Solara, the design of 144 colorful cars by Zoer

Solara, the design of 144 colorful cars by Zoer

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

An all colored project has been realized by the artist Zoer which has transformed France’s oldest demolition yard into a quantity of large scale colours. It is all part of his last work entitled “Solara” which is composed of 144 cars now scrapped and which have been repainted one by one making them look like a rainbow seen from above.

By painting a new layer of color on each of the cars, the artist hopes to save the car wreck from destruction and give it a new identity. In addition to the aesthetic makeover, Zoer has also created a crowdfunding page to help redevelop the site.

To preserve the memory of these wreckage, a palette of colors has been created that combines with the collective imagination by renaming each shade with the name of the car model on which it has been applied. All this is very reminiscent of a pantone book but, in this case, has a tangible and real form. From a plastic point of view, Solara questions the relationship between color-object-light in an environment subject to natural hazards and the subjectivity of color. By painting each car in different shades, all these wrecks have obtained a new identity. The project aims to provide information about the painter’s work and raise people’s awareness of a local problem that can be translated and solved on a global scale.

The name of the work is inspired by the Solara car, in fact, a car produced by the French car manufacturer Talbot produced until 1981. Moreover, the name also takes up a phenomenon linked to solarisation, a natural process of altering the color of an object exposed to the sun for a long time.

Solara’s aim is mainly to highlight and make known in an artistic way all the difficulties that the owners of the yards have to face. In this case, the yard exploited in the project is among the oldest in France and has been in the hands of the same owners for more than 50 years. These, despite all their efforts to take care of the space and especially the land, are struggling. This is due to the fact that the soil shows a very high concentration of cadmium and nickel (metals) due to the abandonment of machine parts for years and years throughout the area. In an attempt to improve the situation and to remedy the pollution, the above mentioned crowdfunding project aims to help the owners. 

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Studio Ghibli, the new film is in the production phase

Studio Ghibli, the new film is in the production phase

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation film studio, best known as the producer of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata‘s works, announced in their annual New Year’s message that they are working on two new films this year.

The latter began by recapitulating previous official announcements, talking about the opening of the first Ghibli theme park in the Japanese city of Nagakute in 2022, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in a Kabuki play, a type of play that was created in Japan at the beginning of the 17th century.

Although very little is yet known about the second film, Studio Ghibli revealed details about the first – which was directed by Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be Miyazaki’s first feature since he retired in 2016.

Although the work never had a “deadline” and a precise release date, the studio, at one point, made it necessary to get it out in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo. Hayao Miyazaki’s long-time producer decided to postpone the release between 2021 and 2022 – by October, only 15% of the film had been completed. Sure, as they say, perfectionism is the enemy of progress, but when you have the established reputation of someone like Hayao Miyazaki, you probably want to take the time to make the work flawless.

Also, it is rumored that the director worked very slowly on this film, so slowly that he only produced one minute of animation a month. However, the pace is likely to change as the more complicated phases, i.e. the initial ones concerning storyboarding and story development, are over.

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David Bowie – Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams

David Bowie – Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

It’s called ‘Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams‘ and is a graphic novel entirely dedicated to the British singer-songwriter, who passed away 4 years ago, David Bowie.

The comic, with illustrations by pop couple Laura Allred and Michael Allred, already known for works such as Madman, Red Rocket 7 and iZombies, and with the screenplay by Steve Horton, retraces the most iconic moments in The Thin White Duke’s career, from the early difficult years to the creation of his beloved alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

The 106-page book, published by Panini Comics, will be available in Italy from January 10th, in conjunction with the American launch.

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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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