Suspended Together

Suspended Together Saudi Arabia installation birds

Suspended Together Saudi Arabia installation birds

Suspended Together Saudi Arabia installation birds

Suspended Together Saudi Arabia installation birds

Suspended Together Saudi Arabia installation birds

Suspended Together Saudi Arabia installation birds

When I first encountered this installation entitled Suspended Together by Saudi Arabian artist Manal Al Dowayan, I took it simply at face value and assumed I was looking at a collection of 200 fiberglass doves imprinted with what looked like postcards. I got it: birds moving from one place to another affixed with notes and postage. It was pretty. But reading further I realized the piece was not nearly as straightforward or innocuous. I had been duped, and that was the artist’s intention. Though I don’t usually do this I’m going to quote Manal’s statement about the piece in its entirety:

“Suspended Together” is an installation that gives the impression of movement and freedom. However, a closer look at the 200 doves allows the viewer to realize that the doves are actually frozen and suspended with no hope of flight. An even closer look shows that each dove carries on its body a permission document that allows a Saudi woman to travel. Notwithstanding their circumstances, all Saudi women are required to have this document, issued by their appointed male guardian.

The artist reached out to a large group of leading women from Saudi Arabia to donate their permission documents for inclusion in this artwork. “Suspended Together” carries the documents of award-winning scientists, educators, journalists, engineers, artists and leaders with groundbreaking achievements that gave back to their society. The youngest contributor is six months old and the oldest is 60 years old. In the artist’s words, “regardless of age and achievement, when it comes to travel, all these women are treated like a flock of suspended doves.”

A truly chilling situation, yet executed wonderfully by the artist. Provoking yet strangely sentimental. Suspended Together was included in the Future of a Promise exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale last year. (via kawlture)

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Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper multiples

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper multiples

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper multiples

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper multiples

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper multiples

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper multiples

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper multiples

I’m genuinely enjoying these assorted organic paper sculptures by Swiss artist Valérie Buess who lives and works in Germany. For the better part of 20 years she’s been working with various forms of paper in both two and three dimensional artworks. See much more on her website. (thnx, meret!)

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Everyday Reflections: Graphite Drawings by Heikki Leis

Everyday Reflections: Graphite Drawings by Heikki Leis portraits drawing

Everyday Reflections: Graphite Drawings by Heikki Leis portraits drawing

Everyday Reflections: Graphite Drawings by Heikki Leis portraits drawing

Everyday Reflections: Graphite Drawings by Heikki Leis portraits drawing

Everyday Reflections: Graphite Drawings by Heikki Leis portraits drawing

Estonia-based artist Heikki Leis is a master of graphite realism. The drawings above are from his Everyday Reflections series that depict seemingly random individuals as they peer into mirrors performing mundane grooming activities, all rendered in painstaking detail with nothing but a pencil. See more of his work over on Behance.

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New OK Go Music Video Features Over 1,000 Musical Instruments Hit By A Moving Vehicle

New OK Go Music Video Features Over 1,000 Musical Instruments Hit By A Moving Vehicle Rube Goldberg machines

New OK Go Music Video Features Over 1,000 Musical Instruments Hit By A Moving Vehicle Rube Goldberg machines

New OK Go Music Video Features Over 1,000 Musical Instruments Hit By A Moving Vehicle Rube Goldberg machines

Like the rest of the internet I’ve long been a fan of OK Go’s zany music videos using stop motion animation, Rube Goldberg machines, and staggering amounts of camera tricky and choreography. This latest video for their track Needing/Getting is no exception. Via YouTube:

OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck.

What an outstanding video. It’s hard to believe their last clip hit the web less than a week ago, a fantastic stop motion piece for Sesame Street. (thnx, David!)

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Electric Man

Electric Man sculpture light

Electric Man sculpture light

Electric Man sculpture light

Electric Man sculpture light

Electric Man sculpture light

My Light is Your Life is a figurative sculpture by Czech artist Krištof Kintera made from an assortment of old lamps, light fixtures, and cables. I also like his Lay Down and Shine piece. (via job’s wife)

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I Never Finish Anyth

I Never Finish Anyth posters and prints

A great new print by Brad Rose, available for order via email only at this time. This perfectly sums up how I

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Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects

Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects macro insects

Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects macro insects

Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects macro insects

Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects macro insects

Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects macro insects

Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects macro insects

Surreal Macro Photographs of Insects macro insects

Malaysian photographer Lee Peiling lives and works in Tanzania where she picked up a camera for the first time just three years ago. Among her quickly growing body of work are these macro photographs of insects that look almost like paintings due to her use of a focus technique known as bokeh. If you like these, definitely check out more of her Small World series.

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