Thursday, July 25, 2013

Everybody Street - A Street Photography Documentary Trailer

No le digas a nadie (Don't Tell Anyone)

 "In the shadows of an abusive past and a precarious future, undocumented immigrant activist Angy Rivera tells her extraordinary journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of the New York Times." 
An important story and cause.  Donate at Seed and Spark to make this documentary happen.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NPR: How The Death Of A 12-Year-Old Changed The City Of Dallas

Twelve-year-old Santos Rodriguez was shot and killed by a police officer in Dallas on July 24, 1973.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hikari Shimoda

Let me first say I love these paintings! It makes me reconsider how I bring the portrait/color/feeling into my own work.  Hikari Shimoda is a Japanese artist, obviously influenced by Mangaand Lisa Frank-like stickers but there is a heavier emotional tension to them.
"Impacted by the catastrophic earthquake in Japan in 2011, Hikari painted a series of children who have magical features as a result of the power plant explosion from the earthquake. 'The work mainly takes up the problem which people live in modern society faces with a child motif, create a original world view mixing innocently cutie and painfully eerie based on the way of expression peculiar to Japan'."Juxtapoz

Sunday, July 14, 2013

David Hammon - "Hood"

David Hammon's "Hood," (directly above) came to mind the second I heard the verdict that Zimmerman was found not guilty is his case involving Trayvon Martin.   This piece was made in 1993 and is still so relative 20 years later. Fucking heart breaking- and so enraging.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fruitvale Station

In the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, Oscar Grant III, unarmed and lying face down on a subway platform in Oakland, Calif., was shot in the back by a white Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. The incident, captured on video by onlookers, incited protest, unrest and arguments similar to those that would swirl around the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida a few years later. The deaths of these and other African-American young men (Mr. Grant was 22) touch some of the rawest nerves in the body politic and raise thorny and apparently intractable issues of law and order, violence and race. NYT
 I remember when this story first broke years ago and you could see the actual footage on youtube.  It was the saddest thing- it especially hurt because I had lived in Oakland two years prior.  The injustice around this case was/is paralyzing.  So happy this story is being told and all the reviews seem great.  Can't wait to see it!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai spent her 16th birthday demanding compulsory education for young people worldwide.
 In a speech Friday at the UN in New York, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head in October 2012 for speaking out about her right to education, talked about how she represents some 57 million children around the world are not going to school.

"We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced." 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Robin Rhode

“The source of inspiration is something which is not even a consciousness. It’s intuitive.” -Robin Rhode

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Educate, Agitate, Organize

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Documentary

I don't know why it took me so long to see this movie because I love Ai Weiwei's work- But I saw this movie last night and was completely inspired.  It really brings forward what an artist is capable of doing and their responsibility within society.  beautiful.