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Sugar Coat: On Oscar Murillo and Kara Walker

Sugar Coat: On Oscar Murillo and Kara Walker | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
In one of those useful coincidences of the New York art scene, two current exhibitions discuss global commerce and history, labor and money through one peculiar entry point: sugar.
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This art exhibit in an old domino sugar factory explores the issues of labor and danger associated with sugar factory workers. There is one large sculpture, in the style of the sphinx constructed out of white cane sugar, and there are smaller adult size sculptures around it constructed of molasses. Recently a disease has killed thousands of sugar mill laborers in Nicaragua. This piece of contemporary art provokes its viewers to think more seriously about issue that exist in our world today..

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Diego Marmolejo Illustrations

Diego Marmolejo Illustrations | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
Diego Marmolejo est un illustrateur espagnol qui dessine des personnages, des corps démembrés et enchevêtrés entre eux. Haut en couleurs et en motifs florau
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Diego Marmolejo uses familiar things from our everyday lives in his work. His viewer is able to identify with his work because they are familiar with many of his subject choices. He uses bright colors that provoke happiness in his whimsical illustrations.

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Artist Mear One Tells the Story Behind His Anti-GMO Mural in Culver City

Artist Mear One Tells the Story Behind His Anti-GMO Mural in Culver City | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
The Wood Café in Culver City makes a great organic burger, but the restaurant's biggest draw might be the graffiti in the parking lot. If you've stopped at the corner of Inglewood and Washington in the past year, you know what we're talking about: On the side of the 15-foot
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Restaurant owner, Demetrios Marromichalis, comissions one of the most famous LA street artits, Mear One, to paint a mural about GMOs. This graffiti artist is known as the "Michaelangelo of Graffiti" and is friends with renowned street artists Shepard Fairey and RObbie Canal. He begins his work with free hand spray painitng.

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Evolve: Art Against GMOs

Evolve: Art Against GMOs | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
The fight against genetically modified organisms has evolved and taken the high-art route.
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This artists is fighting against genetically modified organisms. Proceeds from this exhibit of 40 artists will go to 4 nonprofit organizations against GMOs. All of the artist have donated their work to the exhibit.

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Emily Schnellbacher - Fall

Emily Schnellbacher - Fall | contemporary artists | Scoop.it

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Emily Schnellbacher deals with local and international news, society, politics, the environment, education, science, health, and technology in her art.

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Trent Benesh's curator insight, May 26, 2014 11:53 AM

"Fall", by Emily Schnellbacher takes on the global issue of clean drinking water. Are our current systems working? 

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New Environmental Street Art by ROA | Colossal

New Environmental Street Art by ROA | Colossal | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
It's hard to keep up with Belgian street artist ROA (previously here and here), who has been bringing his spray-painted monochromatic depictions of animals to all corners of the globe. This year he's been to Portugal, Austria, ...

Via Preprint
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ROA wants to make viewers aware of the many species of animals that are becoming victims of hunting and pollution.

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Lecture at University of Miami: XAVIER CORTADA AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL ART MOVEMENT - Xavier Cortada Participatory Art Projects

Lecture at University of Miami: XAVIER CORTADA AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL ART MOVEMENT - Xavier Cortada Participatory Art Projects | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
Lecture at University of Miami: XAVIER CORTADA AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL ART MOVEMENT - Xavier Cortada.

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Xavier Cortada aims to challenge his viewers to find deeper meaning in life by exploring those who came before them thier relationship to the natural world.

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François Fréchet | Artists in Nature International Network

François Fréchet | Artists in Nature International Network | contemporary artists | Scoop.it

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Francois Frechet informs the public about the urgency to preserve our natural environment.

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Exciting creations to urge us to stop and understand and preserve the biodiversity that allows us to stay alive. Feels his installations are "tools of research" He likes that his work is always changing as the work is absorbed into the environment. Similar to Andrew Goldsworthy

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Japanese popular culture gets contemporary art treatment - Inquirer.net

Japanese popular culture gets contemporary art treatment - Inquirer.net | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
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Japanese popular culture gets contemporary art treatment
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From manga to animé, from Yakult to Yan Yan snacks, from Doraemon to Hello Kitty, Japan exerts a strong influence on the Filipino psyche.
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Vincent de Pio explores Japanese identity in his newest work.

