Urban Interventionists

Two artists breaking up the monotony of urban environments recently caught our eye. French artist OakOak capitalizes on the seemingly ugly elements of buildings and streets – the cracks in sidewalks, crumbling stones, and peeling paint – and builds from these elements to create larger, witty compositions. Spiderman swings from a long crack in a building, and a smokestack billows the “cloud” of a peeling wall. New Yorker Aakash Nihalani also challenges and shifts our perceptions of the seemingly mundane around us, using tape to create and highlight geometric patterns. Most recently, with his “Sum Times” series, Nihalani uses mathematical symbols to reveal equations otherwise unseen.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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