Artist Leonor Caraballo and her husband, Abou Farmanhas, have come up with a new approach to representing breast cancer: they make bronze models of real tumors, created from MRI scans, that can be worn or displayed.
“For me it’s a reminder that I’m here and this thing is out of my body,” said Caraballo, who is a cancer survivor. “And I feel more powerful than it.” More.
(Photo: A sculpture of a tumor made by caraballo-farman for Object Breast Cancer. Courtesy of caraballo-farman.)
John James Audubon’s life-sized paintings of American birds have had a profound effect on the study of natural history. In the 1800s, the collection of Audubon’s large portraits were made into a book called “Audubon’s Birds of America.” One of the complete original sets is housed at Amherst College in Massachusetts. More.
(Image: Plate from “Birds of America” by John James Audubon, featuring the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. From Wikipedia.)
Julius Popp’s “BIT.FALL” offers up a waterfall of words. (Photo courtesy of the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.)
How BIT.FALL works: A machine creates words composed of tiny water droplets that fall like rain from the ceiling. The words may seem random, but they’re actually quite timely. A computer trawls news websites and uses a statistical algorithm to select the words.
The installation is part of an exhibit called “Surface Tension” that focuses on water: its movement, its growing scarcity, its contaminants, and its power to heal. More.
It’s estimated that aboriginal art sales bring in a total of $40 million annually to indigenous communities in Australia each year. The proceeds have been put towards everything from community swimming pools to dialysis centers. Aboriginal art centers have created an economic model that allows aboriginals to stay in their traditional lands, rather than have to migrate to the cities for jobs.
(Photo: A painting shown at an Aboriginal art exhibit in Australia. By Marlon Biship/PRI’s The World)
Life size cardboard cut-outs of gardeners, nannies and housekeepers are popping up on streets and parks all over Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ramiro Gomez)
They’re the work of 25 year-old artist and nanny Ramiro Gomez, who says he wants to bring attention to what he calls the “invisible workers.” Gomez says these mainly Latino workers help raise the children and maintain the homes of wealthy Hollywood residents, but go largely unseen. More.
An installation housed in a former funeral home in Paris is an undulating landscape made of 65,000 discarded CDs. Architect Clémence Eliard and artist Elise Morin are the creators of the installation. (Photo from dezeen.com)
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst (1991). (Photo: Wikipedia)
British artist Damien Hirst opens his first major retrospective in London this week.
The Tate Modern gallery will showcase the work of the enfant terrible-turned-multi-millionaire featuring 70 works including classics like the above piece featuring a shark suspended in formaldehyde. Hirst is a constant target of fierce critics who question whether what he does is art, yet his pieces bring in millions from collectors. More.
Dirty art: Every piece in “Swept Away”, an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, is made up made of dirt, dust, trash, or pollution. (Photo: Detail of “Flora,” Phoebe Cummings, 2010.From Museum of Art and Design / Sylvain Deleu)
There is quilt made of lint, a dust-covered cleaning cloth molded into the shape of a skull, and sculptures of crows burned to charcoal and smeared all over the place. There’s also a “dirt map” — an 8x10-foot plastic tray filled with 15 years of soil samples. More.