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Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art - NPR

Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art - NPR | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art
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NPR logo NPR. Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art. May 17, 2014 5:07 PM ET. Listen to the Story. All Things Considered.
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Homicide detective from New Orleans is an artist by day

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Metropolitan Dreams: 5 Artists with Big City Visions

Metropolitan Dreams: 5 Artists with Big City Visions | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
Whether the concept of a densely populated cityscape makes you tense, causes jolts of excitement, or engenders feelings of loneliness, it's likely to stir some kind of visceral reaction.
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These contemporary artists base their artworks on densely populated urban development, seeking all different reactions from their audiences.

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Shojono Tomo - Japanese Art & Fashion at Edo-Tokyo Museum

Japanese artist Shonjono Tomo presents a special art & fashion show at Tokyo's famous Edo-Tokyo Museum. Shonjono Tomo is a Japanese artist who exhibits her art around the world, as well as...
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Japanese art and fashion show featuring the work of Shonjono Tomo.

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Os Gêmeos Designs Brazil's Airplane for the World Cup

Os Gêmeos Designs Brazil's Airplane for the World Cup | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
To celebrate the excitement of the upcoming 2014 World Cup, identical twin brothers and graffiti artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, aka Os Gêmeos, recently…
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Twin brothers, Gustavo and Otovia Pandolfo paint the Brazil national team's airplane. It is interesting to see graffiti artists sharing their art to promote and support the 2014 World Cup. This is a global event and these artists will be exhibiting their work on a global scale.

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This Bizarre Tomato-Car Has A Message For You

This Bizarre Tomato-Car Has A Message For You | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
On August fish -- sorry, make that August 5th -- anti-GMO activists will be launching a nationwide demonstration with a visual punch.
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Anti-GMO activists use car art to make a statement about how they feel about GMOs. These artists are making bold statements in an effort to protest the tollerations of GMOs. Car art is able to make bolder statements because it has more exposure to the general population than a gallery or a museum.

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Graffiti Artists vs. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) - YouTube

Some of California's dopest graffiti artists -- Mear One, Vyal One, Werc, Griffin One, and Ernest Doty -- have created high-impact murals to raise awareness ...
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Graffiti artists make a stand against GMOs.Street artists including Mear One, Vyal One, Werc, Griffin One, and Ernest Doty have made high-impact murals that raise GMO awareness.

 

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Taking it to the Streets. Artists hit the road using creativity, communication, and food to address social issues. by Jules Rochielle in Public Art Review

Taking it to the Streets. Artists hit the road using creativity, communication, and food to address social issues. by Jules Rochielle in Public Art Review | contemporary artists | Scoop.it

Taking it to the Streets

Artists hit the road using creativity, communication, and food to address social issues. by Jules Rochielle in Public Art Review. issue 46. Food for Thought. 2012

 

Nance Klehm, Rambling Range, 2006

Chris Bruch, Vegetable Currently, 1987

Claudia Ramirz, El Otro de la Tortilla, 2006

Nancy Nowacek, Katie Salen, Marina Zurkow, Karaoke Ice, 2007

Emcee C.M., Mobilize: The portable pantry

Hatuey Ramos, EAsT Harlem

LAND Studio, Public Art for Food Carts Program, 2010

 

 

 


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Claudia Ramirez uses a portable tortilla machine as a printing press. She serves tortillas that contain political messages about genetically modified corn.

 

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The Exbury Egg: Art, Architecture + Environmental Awareness

The Exbury Egg: Art, Architecture + Environmental Awareness | contemporary artists | Scoop.it

Artist Stephen Turner has worked with PAD Studio to create the Exbury Egg, the first water-borne artist’s studio, designed to combine art, architecture and sustainability of a fragile marine environment.


Turner (who specialises in long term artistic explorations of environmental settings), will now use it as a “residency”, floating in the Beaulieu Estuary for a year, to examine the changing patterns of its marine ecology, while making artworks inspired by his surroundings. “This ambitious project tests the role of artists and architects in sensitive places and contributes to raising awareness of the importance of protecting places like the Estuary”, explains the artist.


Via Lauren Moss
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Turner raises awareness of the importance of protecting places throughout he creation of his egg studio.

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The Team @ E-Side's comment, June 27, 2013 5:53 AM
All the team at www.e-side.co.uk loves it! A great piece of ecodesign
Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 8:38 AM
Its nice and still friendly with the eco-system
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Interview: Environmental artist Chris Jordan talks sustainability | GizMag.com

Interview: Environmental artist Chris Jordan talks sustainability | GizMag.com | contemporary artists | Scoop.it

Around the world there are hundreds of millions of discarded mobile phones lying around in drawers and boxes, displaced by the bigger screen or better camera of the latest version. But truth be told, even if we were talking about hundreds of billions it would be unlikely to elicit a much different response, because ridiculously big numbers are ridiculously big numbers, right? Seattle-based photographer and activist Chris Jordan is on a mission to make these measures of consumerism manifest through visual art and, as he explained to Gizmag, bridge the disconnect between our mass consumption and its largely invisible consequences.

