A graphic designer from Portugal, Benedita constructs some pretty rad collage style works which she has printed on various mediums, as well. Her works are fun and well-balanced, full of colour and pattern without being gaudy or kitsch. Well, a little kitsch, but in this case it’s a good thing.
She has remained one of the most enduring, pioneering and subversive performance and installation artists of the 21st century. I just watched her new documentary, The Artist is Present, which covers the history of her working life as an artist, her relationships, and childhood experiences, and the entire documentary is based on her latest exhibition that ran at the MoMa in New York, entitled The Artist is Present.
The beautiful and delicate works by Mayuko Yamamura are so intricate you can see them over and over again and still miss some of the amazing detail. Bodies meshed into organic shapes, flowers blooming from the ether, a ribcage that appears to blossom from the petal of a flower gently carried by what appears to be a ligament of some sort … or are those two tree-like people in an eternal caress?
I think I’m in luvvvv. I first heard We Are Birds of Paradise at an exhibition I participated in at The Others gallery in Hackney, London. I was mesmerized from the first song. The all female French/Australian blues trio are a sultry mix of brooding beats from Rebel Royale and Mlle Chat Noir (who plays everything from the Violin, Saw, Ukulele, and even a Glockenspiel) and the raw, piercing vocals of Scarlet Fever. These gals make the kind of music that makes one walk away with either a tear in the eye, a mischievous grin, or that glassy eyed look you get from witnessing something extraordinary.
Qingsong Wang is a Chinese contemporary artist who works with photography and video on an EPIC scale. His enormous depictions speak to the socio-economic climate of his rapidly metamorphosing home country. Ive been following him over the years and always end up rediscovering how absolutely amazing his works are.