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Monday, 18 September


Your Concise Guide to the 2017 Bushwick Open Studios "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The entrance to 1717 Troutman Street during a previous edition of Bushwick Open Studios (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)The entrance to 1717 Troutman Street during a previous edition of Bushwick Open Studios (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless indicated otherwise)

If you thought the launch of the fall art season was overwhelming, brace yourself: Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) 2017 is upon us. The citys largest event of its kind is once again bringing together hundreds of artists open studios, dozens of performances, plenty of pop-up exhibitions, and all manner of special events spanning from East Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy to Maspeth and Ridgewood.

The hallway at 1533 Myrtle Avenue, with the studio building's cat-in-residenceThe hallway at 1533 Myrtle Avenue, with the studio buildings cat-in-residence, Garfield.

As per usual, the core focus of the weekend-long extravaganza is visiting artists in their workspaces. The best approach for doing so time-efficiently is to focus on a particular cluster of spaces or a few major buildings like those around the Morgan Avenue stop on the L train (56 Bogart,...


The Ways and Means of Activist Art, from Latin America to LA "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Alfadir Luna, El Seor del Maz (2012), Chromogenic print, from the exhibition Talking to Action: Art Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas at Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery (photo by Anayatzin Ortiz. Coleccin Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Monterrey)

The development of many Latin American nations has been characterized by periods of colonialism followed by independence, utopian idealism, and in many cases, oppression, corruption, and inequality. Alongside these tumultuous histories are strong traditions of resistance and activism. The exhibition Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, looks at the work of artists and collectives who bridge the worlds of art, performance, activism, and organizing in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Los Angeles. These include SEFT-1, a quirky, futuristic vehicle that travels along Mexicos system of dilapidated railways, exploring the nation and its ideas about progress along the way; Frente 3 de Fevereiro, a So Paulo-based collective that investigates the military oppression of Afro communities in Medelln, Rio de Janeiro, and Haiti; and a collaboration between artists Eduardo Molinari in Buenos Aires and Sandra de la Loza in Los Angeles based around their archival research on land use in their respective cities.

This Tuesday, USCs Roski School of Art & Design will be hosting a...


9/11 Collapses Violated Fundamental Laws of Physics "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

so, you get it, right, "You can't expect the building BELOW the falling upper part of the building to offer NO RESISTANCE," unless it's having that under-mass mechanically removed over time i.e. controlled demolition.

So, who the fuck did this job, and who paid for it?


Man Uses Blue Resin to Create Illuminated Map of Intricate Waterways Across the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Resin Map DIY

An intracoastal waterway map is an unintended work of art. Its complex network of canals, rivers, and protected waters comprise a vein-like design that offers a unique way to view the United States. Inspired by this Earth art, Instructables user AlexT9 got the idea to create his own DIY map of the waterways that are illuminated with brilliant blue resin.

The multi-part project combined several types of crafts. One of the first steps had AlexT9 illustrating the waterways. This part probably took 8 hours in total, he wrote, and it involved him creating a vector file that the laser cutter followed and etched into plywood. Due to scale, some of the smaller rivers were only fractions of a millimeter wide. He later explained, Lots of planning went into making sure that the cut regions wouldn't cause sections to break off. After experimenting with different techniques, the final product was done in about two hours.

Once the map was etched, it was time to use epoxy resin to bring the waterways to life. AlexT9 applied a coat of vaseline to the board, which later helped release the excess resin from the surface. This step required two separate pours of the material, as the first leaked through the bottom of the map and left some rivers half full.

With the resin dry, the most challenging parts of the DIY map were done. All that was left were the finishing touches which included: covering the map in a clear coat of resin; building a frame; and installing the LED lighting. The result is a unique homage to the feather-like passageways (also called highways for boats) throughout the country.

An intracoastal waterway map is like a work of art with beautiful, feather-like pattern.

Intracoastal Waterway Map

An artisan known as AlexT9 recently created a DIY map that illuminates the waterways using blue resin.



Heartwarming Full-Page Ad From New Orleans to Houston Shares Hope and Offers Kindness "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of natural disasters, we're inspired see that humanitydespite its differencescomes together to work towards one common goal: helping those in need. The devastating 2005 Hurricane Katrina saw people from around the country pitching in to aid disaster relief efforts in New Orleans. Houston played a big part in this; the two cities are about 350 miles apart, and during that time, the Texas metropolis opened its doors to Louisiana evacueesincluding its school system and the Astrodome stadium, which transformed into a giant shelter.

Now, 12 years later, Houston is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As people unite to help its residents, New Orleans hasnt forgot about the compassion that the city showed back then. In the September 10th issue of the Houston Chronicle, New Orleans offers a message of hope and that they intend to repay their kindness. Their full-page ad, posted on Twitter by Chronicle editor Matt Schwartz, is addressed To our friends in Texas, and reads as follows:

To our friends in Texas,

Twelve years ago, you took in hundreds of thousands of us. You opened your homes, closets, and kitchens. You found schools for our kids and jobs to tide us over. Some of us are still there. And when the rest of the world told us not to rebuild, you told us not to listen. Keep our city and traditions alive.

