Concrete is pretty tough. So it’s not too surprising that these monuments have survived even if the government that built them fell apart in the early ’90s. Originally, each site displayed the “confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic” but since the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the sites have become overgrown with shrubs and ripe with new meanings. Also, graffiti.
The photographs are the work of Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers, for a series Spomenik: The End of History and went on display in late 2007 at BAM, Flemish institute for visual, audiovisual and media art. I’ve included a small gallery below. Lebbeus Woods recently used a few of these monuments, along with some others to lay out a few thoughts about authority.
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I have so many photos from Art In The Streets that I’m still trying to get all the photos edited and put together, it’s quite a process. These images are of the Street Market, a recreation of an exhibit that was originally at Deitch Gallery back in 2000. I was only 18 when the gallery originally was created so it was an amazing treat to get to walk through this amazing exhibit with an exhibit. It’s made up of pieces from Steven Powers (who you can see with Kyle in the photo above), who also goes by ESPO, Todd James, who’s also know as REAS, and one of my all-time favorites Barry McGee, whom you might know as Twist. These guys have created an entire city block covered in art.
This was one of the first things that I experienced when I got into the space, and it was overwhelming in the best way possible. There’s just so much to process that you’re walking through with your mouth open, or that was my reaction, at least. I just can’t believe they were able to reconstruct such an immense work. It’s not identical by any means, but it’s still the same in spirit and that’s what’s important.
I’ve got 58 photos under the cut, all of which you can see larger versions of. I encourage and implore you to take the time and look at all the insane details that went into this space. I hope you enjoy the photos.
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A week ago from today, Bobby and I went to see Frank Chimero speak at UCLA. He spoke about his body of work, his inspiration, his upcoming projects, and what design really means. He emphasized that design is not a problem that needed to be “solved,” but–instead–it needed many responses. He gave a few examples, relating design to a few things to make his point, showing that math yields one, distinct, there-can-only-be-one answer while art yields many responses. Thus is the reason why we have so many different types of chairs.
While speaking with Frank afterwards, catching a drink at a local spot not far from UCLA, I listened to him and Bobby speaking about speaking. Bobby related his experiences at Creative Mornings and GOOD Magazine while Frank mentioned his recent foray into speaking in various cities, at various venues. One thing that they both agreed upon was that they were “doing this for the kids,” an item that could not be overlooked in light of a talk to UCLA students. It also hit a point that me and you and anyone with a computer has heard echoed around the Internet lately.
From the nearly corporate “It’s okay to be gay!” videos of the It Gets Better project to Zach Anner’s vindication over Oprah, a lot of work is being done around educating the young and giving everyone a voice. Because of the shrinking world by the Internet and kids as young as four or five walking around with iPods in their pockets, we are now able to connect to these impressionable and voiceless people on and offline.
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Roughly about a year and a half ago I caught Get Back Guinozzi! play a support slot at a gig in Dublin and I quickly fell in love with them. I’m a sucker for Gallic pop bands and must confess that any half-decent melody that’s wrapped around some French vocals will nearly always have me exposing my inner francophilia. The band is the brainchild of two French friends who, a few years ago, began exchanging song ideas back and forth between London and Toulon.
Together they’ve written a collection of infectiously poppy tracks that are filled with a quirky 60′s vibe and a giddy sense of summertime. To get a better picture of their sound try and imagine what the Tom Tom Club or some early Slits records might sound like if they were mixed with some lo-fi tropical funk; I think it’s fair to say that that’s a pretty fun combination. Last year they released their debut album Carpet Madness on FatCat Records which is well worth tracking down. The album features an excellent cover of the Junior Murvin track Police and Thieves which I’ve shared with you above. Check it out!
Editor’s Note: Randomly enough, Erik over at Friends of Type made a Police & Thieves illustration and it was too good not to throw onto this post. Clearly, great minds think alike, even if one of those minds is in Ireland and the other San Francisco. Great work on this Erik, especially loving the E lighting S’s cigar.
Photo borrowed from Vintage Seattle
This Wednesday Kyle and I will be travelling up to Seattle for some sightseeing and family visiting. Neither of us have been to Seattle before, so we’re looking for some great tips on where to shop, eat, get drinks and not-to-miss places to see. We’re staying at the Ace Hotel, so things near our hotel would obviously be better and easier for us. We’ve already discussed the Seattle Public Library, the Space Needle and Pike Place Fish Market for the tourist-y part, but we’d love some unique and fun places to visit as well.
All tips are totally appreciated, please leave them in the comments of this post.