Peace, the white flags of Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

Peace, the white flags of Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

As you already know, 2020 began with the renewed political conflict between the United States and Iran.
The escalation of threats, after the American raid in Iraq that caused the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, does not stop.
The Pasdaran, the Guards of the Iranian Revolution, through their commander Hossein Salami, have informed the U.S. that they have in their sights 35 targets scattered throughout the region, the President of the United States Donald Trump, through his Twitter account, replied that he has 52, all very important for Iran and its culture.

We have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran &  the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!

In response to this tweet, the architect Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has created “Peace”, a conceptual project, consistent with his previous works, with which he imagined “peace”.
To convey his message, the artist has adorned images of iconic UNESCO-listed and historic world heritage sites in Iran, with white flags waving free in the sky.
Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar’s aim is to emphasize that these sites and landscapes are not only important for Iran, but for the entire human history.

The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, which states that even targeting cultural sites is a war crime, supports the artist’s thesis.

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Dreams of a Sleeping World, Oscar Oiwa’s exhibition

Dreams of a Sleeping World, Oscar Oiwa’s exhibition

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

From next January 10 until April 26, 2020, at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in California, not far from Los Angeles, it will be possible to visit the exhibition of Oscar Oiwa, a Japanese but naturalized Brazilian artist. The exhibition is entitled “Dreams of a Sleeping World” and is a large and complex work, carefully created by hand over two weeks. It was designed by Oiwa together with his assistant and four MFA students from the USC Roski School of Fine Art, using about 120 markers.

What is represented in Dreams of a Sleeping World is a dream landscape that tells a bit about this world and is made with black ink inside a white nylon dome. This was made to measure and covers almost 800 square meters.

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Visitors entering the dome of the museum have the opportunity to immerse themselves in otherworldly images, including Oiwa’s signature, the swirling cloud and the shapes of the earth. The dreamlike landscape thus allows visitors to contemplate the chaos of the outside world and all its complexities and then, through an introspective journey, find peace.

Coming out of the dome, people will find a suite of colorful and surreal landscape paintings, also by Oscar Oiwa, which includes fantastic images that address the transformation of the environment. The artist’s large-scale paintings, depicting landscapes of cities and forests, defy the laws of physics and serve as allegories about existential threats to the world where animals and ghosts swim in the skies.

Photo credit: courtesy USC Pacific Asia Museum and Oscar Oiwa studio

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Burger King gives a Whopper to the people of the Bronx

Burger King gives a Whopper to the people of the Bronx

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

Since the movie Joker was released in theaters, the Bronx neighborhood, where it was mostly shot, has become a place crowded with tourists. Nowadays you no longer go to New York to take your picture in front of the Statue of Liberty or Times Square, but rather, in front of the so-called “Joker Stairs“, the steps that connect Shakespeare and Anderson Avenue. Here tourists take videos and photos dressed as the Joker imitating the performance of Golden Globe winner Joaquin Phoenix. This trend has in some way invaded the inhabitants of New York’s worst neighborhood – par excellence – making it a real attraction.
This, of course, created a strong discontent among the residents and for this reason, Burger King, in collaboration with Uber Eats, wanted to deal with this situation in a brilliant and entertaining way. In fact, the American giant of fast food veteran of this kind of activations, has created a new exclusive offer for Bronx residents only. What is it?

Locals who order from Burger King through the Uber Eats home delivery service, are entitled to receive a free Whopper by entering the coupon code KINGSTAIRS” at the time of purchase through the application.

Burger King, through a twenty-three second commercial, reserved a special message for the inhabitants of the area, mocking Ronald McDonald’s – the clown mascot of the competition – claiming:
Dear Bronx, we know clowns can be annoying, but don’t worry. If you live Bronx, use the code ‘KINGSTAIRS’ on Uber Eats to get a free Whopper. And put on a happy face.”

This promotion is valid until January 12, 2020.

In case you ever want to watch the Joker scene again, you’ll find it below!

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Leon Keer, his work for the Dubai Steet Museum

Leon Keer, his work for the Dubai Steet Museum

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

The Dutch pop-surrealist artist Leon Keer, on the occasion of the last edition of the Dubai Steet Museum in the Arab Emirates, wanted to make his contribution by creating a great work of art on the walls of the city’s palaces. Produced in collaboration with SAN (StreetArtNews) Projects Brand Dubai and DEWA, this new addition to Leon Keer’s Dubai Street Museum is another stunning 3D illusion showing a giant robot charging its batteries at home.

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Leon Keer is one of the most important artists in anamorphic street art as he has created works on canvas and 3D artworks on the streets all over the world gaining a great notoriety and appreciation. In addition to using optical illusion, he often presents his art by adding new technologies, such as augmented reality and video mapping. Some of his works may be temporary, but the images are shared around the world through social media.

The project aims to transform the city into the largest outdoor museum in the world. If you are passing through Dubai, you will find over 70 murals created in recent years. The robot is located on Happiness Street in the Trade Center area.

If you want to find out more about the artist and his projects, here you can find his profiles on Instagram and Facebook!

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White on White, the figurative portraits of Salman Khoshroo

White on White, the figurative portraits of Salman Khoshroo

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

The Iranian artist Salman Khoshroo has created a series of figurative portraits entitled “White on White“. These works were created using free brushstrokes on the canvas in which the facial features of the subjects are not defined. The aim is to capture a human spark, to arouse curiosity with minimal intervention. The faces are the result of the molding of the paint and are painted with a single pigment that Salman Khoshroo applies with generously thick layers of paint, creating contours of faces with a handful of rapid movements.

Each step in the process of creating the artist’s portrait can be followed through the vision of the works. The result is a series of vividly textured paintings that, while not presenting physical characteristics, are imbued with human emotions. Through this method, Khoshroo creates

people who make you feel something, people you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Like many of his other paintings, the works in ‘White on White‘ are abstract images composed of a thickly applied painting with bold brushstrokes, obtaining a visual reminiscent of the paintings of the Impressionist art movement.

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