Now, no two storms are the same. Comparing rising waters is a waste of energy when you need it most. But know this in our darkest hour, we found peace and a scorching, bright light of hope with our friends in Texas. And we hope you'll find the same in us.

Our doors are open. Our clothes come in every size. There's hot food on the stove, and our cabinets are well-stocked. We promise to always share what we have.

Soon, home will feel like home again, even if it seems like a lifetime away. We'll be battling for football recruits under the Friday night lights. You'll tell us to stop trying to barbeque. We'll tell you to lay off your crawfish boil and come have the real thing. But for as long as you need, we're here to help.

The way of life you love the most will carry on. You...


Synchronistic Images Captured in Soviet Era Swimming Pools by Photographer Maria Svarbova "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Photographer Maria Svarbova is fascinated by the sterile, geometric aesthetic of old swimming pools, especially those built during the Socialist Era in her native country of Slovakia. Each scene she photographs is highly controlled, from the subjects of her works to the bright colors and dramatic shadows that compose each shot.

The figures are mid-movement, but there is no joyful playfulness to them, says Sarbovas artist statement about the project. Frozen in the composition, the swimmers are as smooth and cold as the pools tilesDespite the retro setting, the pictures somehow evoke a futuristic feeling as well, as if they were taken somewhere completely alien.

The series, In the Swimming Pool, began in 2014 and is her largest to date. Recently she published a book on the project through The New Heroes and Pioneers aptly titled The Swimming Pool Book which you can pre-order on Amazon. To see more of her photographs centered around Eastern European pools, head to her Instagram or Behance. (via Visual Fodder)



In Secret Woods Pendants, Turtles Carry the World on Their Backs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Vancouver-based jewelers Secret Wood are known for their fusion of wood and resin to create magical rings. Their latest creation features more enchanting worlds, this time on the back of a turtle.

The recently released World Turtle pendant has a unique feature: it is customizable and interchangeable. Switch between different enchanting worlds to personalize your World Turtle pendant. From waterfalls to winter scenes, coral reefs to blossoms, intricate worlds are artfully created inside the turtles geometric shell. The design allows light to shine through, refracting off the shells many facets.

These pendants take inspiration from Hindu, Chinese and Indigenous mythologies which tell of the world being found on the back of a turtle. The turtle seemed appropriate for this grand role due to its qualities: perseverance, longevity, and determination.

We were completely inspired by these mythologies and knew we had to use them in our creations, explains Secret Wood founder, Roman Wood. There are so many beautiful landscapes on this Earth, the creative possibilities are endless.

Much like Secret Woods rings, every piece is handmade and unique, ensuring a unique wearable experience. More turtle shell designs will be released in the future.



David Lynch Gives Unconventional Advice to Graduates in an Unusual Commencement Address "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Just as we wouldn't expect David Lynch to deliver a traditional movie, nor should we expect him to deliver a traditional commencement address. "I did an interview with the Des Moines Register and said that this would be a strange commencement speech," the creator of Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive, and (with Mark Frost) Twin Peaks tells the 2016 graduating class of the Maharishi University of Management by way of opening not a speech but an on-stage question-and-answer session. The questions came from select students who want to know things like how he sees the world looking in ten years, what makes a good leader, and what makes a meaningful life.

One also wants to know how to "reconcile a job or career with our dharma or purpose." To that question, the very first, Lynch can respond with only one word: "Wow." But then, he had to have expected that question from a student at MUM, an institution established to provide something called "Consciousness-Based education" under which you don't just gain knowledge but "your awareness expands, improving your ability to absorb knowledge and see the big picture."

Integral to all this is Transcendental Meditation, the technique developed by MUM founder (and guru to the likes of the Beatles and the Beach Boys) Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and which Lynch himself has practiced since 1973.

Even if you have no interest in Lynch's memories of the Maharishi (a possible subject of a future movie of his, he implies), or in meditation of any kind, Lynch still dispenses a fair few pieces of valuable advice during these twenty minutes. "I always equate ideas sort of like fish we dont make the fish, we catch the fish," he says in response to one student who asks about how he falls in love with the ideas out of which his projects develop. "You fall in love with an idea and for me it may just be a fragment of a whole thing like a script, or a whole film, but this little fragment is so thrilling and...


Watch Author Chuck Palahniuk Read Fight Club 4 Kids "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The first rule of Horsing Around Club is: You do not talk about Horsing Around Club.  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club for Kids

Retooling a popular show, film, or comic to feature younger versions of the characters, their personalities and relationships virtually unchanged, can be a serious, if cynical source of income for the original creators.

The Muppets, Archie, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond have all given birth to spin-off babies.

So why not author Chuck Palahniuk?

Perhaps because spin-off babies are designed to gently ensnare a new and younger audience, and Palahniuk, whose 2002 novel Lullaby hinged on a nursery rhyme that kills children in their cribs, is unlikely to file down the dark, twisted edges that have won him a cult following.

That said, his most recent title is formatted as a coloring book, with another due to drop later this fall.

The same spirit of mischief drives Fight Club for Kids, which mercifully will not be hitting the childrens section of your local bookstore in time for the upcoming holiday season (or ever).

