“It Must Be Built From Ashes” by Photographer Justin Keene

A selection of images from “It Must Be Built From Ashes”, by documentary photographer Justin Keene. Based between the UK and South Africa, Keene is currently pursuing a masters degree in documentary photography from the University of South Wales. He explains that his work aims to confront the ethics of viewership in South Africa by questioning our global presence in the production of a postcolony, while interpreting a sense of self in modern-day South Africa. “Mitchells Plain, on the outskirts of Cape Town, is a purpose-built relocation area that developed…

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Strength: Pejac Honors Spain’s Health Workers with a Moving Trio of Interventions

 Art #COVID-19 #painting #public art #trompe l’oeil October 16, 2020 Grace Ebert “Overcoming.” All images © Pejac, shared with permission On the campus of University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla in Santander, Spain, a trio of interventions by street artist Pejac (previously) simultaneously responds to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and offers potential paths for healing. The new series, titled Strength, is Pejac’s direct response to the 50,000 people who have died from the virus in his home country. “The idea of the Strength project arises as a gesture of gratitude…

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Townscaper: Build Your Worries Away With This Instantly Gratifying Island City Construction Game

 Design #toys October 16, 2020 Grace Ebert Earlier this year, Malmo, Sweden-based game developer Oskar Stålberg launched Townscaper, a low-stakes video game that’s similar to Sim City without the threat of natural disaster or the need to maintain characters’ emotional wellbeing. Users only have the option to delete or build with a certain color, a function that’s controlled entirely by the algorithm. Simply drop a block and watch the system construct charming homes, towering cathedrals, and luxurious greenspaces. “No goal. No real gameplay. Just plenty of building and plenty…

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Circular Paintings Expose the Fleshy Innards of Halved Oranges, Pomegranates, and Other Fruits

 Art Food #fruit #painting October 16, 2020 Grace Ebert “#65 (orange)” (2017), oil on canvas, 20 inches. All images © Alonsa Guevara, shared with permission Using round canvases with a range of diameters, Alonsa Guevara deftly paints the plump, juicy insides of oranges, watermelon, and other fruits. Each circular piece depicts a seemingly perfect slice down the middle, capturing the fibrous veins and central seeds found within fresh produce. Guevara spent her childhood in the Ecuadorian rainforests surrounded by tropical landscapes and nearby agriculture, an experience of nature that…

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