveal and conceal each other’s images.

In this fusion, we still recognise the sensibility and vision of each artist : Ghada already famous for exploring gender and female sexuality in her art, and Reza for the natural elements.

Plus, this mix of sexy female figures with cartoon characters, Hindu deities, passages of Arabic scripts (Ghada is born in Egypt and Reza in Iran), patterns of flowers… reveals also a superb intermingling between East and West.

Happy Monday ! 🙂

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, El Amor de la Rosa Roja, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Die Leiden des jungen Werther, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Age of innocence, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Aphrodites and the White Rose, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, The Sun is Sinking in the West, 2012

Images © Tina Kim Gallery, New York / © CHEIM & READ Gallery

Ola Kolehmainen, the photographer who sublimes the architecture

“I do not photograph architecture. I use it as raw material.”  Ola Kolehmainen

Reading this statement, we better understand the logic of his art : the Finnish photographer focus, not on how the building fit the surroundings or its proportions, but on its ordinary elements composing the structure, the geometry and repetitive patterns. He creates then a sort of abstract picture thanks to a clever framing and colours.

His last series made during his residency in Istanbul, captures differently the beauty of it.
Choosing mainly old religious buildings, he changed the method and breaks the pictures in different large frame to better enlighten its volume.

Either way, this is visually stunning…

Source and images Copyrights : Galeria SENDA, Gallery Taik Persons, Artsy