Much like Tyler Durden, Palahniuk's most infamous creation, this title is but a figment, existing only in the above video, where it is read by its putative author....


CB Action: (Apparently) CB radio wasnt just for sad, lonely middle-aged men? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Okay, Ill admit it. Everything I know about CB Radio comes from that episode of Family Guy where Peter Griffin sat naked in his basement talking dirty to truckers on the freeway. I honestly had no idea CB radio was mainly used by scantily clad ladies talking about UHF, antenna...


The Search for a New Humility: Vclav Havel on Reclaiming Our Human Interconnectedness in a Globalized Yet Divided World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Our respect for other people can only grow from a humble respect for the cosmic order and from an awareness that we are a part of it and that nothing of what we do is lost, but rather becomes part of the eternal memory of being.

The Search for a New Humility: Vclav Havel on Reclaiming Our Human Interconnectedness in a Globalized Yet Divided World

In his clever 1958 allegory I, Pencil, the libertarian writer Leonard Read used the complex chain of resources and competences involved in the production of a single pencil to illustrate the vital web of interdependencies economic as well as ethical undergirding humanitys needs and knowledge. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, Dr. King wrote from Birmingham City Jail five years later, as the material aspects of our interconnectedness became painfully inseparable from the moral. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

How to inhabit our individual role in that mutuality with responsible integrity is what the great Czech dissident Vclav Havel (October 5, 1936December 18, 2011) addressed in his 1995 Harvard commencement address, later published under the title Radical Renewal of Human Responsibility in his collected speeches and writings, The Art of the Impossible: Politics as Morality in Practice (public library).



Worlds Largest Photo Contest Announces This Years Amazing Winners "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

eyeem photography awards

EyeEm Photographer of the Year. Photo: Sasha Dudkina

The largest photography contest in the world, the EyeEm Photography Awards, has just announced the winners of its 2017 edition. Selecting from the pool of 100 finalists, photographers across five categories, as well as grand prize and community choice winners, beat over 88,000 photographers for prizes.

An esteemed panel of judgesincluding experts from National Geographic Traveler, iGNANT, and the BBCselected the winners, which were announced during Sunday's awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany. In the end, it was 19-year-old Russian photographer Sasha Dudkina who took home top honors as the EyeEm Photographer of the Year for her overall body of work. Awarded to a photographer who has yet to be discovered but shows incredible potential, Sasha has been an active member of the EyeEm community for years.

Her stunning photographs, which capture everyday life in Russia, caught the eye of the panel. Sasha is brimming with potential, said Brada Vivi Barassi, Head of Photography at EyeEm. Were so excited to work with her, help unleash her creativity to the full and provide support throughout her photography journey. As part of her prize package, Dudkina earned a year-long mentorship by the organization to help further develop her skills.

See more of Sasha's work below, as well as the winners of the individual categories and the stories behind their images.

The EyeEm Photography Awards are the world's largest photography contest. Here are the winners of the 2017 competition.



In Secret Woods Enchanting Pendants, Turtles Carry the World on Their Backs [Sponsored] "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Vancouver-based jewelers Secret Wood are known for their fusion of wood and resin to create magical rings. Their latest creation features more enchanting worlds, this time on the back of a turtle.

The recently released World Turtle pendant has a unique feature: it is customizable and interchangeable. Switch between different enchanting worlds to personalize your World Turtle pendant. From waterfalls to winter scenes, coral reefs to blossoms, intricate worlds are artfully created inside the turtles geometric shell. The design allows light to shine through, refracting off the shells many facets.

These pendants take inspiration from Hindu, Chinese and Indigenous mythologies which tell of the world being found on the back of a turtle. The turtle seemed appropriate for this grand role due to its qualities: perseverance, longevity, and determination.

We were completely inspired by these mythologies and knew we had to use them in our creations, explains Secret Wood founder, Roman Wood. There are so many beautifu...


A Film Connects Rat Control and Racism in Baltimore "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Harold Edmond in Theo Anthonys Rat Film (all images courtesy of MEMORY)

Yes, true to its name, Theo Anthonys Rat Film (2016) is about the pesky rodent. But its also about so much more than that, for it is also a chilling film about the roots of racism in Baltimore engineered while the city was being mapped out. How this is connected to the common rat is what Rat Film sets out to show.

For his first feature-length documentary, Anthony has made a heterogeneous yet seamless work that is a kindred spirit to Chris Markers and Adam Curtiss films such as, respectively, Level Five (1997) and HyperNormalisation (2016). Rat Film falls somewhere between the formers montage-based, essayistic method and the latters use of electronic music to generate unexpected connections that have an air of menace. The film creates a detached, disembodied, but never disengaged approach to the material, an impression generated by Maureen Jones flat narration and Dan Deacons unusually ominous and entrancing score. Its a score that complements but doesnt overwhelm the film. It only asserts its presence in Anthonys interstitial shots, which allow for a pause between the films different sections.

