Alex Paulus, the humorous paintings on failure

Alex Paulus, the humorous paintings on failure

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

American artist Alex Paulus has created humorous paintings that reflect failure, denial, and perseverance. Through these works, he wants to represent people who try to improve a situation in which they find themselves but then fail. Each painting is made from a combination of acrylic, oil and felt-tip pens to create a variety of textures that add depth to his works. The Memphis-based artist claims that his paintings “reflect the denial of a shitty existence”. The works actually also address the positive aspects of failure by conveying the idea that you can always learn from your mistakes.

The painter’s canvases are populated by a variety of misfit characters who find themselves in particular situations. Alex’s project is surreal but the references to current events and pop culture that he includes add a lot of humor.

The fundamental element for the artist is the title, which he considers to be an important and fundamental part of communication and of what work means to the public. In fact, if a viewer observes the painting and does not understand it, it is enough for him to read the name of the work which, if done well, clears up any doubts or perplexities. For this reason, Alex spends a lot of time looking for the most suitable title that best reflects the work. For the construction and realization of his products, the artist divides the work into several steps: at first, he carries out a phase of in-depth research until he finds a concept that he likes. He then tries to create as many images as he can to express the idea. Sometimes he is inspired by what he finds on the internet, other times he refers to his previous works or creates his own mental image built from memories.

When it comes to the actual painting, the artist adopts an unusual technique, first working on the subjects in the foreground and then moving on to the background. This approach, however complex and difficult it may be, helps him significantly.

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DATAMONOLITH_AI, the installation realized by Ouchhh

DATAMONOLITH_AI, the installation realized by Ouchhh

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

From last November 29 to March 29, 2020, in Tokyo, will be exhibited DATAMONOLITH_AI at the Mori Art Museum. The work was created by the American studio Ouchhh – based in Los Angeles – who designed an installation consisting of LED screens about six meters high.

DATAMONOLITH_AI combines, on the one hand, the artificial intelligence and on the other hand all that is known about the historical period of the Neolithic. The aim is to reemerge the oldest origins of the world in a digital way. The work has been recreated using a series of projections showing images on a three-dimensional block. The installation is part of the exhibition future and the arts: ai, robotics, cities, life – how humanity will live tomorrow  which consists of five sections that include “new possibilities of cities”, “towards architectural neo-metabolism”, “innovations in design and lifestyle”, “human growth and its ethical issues” and “society and human beings in transformation”, and presents over 100 projects/works that encourage viewers to contemplate cities, environmental issues, human lifestyles and the state of society. The exhibition then explores the technological advances of recent years that are beginning to have a significant impact on various aspects of our lives.

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Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work

Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

For those of you who still didn’t know, last week Art Basel, one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world, was held in Miami. Every year thousands of established artists participate, offering works and installations of the highest level. Among these there is Maurizio Cattelan who proposed the irreverent sculpture “Comedian” which translated into Italian means “comic” because it refers to the joke of a character in the TV series Arrested Development: the idea comes from the phrase that the rich have no idea how much a banana costs.

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It is a work composed of a banana hanging on the wall with adhesive tape at the stand of Galerie Parrotin and immediately sold for 120 thousand euros. Yes, you read well, one hundred and twenty thousand euros. The artist from Veneto has always adored this fruit, which is a constant in his art and it is for this reason that he decided to propose it again.
The idea originates from a habit of Cattelan that consists of the fact that every time he is traveling he buys a banana and hangs it in his room to find inspiration.

The project was born a year ago and, after creating resin and bronze models, he decided to use a real banana bought by a Miami greengrocer for just over a quarter of a dollar. In the words of gallery founder Emmanuel Perrotin, Comedian is a symbol of global trade, as well as a classic device for humor, which reaffirms the artist’s ability to turn banal objects into vehicles of joy and criticism. Maurizio Cattelan’s aim is to point out how and to what types of objects we value, but also to make us reflect on the concept of value linked to artistic artifacts.

Although the banana is a true work of art, the New York artist David Datuna, on his own initiative, decided to take it and eat it under the eyes of all creating a common upheaval. Subsequently, Datuna posted the video of the “performance” on its Instagram page, calling the exhibition “Hungry Artist” and defining it as a next step of the work.

The New York artist was removed from the art fair after his performance and the fruit was replaced. To prevent anyone from imitating David Datuna, guards were deployed around the new banana to defend and control the replaced work. Subsequently, the work was definitively removed from the exhibition.

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With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that ‘Comedian’ will be removed from our Art Basel Miami Beach booth for the last day of the fair, Sunday, December 8th. This morning at 9am, following recommendations, we removed the installation. We want to thank the organizers of the fair for their help and continued support. Art Basel collaboratively worked with us to station guards and create uniform lines. However, the installation caused several uncontrollable crowd movements and the placement of the work on our booth compromised the safety of the artwork around us, including that of our neighbors. In the end, I would like to warmly thank all those who participated in this memorable adventure. As well as our colleagues and neighbors, who helped support our endeavors, often graciously indicating the location of Comedian. When Maurizio first told me about his idea, I never once anticipated that it could become what it is today. ‘Comedian,’ with its simple composition, ultimately offered a complex reflection of ourselves. I am eternally grateful to Maurizio for entrusting me with the display of this watershed conceptual work. We sincerely apologize to all the visitors of the fair who today will not be able to participate in Comedian. _ @mauriziocattelan @artbasel @cattelanbanana @galerieperrotin #cattelanbanana @whitecube #artbaselmiamibeach #artbasel #mauriziocattelan #cattelan #perrotin

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Obviously all this has created a big media phenomenon, many newspapers have talked about it and above all have been created some tweets and very funny memes on the subject.

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A new Banksy mural has appeared in Birmingham

A new Banksy mural has appeared in Birmingham

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

A few minutes ago on Banksy‘s Instagram channel, a new post appeared claiming the Birmingham mural.
Everything made us think of a new work by the anonymous artist from Bristol who, as usual, waited for the rumors to do their job before intervening.

The wall represents the sleigh of Santa Claus who, in this case, is interpreted by a homeless man who is about to spend the night on a bench, the body of the sleigh.

God bless Birmingham.
In the 20 minutes, we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter – without him ever asking for anything.

Commented the artist on the moving video that, as a soundtrack, has the Christmas song by Joy Williams “I’ll be home for Christmas”.

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Liliana Segre and Salvini in TVBOY’s mural

Liliana Segre and Salvini in TVBOY’s mural

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Our former Minister of the Interior is still at the center of the murals by street artist TVBOY. His last work appeared in Milan on one of the bridges of the Navigli and is, in addition to a clear stance against Salvini, a clear line-up by all the “sardine” of Italy and especially by Liliana Segre.

Yes, in just one small work TVBOY managed to condense all this, immediately becoming viral.

The mural, always made with a technique that involves the use of spray and acrylic on the wall, shows Liliana Segre holding a sign with the words “Stop Hate” and, next to her, Matteo Salvini, or rather Matteo Sardina showing another sign depicting a real sardine and the logo of Esselunga crippled in “Lasa lunga“.

This artwork is accompanied by another mural, on the other side of the bridge, with the same sign with the sardine, but this time the fish sold in all supermarkets has the face of Salvini.

Like all TVBOY’s works, probably also “Matteo e Liliana Manifestanti” doesn’t have a long life, but even if it won’t last forever, it certainly got the expected results.

We just have to say one thing, TVBOY continues like this!

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