Man With Axe Destroys His Past

While many of us see small figurines as children’s toys, artist Liliana Porter sees stories in the making. She finds her “cast of characters” at flea markets, antique stores and other odd places and gives them a new lease on life. “On the one hand they are mere appearance, insubstantial ornaments, but, at the same time, have a gaze that can be animated by the viewer, who, through it, can project the inclination to endow things with an interiority and identity,” she says on her website. “These ‘theatrical vignette’ are constructed as visual comments that speak of the human condition. I am interested in the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and the possibility of meaning.”

Recently, at Hosfelt Gallery in New York, Porter’s installation titled “Man with Axe” left viewers entranced. The sculptural installation involves a 3 inch man in a suit smashing up what appears to be wreckage from his past. Look closely and you’ll see everything from clocks, vases and mirrors to a dozen or so other tiny figures like soldiers, farmers, kings and a groom. In comparison to the mini man with the axe, the debris was 12 feet long.

Liliana Porter’s website
via [Todd Hosfelt’s website]

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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