Providing different perspectives to Baltimores rat problem, an assortment of people appear before Anthonys camera: while their friend watches, two weathered men on a bench sing a tune about hating rats (I wanna hit them with a baseball bat); a man hunts rats with a personal armament of pellet guns; a duo use a fishing rod and a Louisville Slugger; a seasoned exterminator employed by the city dishes out his opinions (It aint never been a rat problem in Baltimore; always been a people problem) while making a few house calls; a snake handler who uses baby pinky rats for food; and a couple of pet owners introduce their rats.



New Banksy Murals Pay Homage to Basquiat "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Banksy mural near the Barbican Centre (via mural near the Barbican Centre (via

On Sunday, two new murals by Banksy riffing on the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat appeared in central London on a street near the Barbican Centre, which is currently hosting a major Basquiat exhibition. The secretive British street artists two works in Golden Lane include a reinterpretation of Basquiats 1982 painting Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump that is also a jab at the Metropolitan Polices institutional racism problem.

Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police, Banksy captioned an image of the mural on Instagram, an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show. An untitled Basquiat painting from the same year as Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump recently sold for $110.5 million at auction, a record for a US artist.



Banksy Unofficially Collaborates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Just days before the opening of the first large-scale UK exhibition of artist Jean-Michel Basquiats work at the Barbican, Banksy stopped by in the night to put up two new murals. The first, which he refers to as a portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police, depicts a figure isolated from Basquiats famous 1982 painting, Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, being frisked by two police officers as a dog watches nearby. The second shows a line of customers queuing for a ride aboard a ferris wheel of Basquiats iconic crowns drawn in oil pastel.

Basquiat rose to fame in the late 1970s on the streets of New York as half of the graffiti duo SAMO. Banksys new pieces seem to simultaneously reference the prevalence of racial profiling in targeted stop-and-frisk procedures (Basquiat sometimes referenced police brutality in his own work), while also coyly challenging the Barbicans strict graffiti removal policy. Basquiat: Boom for Real opens September 21, 2017. (via Arrested Motion)



An Historic Cape Town Grain Silo Converted into 80 Cylindrical Art Galleries "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Housed in what was once Cape Towns tallest building is the newly unveiled Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), created by London-based architect Thomas Heatherwick. The institutions 80 gallery spaces were converted from 42 historic grain silos, storage units which were once used to hold and grade maize from all over South Africa.

Heatherwick Studio transformed the tightly packed tubes into open areas of contemplation, carving out various oblong shapes to make room for large social spaces and lots of light from overhead windows. Heatherwick wished to clear out large spaces for the galleries, however he was also careful about not eliminating the tubular structure of the building completely.

We realised we needed to do something that your eye couldnt instantly predict, Heatherwick told DezeenOur role was destructing rather than constructing, but trying to destruct with a confidence and an energy, and not treating the building as a shrine.

The nearly 20,000 square foot museum is one of many facilities that form the V&A Waterfront, a cultural center dotted with several bars and restaurants on the citys harbor. (via Dezeen)



Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction on its wake, but also some surprising discoveries. Florida photographer and self-proclaimed history buff Randy Lathrop stumbled upon an interesting piece of history after an early morning bike ride the day after the natural disaster touched down.

Emerging from the Indian River during the storm, a traditional wooden canoebetter known as a dugout canoewas laid out on shore. Scientists believe that it may be hundred of years old, and is an important part of Florida's history. Luckily, Lathrop knew immediately that he was looking at something important and took immediate action.

After calling the Florida Division of Historical Resources, as required by law, he took measures to make sure no one would mistake the precious artifact for debris and throw it away. It looked just like a log, Lathrop told ABC News. My main concern was to secure it from harm's way. I was able to go half a mile away and get my friend with a truck and we struggled to get into the back of the truck. It weighs almost 700 pounds, but to me, it might as well have weighed 1,000 pounds. It's been water soaked for years.

Now in the hands of an archeologist, where it's safely soaking in a water bath, scientists will use carbon dating to learn more about the 15-foot-long canoe. Its squared off form and cut nails are already clues about its age. The squared form indicates that it is a historical canoe, with cut nails going into production in the early 19th century.

Florida is a treasure trove of unique history and we are excited about the recent discovery of the dugout canoe, says Sarah Revell, a spokesperson for the Florida Division of Historical Resources. As we continue to evaluate and learn more about the canoe, our goal is to ensure it is preserved and protected for future generations in the local community and across Florida to learn from and enjoy.

To date, over 400 individual ca...


Running Gun Blues: Arms dealer uses David Bowies image to sell bullets? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) conference took place last week in the Docklands in eastern London, and the event featured a creepy, unauthorized cameo by an unexpected star from the world of music. The event draws roughly 1,500 exhibitors from the world representing the world of, ahem, global defence and securityin...


Son Hears Dads Guitar for the First Time "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Watch new dad Vince Salamone play guitar to his son for the very first time. Encore!




Wayne White Explores the Battle of Hampton Roads in Multi-Media Installation at Virginia MOCA "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) announces the opening of their Fall/Winter Exhibitions on view September 16, 2017 through February 11, 2018 featuring an exclusive on-site installation; Wayne White: MONITORIUM.

Artist, designer, author, entertainer and the subject of the 2012 documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, Wayne White explores the 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads through a multi-media installation of the first battle of ironclad ships. Focusing on the intimate, human side of this game-changing moment in US naval history, the Unions USS Monitor will set the stage for Whites dynamic exhibition.

