When in Oostende, Belgium recently the conceptually minded artist took some of these dimensions in hand as well, blasting 5 high-powered lasers into the sky to transform open air and to create new visual experiences for anyone lucky enough to witness it from great distances and up-close perspectives as well.
We are riveted by the idea: That this projected light form is repurposed from its industrial and war applications to be presented for the public simply as an aesthetic entity – with its own deliberate transcendence; claiming space, altering it, commanding it, re-defining sightlines delineating new borders with righteously crimson beams of electromagnetic radiation powered light.
When one considers modern light masters like Dan Flavin, Mary Corse, James Turrell or Olafur Eliasson, you understand instinctively that it is only through accident or alert experimentation that such powerful effects such as these that we can be afforded the opportunity for discovery, and only inquisitive minds like SpY’s would push this idea so far that it becomes a revelation.
Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. First we have a series of politically themed and powerfully timely images of ICY & SOT installations from their involvement with the third edition of the Crystal Ship Art Festival in Ostend, Belgium. With forced immigration caused by the war industry providing armaments to everyone including your cousin Judy, the even more disgusting flipside of all this is the xenophobic nationalism that is now spreading in various countries, treating refugees and immigrants like crap.
So Icy & Sot give us here the security fences that create prisons for people to keep them inside and out and, perhaps taking a page from Ai WeiWei, a floating vest installation in the local park – complete with the artists in a boat and daffodils on the grassy knolls. Right after that we have another life-vest themed piece, a mural by Gaia entitled “Requiem for Migrants, Requiem for the Liberal Order”.
Thanks to photographer Butterfly for her contributions here.
Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Barlo, Gaia, Icy & Sot, Not Art, Sidka Nubian, and the Reading Ninja
A ROA update today – with many exclusive photos here for BSA readers with personal pictures taken and selected by the artist himself.
The Belgian Street Artist, whom we long ago christened as an “Urban Naturalist”, has quite defined the category. He’s well traveled and well regarded. He can’t seem to stand still; Borders for him are an imaginary nuisance – or at least he would love them to be. By his own admission he is most at ease while up high on a boom lift battling a wall, or making friends with it.
From highly commercial and corporate sponsored events to respected grassroots driven or socio-politically rooted organizations with whom he works, ROA brings the animal world into the conversation, sometimes tragically and other times comically. In an inter-connected view of the world and its various natural systems we somehow blind ourselves to our neighbors in the animal category. ROA makes sure that their voices are being considered in enormous and more subtle ways, giving them center stage and first billing.
Here are new pieces from Hawaii, New Jersey, Tahiti, Copenhagen, Italy, Denmark, Coney Island, Australia, Puerto Rico, Arkansas, Harlem (NYC), Bangkok, Dubai, and Belgium. Our sincere thanks to ROA for bringing us on this massive and glorious tour with him so far.