 

We caught up with Jordan in Australia where he has been collaborating with a class of local high school students to create an installation resembling a giant cell phone at Federation Square, in the heart of Melbourne city. By using roughly 7,000 old phones to create the artwork, that's about a third of the devices that are discarded in Australia each day, Jordan hopes to draw attention to the wider effects of excessive consumerism.

 

"In Australia there are an estimated 23 million unused mobile phones, one for every man, women and child," says Jordan. "The amount of mining and thousands and thousands of tons of raw materials that this represents is huge, and this is just our cell phones ... one piece of technology."

 

This paints a disconcerting picture of the waste a developed society can generate and is only one example of the global mass consumption juggernaut that Jordan attempts to bring attention to through his works.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Chris Jordan has a goal to make the public aware of the consequences of mass consumption.

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Priscilla Beck's curator insight, January 27, 2015 3:12 PM

We need to start feeling and recognize what our daily actions and mass consumption have lead to an astounding amount of garbage. Chris Jordan illustrates some of the astounding numbers of materialistic waste through aesthetic creations. 

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home - Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

home - Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
Taylor’s art is assimilated by the ocean and transformed from inert objects into living breathing reefs: positive and life-encouraging human intervention.

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Jason deCaires Taylor encourages environmental awareness, instigates social change, and leads the public to appreciate the underwater world.

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karen anderson's curator insight, September 10, 2013 11:52 AM

Breath taking and important artist is ground breaking in getting us to think about our relationship with the ocean and its purpose in our lives. He creates sculptures to be incorporated into the living breathing coral formations.  It is a rare occasion where human interaction actually benefits the ocean.

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Claudia Borgna - Plastic, art and the environment

Claudia Borgna - Plastic, art and the environment | contemporary artists | Scoop.it

Via karen anderson
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Claudia Borgna's artwork addresses how modern life-style and consumerism are impacting our environment.

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karen anderson's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:41 PM

Works with plastic garbage to see its relationship in nature. Investigates the evolution of nature, her words. The inside and outside works with inflated grocery sacks are epemeral and delightful. Almost makes you forget what the impact of too much plastic in the environment is doing as they arranged and photographed in such a beautiful way.

Lindsey Lindgren's curator insight, June 4, 2014 8:53 PM

Claudia Borgna studies and creates work that explore the "evolution of landscape." Her works demonstrates the consumerism and waste that is being caused from our society as a whole. She is juxtaposing waste produced within our culture and nature's beauty. In a nutshell she is taking waste and making it art. 

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Local artists create installation exhibit - Cayman News Service

Local artists create installation exhibit - Cayman News Service | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
Local artists create installation exhibit
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These new installation concepts are being display in an environment where the artists are also interacting and sharing their ideas. Artist Kaitlyn ...
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Artists work collaboratively to create sculptural assemblages.

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Art Exhibition Salutes Coal Mining's Once Essential And Powerful Workforce - ArtLyst

Art Exhibition Salutes Coal Mining's Once Essential And Powerful Workforce - ArtLyst | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
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Art Exhibition Salutes Coal Mining's Once Essential And Powerful Workforce
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Artists celebrate the coalmining profession through their work.

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Art's Bad Boy Is All Grown Up - Daily Beast

Art's Bad Boy Is All Grown Up - Daily Beast | contemporary artists | Scoop.it
Art's Bad Boy Is All Grown Up
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In the early 2000s, he—along with photographer Ryan McGinley and the late Dash Snow—were the legendary drunk, drugged out, and gritty vandals that defined New York's downtown art scene.
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Colen's new work after sobering up. One piece is inspired by a bird's nest and features chewed gum and bird feces.

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North by Northeast at Art in General, New York (Echo Gone Wrong magazine)

EXHIBITION North by Northeast Kaspars Podnieks, Krišs Salmanis Curated by Anne Barlow, Courtenay Finn, Alise Tīfentāle Art in General is delighted to announc...
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The two artists in this exhibit are exploring their identity based on geography. They are living and creating art in a small rural community. The artists are exploring the aspects of labor as a traditional virtue. 

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