Barbara Kruger fans, if youâ€™ve missed your dosage of art blended with polemic, welcome it back with the Greenpeace Global Warming Project, hosted by British multi-media art collective Blacksmoke Organization. Artists contributing to the project were all asked to incorporate Greenpeaceâ€™s yellow and black Danger Global Warming tape into their work.
An installation by UK artist Dave White titled, â€œWe Come in Peaceâ€¦Do We F$$Kâ€ is one of the most dynamic pieces. (Pictured, click for detail.) On the wall behind Whiteâ€™s 3-D environment sits an almost animated painting of a tank on the move, Anime-girl pink hearts fluttering around it. In front, sit oversized sculptures of artistsâ€™ paint tubes and industrial paint cans â€“ the toxic tools of creativity. Between the two elements, White ties culpability of aloof artists to the War in Iraq â€“ a war about buttressing an environmentally hazardous lifestyle in the artistâ€™s discussion.
Execution of pieces in the show ranges from traditional mediums to art as public action. Philippe Starck contributes a portrait in what appears to be, cooling artic water. The Way/Fear no Art does wonderful cow cut outs. One of Vopstarsâ€™ many interventions â€˜vandalizesâ€™ a BP gas station sign with the tape then changes the gas prices to read â€œhot.â€ Bruce LaBruceâ€™s human sculpture, "Mummy Says Global Warming is Dangerous", engages the industrial hazard aesthetic of the tape while contemplating egocentric humankind as temporal creatures.
Blacksmoke’s show might also be a signal that ‘three
more years’ and the rapid warming of global
disillusionment, (add the recent election in Israel), is churning a new era
of activist art, a-la late Regan years. In the same vein, at the nexus of form, function and fun, the future
look of products designed to turn global
warming around is sure to be an industrial design candy shop.
Contributed by Kristopher Irizarry
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