Yoan Capote - Isla (Seascape) (2010) - Oil, nails and fish hooks on jute on plywood
The New York Times makes it seem like a match made in heaven: “Ai Weiwei was one of the most famous prisoners in recent history. Now he’s taking on one of the most infamous prisons of all time” — that prison being Alcatraz, the San Francisco facility that was closed down in 1963 and turned into a famous tourist destination. The piece goes on to report that the renowned Chinese dissident artist chose the location because he is “interested in exploring conditions in which individuals are stripped of basic human rights,” but that Ai is “not thinking about work that will directly connect to my own detention” by the Chinese government in 2011.
The combination of Ai and what used to be an infamous prison — one that now hosts up to over a million visitors a year — is an intriguing one. Art on display in a prison isn’t usually meant for public view, because let’s face it, not that many people want to hang around a prison in their spare time. It’s the fact that Alcatraz is now an established tourist destination that makes it a perfect spot for the unique exhibition.
While the site of Ai’s project hasn’t housed inmates for 50 years, art is still being made inside functioning prisons, most of the time by inmates themselves, through workshops and even programs that encourage prisoners to take up acting in Shakespearean plays. But it’s only when they involve a famous outsider, like Ai, that prison-based art projects and performances tend to get the attention they deserve.
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Art exists because life is not enough.” Ferreira Gullar (via quilace)
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Digital Collage by Michele Parliament
Obvious Winner recently shared a few tentacular pieces of artwork by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). You may recall that Keng creates these amazingly lifelike depictions of aquatic animals by gradually layering containers with acrylic paint and resin. The end result is a painting of a creature that looks like it’s about to wriggle out of its container and onto your lap.
Visit Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his awesome artwork.
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“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”Mark Twain (via felicefawn)
Friedrich Nietzsche: God and Solitude
“‘Can we not upset every standard? and is good perhaps evil? and God only an invention and a subtlety of the devil? Is everything, in the last resort, false? And if we are dupes are we not on that very account dupers also? must we not be dupers also?’ […] Solitude, that dread goddess dominated and led to the goal by a tenacious will for health that is often emboldened to assume the guise and the disguise of health.”
- Nietzsche, F (1908). Human, All Too Human A Book For Free Spirits (Kindle Edition). Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company. Loc 57 - 66
Solitude is an interesting thing, we all need it in some capacity, a time alone to reflect upon the world and your life, whether it be in front of a fire in a comfy armchair or soaking in the bath. The mind tends to wander when alone, taking you to places you don’t go in the company of others. Deep topics seem to rear their heads at this time. The mortality and religion for example.
Solitude is a good thing to have, but too much can be detrimental to one’s health. Small doses of universal issues is good, keeps your grounded and reflective of what is important in life. Where as too much can cause depression and makes you realise in the grand scale of things, everything is utterly pointless. Which is where Nihilism rears its head.
Friedrich Nietzsche: Mastery of One’s Self
"If once he hardly dared to ask ‘why so apart? so alone? renouncing all I loved? renouncing respect itself? why this coldness, this suspicion, this hate for one’s very virtues?’ -now he dares, and asks it loudly, already hearing the answer, ‘you had to become master over yourself, master of your own good qualities. Formerly they were your masters: but they should be merely your tools along with other tools…’"
- Nietzsche, F (1908). Human, All Too Human A Book For Free Spirits (Kindle Edition). Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company. Loc 96