‘I was born and raised in an apartment block in the capital hanoi. with over 20 years experiences of living in it, I found it does not take much of urban life but rather is a complex area ‘village’ stacked on top of each other. it is self-improvement of living space, farming, growing vegetables and upgrade living conditions in the prevailing promiscuous. there are people share everything and not much about privacy, confidentiality. I question myself: ‘do angels could live together in a paradise?’
The original “March of Progress” image is one of the best known scientific illustrations in the world and Maentis.com is remixing it, 2012-style, 99 times over. The 99 Steps of Progress, coming out of the Paris based artist collective Maentis, is a release of 99 re-imagined versions over the course of the next 99 days.
The designs make a statement on our journey as a society from neanderthal (in the original image) to our present forms (whatever they may be). The designs poke fun at the jarring shifts in lifestyle we are seeing today as the landscape of pop culture continually evolves. Although not always a positive step forward, (wittingly implied in the name, 99 Steps of “Progress”) the designs make a case for reflection on our own progress as we go through life. The stylized silhouette images provide a treat for the eyes as well!
Afgelopen weekend opende in een van mijn favoriete Nederlandse musea, de Pont in Tilburg, de expositie van de Duitse kunstenares Katharina Grosse. Ze is vooral bekend door haar installaties waarin de schilderkunst, letterlijk en figuurlijk, een nieuwe dimensie krijgt. In De Pont maakte zonder andere 68 grote en ter plekke beschilderde ballonnen, waarvan sommige een doorsnede hebben van wel vier meter!
Chen Yingjie, better known as Hua Tunan, is one of the leading young forces in the world of Chinese street art. Living in the coastal city of Foshan, Hua Tunan’s training in classical Chinese and illustration drives his unique street art style. He often explores new ways to combine Western graffiti styles with traditional Chinese methods and elements including ink painting, drum rhythms and a variety of cultural symbols. Hua Tunan is a core member of the EDGE Creative Collective. Please visit his website or follow his Tumblr for more work.