Whites experience as set and character designer for shows like Pee-Wees Playhouse and music video art direction for The Smashing Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel will transform MOCAs TowneBank Galleries into an evocative world of maritime wonder. Monumental-sized puppets, props, dramatic lighting, and sound will carve out Whites unique perspective, featuring individuals who helped shape the Monitors history.

The Mariners Museum and NOAAs Monitor National Marine Sanctuary have been instrumental partners in facilitating the veracity of Whites vision, providing history, facts, and data (and in one case sound) about the USS Monitor.

Alongside MONITORIUM is Small Works, Tall Tales featuring small scale sculpture from Virginia artists: Kim Overstreet and Robin Kranitzky, Wade Mickley, Deborah G. Rogers, Robin and Julia Rogers, Tracey St. Peter, John Tobin, and Aggie Zed.

Wayne White: MONITORIUM is made possible by support from the members of MOCAs Chairmans Circle.

For more information about the exhibitions, visit MOCAs website at

Wayne White: MONITORIUM continues at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia) through February 11.

The post...


Rare concert photos of Blondie, Zappa, Iggy, Fugazi and more, from the Smithsonians new collection "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In December 2015, the Smithsonian Institution began an ambitious crowdsourced history of rock n roll photography, calling on music fans to contribute their amateur and pro photos, launching the web site as a one-stop for accepting and displaying shooters submissions. One of the projects organizers, Bill Bentley, was quoted in...


Kitchen tools and other household items get confrontational anatomical upgrades "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A confrontational sculpture by D.C.-based artist, Joseph Barbaccia.
While I hate to call a gun a household item its accurate. According to data collected earlier this year, approximately 40% of homes in the U.S. said they had a firearm in...


Stroll a Fauvist Shore in a Digital Tribute to Andr Derain "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

'FAUVISTa' by Gigoia Studios (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)FAUVISTa by Gigoia Studios (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Andr Derain and Henri Matisse spent the summer of 1905 in Collioure, a fishing town in the southwest of France. There they painted the shores, its seascapes and boats, and the curvy mountains nearby. Their bold pigments and brushwork, with dots and lines of color allowing the white of the canvas to come through, defined the brief Fauvism movement. Now you can digitally wander one of those influential works, with FAUVISTa, a virtual exploration of Derains 1905 Bateaux Collioure.

The art interactive, recently shared by Warpdoor, is available as a pay-what-you-wish download for Mac and PC on It was created by designer Carlos Monteiro of Gigoia Studios, which has released a series of games where players enter paintings, such as SURREALISTa, a tribute to Giorgio de Chirico, and IMPRESSIONISTa, featuring Claude Monets waterlilies. The developers state they are very aware that digital imagery cant compare with the real art, and these experiences are intended to stimulate interest in the work.

You can spend as long as you like strolling FAUVISTa, but its a compact world. As far as gaming goes, theres not a lot to do, although some of the abstractly shaped sailors and townspeople have little facts a...


One for the Road: Street photographs of drunk Japanese people "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Tokyo-based photographer Lee Chapman has been documenting life in Japan for almost two decades. Originally from England, Chapman went to Japan on a one-year work contract to teach English at a language school. He now works as an English teacher at a local high schoolwhich means he has plenty of...


NeSpoon unveils a new mural in Boras, Sweden "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

NeSpoon has been invited to participate in No Limit Festival in Bors, Sweden and she has just sent in some shots of her progress that took from 6th untill the 9th of September. In addition to the mural, NeSpoon also had an idea to decorate the streets with some smaller artworks around the streets of Bors. Total preparation took 4 days as this was a hand-drawn and hand-cut stencil, and the result can be seen below.



Wassily Kandinsky Syncs His Abstract Art to Mussorgskys Music in a Historic Bauhaus Theatre Production (1928) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

European modernity may never had taken the direction it did without the significant influence of two Russian artists, Wassily Kandinsky and Modest Mussorgsky. Kandinsky may not have been the very first abstract painter, but in an important sense he deserves the title, given the impact that his series of early 20th century abstract paintings had on modern art as a whole. Inspired by Goethes Theory of Colors, he also published what might have been the first treatise specifically devoted to a theory of abstraction.

The composer Mussorgskys most famous work, Pictures at an Exhibition (listen here), had a tremendous influence on some of the most famous composers of the day when it debuted, which happened to be after its author's death. Written in 1874 as a solo piano piece, it didnt see publication until 1886, when it quickly became a virtuoso challenge for pianists and a popular choice for arrangements most notably by Maurice Ravel and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who, along with Igor Stravinsky and others, interpreted and expanded on many of Mussorgsky's ideas into the early 20th century.

Mussorgskys early death in 1881 prevented any living collaboration between the painter and composer, but its only natural that his minimalist musical piece should have inspired Kandinskys only successful stage production. In Kandinskys theory, musical ideas operate like primary colors. His paintings explicitly illustrate sound. In his stage adaptation of Pictures at an Exhibition, he had the opportunity to paint sound in motion.

Kandinsky was first inspired to...


