Nadav Kander's Nudes Challenge Our Perception Of Beautiful Bodies The human body is a wonder of diversity. You wouldn’t know it from perusing your local magazine rack, though. In his latest exhibition, Nadav Kander offers a new view of the nude that’s at once classic and contemporary and one that also offers a corrective to the tyranny of airbrushing in popular media. "Bodies – 6 Women, 1 Man" opened in London last week at the Flowers Gallery, offering visitors a veritable feast of the flesh. Francois Robert uses human bones to make art Francois Robert has created a series of powerful artworks made out of real human bones to remind people about the consequences of violence. Human skeleton is a strong visual symbol that represents what is left after life has ended, after the flesh and mind cease to function. Also check out: Fruit and Vegetable Skulls
dream me up Joel Sternfeld “Wet’n Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980” (1980) (source) “McLean, Virginia, December 1978” (1978) “After A Flash Flood, Rancho Mirage, California 1979” (1979) designboom jan 18, 2013 performance architecture construction with clothes by dantiope performance architecture – construction with clothes by dantiopeintervention 01 ‘performance architecture‘ is conceived as an international ideas competition aimed at choosing proposals for five temporary urban interventions in public spaces featured as controversial by the citizens. the installations intend to draw up architectural and urban strategies that, by reviving performance art approaches, provide new directions as to the roles of architects, artists and designers – while promoting alternative urban practices to the construction of monuments and other traditional structures by facilities, activities and happenings.
Marina Abramović Marina Abramović (Serbian Cyrillic: Марина Абрамовић; born November 30, 1946) is a Serbian and former Yugoslav artist based in New York, a performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Active for over three decades, she has been described as the "grandmother of performance art." She pioneered a new notion of identity by bringing in the participation of her observers. Her art focuses on the theme of “confronting pain, blood, and physical limits of the body,”  while relying on the extent of these discomforts based on the actions of her audience members. Early life and education
Maja Daniels' Touching Series On Alzheimer's Patients Photographer Maja Daniels is studying aging. Her photo series “Into Oblivion,” shows the raw and fragile lives of those living in an Alzheimer’s ward. Working in a geriatric unit in France, the Swedish photographer Daniels spent three years documenting life for the residents. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s were kept in a locked ward as a protective precaution due to their innate tendencies to wander and get lost. “This series documents not only the day-to-day challenges in an often ignored sector, but also the wider implications of the growing populations of elderly in modern society as an increasing life span has coincided with the breakdown of the family unit.
designboom oct 26, 2012 k architectures: théâtre of saint nazaire ‘théâtre of saint-nazaire’ by k-architectures, saint-nazaire, france image © patrick miara all images courtesy of k-architectures paris-based k-architectures have recently completed the ‘théâtre of saint-nazaire’ in saint-nazaire, france, adjacent to remnants of a neoclassical train station destroyed in world war II. the monolithic forms takes cues from a nearby bunker and the concrete surface is stamped with a perforated floral pattern derived from motifs of 17th century silk textiles. at night, a soft glow emanates through the 11.5 meter tall walls, breaking down the appearance of the exterior’s massing. a main auditorium is placed within the concrete building and flanked by the hall, rehearsal area, dressing room. the facades enclosing these spaces are chestnut planks which evoke the stacks of racking found on industrial sites and processes. approach to theater image © patrick miara image © luc boegly
Shock Factor: Controversial art throughout history Art indubitably has the power to shock. Throughout history audiences have been scandalized, disturbed, offended, and downright outraged by art that was socially, politically, and religiously challenging. In this post I will explore some of the most infamous examples of controversial art throughout history; from Manet to Ai WeiWei the artist will undoubtedly remain a powerful provocateur of society. Ai Weiwei, Study in Perspective series from 1995 to 2003 and captured his defiant middle finger in front of seats of political or cultural power in Paris, Washington DC, Berlin, Beijing and Hong Kong Olympia: When first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1865 this painting caused shock and astonishment. Criticism ensued because of the figure’s confrontational gaze and blatant associations with prostitution as well as for its flat, painterly paint application which deviated from the academic cannon of painting.
Urban Dancer France-based professional photographer Dimitry Roulland has created this beautiful photo series of dancers and gymnasts in urban settings… Image by Dimitry Roulland Dimitry Roulland | via digital photography school designboom oct 26, 2012 mirrored room of infinite reflections by thilo frank ‘the phoenix is closer than it appears’ by thilo frankinstallation view, kunsten, museum of modern art, aalborg, denmark, 2011image © studio thilo frank german artist thilo frank has sent designboom images of his project ’the phoenix is closer than it appears’, a large mirror installation that appears to merge into the surrounding space. by revealing a perfectly euclidical core, the visitor becomes the spatial focal point by moving on a swing through the vivid conceived environment. despite its large dimensionality (4 x 4 x 8 m), it creates a disorientating moment where the surrounding room translates a physical reflection, translating the viewer’s body into an imaginary reflection. ‘the phoenix is closer than it appears’ installation view, kunsten, museum of modern art, aalborg, denmark, 2011 video © studio thilo frank rodrigo caula I designboom