Concave mirror projection experiment at home in New York City
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Attempts , Feb. 2009
The Weekly Picks, One Day Late
third pick of the week comes to us from Like The Spice Gallery in Brooklyn,
NY. This piece has the potential to offend some of you, and if it does,
I apologize. I believe that art should be challenging, and serve to open
up dialogue between people. The purpose of art is not just to be pleasant
to look at - artists have a responsibility to address issues, which in
this case, is religion.
Yoshio Itagaki, born in Japan and living in New York City, has shown his
work in the US, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. In Japan he was the recipient
of the Philip Morris Art Award and the Pola Art Foundation Grant. Santa
Cross depicts a religiously charged urban legend. This piece was in a
show that addressed concepts such as belief systems, divinity, God, Gods,
karma, Hell, apocalypse, eternal afterlife and morality. It is a personal
reaction to issues of belief and religion, and examines the idea of faith,
popular culture, and mainstream concepts.
This piece is such a strong commentary on consumerism and the mis-use
or veil of religion. To have crucified Santa Clause, to actually have
this urban myth in the place of Christ, and place him in a window a la
the famous Saks Fifth Avenue window displays, leaves nothing to the imagination.
The artist is bearing his feelings without any subtlety or fear, but perhaps,
with a trace of humor.
By Stephanie Nikolopoulos on
Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
The Williamsburg art gallery
Like the Spice (224 Roebling St.) fearlessly tackles the sensitive topic
of Organized Religion. Originally scheduled to close this week, the exhibit
is so popular it has been extended till June 8.
Organized Religion. The phrase alone conjures up strong feelings. For
some, they may be positive. For others, negative.
In today’s hot political climate, people are searching for hope.
Although many believe there’s something bigger out there than themselves,
they do not trust organized religion. After all, the media would have
us believe that we’ve got the Islamic Fundamentalists to blame for
9-11, the Right-wing Protestants to blame for the War on Terrorism, the
Mormons to blame for immigration issues, the Catholics to blame for child
molestation, so on and so forth.
No religion is left unturned as the (lucky number) thirteen artists tackle
issues of holiness, the apocalypse, possession, and divine healing. The
exhibit is wide ranging not just in the different religions addressed,
but in its media. There are paintings, photographs, collages, plaster
sculptures, and even a digital video.
Historically, religion and art have gone hand in hand. Art has been both
a way to encourage faith and a way to challenge existing belief systems.
Since imagery stands on its own for the viewer to interpret, visual art
is a non-confrontational form of communicating one’s beliefs. The
art included in Organized Religion is as hit or miss as church coffee.
A lot of it is watered down and lukewarm, but there are some meditative
pieces. Yoshio Itagaki’s work stands out the most for its design
and message. In “Cloning Jesus,” he depicts a woman wearing
a white lab coat stitched with the words “The Second Coming Project.”
She is holding a baby with a halo around it. In Santa Cross he depicts
a Japanese display window that shows Santa Clause nailed to a cross. (Dana
Carvey’s Church Lady SNL character rearranging the letters of “Santa”
to spell out “Satan” springs to mind.) On a Mac in the back
of Like the Spice is Heather Boaz’s “True Miracle,”
a digital video that tells the story of possession and faith. It’s
very This American Life. It’s scary, incredible, and funny—and
autobiographical. At one point Boaz recalls a family member putting holy
oil on trolls in a toy store.Robert Guillie and Tatiana Kronberg each
have a series of thought-provoking prints worth scrutiny. Tom Billings’
“Missionary Position” sculpture points out the use of a religious
term in the act of sex.It’s not that the other artwork on display
is without merit—some of in fact have better craftsmanship and style,
and are actually quite beautiful—but the other works aren’t
as memorable within the context of the exhibit. With such a dynamic topic
as religion, Like the Spice could have selected images that really pushed
boundaries and made one think.
Magazine , March
2012-2020: The Next, Next Big Thing
image: Astronaut Photo Stand on the Moon-2005
of Contemporary Art
Visual Art after 1980
Jean Robertson and Craig McDaniel
Oxford University Press
Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 is
a unique introduction to several important themes that
have recurred in art over the past few decades.
Examining visual art from 1980 to the present, it takes
an intriguing and accessible approach that motivates
students and other readers to think actively about and
discuss contemporary art ..
Landscape - Photographs of Time and Place
Publisher: National Geographic
is a revelation for photographers and nature
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diverse beauty, with well over 100 images from around
the world, coupled with illuminating text on the evolution
of landscape photography dating back to the 19th century.