LL Cool J is our #MCM today for many reasons. He recently completed Harvard's Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program. He is the first rapper to receive a Kennedy Center Honor, a ceremonial honor celebrating the performing arts. Lastly, his recent portrait in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery was by painter to the Obamas, Kehinde Wiley. #BlackExcellence (📸 via @llcoolj )
The Factory (2017)
In this scene, El A’awar had captured the Dubai Mall Waterfall in profile while revealing cubist sections of the mall’s ceiling in the photograph. Spanning a structure that covers the entire mall’s height, this referenced public artwork, as revealed in the photograph, showcases Art Deco sculptures of youthful men frozen in time while they’re making their jump from the artificial waterfall. Peculiarly, the waterfall seems to have been photographed when under construction as the right section of the structure abnormally reveals no water running down the falls. Adding further mystery and eeriness to the composition, El A’awar presents this setting in dramatic color tones, as well as in heavy shades, especially nearby the edges of the photograph, where at the bottom side of the photograph the men seem to be ‘guided’ finally towards an abyss. The men too do not seem to be jumping or free falling at all, but theatrically or ritually posing as such since they seem to be transferred by sticks that are connected to their bodies from the waterfall, and so one by one the men seem to be collectively and purposely relocated towards an ultimately unknown terminus. The entire composition, including the waterfall and the mall’s cubist ceiling, is thus conceptually reinvented and described by El A’awar as a setting of some defined factory, perhaps even driven by artificial intelligence or some dark force or being, with the human race being the primary ‘ingredient’ to a malicious manufacturing process. This fantastical description is driven from the setting’s resemblance to typical Art Deco scenes from Batman comics and cartoons which El A’awar was fond of as a child. Given El A’awar’s known usual art content, the entire factory is perhaps symbolic of the brainwashing process that the world’s population falls victim to under the guidance or misguidance of various world influencers, be it politicians, religious leaders, extremist groups, or even capitalist businesses. Thus, “The Factory” (2017) aims at creating a satirical description of the contemporary world, with aims of stimulating a positive awakening among the minds of the misguided.
Now! Limited edition Prints available through Subjectively, Objective featuring images from the National Character monograph which Sold OUT. Link in bio! I will be donating 5% of all proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. 💪🌠🏅
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This memorizing glass artwork in the “Matrix Series” of “Brent Kee Young” is "Amphora....Save"
Brent Kee Young, glass artist and Cleveland Institute of Art professor emeritus, has been recognized by scores of museums, galleries, colleges and universities in the United States and Asia. You can see this incredible piece of his work at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC. Renwick is part of the Smithsonian Museums, so entry is Free!
NASA's space shuttle Discovery! Pretty insane she had flown 39 missions and spent 364 days total in space. From launch to orbit, 0 to 17,500 mph, would take just 8.5 minutes. Still trying to wrap my head around that. 🚀