Abroad: “Painful Cake”
An artwork, performance piece and delicious dessert all in one, “Painful Cake” has inspired appalled gasps, nervous laughter and plenty of debate. The cake is a stereotypical image of an African woman with the artist, whose head is painted to match the body, moaning each time someone cuts a slice. It was made by Swedish artist Makode Linde for an event with the Swedish Minister of Culture — who herself has staunchly decried racism — and has since gone viral. Though many dismissed the cake as racist and disturbing, Linde is criticizing Western conceptions of blackness and also calling attention to genital mutilation in Africa. What do you think … is it artistic expression or blatant racism? Warning, the video is slightly disturbing.
US: “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” in Coca Cola
The quintessential American beverage has found a new application. Artist Phil Hansen used the syrupy fizzing beverage to paint a rendition of the world famous painting, “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai. Check out his process here.
San Francisco: The M Machine
Electronic band The M Machine has been hard at work on an innovative, eye-popping project in a warehouse down near the piers in San Francisco. In the space where the band lives and works among other local artists, they have constructed a light wall in the shape of a giant “M” that flashes different colors in sync with the band’s music. Check out their new EP, Metropolis Pt. 1 and more pictures of the “M” from their Facebook.
East Bay: “Hot Chicks and Homeless Peeps” at Float
“Hot Chicks” and “Homeless Peeps” seems like an odd combination, but artist Ange McLane resolves this juxtaposition in her new exhibition of photographs at Oakland’s Float Gallery opening Friday. McLane depicts these edgy subjects in over-saturated colors and bold uses of light and dark.
Campus Area: Random Findings
Chanced upon these goodies in various spots around campus this week…
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