Love Untitled

Talk about love,

like it’s something more than just a drug-
Toxic levels of mixed chemicals

breaching surfaces of skin.

Hectic red and shades of sin.

-N.M

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Xiaolangdi – A project by Alain Feliu; The construction of a dam on the Yellow River in China.

(c) Alain Feliu courtesy Jecza Gallery

(c) Alain Feliu courtesy Jecza Gallery

Currently on view @ Jezca Gallery! October 17 – November 20

[Special thanks to Jezca Gallery for allowing us to share their PR with our followers.]

Alain Féliu (French artist) followed the construction process of a dam in Xiaolangdi. During three years time, using a large format 4 by 5 inch camera, Alain Féliu captured the evolution and implications of this construction project on the landscape, the environment and the people.

His photographic journey, in an unknown territory, means for many of us, the chance to explore this vast country, its people and policies. The series also shows the way nature and communities learn to adapt, move or change – in the region of Xiaolangdi more than 170.000 people had to move their homes in order to escape the flood, to give only one example.

This powerful exhibition doesn’t speak only about a 154 meter high and 1000 meter long Chinese dam, the project is more a metaphor for one of the biggest countries in the world – China – with its hierarchies, culture differences, people and constant evolution.

In his own introduction to the series the artists recalls his fascination for this site: “Xiaolangdi (“Small Deep Wave”/translation of name in English) is one of those places of an intense poetry and of whose imaginary you can no longer escape.

 So you return.”

(c) Alain Feliu courtesy Jecza Gallery

(c) Alain Feliu courtesy Jecza Gallery

 

If you are in Timisoara, Romania make sure you check out the show!

Jezca Gallery/ Calea Martirilor 51/52-53 / Timisoara, Romania

For more info email: jezca@jezcagallery.com

Cheers!

XX, CHC

@CultureHeARTs

 

LACMA and The Getty: LA – “If you don’t know, now you know.” -Biggie

1369545754094.cachedIn what was my first OFFICIAL visit to LA I can say that I was definitely IMPRESSED with both the LACMA and the Getty museums. Both institutions have been mentioned throughout my studies and to get to experience them in person was well worth the visits.

Being more partial to art of the contemporary persuasion I had an especially great time at the LACMA. The James Turrell Retrospective (see image above) in particular was a HIGHLIGHT (no pun intended), something that I strongly recommend to anyone living in the area or heading out that way – it runs through April 6th. The works span Turrell’s lengthy career, from early works all the way through plans for a yet-to-be-executed project at the Roden Crater in Flagstaff, Arizona. The temporal and spatial affects of Turrell’s works can hardly be described in words, one really must be there in person to engage with them. In order to experience the energy and power emanating from these works, immersion is vital and the effects are unforgettable.

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The Getty Museum (see image above) is one of the most beautiful institutions I’ve visited to date. High up on a hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles, you definitely gain a sense of the extreme wealth of the museum (J.Paul Getty left no shortage of cash). Like the LACMA it’s split up into different buildings housing different styles of art throughout various periods in history. The highlight for me here was Hearsay of the Soul, a 5 channel video installation created by one of my favorite directors, Werner Herzog (see image below). The film is a compilation of etchings by Dutch artist Hercules Segers complimented by the music of composer/cellist Ernst Reijseger (also Dutch). I found this piece to be both unsettling and beautiful, capturing the sublime through the coupling of the etchings and the pure emotive power of Reijseger as he played. It’s as if he was translating the artworks through his music. This was for me, definitely a must see! 4.-Herzog

If you have the opportunity to get to LA and visit these institutions, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.

In the words of Biggie, “if you don’t know, now you know”…so go!

Cheers,

NYX

Street Art Adventures: 5Pointz – Queens

Some people may be hesitant when you think of going to a warehouse in Queens to look at Street Art. To me, this was a NO BRAINER. DUH. The building, which takes up around a block, is covered from head to toe in FABULOUS murals, wheat pastes, stencil works, etc… But actually. While it is sad to think that there are people who want to tear down this landmark (WHY THE EFF WOULD YOU WANT TO DO SUCH A THING?!), I suggest you go out and experience this STREET ART MECCA. 100% worth the trip. 100% BRILLIANT. My pics below do not even give justice to this monument. Check them out and see for yourself, but if you have the time to go out and see it in person before it is torn down, DO IT!

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I think you get the picture… This is a GLORIOUS PALACE of Street Ar/Urban Art and CULTURE. I truly hope I have persuaded you to go and visit yourself. It is an experience in itself. Enjoy it and take it in while it lasts.

XX, DP

Maybe Parents Should Take Their Children to Museums More Often… Just Saying – Mark Rothko

After watching this video, I couldn’t help but think that as cute as these munchkins are Mark Rothko is more than a slice of bread or three different colour towels… Watch for yourself… Oh and Dear Schools in America who are cutting Art Education… maybe this will persuade you to put more money towards it. Art is culture. Culture is life. It defines who we are.

Kids need to be educated. Not just cute.

Just saying, don’t take this personally. I know they are youngsters but they know da Vinci and van Gogh! Oy. Oy. Oy.

XX, DP

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology – The Perfect Hidden Treasure, Not So Hidden Anymore

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No need to go to Egypt. Just come to London. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (located on UCL’s campus) has over 80,000 artifacts (only 10% is on display though), and yet you will still find it overwhelming. Whether you are looking at steles, amulets, shabtis, or canpoic jars, you will be amazed at what this small space (yet magnanimous in terms of cultural artifacts) has to offer from Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology. For starters they have the one of the first pieces of linen from Egypt that dates to around 5000 BCE. They have the earliest examples of glazing, the earliest ‘cylinder seal’ dating to about 3500 BCE… and even the oldest papyrus gynecological record.

Wait, did I mention that this museum is children friendly? Bring your kids there. Dress them up like Cleopatra or a Pharaoh. Take them on a journey around the museum through a trail that has been planned out for children to discover some of the top treasures the museum has to offer. Make it a family day! Why not? Get the family cultured! Oh, did I mention it is FREE entry?! I don’t think it can get much better than that. Go and enjoy. And if you don’t want to bring the children, there are also cultural, yet thoroughly entertaining (that I can assure you) talks at night covering a range of topics – FREE ENTRY as well, just need to RSVP. Check out “What’s On” at the Petrie! Maybe you’ll even find me there!

xx, DP