From Caitlin McCarthy‘s animated short Coldsore you can extract two morals, one sadder than the other. The London-based director and animator shows us a classic scene that could happen in any high school in the world. On the one hand there is the beautiful and popular girl who even when she contracts a viral virus such as lip herpes does not lose her charm, on the contrary, her companions admire her even more because it means that she kissed someone. On the other side there is the marginalized girl, shy and invisible, who when she discovers that herpes is transmitted by kissing desperately seeks someone on the Internet who is willing to kiss her.
In the end even the naive protagonist contracts the virus, but the school queen has already passed and she remains the idiot who managed to get herpes transmitted by someone.
The first, sad, side that the video highlights is the condition that some teenagers live in high school, who are so conditioned by what the most popular ones do that they want to imitate them in every way, regardless of the dangers.
The second, perhaps even sadder, truth lies in the fact that for many boys and girls the internet is the only source of knowledge and comparison, and their despair leads them to believe everything they read on sites or on social networks.
Coldsore is a video that makes you think, to watch and to watch again.
Desert X is a contemporary art festival that exhibits site-specific works in Coachella Valley, south California. After the great success of the first edition, the event has become a regular event that offers innovative and interesting works.
Spcter is the work presented by Sterling Ruby and is inspired by the classic “U.F.O” objects. The monolith appears as a mirage in the middle of the desert, due to its acid orange fluorescent tint. The shade was given by the powder paint with which the aluminum base was painted, on which the sky is reflected.
Halter is instead the installation presented by Erik Mack, realized with 2300 meters of patchwork fabric signed Missoni wraps a disused service station on the border of Salton Sea.
Going Nowhere Pavilion # 01 (Breeze Block, Ben-Day Dot, Coleseum, Möbius Strip, Thought Problem) it’s a Moebius strip made up of reddish concrete blocks, created by the artist Julian Hoerber. The work is inspired by the theory of Jacques Lacan that sees topology as a means of describing the human mind.
Jackrabbit, Cottontail & Spirits of the Desert is the image series created by Cara Romero dedicated to the lands of the Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Serrano and Mojave. The four photos exhibited show the ancient protagonists who populated these territories
Dive-In is the installation presented by the Danish collective Superflex that sums up the geological origins of the area: it seems that due to the large presence of marine fossils of the site, the Spaniards called the territory with the name of Conchilla, then mistakenly transformed into Coachella. The work was designed with the prospect of surviving the moment when the sea will be there again due to global warming.
Lover’s Rainbow by Pia Camil includes various rainbows installations made of reinforced concrete that represent symbols of peace, equality and encourage the public to change the perspective on the concepts of border and immigration.
Western Flag by John Gerrard is an installation about the delicate topic of the resources exhaustion and consists in the projection of a short movie about the first large oil field in the world, in Texas.
Revolutions di Nancy Baker Cahill, consists of a work in AR/VR that is very reminiscent of the Zabriskie Point explosion scene. With this artwork the concept of Land Art is revolutionized, which no longer has to “sacrifice” the environment to exist. As the artist states:
“Riffing on the idea of the wind farms as an AI garden she fills the air above with what might be the blossoms and blooms of benign technological procreation”.
Bambi is a British street artist active since 2010 and has become very popular after doing a job in Camden, under the portrait of singer Amy Winehouse. Her style is well defined: most of her works are made with the technique of stencil and address political and social issues using contemporary figures worthy of note as the Pope, Kim Kardashian and the royal family.
Piece Lie Lie Land, in which we find Theresa May and Donald Trump that repropose the pose made famous by the film La La Land, has obtained international recognition.
With a style that is very reminiscent of Banksy, Bambi is certainly one of the most interesting personalities on the British scene because of her bitter irony. If this artist intrigued you, you can take a look at her site and her Instagram.
Jim Skull, aka Jim F. Faure, is a French artist based in Paris who has focused his stylistic research on creating sculptures in the shape of human skulls. The technique consists of countless colored threads, Murano glass beads, rope and feathers that together form a sort of “skin”, covering the framework of the shapes.
These objects seem almost like fetishes, which become unique collectibles and invite the viewer to appreciate the general harmony of the human body, with a glam attitude.
Over the years the artist has traveled extensively in places like New Caledonia, New Zealand and India; this allowed him to be able to come into contact with different rituals, habits and customs that led him to perceive the object of the skull as something new, far from the concept of macabre.
Emily Ding is a street artist who draws inspiration from flora and fauna, which very often does interact with the human figure, to express emotions and feelings. Her work is mainly on a large scale and is characterized by figures of brightly colored animals, full of realistic details.
She is interested in communicating the emotions and experiences that characterize the human being to make him regress to its wildest, most animalistic form, bringing it closer to nature.
Each scene is particularly dynamic and never static, bringing the composition and her style to be always fresh, never boring. In addition to being a street artist, Emily also makes paintings on canvas, which you can find on her Instagram.