Interview: People Are Hacking IKEA Products into One-Of-A-Kind Decor "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

IKEA Hacker

Industrial BILLY bookcase with hidden Murphy bed for teddy by Medina Grillo
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IKEA furniture is sometimes criticized for being plain looking, or that its so inexpensive that everyone has the same thing. (Have you ever owned one of their BILLY bookcases?) But, its affordability does more good than just keep your wallet happy. IKEA (perhaps unintentionally) offers a blank slate and starting point for DIY projects. IKEA hacks, as theyre known, transform ordinary bookshelves, lighting, tables, and more into one-of-a-kind pieces that express your personality.

The person leading the furniture hacks charge is a woman with the pseudonym Jules Yap. In May 2006, she was like many of ussearching the web for IKEA hack ideas. How great it would be if I could find them all in one place, she remembers thinking. Shortly after, her site IKEAhackers was born. Since then, contributors from around the world have submitted their ingenious repurposing projects and demonstrated how you can complete them for yourself. But even if you arent that handy, its still fun to see the creativity that comes from these otherwise ordinary IKEA products.

Yap, along with 19 other contributors, have compiled 25 furniture hacks into a book that's now available on Amazon. Learn more about it and her journey with IKEAhackers in our exclusive interview below.

DIY enthusiasts everywhere are turning their IKEA products into one-of-a-kind pieces with furniture hacks.



When Bros Hug "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In February, CBS Sunday Morning aired a short news segment on the bro hug phenomenon: a supposedly new way heterosexual (white) men (i.e., bros) greet each other. According to this news piece, the advent of the bro hug can be attributed to decreased homophobia and is a sign of social progress.

Im not so sure.

To begin, bro-ness isnt really about any given individuals, but invokes a set of cultural norms, statuses, and meanings. A stereotypical bro is a white middle-class, heterosexual male, especially one who frequents strongly masculinized places like fraternities, business schools, and sport events. (The first part of the video, in fact, focused on fraternities and professional sports.) The bro, then, is a particular kind of guy, one that frequents traditionally male spaces with a history of homophobia and misogyny and is invested in maleness and masculinity.

The bro hug reflects this investment in masculinity and, in particular, the masculine performance in heterosexuality. To successfully complete a bro hug, the two men clasp their right hands and firmly pull their bodies towards each other until they are or appear to be touching whilst their left hands swing around to forcefully pat each other on the back. Mens hips and chests never make full contact. Instead, the clasped hands pull in, but also act as a buffer between the mens upper bodies, while the legs remain firmly rooted in place, maintaining the hips at a safe distance. A bro hug, in effect, isnt about physical closeness between men, but about limiting bodily contact.

Bro hugging, moreover, is specifically a way of performing solidarity with heterosexual men. In the CBS program, the bros explain that a man would not bro hug a woman since a bro hug is, by its forcefulness, designed to be masculinity affirming. Similarly, a bro hug is not intended for gay men, lesbians, or queer people. The bro hug performs and reinforce bro identity within an exclusively bro domain. For bros, by bros. As such, the bro hug does little to signal a decrease in homophobia. Instead, it affirms mens identities as real men and their difference from both women and non-heterosexual men.

In this way, the bro-hug functions similarly to the co-masturbation and same-sex sexual practices of heterosexually identified white men, documented by the sociologist Jane Ward in her book, Not Gay. Ward argues that when straight white...


From the KKK to Darfur, Reflecting on Evil as a Deliberate Act "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Evil: A Matter of Intent at Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, installation view (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

MIAMI A new exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, Evil: A Matter of Intent, examines the exigencies of cruelty what it takes to create it and the methodology that allows it to exist. Evil is not, the artists here purport, something intrinsic to humanity, not by birth, anyway. Acts of evil are deliberate. Evil is a choice.

Before traveling here, this exhibition was previously at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. There, it didnt include the blood-red KKK King Kleagle robe, a kind of pice de rsistance for the Miami show. King Kleagles oversee a given geographic area of the Klan and are responsible for recruiting new Klansmen, and this particular robe, from the 1940s, comes at an unnerving time, on the heels of the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville.

Evil: A Matter of Intent at Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, installation view

When I was very young, the KKK were my biggest fear, both because of who they targeted and the mythological quality of their symbolism it seemed childishly bold to set representations of Jesus aflame, as if Jesus would approve. It was as if theyd do anything to justify their hatred and, as Evil reveals, my childhood assumptions were correct. A weapon accompanies the robe: a literal stick of wood carved into sharp points, its user part resourceful Boy Scout and part warmon...


The Round-up: Each door opens to the same circle "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Here is some very good new music.   Kenny Warren Quartet Thank You For Coming To Life (Whirlwind Recordings) Theres an impenetrable nature to this music that takes some getting used to.  Some combination of composition and improvisation makes it so that the development of a song occurs like building blocks of an []


Om-believable Buddha in Rings of Lavender "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Aerial view of Tadao Andos Hill of the Buddha (screenshot via YouTube)

The giant, gently sloping hill at the center of Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo, Japan is dotted not with tombstones but with lavender plants  150,000 of them, growing in neat, concentric circles. This is no ordinary hill, but a monumental work of environmental architecture designed by Tadao Ando to enclose a hulking Buddha, which sits half-buried at its center, with its downcast head poking out from a hole.

