Mar 13, 2014
" I was born in year 1980 in Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe, which was at that time under soviet occupation. My inspirations have been as diverse as: folklore fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting; the colorful forbidden rare secret imagery of the western pop culture surrounded by mystical, almost religious tone for us, soviet children; the terrifying war and deportation stories that my grandparents, and their little brothers and sister witnessed as small children; pompous alienated eerie atmosphere of the catholic church ceremonies, and the breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances in the opera house, where I was taken since the age of two etc. – all the bitter-sweetness and irreality of the every day. But most of all, life is my inspiration. The way I comprehend it, and myself. People are my inspiration. The state of a human soul - dreams, longing, love, pain - that is what my visual images are about. " - Jana Brike
Mar 12, 2014
was born in Alexandria in 1971 where he lives and works. 'Based on extensive periods of research and enquiry, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway in the desert or organizing a heavy metal concert in a remote Egyptian village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppet animations – titled Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files (2010), The Path to Cairo (2012) and The Secrets of Karbala (2014) – while his two-part film, Al Araba Al Madfuna (2013), uses child actors to recount poetic myths, paying homage, rather than mere lip-service, to the important narratives of yesteryear.' (via Lisson Gallery
and Serpentine Galleries
Mar 11, 2014
Fire and shockproof coats protect your pooch during a natural disaster. 'And the material also works as an effective insulator should you and your dog need to escape outside on a frigid night. For larger debris, your dog's head and neck are protected by a half-inch of shock absorbing foam which extends over their eyes as well. A series of elastic straps and velcro fasteners ensure this $200 disaster-proof coat doesn't accidentally fall off, but it also means your dog will need your help putting it on.' Link here.
Mar 10, 2014
This are remakes of the 'Too Cool To Do Drugs' pencils
that were handed out in the 90's until people realized when you sharpened them the message changed and recalled them all.