Best of 2020 – Artworks about current issues

Best of 2020 – Artworks about current issues

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Often, this year, we have had the feeling of standing still and watching time go by, of not taking steps forward. But if some things can be temporarily suspended, if we can close almost everything inside the house, other things cannot wait, cannot be locked away: values, the right ones, those for which to take to the streets.

There are current issues that cannot be put on hold and that cannot fail to have an impact on the art world. Let’s review together the best works and artistic initiatives related to the current events of 2020.

United States Presidential Election

Wall of Lies, all Trump’s lies become a mural

A Washington Post study claims that the lies or false statements, told by President Trump in the last 4 years exceed 200,000. In October, a few weeks before the vote, Phil Buehler and Tom Tenney have covered an interior New York wall with Trump’s lies, creating the Wall of Lies

Remember what they did, the posters against Trump for the 2020 elections

Remember what they did, a name that does not leave too much room for interpretation, indeed a real invitation to vote consciously for the new President of the United States of America. The art project transformed the worst affirmations of political leaders such as Senator Lindsey Graham and President Donald Trump into posters and objects with which to wallpaper cities.
The phrases chosen by the artists involved are the ones that have most divided and upset public opinion, from “When the looting starts the shooting starts” to “Even if the world goes to hell and a handbasket, I won’t lose a penny.” both pronounced by the current American President.

Satirical illustrations about Trump by Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez, an American artist of Cuban descent, recounted the highlights of Donald Trump’s entire term in office, but also of the last presidential election, through a series of ironic illustrations capturing the outgoing president’s greatest blunders.

VOTE, the new TIME’s cover by OBEY

vote-nuovo-lavoro-obey-copertina-time-collateral

For the first time in its almost 100-year history, the American weekly TIME has replaced the logo on its 2 November cover to make room for a stronger and more consistent message: VOTE.
One of America’s most famous poster artists was called in to create this special issue: Shepard Fairey, aka OBEY.
His unmistakable style, a mixture of pop art and writing, is combined with an activist and revolutionary approach that enhances the meaning of his works and links them to ideals of dissent and denunciation.

Climate Change

Climate clock, the countdown of the world

To mark Climate Week, a team of artists, activists, and scientists transformed the famous Metronome clock in New York into a giant countdown.
The large clock on the facade of the Union Square skyscraper that usually tells the time has started to indicate a kind of time: the time the world has to limit carbon dioxide emissions before the point of no return is reached.

Icy and Sot, a work against climate change

Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s famous speech highlighting the problems caused by climate change, the famous art duo Icy and Sot created the work entitled ‘Our house is on fire‘. The Iranian artists created a silhouette of a house and then set it on fire.
How long are we going to let this planet burn before we do something about it?

Black Lives Matter 

“Black Lives Matter,” the artwork in block letters

Following the brutal murder of George Floyd, the mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, commissioned ‘Black Lives Matter‘ artwork. Thus, a few months ago, a huge yellow ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign appeared on one of the city’s most important streets, just a couple of blocks from Lafayette Square and the White House.

Stolen, the incomplete illustrations by Adrian Brandon

Adrian Brandon illustrates the weather. The time that has been stolen to many people. The little time these people have lived and the long time they will never live.  
His series of portraits entitled Stolen is dedicated to black people unjustly killed by the police. The peculiarity of these illustrations is that they are all unfinished. Before starting each piece of artwork, Adrian Brandon sets a timer and the number of minutes he devotes to the portrait corresponds to the number of years the person depicted was when he was killed.

Knowledge is power, 9 documentaries about the history and black culture in America

Are you always desperate for something to watch? Instead of opting for yet another mediocre TV series, this autumn we have recommended 9 documentaries and interviews that illustrate the powerful history of black culture in America and the concept of “white privilege”, which will help you understand phenomena that are often difficult to digest. Below is the trailer for the documentary Dark Girls.

We end with an advice. In recent years, with our work, whenever we have needed to, we have taken a stand against events that have often seemed bigger than us, against battles that might not seem to be our own, against issues that we sometimes feel are so far removed from our daily lives. We have done so by talking about the works of artists whose struggles, political opinions and criticism we share.

Our invitation is to always be informed, no matter how, through newspapers, international publications, TV programs, films or, why not, even with a simple illustration. The important thing is to do it.

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Martin Neuhof, an evocative photographer and portraitist

Martin Neuhof, an evocative photographer and portraitist

Federica Cimorelli · 1 hour ago · Photography

Martin Neuhof, born in 1984, is a German photographer and portrait artist based in Leipzig, Germany. Martin followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Friedrich Gahlbeck, a well-known German photographer of the last century, then worked to afford a camera and began experimenting with images.

His photography is clear and elegant, it focuses on the human face and delves into the interiority of the subject he captures. For Martin Neuhof, the face is a gateway to human emotions, an obstacle to be overcome and a barrier to be broken.

– Read also: The deep photographic portraits by Laura Zalenga

His photographic compositions manage to break down all appearances, they are creative shots that highlight the protagonist of the image and meanwhile strike the viewer, provoke him and activate something in his inner self.

See a selection of his shots here, follow Martin Neuhof on Instagram and on his personal website.

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The dreamlike and conceptual shots of Alex Stoddard

The dreamlike and conceptual shots of Alex Stoddard

Buddy · 1 day ago · Photography

There comes a time when photography stops faithfully reproduce reality and try to re-imagining it.
The result resembles a short and unstable interlude between dream and consciousness in which the mind tries to compensate the lack of logic and everything seems to have a different sense.

Alex Stoddard, a young conceptual photographer, try to represent that short instant, he tries to make real the moment when vision and perception breathe together.

Alex’s experiment seems to take its cue from different art forms, but also by other photographers.
From the Cinematic taste of Eugenio Recuenco, the mysterious qualities of Jeff Bark, from Tim Walker to Oleg Oprisco and his unique surrealism.

As for Kyle Thompson, Louis Lander Deacon, and David Talley, the escape from reality becomes a refuge, the only way to identify himself.

Take a spin on his website.

Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
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Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
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The conceptual photography by David Talley

The conceptual photography by David Talley

Buddy · 1 day ago · Photography

When photography stops to tell the concrete reality and try to represent a concept, when the image alludes to something, it becomes visual narrative, surreal and fantastic, a concept art.

A very young artist, spokesman of this photographic genre, is the American David Talley, founder and creative director of Concept Collaboration, a worldwide movement dedicated to conceptual photography.

With a touch a bit emo(tional) and an image processing similar to the dark one of Tim Barton, his goal seeks to highlight “the darkest moment before an explosion of light”.

Through the use of the movement and the rarefied atmospheres, David translates the emotions of real life in photographs from the positive impact that try to capture vulnerability and disturbances. Every place, every natural element help him enrich his narrative skills and provides in visual emotions.

The reality, after all, is only a starting point.

Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
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The dreamlike photographs of Lin Yung Cheng

The dreamlike photographs of Lin Yung Cheng

Buddy · 1 day ago · Photography

I already wrote about Taiwanese photographer Lin Yung Cheng, enchanted by his raw and ironic shots, and his ability to show an abstract and never banal sensuality.

For Lin, photography is a means by which we can discover the surreal in our daily lives, create irrational images that mock eroticism through conceptual games and vice versa, and make fun of a certain essential aesthetic taste through a mysterious and pungent sensuality.

No facial expression, an explicit eroticism that is never shown.

Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
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Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
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Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
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