A while ago SVP saw an interesting work of Eto Otitigbe, which had the combination of craftsmanship (or at least the feel of it) and concept.
His project consisted of three panels with portraits of the artist.
Alle portraits look like a big woodcut, painted black.
These panels are not made by hand although it looks like they are. They are made of MDF and lasercutted with machines, and painted black.
The light on the work reveals the images cutted out of it.
Eto is wearing a hooded sweater on the images, which is a reference to the protest in USA against shootings against innocent black men.
In the USA the right of self defence is taking its turn.
The unarmed, and innocent black man Trayvon Martin, 17 years old, African American man was shot, probably just because he was wearing a hoody and the shooter felt scared.
“The linear patterns in Becoming Visible were inspired by traditional wood carvings and bronze statues from Benin, West Africa. Many of these works depict the King or “Oba” of Benin with lines that contour this face. Traditionally some ethnic groups used these lines to identify each other after they had been separated. In this case I place the lines on an image of my own face to express empathy for the families of innocent African American men who’s lives were taken unjustly.” (text from website of Eto Otitigbe )
More information about this project of Eto here.
SVP saw this work already quiet a while ago at the exhibition Trampoline presents…TRANSFORMERS: COILED POTENTIALS, of the Master programme of Transart Institute,in Berlin (Germany).
This exhibition space was tucked away in Kreuzberg, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, with a nice outside space too. Worth to pay a visit when you are in the neighbourhood!
This week I discovered the world of poodle grooming…
I was flabbergasted by this phenomenon: it has so much I like and yet I could not fully enjoy these pics…
Therefore I am very grateful to a few professional groomers that took all my concerns away.
Sandy Paws: “For those who are overly concerned about the dogs emotions. Cindy loves the attention. She will prance around and expects your attention. This is a Creative Grooming Contest and Cindy will look like this for only a few hours. After the contest Cindy will be shaved. “
this is sandy with her dog Cindy, on the cover of the great magazine Groomer to Groomer:
From a shear Groomer: “Not to sound rude but this goes out to the ones who classify this “sport” cruel to poodles. I bet it’s safe to say that the majority of you have never owned a poodle let alone a standard. so you would have no knowledge or personal experience with These dogs in the enjoyment brought by the attention that is given to them during the grooming process, and more then likely have been on the grooming table since they were pups.”
Jennifer (had a lot to say so I share the parts that convinced me):” …Sweet baby Jesus, all of you so-called animal lovers need to get a grip and do some research.This is not torturing the animal in any way. This is NOT the 1800s, it’s 2011.”
“…Contrary to popular belief, pets are not as fragile as you think. Poodles are a hunting breed for Christ’s sake. It’s not some fragile baby, it’s a DOG.”
“…NEWS FLASH: DOGS ARE COLOR BLIND. They don’t know, nor do they care what color they are. And they don’t feel embarrassment because they don’t know judgment as humans do. They only understand good and bad, or right and wrong in terms of their behavior. Jeez, sit back.”
And last but not least… Because I am in Germany:
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Jakub Hošek with his fragile and beautiful brutality.
A cancer in the smallest bones
Don´t Say Be Tender First/Ale
Represented by Jiri Svetska Gallery.
but without the hair and irritating voice.
This clip shows the power of hair I guess.
Dazzled paintings are paintings on ships to confuse the enemy.
During WWI they were used a lot, but even in WWII they were used.
Normam Wilkinson gets the credits for these complex paintings to artist Norman Wilkinson, consisting of a pattern of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.
Because of the paintings it is hard for the enemy to see how far away a ship is, of which directions it is sailing.
There is a discussion these days; some people do not believe the paintings do their work. (more info)
Interpretation based on Dazzled painting principle
great new works by Tilburgian Koen Delaere:
to be seen next week at WHATBAR#8:
Whatbar 8 – The Non-Obvious-Bar London
Opening: March 18, 2010 | 20:30
Michiel Ceulers (B) / Markus Vater (UK) / Rozemarijn Westerink (NL) / Femke de Vries (NL) / Jeremy Willett (UK) / Emma van der Put (NL) / Hester Scheurwater (NL) / Koen Delaere (NL) / Remco Torenbosch (NL) / Bas van den Hurk (NL) / CAM DEAS (UK) / Sarah Smolders (NL) / Babette Kleijn (NL) / Marije de Wit (NL) / Vincent Koreman (NL) / Alistair McClymont (UK)
Located in Charing Cross railway station
|BAS VAN DEN HURK
Organizing the non-obvious II20th March – 24th April, 2010
Private View: Thursday 18th March, 6 – 9 pm
After party curated by Bas van den Hurk:
Whatbar # 8
292-294 St. John Street
8.30 – 12.00pm with:
Remco Torenbosch (NL)
Hester Scheurwater (NL)
Emma van der Put (NL)
Michiel Ceulers (B)
Sarah Smolders (B)
Markus Vater (UK)
Koen Delaere (NL)
Femke de Vries (NL)
Jeremy Willett (UK)
Alistair McClymont (UK)
Vincent Koreman (NL)
Marije de Wit (NL)
Babette Kleijn (NL)
Rozemarijn Westerink (NL)
Bas van den Hurk (NL)
Cam Deas (UK)
ROD BARTON GALLERY
One Paget Street, London EC1 7PA
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Nearest Tube: Angel.
Open: Saturday (12-6pm) during exhibitions or by appointment only