Inside Taodo Andos Hill of the Buddha (photo by @purplevampie/Instagram)

Ando completed the so-named Hill of the Buddha in December 2015, and its now the mesmerizing centerpiece of the 35-year-old cemetery. Discussing his vision in an article for Domus magazine last October, the Japanese architect said, The aim of this project was to build a prayer...


A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Image by Carlos Delgado, via Wikimedia Commons

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,300 courses from top universities. Let's give you the quick overview: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and Harvard. Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites, and you can listen to the lectures anytime, anywhere, on your computer or smart phone. We haven't done a precise calculation, but there's about 45,000 hours of free audio & video lectures here. Enough to keep you busy for a very long time.

Right now youll find 173 free philosophy courses, 92 free history courses, 128 free computer science courses, 81 free physics courses and 55 Free Literature Courses in the collection, and thats just beginning to scratch the surface. You can peruse sections covering Astronomy, Biology, BusinessChemistry, Economics, Engineering, Math,...


Franco Moschino: Anti-Elitist Haute Couture? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A1Ark-v0tuLOn the 18th of September 1994, Italian fashion designer Franco Moschino died in Annone di Brianza, Italy. He is still seen as the irreverent enfant terrible of the fashion industry who poked fun at the excesses of the 1980s with his tongue in chic designs, most memorably creating suits festooned with cutlery, jackets with faucet handles or dice used as buttons, coats and hats made from teddy bears, expensive linen shirts embroidered with outrageous puns and slogans, dresses that looked like shopping bags, and ball gowns assembled from plastic garbage bags. After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Moschino started in the fashion industry as a freelance illustrator. (Britannica).

Moschino was always eager to express his views of the world. His first boutique in Via SantAndrea in Milan allowed the designer to use a very effective means of communication: the shop window, which was a natural extension of the shop, the venue for regular mise-en-scne and a chance for direct contact with the public He used it to share messages, moods and opinions. He did the same with with designs which were paraded during eccen...

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Dr. Jane Goodall Is Now Teaching an Online Course on Conservation, Animal Intelligence & Activism "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Back in June, we mentioned that the great primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall was gearing up to teach her first online course on environmental conservation, animal intelligence, and activism. Now, it seemed worth giving this quick update--Goodall's course is ready to go. It features 29 lessons and costs $90. You can sign up and take the course through Masterclass here.

Above watch a trailer that introduces the course. Below see her discuss the course on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Other courses currently offered by Masterclass include:

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PASSAGES: Richard Benson (19432017) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

James Welling on Richard Benson (19432017)


Photographer Captures Ethereal Beauty of Flowers Floating Like Ballerinas Under Water "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Flower Art Underwater Ballet Anne ten Donkelaar

Dutch artist and product designer Anne ten Donkelaar arranges and photographs flowers underwater, thus capturing a silent image of a spirited dance. In this series, titled Underwater Ballet, the artists floral ballerinas dance and seemingly float around in still waters. They dreamily pose and sway, thoroughly hypnotizing us all. This stunning picture is just a glimpse of ten Donkelaars magical reality.

To create the otherworldly illusion, ten Donkelaar uses a rope and a small metal trinket to hold down the bouquets. Like in her other works, we are treated to stunning displays of colorful flowers featuring purposefully long, leg-like stems. I love a flower with really long legs, she explained to Flower Magazine. It makes it more elegant somehow, almost as if its flying. I strip away all the leaves and let the flower stand out, stand tall.

The result is a masterpiece; an image that looks more like a whimsical watercolor painting than an actual photo.

For more, you can check out the entire series on ten Donkelaars website.

Artist Anne ten Donkelaar uses shades of soft whites, pinks, browns, and greens in her latest series of flower art.

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Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Architect Thomas Heatherwick designed the Zeitz MOCAA art galleries in Cape Town and theyre impressive. Carved out of a grain silo, the museum hopes to become of Africas most important spaces for contemporary art. See more images at Dezeen. (via Dezeen)

On the southern edge of Paris, a five-thousand-square-foot basement houses the citys lost possessions. The Bureau of Found Objects, as it is officially called, is more than two hundred years old, and one of the largest centralized lost and founds in Europe. Any item left behind on the Mtro, in a museum, in an airport, or found on the street and dropped, unaddressed, into a mailbox makes its way here, around six or seven hundred items each day. Umbrellas, wallets, purses, and mittens line the shelves, along with less quotidian possessions: a wedding dress with matching shoes, a prosthetic leg, an urn filled with human remains. The bureau is an administrative department, run by the Police Prefecture and staffed by very French functionariesand yet its also an improbable, poetic space where the entrenched French bureaucracy and the societal ideals of the country collide.


Interview: Self-Taught Photographer Crafts Surreal Scenes Inspired by Vintage Film Stills "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Surreal Digital Photography by Simon McCheung

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Photographer Simon McCheung fell into photography on a whim after purchasing a DSLR camera. Once he taught himself the craft, he amassed an impressive portfolio of  surreal images. With each photo, Simon strikes a balance between intense human emotion and the tranquil world around him. The results are the embodiment of childhood daydreams with a little dose of magic.

