The work of South African artist Robin Rhode originates from his physical interactions with drawings executed on walls on the streets of Johannesburg or, most recently, in his studio in Berlin, where he is now based. The resulting works include performances, wall drawings, photograph compositions, objects, video animations, and film. In developing his process Rhode was first “inspired by a high school initiation rite whereby young pupils were unwillingly taken into the boys’ toilets by senior pupils and forced to interact with chalk-drawn objects on the walls.” Based on this formative childhood experience, Rhode has transformed a puerile game into a compelling and innovative form of expression reminiscent of stop-action films and/or flip books, as well as the art historical movements of constructivism and surrealism. This will be the artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles. (LACMA).
02. Messi – the devastating decoy
Reading Phil McNulty’s blog after the Arsenal-Barcelona game, I was struck by the number of people who went out of their way to criticise the performance of Lionel Messi. It is indicative of the enormous pressure the young Argentine will be under in the World Cup – the same pressure that broke his friend and former Barca team-mate Ronaldinho four years ago. People are expecting circus tricks and something special in every game. It is the dilemma of the big name star in today’s football. (BBC).
03. Salone del Mobile 2010 Preview (above)
Once again, the design world is honing in on Milan and Salone mania is about to be unleashed. The fair runs from 14th to 19th April but attempting to see everything in just a few days is likely to induce a meltdown. So, to spare you your sanity, we’ve compiled our annual edit of the show highlights. (Wallpaper*).
04. Prints in the Parlor
The American Antiquarian Society’s Graphic Arts department is currently in the early stages of a two-year long project entitled Prints in the Parlor. The project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and focuses on cataloging engravings sisterswhich would have appeared in the American parlor from 1820 to about 1876. Large, single sheet engravings depicting politicians, patriotic events, moral lessons, and religious themes are included in the grant and are being digitized as they are added to our online catalog. I promise a later post with more on these wonderful prints, but today’s blog posting is focused on the second portion of the grant, the engravings which appear in gift books. (pastispresent).