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.
Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz are geniuses at creating beautiful but tragic stories. What you once thought was playful and innocent is actually a world of chaos; lone wanderers survey the frigid landscape, people and creatures exhibit unnatural tendencies and ill-defined crimes are committed. These imaginary worlds and events will shock you into believing that this world is more cold than we think; where every man is out for himself.
Like fairy tales or dreams, the tiny tableaus work as psychological metaphors: specifically, a stage everyone is bound to enter when life has lost its warmth and promise, at which point finding a new way becomes desperately urgent. They speak to isolation and environment, cause and effect, connection and disconnection on individual, global, and ideological levels all within the confines of a snow globe (Travelers) or on landscape panoramas (Islands).
A Strange Mob
Between Too Much and Me
Meeting and Passing
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Open January 23, 2009 through March 29, 2009
The Garden at 4 A.M., Gana Art, New York, NY
Open February 12th, 2009 through March 14 , 2009
Martin & Muñoz: Wayward Bound,
Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Open March 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Open May 16, 2009 through January 14, 2011 (Group show, travels)
Ultrasonic, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Open September 18, 2009 through October 27, 2009
You can find Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz: Travelers Book on Amazon.
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Urban Street Art: “Eye” See You…(6 Pics)
Urban Street Art – Reading Minds: Brooklyn, New York
Underwater Alien Sculptures – Jason de Caires: UK