Italians Gio Forma Studio Associato have created an incredible project called Maraya, an enormous site-specific installation in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert, composed of a gigantic mirror cube that serves as both an auditorium and a work of land art.
The word Maraya, which in Arabic means mirror, better identifies the installation that has been covered with reflective panels: these offer an ever new view of the surrounding desert. This is also thanks to the location, since the Al-Ula region in Saudi Arabia is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The structure-installation also includes an immersive theater, which lends itself perfectly to the preparation of interactive exhibitions of kinetic art by Italian creative agency Todo.
It was 2018 when Jordan Peele, until then known for his multiple roles in comic films and series, on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles withdrew the Oscar for best original screenplay thanks to the masterpiece Get Out.
A little over a year has passed since then, and Peele seems to be reluctant to go back to comedy. After Get Out, in fact, he immediately went back to work to introduce us to another film that already provides a masterpiece.
While in Italy it will be released on April 4, in America Us is already beating all records.
Made with a budget of 20 million, during the first weekend it grossed more than 70 million, becoming the original film with the highest revenue achieved during the first weekend, ousting Avatar and overtaking Captain Marvel which instead had a budget of 150 million.
Nothing special, it happens that a film grosses stratospheric figures, it happens to get straight to the hearts of people, it happens to enter the story. The question to ask is Why?
During a holiday, a black family finds itself having to fight with its doppelgängers. The summary of the plot contains everything, all the themes that Peele has brilliantly addressed.
In Trump’s America, but the same of Obama and Black Panther, it’s finally a black family that is the protagonist of a horror movie of rare beauty these days.
Although the racial theme is well present is another theme that strikes us, but hits us in the face doing us harm. If in this author’s horror film the protagonists find themselves fighting against themselves, it’s because for the director the real problem today is not foreigners, it’s not others, but us. We are our worst enemies, we are the monsters that do not exist but we fight.
Jordan Peele has entered the Olympus of great directors by right, his films attract and disturb us, they wrap us up to the point of crushing us and we desperately need them.
Do you know the collages with the colored cards you used to make in kindergarten? Well, forget about it. Those by designerJohn Ed De Vera have nothing to do with our little works and deserve to be exhibited in a museum.
After carefully cutting dozens and dozens of pieces of paper, John glues them by stacking them together, creating three-dimensional sculptures depicting characters from films, books, famous people or natural landscapes. Each subject lends itself perfectly to this art form and it is amazing to see how each work is studied in detail.
The hyper-realism of John Ed De Vera’s sculptures makes us fly with our imagination and succeeds in transforming a simple sheet of paper into Iron Man’s iron armor, into seawater, into Daenerys Targaryen’s silvery hair.
There we are, it is March 29, the fateful date: it is the Brexit Day, a date that will change forever the course of history and will have reprisals worldwide. We at Collater.al, to commemorate the anniversary of the vote on Brexit, offer some of the most significant works of the artists who have sided against the split.
Just yesterday afternoon, street artist Banksy put his famous 2009 work Monkey Parliament back on his Instagram profile. Although his most famous work on the theme of Brexit is the one made in Dover in 2017, which sees a worker removing from the flag of the European Union one of the stars that represent its various members.
London-based artist Joe Sweeney has created an interactive public installation on an English beach, precisely in Dungeness, with the bizarre name +44…..Leave a Message for Europe. The work acts as an answering machine and allows viewers to be part of a permanent archive in response to the delicate theme of Brexit.
Although he is not a work against his will, the artist has expressed his perplexity about the fate of the United Kingdom in a statement concerning his work:
“The sculpture also represents the U.K., facing new challenges and an uncertain future”.
Paintsmiths e WeAreEAurope
This work by Paintsmiths commissioned by the anti-Brexit collective WeAreEAurope is certainly one of the most incisive contents inside the Brexit art aganist tank. The mural is a clear reference to the kiss between former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and Eric Honecker of East Germany. The updated version sees Trump making out with the former mayor of London, Boris Johnson, leader of the Brexit campaign. The work dates back to 2016, but still remains a work of impact and full of meaning.
Another work of 2016 is the mural of the street artist Odeith in Bristol, on the occasion of the Upset festival. In this work actor Benny Hill is exclaiming “Good bye Europe“, Benny was known for The Benny Hill Show and has remained a prominent figure in British culture.
Kaya Mar, a Turkish-English artist, has created a series of caricatures that do not give rise to the bitter protest against Brexit. Among the most famous works is the one in which Theresa May is visibly losing control of the situation.
Paul Rousso is an American artist famous for his three-dimensional works made with everyday objects such as banknotes or the pages of the New York Times: because everything is sculptural. All This Stuff Is Going Away takes up the legacy of a consumerist era with which we must inevitably deal, turning garbage into art.
It’s nice, isn’t it? Paul’s research also tends to enhance the paper element, which will soon disappear definitively, making it “a monument to the printed word”.
The dimensions of the objects are exaggerated, enlarged and extreme: for a declaredly pop art yield. The material mixes, bends, tears and finds new life in the form of a pillar-symbol of the civilization of the twentieth century.
Paul’s operation raises a thousand questions and brings out new points of view. If you want to take a look at other works by this artist, you can visit his website here.