Maurizio Cattelan - Amen (2012-13)
“Amen is Cattelan’s first retrospective after a year of silence and retirement from the art world. On view at Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, is a selection of the artist’s most recent works in which he explored the deepest areas of human life.
In front of the castle visitors are captured by the hanging child replacing the flag on the pole (Untitled, 2004), questioning society’s sense of responsibility toward the youngest generation.
Inside, the work Mother, a memento from a famous performance at the Vienna Art Biennale in 1999 recalls the search for spiritual values that is common to religion and art while the dying horse and tormented woman compel us to reflect upon the ethical and anthropological dimension of sacrifice, victim and dying.
The exhibition expands beyond the gallery, a part of which can be seen on 14 Próżna St., a former Warsaw Ghetto, in which Cattelan had (controversially) placed the work Him (2001), a statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees.
In a Warsaw ravaged by the cataclysmic 20th century, Cattelan’s works take on a particular dimension: they become an artistic commentary on the Catholic credo… What does it really mean to love your enemies? What does forgive for those who trespass against us mean? In evoking the traumas of history, his art represents a difficult challenge to the identity of the Poles: to what extent is our national memory a form of forgetfulness? To what degree does that which we wish to forget determine us and constitute a sui generis form of concealed memory?”
“ Once you pass a certain age, life becomes nothing more than a process of continual loss. Things that are important in your life begin to slip out of your grasp, one after another, like a comb losing teeth. And the only things that come to take their place are worthless imitations. ”
Haruki Murakami (via likeafieldmouse)
Hold still, woman, I’m tryna clean yo batcave
“ The only darkness we should allow into our lives is the night, and even then, we have the moon. ”
Warsan Shire, from “What We Have,” in Poetry Review (v. 102, no. 4, 2012)
Adult Swim making an unholy amount of sense.
Illustrator Sachin Teng lives and works in New York City. His work has previously been featured on Hi-Fructose and his illustrations have been in mainstream magazines such as the New York Times, Wired Magazine, and THE NEW YORKER. He created a body of work which represents the influence of design on the subconscious mind. These mysterious works branch from his illustrative background into the fine art realm. Teng feels that first and foremost he is a designer and is interested in art as a method of visual communication. He knows first hand from his personal experiences in advertising how subliminal messages in marketing, illustration, and design can influence our choices and bleed into our everyday experiences.