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November 20, 2012

American (Obama) idol beef

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — cap @ 12:59 pm

The beef about the Obama piece in Yangon by Night have got way to much attention in national, international media and social forums. Some arguing it was a flirt with the media due to timing of Obama´s visit, some might say it is a tribute (as the writer does) or it is just a wall painting plain and simple. Toy or writer, you judge. In my opinion the only good part in this story is the actual outcome. The execution of the second piece was way better then the first one and the result is pretty good and I become happy when I look at it.

Graffiti in Myanmar is quite a new phenomenon (Dear journalists, it is NOT a result of the country opening up; it is just a comfy shortcut for you when you write the articles) and what makes me happy these days is that we can actually talk about Myanmar graffiti and street art. And this is where concept and long tradition of beef/battle in hip-hop becomes interesting. We can back stab each other, pissing on each other’s timelines and we can go over each other’s pieces in the streets, it is all part of the game. It might look childish, and I feel sorry for anyone´s piece being painted over, but what it actually does is improving us as artists, as vandals, it triggers us to become bigger and better because by the end of the day graffiti is all about style.

You can read (in English) an interview with the writer that did the piece in Myanmar Times

October 3, 2012

Dull, Dirty and Dangerous

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — cap @ 12:26 pm

I meet an UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle aka drone) engineer not too long ago. Before he quit his job he told me about how he was developing self-improving and intelligent communication systems between drones for search and rescue operations. His research was later sold and handed over for further research to the US military and that is when he resigned. I don´t know this guy very well but his decision made me happy.

US Airmail, 2012, ink on paper, 52 X 74 cm (Sold)

I just sold the first piece from a new series I am currently working on. The working title for the series is “The distance of war” and this one particular is called “US Airmail”. When I made this painting I was inspired by the drone engineer and how he explained about the potential of drone technology. It was frightening to hear about it and I instantly got this image in my head which later became the painting. I have also been following Obama’s drone fetishism during his presidential period and with a new election in the air I guess we all can expect more dull, dirty and dangerous missions by drones in a world where soldiers becomes more and more distanced to the war. And with distance between each other, regardless of peace or war, we dehumanise ourselves. Maybe I should start corresponding with pen pals overseas. Reconnecting the world. The drone could help me with the search for pals because soon it is not much left to be rescued.

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