Amazing Hyperrealistic Sculpture of Brawling Monkeys

Chicago-born, New York-based artist Tony Matelli captures the ugly, hairy scene of a violent monkey fight in his hyperrealistic sculpture titled Old Enemy, New Victim. Made of steel, fiberglass, silicone, paint, and actual yak hair, the lifelike installation presents three primates nearing the end of a vicious brawl. One glutinous ape can be seen lying on the ground as two scrawny chimpanzees wreak havoc upon him, one gripping his fleshy body and the other strangling him.

It is clearly a two-against-one scenario that makes the winners and losers, to follow shortly, very clear. The piece is all at once gruesome, grotesque, bizarre, impressive, and thought-provoking. Its realistic appearance heightens all of these immediate reactions, leading one to question its interpretative meaning. There is the inexplicable feeling that the primates represent humans and that their sizes play a deeper role in the overall theme. In fact, one could argue that the display appears to be a metaphoric representation of the poor overthrowing the rich.

Tony Matelli website
via [Juxtapoz]

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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