Xiao Wang is a Chinese painter who lives and works in the United States. In recent years he has been awarded first place for the Anne Bremer Memorial Prize, and the silver prize for Art Forward Contests, was also nominated for the SECA award by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2016.
As the artist explains about his work:
“My work focuses on figurative realism painting. I use dramatic colors and thin glazes to render realistic figures, objects, and scenes that evoke a sense of mystery”.
The cut of the scenes is often the result of a careful film study, inspired by several cult films: his paintings depict characters in uncertain moments, placed in independent narratives. But it is not only the world of cinema that influences him, the artist has repeatedly stated that among his sources of inspiration are the paintings of Symbolists and advertising photo shoots, so we can define his style pop realism.
Kevin Champeny is an American artist famous all over the world for his mosaic sculptures. At the Tambaran 2 Gallery in New York, in collaboration with The TAX Collection, from April 11 onwards it will be possible to visit Americana exhibition.
The event brings together a series of works focused on America, composed of thousands of small objects, as the artist usually does.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are the various versions dedicated to the American flag, declined in a provocativeway. Bullets, lozenges and skulls represent strong messages, which become explicit as soon as we approach its creations.
It will be possible to visit the exhibition until May 11.
It is an important moment for science and more generally for humanity, now we know what a Black Hole is like: yes, we are talking about the gigantic whirlpool of matter that attracts everything with its force of gravity. The “snapshot of the century” is the work of the Event Horizon Telescope and depicts the blurred image of a red ring made of gas that stands out in the darkness.
But how did we imagine the Black Hole before we saw it in the picture?
Here are some examples of how the world of art, cinema and music have chosen to represent this fascinating subject:
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
I, like many others, immediately remembered the famous 90’s cult song by Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun. The band’s Twitter account has reconfigured the 1994 album “Superunknown”, which not only included the hit “Black hole sun”, but also had a cover that has many points in common with the image of the Event Horizon, in other words: “Looks oddly familiar”.
One cannot fail to mention Interstellar, the 2014 movie directed by Christopher Nolan, whose plot is based on space-time dilation. The director used the help of astrophysicist Kip Thorne to hypothesize the appearance of the Black Hole through complex CGI rendering software.
Treehouse of Horror XXIII – The Simpsons
In the list there are even them, the Simpsons of Matt Groening, in particular, we are talking about the special series Treehouse of Horror XXIII that occurs in every season (except the first) on the occasion of the Halloween party. In the Treehouse of Horror XXIII, season number 24, we also find the Black Hole.
SomeWhere at Sagittarius A – Daniel Chiesa
Even the history of art is not without attempts to represent the Black Hole, an example is the painting SomeWhere at Sagittarius A by Daniel Chiesa, which describes it as a colorful tornado.
The Black Hole (1979)
In ’79 I wasn’t born yet, but I grew up with the Disney classics: The black hole is, in fact, Disney’s answer to the first movie from the Star Wars saga. The film also won two Oscar nominations the same year for Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.
His name is Marco Melgrati, he is a young Italian illustrator and I am sure that at least once you have come across one of his illustrations, which certainly do not go unnoticed.
Marco attended the art school, the academy of fine arts and, later, followed a course in digital illustration, and then began working as an illustrator working with several newspapers, both Italian and international.
Working for them has allowed him to create illustrations always closely related to current events and the world around us, so his drawings tell in a critical and satirical what happens today, right under our eyes.
His works are wonderful both from a technical point of view with a balanced and studied use of colors and from the point of view of content. The Marco’s are real illustrated metaphors, discover them in our gallery and on his Instagram profile.
During Design Week, Milan was filled with installations and design works, the historic buildings opened their doors to international designers and the city has completely changed its appearance. One of the most surprising installations is signed by Alex Chinneck, an English artist that we already know very well and that we talked about here, who brought to the city of Milan his famous giant hinges with which stripped the facades of the buildings.
So, walking down Via Tortona, at some point you will come across an old building with half of the facade bent over itself, revealing a blue light. Alex’s work does not end with the outside, because even inside the walls and floors open with huge hinges, revealing colorful lights.
The installation was created in collaboration with Iqos and plays with the perception of the spectators, overcoming the limits of what is possible.