Monthly Archives: September 2010

Talking to Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Question: Tell me about “Horror Vacui”

About the Horror piece, well, the building supports a painting, why not make it the other way.

“Horror Vacui”

Alejandro Almanza Pereda

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Talking Shows Reviews

War Story

Can an army make war on a concept? Tyler Hicks’ photography exhibit Histories Are Mirrors: The Path of Conflict Through Afghanistan and Iraq, currently on display at Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, doesn’t offer any answers where the contradictions of the War on Terror are concerned, but his images chronicle the soldiers and civilians who’ve been cast in the almost-decade-long tragedy. Hicks’ vivid photos show markets and massacres, heroes and hostages, every image taking its place in a sweeping drama presided over by a smiling villain: Saddam Hussein.

In Histories Are Mirrors, Hicks, a Pulitzer-winning New York Times staff photographer, documents the wreckage of the World Trade Center and the early years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, through 2004. Many of the wall labels offer only dates and locations, but the exhibit isn’t merely a timeline. Hicks’ best photographs capture the eternal features that crop up in the emotional landscape of wars everywhere: fear, pain, pride, rage, hubris, hope and hopelessness.

In one image, an Afghan soldier dressed in modern camouflage gives orders to his men while wielding what looks like a medieval sword with a curved blade. Afghanistan’s geographic location has made it a region in conflict since antiquity, and Hicks’ photo implies that the country’s young men will be eternal soldiers.

By Joe Nolan – ArtCzar Nashville Correspondent

www.joenolan.com/blog

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Talking to Li Wei

Tell me about “Beyond Gravity”

Beyond Gravity means I act like a meteorite to fall into a certain place, or fly…I wish to break through gravity, which means something impossible.

Gravity

Gravity

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Talking to Ben Venom

Question: Tell me about “Bang Your Head”

I’m  interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with one of  the more extreme musical genres, Heavy Metal. My work can be described as a collision of Iron Maiden Metal ballads with the outrageous stage antics of Ozzy Osbourne. Serious, yet attempting to take on a B movie Horror film style where even the beasts of Metal need a warm blanket to sleep with. The question remains…Can I play with madness?

Listen to Heavy Metal While You Sleep!
Handmade Quilt, Vintage Heavy Metal Shirts, Batting, Thread, Fabric

Iron Fist
Vintage Heavy Metal T-Shirts, Fabric, Thread

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Talking to Dave MacDowell

Question: Tell me about ” Duck and Cover”

” Duck and Cover” was painted for a group show at Crewest Gallery in LA. I wanted an urban graffiti vibe to fit with the gallery, so I constructed the spray can out of cardboard and glued it to the canvas. The theme comments on human nature’s natural ability to lift up heros, only to knock them down. How anyone who has an original thought or idea outside of the status quo, usually gets silenced and sacrificed. People in power fear the power of the people.


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