O.M.G is compiled work of Bassem Samir, a young talented artist that combined photography and graphic design to produce an insightful photo-manipulated artwork that offers a brave and bold insight onto our culture and heritage. His work expresses a blend of modern and traditional social and political ideas. The vibrant, bold color palette, symbols and details gives his artwork a level of depth and layering that hinges you to the floor and forces you to look at the work over and over again, engaging and intriguing your mind and senses; the more you look at the artwork/pieces the more you grasp and see. This multi-layering technique keeps you coming back to re-view the artwork and take a deeper look into it. The idioms painted over the pieces blends with intended modern concept revealing part of the latter and yet keeps wondering.His work is well crafted and his attention to details leaves it almost perfect.
The exhibition is held in El Safar Khan in Zamalek during this week.
A love letter was found in the ancient tomb of a mummified corpse in Andong City, South Korea., the letter was written by a grieving pregnant widow to her dead lover, Eung-Tae Lee. The 16th-century male was a member of the ancient Goseong Yi clan and died long before his beloved at the age of 30.
Even though Eung-Tae Lee is now mummified, his death can still break our hearts. This letter was resting on his chest, a message of love that stayed by his side since 1582 by his pregnant wife whose life was falling apart.
The letter reads:
To Won’s Father
June 1, 1586
You always said, “Dear, let’s live together until our hair turns gray and die on the same day.” How could you pass away without me? Who should I and our little boy listen to and how should we live? How could you go ahead of me?
How did you bring your heart to me and how did I bring my heart to you? Whenever we lay down together you always told me, “Dear, do other people cherish and love each other like we do? Are they really like us?” How could you leave all that behind and go ahead of me?
I just cannot live without you. I just want to go to you. Please take me to where you are. My feelings toward you I cannot forget in this world and my sorrow knows no limit. Where would I put my heart in now and how can I live with the child missing you?
Please look at this letter and tell me in detail in my dreams. Because I want to listen to your saying in detail in my dreams I write this letter and put it in. Look closely and talk to me.
When I give birth to the child in me, who should it call father? Can anyone fathom how I feel? There is no tragedy like this under the sky.
You are just in another place, and not in such a deep grief as I am. There is no limit and end to my sorrows that I write roughly. Please look closely at this letter and come to me in my dreams and show yourself in detail and tell me. I believe I can see you in my dreams. Come to me secretly and show yourself. There is no limit to what I want to say and I stop here.
Love is timeless. The love these two shared centuries ago is just as strong as the love we share today. It’s an incredible thing.
Opposing war is not a political view or opinion, it’s cultural, economical, and humanitarian crisis. UNESCO have tried to preserve world heritage from disappearing, and published this document recently to show what war causes and can cause if it didn’t stop. [open the link below to see more examples] http://issuu.com/unesconow/docs/unesco_protect_culture_in_times_of_war
Tour Paris 13: A Huge Temporary Street Art Gallery
The 10 Storey Building located in 05 rue Fulton in Paris, waiting to be demolished turned into a huge temporary art expo. The project was led by Mehdi Ben Cheikh the owner of Galerie Itinerrance who contacted more than 100 street artists to decorate the building interiors and facades, after he got all the legal permissions.
Stories about the myth Bakunawa differs. In some versions, Bakunawa is simply a deity, who has an appetite for celestial bodies, while in others; it kills people and destroys villages.
Tales about the Bakunawa say that it is the cause of eclipses. During ancient times, Filipinos believe that there are seven moons created by Bathala to light up the sky. The Bakunawa would rise from the ocean and swallow the moons.
We have received this artwork from Ana Oliveira Rodrigues, Gordo Letters’ assistant and she wrote, “On behalf of Gordo Letter’s, a portuguese calligraphy artist graduated from IADE Creative University, I would like to share his online portfolio with you. His skills combine abstract calligraphy, graffiti and tattoo. He has worked on a number of projects, colaborated with french publication AIE and has appeared in the portuguese magazine Anuário Tattoos & Piercings.”
Gordo uses calligraphy strokes to depict nature, which I find very intriguing and interesting about his art. He uses a minimalist approach, and conceptuality in his artworks by reconstructing forms and lines.
Gordo is a talented artist and he is in need of exposure to really get things started and showcase his work to wider audiences.