Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chilean artist confounds the locals and Disney meets a grisly end in Germany

I would love to try this guy's approach here at home but it would land me in hot water.

See the wrecked car wrapped around that sign in the pic above?  It's not a car.  It's cardboard...an art installation by artist Don Lucho.  Lucho creates his art from recycled materials he finds in the streets.  Once the work is finished, his artistic collaborator named Quillo (I guess it's one name, like Cher or Madonna) places the models on the street, preferably in high traffic areas.

In addition to the car, Lucho has created a rendition of a small plane crash.  He also created a life-sized apartment made entirely out of cardboard.   That last installation comes complete with pots and pans and a toilet.  It even has dirty underwear.  Which makes me wonder: was that another ort Lucho found in the street or is it from his personal laundry collection?

 "This project tries to create a parody of the social reality of the South American dwelling," Lucho said in the linked article.

Or something like that.
I'd give this a try around here, perhaps with paper mache as my medium.  Wait, strike that.  I can still remember what a mess that was from elementary art classes.  Besides, you probably need permits out the whazoo to do installation in this city.  I would, however, love to see the look of befuddlement on the faces of gangbangers as they first attempt to get the hubcaps off my cardboard car.  Who am I kidding?  If I'm going to do it, I'd go all out.  My model would probably be a tank or something bizarre and provocative.  Use your imagination.  I was once a part of a crowd of young college hooligans who sculpted a ten-foot "ice penis" on a snowy winter's night but that's neither here nor there.

In other art news, artist Patricia Waller is causing a bit of a ruckus in her home of Germany.  Her pieces are being featured in Galerie Deschler in an exhibit called, "Broken Heroes."  Among the works are Hello Kitty committing seppuku, Winnie the Pooh dangling from a noose, and Minnie Mouse face down in a pool of her own blood.  Parents say she should be ashamed, I'm saying bra-flippin'-vo.  It's probably doing more harm than good to build up a child's expectations in today's world.  You're just breaking them in.

"This show is about heroes and failure. Heroes serve a role model function that reflects our longing for something special, but I wanted to show what happens when they fail," said Waller.

Lady, it's art.  You don't need a reason.  So if you've ever wanted to see Spongebob Squarepants as a suicide bomber, this is your chance.

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