The Surreal Sculptures of Myeongbeom Kim

Surreal imagery has some kind of irresistible attraction for most of us. Myeongbeom Kim’s sculptures are surreal. They combine elements that don’t normally belong together and, in doing so, often grabs our attention. Having trees as immense antlers make the deer above look majestic. It takes us a couple of seconds to work out that …

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Ai Weiwei – Human Rights Dissident – Environmentalist?

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has mounted 1200 bicycles in a magnificent floor to ceiling installation as part of a solo exhibition in Taipei. The artist likely has no environmental statement to make with this installation, but these days it is hard to look at so many bicycles without being put in mind of the …

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Mitch Epstein and the Prix Pictet

Last week Mitch Epstein was announced as winner of this year’s Prix Pictet for his series American Power which was reviewed in this blog some time ago. The Prix Pictet is one of the most prestigious photography contests. This year’s theme was Growth and it is interesting that most of the photographers chosen as finalists …

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The laugh that makes you cry – The Myth of Clean Energy

I wonder when it was that humor emerged as a method of interaction among human beings and, no doubt later, as an art form. Did neanderthal man make jokes? The video below is very funny – but the reality of the message is enough to make you despair.  Enjoy – it only lasts 7 minutes. …

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What is American Power? – Mitch Epstein

In 2003, photographer Mitch Epstein was commissioned to do an unusual job. “I had been hired to photograph a town in the process of being erased. The American Electric Power Company had paid residents of Cheshire a lump sum to leave, never come back and never complain in the media or in court if they …

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