Angola based Binelde Hyrcan is a multi-disciplinary artist working across painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and installation. His work often addresses the absurdity represented by political and social customs and attitudes, in particular, critiquing structures of power and human vanity.
San Francisco based Andrew Schoultz has a pictorial approach to social and political commentary. Through his paintings, drawings, murals, and installations, Schoultz uses symbols and iconography to illustrate the weightier issues of contemporary life in America. Although Schoultz exhibits in galleries and museums, he often works in large-scale installations and public murals with the intention of making his work available to the general public.
In densely layered, chaotic, narrative imagery, Schoultz explores environmental crises like oil spills and natural disasters, political issues such as war and corruption, and the economics of globalization and capitalism.
Prague, Czech Republic based Romanian artist Ion Barladeanu spent most of his years in the 60’s living on the outskirts of society, depending on other men’s trash and surviving cold nights behind garbage bins. In his spare time, Ion would create amazing pieces that can be described as a mix of Pop art, Surrealism and Dadaism. The hermit-like artist had always kept his work under wraps for a number of reasons. Firstly, he had no one in particular to show it to, and secondly, its often biting political nature meant that while the communist regime held sway in Romania, it had to remain clandestine.
Today we can all enjoy his pieces. Barladeanu sees his works as miniature movies, the act of assembling clipped-out artwork on hand-painted backgrounds akin to the roles of screenwriter and director. While many of his works are infused with comedy or light-hearted satire, others are the stuff of subversive film noir.
You don’t see this everyday. This is a new series by Ted Sabarese called “Evolution,” where he matches people up with their Fish doppelgangers. It sort of works well, doesn’t it? Sabarese says of the project, ” With all the recent, fiery controversy between evolution, creationism, intelligent design, science, religion, the political left, right, etc., I thought it might be provocative to throw my visual two-cents into the ring. The images beg the question, is it really so difficult to believe we came out from the sea millions and millions of years ago?” That red head just wiggled at us. (via)
Last night was a wake-up call to Obama, and those of us who still want to live on the left side of the political spectrum. America is not going to buy it. They are too hateful, vengeful, and easily persuaded to join in on the banter created by talking heads who make so much more money than anyone, that they vote with some sort of anger that they have been done wrong. But we already knew that, and we got away with one in 2008.
Nobody was done wrong in 2008, and nobody has been really, truly done wrong by Obama in the last two years, but the problem is, Obama didn’t really capitalize on the amazing confidence he gained during the 2008 election period. He got stale, didn’t jump on the causes of true Change that he promised (nothing more empty than a campaign promise, but something close to those promises would have helped). What did we want from him? Maybe a more thoughtful approach to war, health care, and bi-partisanship. Maybe not lending the hand so far and then not fighting back when it was obvious that the Right was not going to concede anything. We are being simplistic, but we are sort of at a lost for words.
The Guardian, and again, we like the foreign point of view because it tends to be a little less emotional, has a nice synopsis about the wake-up call that Obama received last night, and what he can do now until 2012 to fight back and return as Commander-in-Chief.
The new Broken Social Scene album, Forgiveness Rock Record, is a very nice album from the Toronto-based supergroup. “Meet Me in the Basement” is one of the album’s best tracks, and now it has a fan-made, band-endorsed video to go along with it that seems all political and stuff. We think the riot footage makes it so. Okay, not being smart ass, the video is really smart.