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Time has come to feature the work of Francis Alÿs, one of my favorite artists of all time, Belgian-born yet a true Mexican at heart. His work is clearly inspired by the Situationist International (founded in 1957 and dissolved in 1972) as best seen through his dérives (attempts at analysis of the totality of everyday life, through the passive movement through space) in cities such as London, Mexico City, and Havana, which he later documents through drwaings, animations, and videos, amongst others…. Here are 4 of his works then:
Sometimes doing something leads to nothing (1997), in which he pushes a huge block of ice through the streets of Mexico City:
Railings, in which he exposes London’s architecture thrugh sound as he hits his surroundings with a drumstick:
Magnetic Shoes (1994), in which he walks through the streets of Havana wearing a pair of magnetic shoes, thus collecting all the pieces of metal scrap that he comes across in his dérives:
The Nightwatch (2004), in which we observe a fox called Bandit explore the empty rooms of the National Portrait Gallery (UK) at night. Seen from the high viewpoint of the security cameras, the fox looks a little puzzled among all the paintings of the great and the good. Like the guards, the fox is out of context; an intruder, observed dispassionately:
Hvass&Hannibal is a design and art studio based in Copenhagen, established in 2006 by Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass. They work with art and design; basically everything from album covers to music videos, graphic art, silk screening, art direction, illustration, installation and lots more… Today though, we’ll focus primarily on their illustrations which I hope you will like as much as I do. Read the rest of this entry »
Check out this intro video for the Jade Awards of ‘o9 created by our good mates over at Cien Pies Productions. The vid includes a bootylicious blonde latina, a fake stache, a couple of masked bboys spinning around, and a number of old legends that seem to be on crack…It’s fun!