Urs Fischer’s Dramatically Melting Sculptures

At last year’s Venice Art Biennale, one of the standout installations involved a full-size wax replica of Giambologna’s 16th-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women. Even more intriguing was that an “everyday” man wearing glasses stood facing the sculpture. Like giant candles, both slowly burned to the ground, melting minute by minute. On Fischer’s website, you can find photos by Stefan Altenburger that show the amazing progression. By capturing this dramatic melting, Fischer makes us think about the inevitable passage of time. Guardian writer Jonathan Jones, who experienced this installation himself, said it best, “Fischer’s candle-man haunted me later when I was walking the decaying streets of Venice. It will haunt me for a long time. It is a beautiful, funny, frightening emblem of time’s fatal arrow.”

Urs Fischer’s website

December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.

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December 1, 2016

Meticulous Landscape Paintings Beautifully Represent Intangible Emotional States

Artist Crystal Liu intimately ties her emotional states to beautiful abstract paintings. In large-scale works, she constructs landscapes that are metaphors for the intangible forces that drive us. Visually, elements of the Earth and sky are the actors for the feelings we cannot easily imagine. Together, the sun, mountains, and more depict “narratives of conflict, entrapment, longing, and precarious hope.” These symbols allow Liu to seem removed, yet make the pieces deeply personal.

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