Street art by Monsieur Qui
Large black and white street collages constructed out of acrylic and spray paints, wheatpaste, and cut paper.
A ballerina, whose pointe shoes are extended by a set of sharp kitchen knives, dances and twirls insistently until reaching exhaustion, fighting to maintain balance on the lid of a grand piano set on a stage. The theatre with its red velvet warm lighting, resembles an oversized music box. The camera turns around the dancer revealing the opposite side of the room: an empty and painfully bare theatre.
The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel. Initially shy and hesitant, her steps become more and more emphatic, menacing and not exempt of violence, scraping and cutting into the delicate surface of the piano with her sharp pointe shoes.
Through this work, Javier Perez investigates and reflects once again upon the human condition. Using a strongly metaphorical language rich in powerful symbolism, he reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
Carolyn Pyfrom, you also are psyche, 2008
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Paris, 1960 (via experimentadesign)
Jerzy Szumczyk, Komm, Frau, installed at night next to the Soviet tank memorial.
Jerzy Szumczyk, a student at the Gdansk Fine Arts Academy, put up the street art sculpture last Saturday night, Der Spiegel reports. Titled “Komm, Frau” — German for “Come, woman” — it depicts a Red Army soldier overtaking a pregnant woman.
The 26-year-old Szumczyk explained to the Moscow Times that, after reading about the mass rapes committed by Soviet soldiers during the liberation of Poland, he ”was unable to cope” with the information.