There a plenty basterds in the world, they are not seldom. In honour of Quentin Tarantino, if they are Basterds they are probably inglorious”. We can feel superior with this idea in mind. In this case it is all mixed up. Sugar that’s called ‘bastard’ is in fact quiet nice and sweet.
Design Happy Apocalypse; I can almost hear your thoughts right now, isn’t it a bit of a rough start of a new spring Monday. Well, yes. But not the way you expect. This particular design is extracted from an artwork of mine (mao’07) from 2007 ‘Apocalypse’. The artwork represents an apocalyptic concept of men but the tumbling figures are somewhere in between flying and falling. It leaves the viewer with the question, are they having fun or what? Are the on their way to meet the creator or are they celebrating freedom? They are footloose, somewhere in between ecstasy and disaster. The choreography of life as I see it. Life is like an ocean with high tides and low tides, crushing and vibrant, destructive and glorious at the same time. We are not living the ultimate dream, we just try to maintain and survive the best we can. In the meanwhile enjoying our selves it if we are able too.
What is civilization really? We look upon our selves as civilized creatures. We went to school, dress our selves properly and are house broken. Early civilizations began to overrule the so-called inferior species (primitives). For very civilized reasons of course: they would bring civilization according to what they thought it meant. If the inferiors were not supportive about their submission, the civilized would force civilization on them for the good off all (although, they claimed). Take the Romans with their silly manors and their frivolous outfits, they left us with roads, aqua ducts, drainage canals, politic systems and nice touristic sites all over Europe. But they also introduced slavery on a larger scale (note: they were not the first) they were decadent and thought they were superior to the under developed cavemen like Vikings, Germans, Hispanics, Gauloises and so on. To concur is to civilize. The Roman civilization collapsed on excesses, decadency, politic disputes and paranoia and finally ceased her existence. So much for the Roman Empire. With our very well developed intellect and civilization you could think that from then it was only upwards! And we would have learned from history. No such thing is true; later on many empires inspired on the Romans tried to concur in new ways, new strategies but according to the same dogma. We still commemorate the Second World War. Even after this war everyone was convinced that this (racism, fascism, genocide) could never happen again. Little did we know? This war was not the last war; it is unfortunately one of many and many more to come. A lot of new Roman empires with other names and appearances are growing and expanding. The motto: make war, and bring (our idea of) civilization is still very trending. So that rises to the question; what is being civilized really? I hope to find the answer some day…
Stepping out of the wrong side of the bed, bumping your little toe to the bedside, stumbling over the cat who’s constant at your feet to show you her affection, spilling milk over your fresh outfit, forgot your keys while you just slammed the door, missed the bus, forgot your lunchbox or to comb your hair, spinach between your teeth’s, two different socks, traffic jam, data loss, got fired, bad hair day, quiet desperation shit happens (and then you die)
Personal affairs can be shitty by them selves, you really don’t need the shit of the entire world. Still…you cannot close your eyes to it. Currently a large piece of coral is damaged by BAM at Curacao harbour. It happened by accident, they said. And they (BAM) will look in to it. If they appear to be guilty of the matter they will compensate. But who or what are they going to compensate? It took ages to grow; it took a minute to annihilate. It cannot be compensated by money and they cannot make new coral, that’s for sure. To get back on the shitty subject, there’s nothing you can do really, but saying he!, shit happens and proceed with whatever you were doing. And life’s goes on until it stops.
Who ever dived or snorkeld at Curacao or Bonaire knows how exeptional overwhelming, delicate and beautifull it is.
Design British Delight is extracted from an artful collaboration between (founder & house designer Artwearness & autonomous artist) Marit Otto & Mirthe Langelaan (artist, painter). This collaboration ‘Duo Ongezoet‘ was named after the material they both worked with in this project ‘candy. One of our ‘products’ from a series of candy photographs was called British Delight.
The chosen iconic model on our promo is Iris Apfel. She stands for originality, personality, fashion and art. She was her own artwork in progress. Artwearness salutes her and all colorful people.
Today we are celebrating the new and improved website of Artwearness. The website had a complete make over. It is faster, more functional and insightful. We also launch a few new features like: More Artist @ Artwearness and an option to customize a design at your personal flavour and more. Visit us @ www.artwearness.com.
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Democracy Is No Commodity, or is it? This seems to become more and more an essential question these days. Is the word democracy subject to decay? Potential dictatorial leaders claiming true democracy while aiming on pure undiluted and undisputed power. Hm…..
This is our ode to democracy, she’s not perfect and sometimes it feels inefficient but its basically like owning (very) old shoes, you don’t throw them away before you bought (proper) new shoes. And for now the proverbial shoe store does not have an appropriate alternative in store….
we selected some interesting links for you on the subject.
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