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CROWDED ISOLATION

eric perriard

A dramatic shift is taking place. Today, Atlantic Cities reported that China, the most populated country in the world, has officially become urbanized. For the first time in their history, more people live in a city than they do countryside – 51.27 percent to be exact, which amounts to more than 690 million people. It’s a notable shift. Rapid urban growth is commanding more and more attention from global leaders as its impact spans infrastructural and cultural demands. This made us think about Eric Perriard and his photography.

Over the last few years, Eric has been investigating urban growth in Seoul, Korea and telling its story in a unique way. As he describes it, “I was excited to artistically examine one of the defining steps in the evolution of our civilization. Within the context of an accelerating urban setting, I developed a photographic essay about people living in a cosmopolitan environment. While wandering in Seoul City, I was looking to catch the instant when an isolated character encounters a moment of self-realization. Has living in cities truly become part of human nature, or are we still adapting ourselves in order to survive? By keeping a certain distance from the subject, I could preserve the tension between the city and its inhabitant in order to start thinking about the human condition in a megalopolis.” Click Read More to view his work – it’s fantastic.

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THE REDBALL PROJECT

the red ball project

Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project is an ingenious example of city engagement. It’s simple, beautiful and blunt. It’s a large ball placed in a major-city amidst the din of everyday living. Sometimes it lands in obvious locations, other times it leaves you wondering, “How did it get there?” Either way, the inviting ball gets the job done. It taps your imagination.

As Kurt describes it, “Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us. On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it.” The RedBall Project visited Toronto, Chicago, Tapei, Sydney and many other cities. Maybe it’ll visit yours next. We have a few photos of the project below. Click Read More to view.

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DELTA AT ALICE GALLERY

delta alice

One of our favorite artists is currently on show in Brussels. Boris Tellegen aka DELTA presents Abundance at the Alice Gallery. It’s a collection of visually stunning work displaying his signature paintings and sculptures. As he describes it, “My work is in collage, sculpture, drawings, videos and installations. It investigates the tension between planning and happenstance; the semblance of order undone by schematic chaos. Mankind is driven by an unshakeable faith in progress, where modern technology and constant growth leads us to a better world. My work explores a different outcome, where the automated forces unleash developed structures and minds of their own.” We have a few images from the installation posted below. Click Read More to view.

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AI WEIWEI ABSENT

ai weiwei absent

Ai Weiwei’s life is the message. His continued push to exhibit art all over the world, despite being restricted by the Chinese government, adds a civic beauty to each show. His latest installation, entitled Ai Weiwei Absent, is on display at the Taipei Fine Art Museum. It consists of 21 works created over a 30 year period and features several standout pieces – most notably, a set called Forever Bicycles constructed with 1200 bikes that represents an evolving and connected society. We have a few images of the show posted below. Click Read More to view.

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MWM IN MOSCOW

mwm in moscow

Recently we received a mega-update from our friend MWM. He’s a prolific artist traveling the world creating beautiful murals, exhibits and sculptures. His latest excursion took him to Moscow for Sretenka Design Week. There, he exhibited his latest canvas work, painted 3 massive murals, gave 2 lectures and painted an impressive collection of geometric sculptures installed around Tsvetnoy. This is some of our favorite work to date. It’s beautiful. But, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point your attention to another aspect of MWM’s work – his iPhone photos. On each of MWM’s trips he racks up a serious collection of photos snapped spontaneously with his iPhone. Together they weave an excellent tale of his adventures while being an artist. It’s sure-fire travel inspiration. Click Read More to view a sampling of his work from Moscow. But be sure to visit his site to see the collage of terrific photos caught with his iPhone.

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INSA IN BELGIUM

INSA IN BELGIUM

The highly creative and suggestive works by INSA arrive in Belgium for their Street Arts Initiative. It’s a fantastic project pairing talented artists with city locations throughout the country. Late last month, INSA’s work was showcased at the Hasselt Street Art Festival. As they describe it, “INSA visually exaggerates the notion of objectification meets commodification with graphically depicted oversized body parts that are suspended in the controlled architectural lines of a sneaker or bold black and white graphic patterns.” In this case, INSA’s work lives in the heart of town on an enormous wall where his art curves and zags in a thoughtful fashion. It’s a must see. Click Read More for additional information and photos from the project.

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URBAN LAND PROJECT

urban land project

While zooming through the city you might notice a few billboards by Tim Simmons. These aren’t your typical images. Instead of oversized car advertisements, Tim’s billboards display natural landscapes photographed in a way that vividly show texture and detail. Entitled the Urban Land Project, Tim’s work compels viewers to reflect and reconnect with their surroundings. Currently, you can find the large-scale billboards on display in Philadelphia (I-95N) and Los Angeles (N Cahuenga Blvd). Click Read More for more information and photos.

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