The Summer 2015 issue explores Sculpture as Social Reflex. Its articles feature the allegorical papier-mache floats of Carnevale di Viareggio and Las Fallas; sculpture by Florentijn Hofman and Artur Bordalo; guerilla sculpture as it relates to free speech and dissent and sculpture by Jim Rennert and Cynthia Consentino.
If a well-conceived work of art inspires a viewer to think, then one that challenges accepted perceptions inspires a viewer to think differently. Features Jim Rennert and Cynthia Consentino.
Artur Bordalo was born in Lisbon in 1987, and shares the same surname of his grandfather, who is also an artist from Lisbon, so the junior is otherwise known as Bordalo II. As a guerrilla artist, his work is often of impressive scale, and he riffs off the offerings of the urban environment with amazing elegance and efficiency.
During an April 5, 2015, evening broadcast interview, the satirical, investigative journalist, John Oliver, introduced his subject, Edward Snowden, as “the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history.” A few hours after the broadcast, in the dark morning hours, in an act of guerrilla art, a group of unidentified artists illegally installed a roughly twice life-size bust of Edward Snowden in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York.
Museums are not Florentijn Hofman’s site of choice. “We do not live in a museum, and so art must not always be confined to them–it should be out among the people–it should go to them.”
On the sun-blessed Mediterranean coast of Spain, Valencia – which is the home of the Spanish national dish called paella, and a city with some of the most dazzling modern architecture anywhere – still boasts a medieval old center which hosts a riotous and amazing festival of huge sculptures called Las Fallas.
Carnevale di Viareggio begins with a triple cannon blast and ends in fireworks: a month-long festival featuring parades of fantastic, allegorical floats down the streets of Viareggio, Italy, a city and commune in northern Tuscany, to a promenade on the Tyrrhenian Sea.