While using whatever is around you as an artist is nothing new, every once in a while I see something that makes me go…..whoa…..
Kara Walker’s installation at the Domino factory is, as always, laser-sharp in its message and materials (using sugar to create ‘Subtlety’ an enormous Mammy-Sphinx) to never let us forget the dehumanizing suffering that generations of people have had to endure at the success and growing wealth of others. I’m not going to be able to get up to NYC to see it in person, but I have seen numerous photographs which I am sure do not do justice to the scale of the piece but the message is clear and it is humbling and thought provoking. Unfortunately it’s not that way for many as evidenced by some snaps on Instagram. This post on the sheer disrespect and general avoidance of the true issues at heart is the best I’ve read.
On the other end of the spectrum, there is this mosaic created from Rubik’s Cubes. I almost don’t want to put these two examples together but in both cases, to me, artists have taken an item from the every-day and given it a new voice and experience for people who see both works which I am sure, will lead to people never seeing sugar or a simple puzzle toy in the same way again.