what I was thinking today
is that art has always been a survival tool for me
I’m USING art, I don’t think of myself as an artist before I think of myself as a person
and if what I’m making isn’t art anymore
I don’t really care
because I’m doing what I need to to survive in my own mind

— mark aguhar // calloutqueen // R.I.P 3/14/2012  (via cosmicspread)

(Source: girlbullying, via cosmicspread)


Artists install massive poster of child’s face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators

An artists collective has unfurled a massive poster showing a child’s face in a heavily bombed area of Pakistan in the hopes that it will give pause to drone operators searching the area for kills.

Y si el anhelo te lleva a navegar en mares tormentosos,cuando las Pléyades huyan del poderoso Orióny se hundan en las brumosas profundidadesy todos los borrascosos vientos rujan,no sigas entonces con tu barco en el oscuro marsino, como te pido, recuerda trabajar en tierra. -Hesíodo
"And if longing seizes you for sailing the stormy seas, when the Pleiades flee mighty Orion and plunge into the misty deep and all the gusty winds are raging, then do not keep your ship on the wine-dark sea but, as I bid you, remember to work the land."
(HESIOD, Works and Days 618-23)

Asplenium / Pink Poppies
What is interesting, is that the Frida Kahlo venerated by American feminists is a very different Frida Kahlo to the one people learn about in Mexico, in the Chicano community. In her country, she is recognized as an important artist and a key figure in revolutionary politics of early 20th century Mexico. Her communist affiliations are made very clear. Her relationship with Trotsky is underscored. All her political activities with Diego Rivera are constantly emphasized. The connection between her art and her politics is always made. When Chicana artists became interested in Frida Kahlo in the ‘70s and started organizing homages, they made the connection between her artistic project and theirs because they too were searching for an aesthetic compliment to a political view that was radical and emancipatory. But when the Euro-American feminists latch onto Frida Kahlo in the early ‘80s and when the American mainstream caught on to her, she was transformed into a figure of suffering. I am very critical of that form of appropriation.
— Coco Fusco on her Amerindians piece from 1992 with Guillermo Gómez-Peña (via tofunkey)

(Source:, via lachicanarosie)


David Hockney

Ai Weiwei A Study of Perspective  1995 - 2003

Kassena Compound, Ghana

Robert W. Chanler, Leopard and Deer

In The Stranger this week