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

The dreamlike worlds of Sonia Mehra Chawla

Sonia Mehra Chawla’s works are absolutely stunning.
This talented artist born in Kolkata (India), is mixing reality and fantasy to create a surreal and theatrical world, often colorful and with the nature omnipresent. Life and death, evolution and destruction are recurrent themes where biomorphic and hybrids forms stand along with human figures and chromosome and human cell -like are part of the landscape.
This is in my view, a very poetic and beautiful manner to say we are all connected to the nature.

Image Sources: © 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Encapsulate IV B, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Encapsulate IV B, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hybrid Digressions I, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hybrid Digressions I, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hyperbloom Transitions I, 2012

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hyperbloom Transitions I, 2012

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Transitory Shores & Biomorphic II, 2013

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Transitory Shores & Biomorphic II, 2013