We were grateful to catch a glimpse of Simon's creative process with a Behind The Lens look into his portrait photography!

Learn how Simon McCheung captures his surreal digital photography in our exclusive interview below!

Surreal Digital Photography by Simon McCheung

Can you tell us a bit about your journey into photography?

As a teen, painting was my creative outlet, but I never carried that through because of living space limitations within the city of London. When I took on a job located in the English countryside of the Midlands, a work colleague introduced me to his new DSLR. I instantly got hooked on this new creative outlet.

You are self taught photographer, how did you go about learning how to take and process photos?

I purchased my DSLR on a whim, and my knowledge of camera settings were almost non-existent. I knew I wanted certain qualities for my images, so it was just a case of looking up the basics online and a lot of trial and error by shooting every day. The challeng...


Peter Saul Knows What to Do with the President and a Hamburger "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Peter Saul, Global Warming, the Last Beer (2017), acrylic on canvas, 78 x 120 inches (all images Peter Saul and courtesy Mary Boone gallery, New York)

Madcap Peter Saul is our William Hogarth, Honor Daumier, Hieronymus Bosch, and Basil Wolverton rolled into one glorious, outrageous, nutty, rambunctious painter. Some artists get the honor of having their work displayed in the White House, but chances are Saul will never be one of them, no matter who the occupant is. You know he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but will never get it.

In the 1960s, Saul titled two of his paintings, Mickey Mouse vs. The Japs (1962) and I Torture Commie Virgins (1967). The 1970s brought Crucifixion of Angela Davis (1973). In 1990, he did a painting titled Legal Abortion, and in 1993, he did one of  Jeffrey Dahmer strapped into an electric chair, celebrating his birthday with a cake  made from a butchered male pelvis.

Peter Saul, Nightwatch II (2016), acrylic on canvas, 78 x 92 inches

Sauls recurring subject is pain and abuse of all kinds what we inflict on others and do to ourselves. It seems that the only way he can embrace these often monstrous subjects, and whatever they stir up in him, is with scandalous humor. This is why such distinctions as tasteful and tasteless seem beside the point when looking at and thinking about Sauls garish work, which is just one reason why he is such an important artist. He also happens to be an amazing colorist and terrific caricaturist. More than socially conscious, he is a formally inventive artist with a dee...


Your Sunday Morning Jazz Album: Hans Ludemann Das Reale Klavier "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Sunday morning is when the serenity comes down.  Sunday morning is the cocoon from the heavy exhaustion of too much Saturday night fun.  Sunday morning is when the city agrees to use its inside voice.  Sunday morning is when a hush settles in over the land.  It is a time for sitting still and []


Hoot and Holler with Stanley Whitney "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Stanley Whitney, Untitled (1990), crayon on paper, 9 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches ( Stanley Whitney, all images courtesy Lisson Gallery)

Stanley Whitney does more than take a line for a walk. His current exhibition, Stanley Whitney: Drawings at Lisson Gallery (September 8 October 21, 2017), offers a survey of 75 works the artist made between 1989 and 2017, using mediums such as graphite, colored pencil, crayon, and acrylic marker, and working on different surfaces, from cardboard to rice paper. Lots of drawings were done on sheets of standard sketchbook paper that could be found in any art supply store. In addition to these works, the exhibition includes a vitrine by the front door with four of the artists notebooks.

Drawing has been central to Whitneys practice since at least 1972. In an interview I did with him in The Brooklyn Rail (October 2008), he said:

The drawings were very important to me; they were key to figuring out the space. Even now with the paintings, no matter how structured they are, the lucid stuff really belongs to drawing.

Working within the constraints he established in the earliest works in the exhibition, dated 1989, he coaxes and pushes his line through lots of different territory. It meanders across the surface with no destination in mind. It takes on the structure of an irregular grid. It coils and twists, like a snake about to strike, or loops over itself. Between the late 1980s and early 90s, it defines ci...


Ettore De Grazias Experiments in Art and Music "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


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On the 17th of September 1982, American artist Ettore Ted De Grazia died in Tucson, Arizona. He was an impressionist, western pop painter, sculptor, and lithographer best known for his pastel images of wide-eyed Native American children, which were used by UNICEF as cover art for their greeting cards. De Grazia was born into a family of Italian miners in Morenci, Arizona. However, during his childhood, his family went back to Italy during a downturn in copper prices. They returned to America when the wages increased. Right from his early years De Grazia began to relate to his Mexican neighbours and travel throughout northern Mexico, coming to identify closely with the Mexican and Native American cultures that were reflected in his art. I like to portray people as they really are, he once said, not merely to present a tragic view of life, but to enrich the experience of those who have not really seen the common Mexican people. (San Pedro Valley News, August 22, 1941). An expression of his strong inclination towards Mexican culture was his famous Gallery in the Sun (constructed between 1951 and 1965) a series of buildings scattered throughout a natural desert setting in which De Grazia worked and lived until his death. Presently, the complex serves as a museum of De Grazias work.


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