Model: Angel Fang
There are some things that are completely different that no one would even entertain the idea of putting them together. But in 2013, Toni Potenciano and Gisella Velasco combined two very different aspects of media and art and brought them to a whole new level. They put rap lyrics on classic paintings that suits the lyrics best - combining and contrasting the past and the present and giving a new, fresh perspective on some timeless pieces - and put it up through a page they called Fly Art Productions. We got to talk to the brains behind this modern masterpiece and here's what they have to say:
What inspired you to juxtapose modern rap lyrics on classical paintings?
T&G: The two of us have always been drawn to mashups of pop culture and niche market. We had both been fans of Swooshart, Carter Family Portraits, and Modern Vampires of Art History. We were just two bored girls who spend too much time on the Internet (we still are) and we thought that the juxtaposition was a very interesting combination.
Why hip hop lyrics specifically? Which artists and rappers are you most fond of?
T&G: We are both fans of hip hop artists, especially Beyonce and Kanye West, and the contrast between the lyrics and the paintings was both interesting and humorous so we went along with it. For Toni, Caspar David Friedrich is becoming a personal favorite. For Gisella, Edward Hopper has been a favorite for some time.
How do you find the paintings you use that somehow relate to the lyrics?
T&G: It can go either way. Sometimes we just happen to find a painting (Thank you WikiArt!) that is very inspiring and we'll look for a lyric that goes with it. Sometimes we will hear a great soundbyte from a song and scour the internet for a painting that will match well with the lyric.
How you think that art and aesthetics have influenced music in our modern society?
T&G: There are the more obvious examples--Jay Z's "Picasso Baby", Beyonce's video "Mine" which makes a reference to Magritte's Lovers, Kanye West and Basquiat, and more. Hip hop and rap in general takes a lot from classic sources--from the samples they use in producing a track or in lyrical references. This relationship is also obvious in art itself, with paintings that were inspired by movements of music, which is evident in many artists such as Alfonse Mucha, or even Jackson Pollock. So I guess you can say that art and music always sort of have this dialectical relationship where one influences the other, and bit by bit you see their genres evolving.
How do you feel about the current Philippine art scene?
T&G: The Philippine art scene is vibrant and alive. More than paintings and sculptures, you've got your photographers, your graphic designers, your musicians, etc. Probably a generational thing, but there are lot of great individuals producing original content nowadays (CRWN, Curtismith, And a Half design studio, Serious Studios, BP Valenzuela), and people who've been around for a while (Tim Serrano, Celina de Guzman, Dan Matutina). Although we don't consider ourselves as artists per se, I think at most we are just opportunistic purveroys of culture.
Where did the name Fly Art Productions come from?
T&G: It's a play on the phrase "high art." The "productions" part sounded cool at the time.
Congratulations on turning one last December! After one year, what can you say proved to be the most difficult part of your jobs?
T&G: Thank you! One of the most difficult parts of handling Fly Art is juggling the expectations of others for Fly Art and our own attitudes towards it. It's not a job, it's still an art project/hobby for us. We get a lot of people telling us to do this or print this or sell this and it doesn't work that way for us. We didn't go into this with a business mindset so it can be difficult to find a balance.
What do you hope Fly Art Productions achieves by the end of the year? Do you plan on adding new eras or music genres to your already growing designs?
T&G: Our goal is the same as when we we started: we really want Beyonce to notice us. As for new eras or genres, we're not sure because hip hop and its related genres have continued to be a fruitful partnership and we're pretty sure we've reached our quota of Internet phenomenon for our lives (aka just 1).
- Marian Plaza
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Argentina born photographer Irina Werning has stepped up the game of recreating childhood photos with the help of several people in different countries. What started as a little task for family and friends, has soon gone viral all over the Internet. Hundreds of people wanted in on the project and so to their request, Werning complied. She travelled to those people, stayed in their homes, and got to know more about them. Not only was there intimacy in the photos, but also between the subject and the photographer herself.
What's phenomenal about her Back To The Future series is how the detailing and composition are given importance. She gives so much time to these photos for them to be as accurate and picturesque as possible. It's as if it's the exact same photo but with an older subject. And even though every little aspect of the photos have had quite an effort put into them, the entirety of it is what is so greatly appreciated because it's not just about how precise the recreated photo is. It's also about the essence of this project; that feeling of nostalgia or "throwback" you and especially the people involved get is what's truly amazing about this. Kind of like Gestalt psychology: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Irina Werning isn't the only one recreating childhood photos, but she sure has been one of the first and most prominent photographers to partake in this "trend".
"I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.."
- Irina Werning
More photos on: http://irinawerning.com/
- Reign Gonzales
Andy Warhol is a leading icon in visual arts famously known for his artworks that depict pop culture during his generation in the 60’s. One of his most recognisable styles is pop art. This challenged the ideals of fine art with the use of mass culture as one of its prime subjects.
Warhol was an all around artist. Other than using different types of media such as painting, photography, and sculpting, he also excelled in his other endeavours. He was one of the founders of computer-generated art (digital art) and the creator of Interview Magazine which is still currently publishing every month. Moreover, Warhol also produced and managed the famous punk rock band The Velvet Underground who were mostly very well recognised through their album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” which featured a Warhol design of a banana sticker on their cover art.
He also took a liking in filmmaking and created numerous films that were all very artistically driven and experimental for his time.
Some of his early films include:
Blow Job: a 35 minute film featuring DeVeren Bookwalter receiving oral sex. Viewers could only see the actor's facial expression and would be left baffled with what was going on outside the frame.
Sleep: a 5 hour long film of John Giorno sleeping.
Empire: an 8 hour long slow motion footage of the Empire State Building.
Kiss: a 50 minute film featuring different couples kissing for 3 and a half minutes each.
Andy Warhol is truly a huge influence in modern art. Even today, his works and accomplishments have inspired many other artists in different industries. His aesthetic not only tested how people view art and pop culture, but it also made a mark in history wherein a movement was created. What is also very promising about his works, other than his use of famous personas as subjects, is that he showed how everyday materials such as boxes, soda bottles, soup cans, etc. can be utilized in creating art that would somehow become iconic like you'd never expect.
One of the most important things we can learn from this artist is that we should not be afraid to experiment and challenge what "art" really is, that we should not restrict ourselves with definitions made by previous artists but instead, create our own meaning of it.
- Reign Gonzales
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The golden rule of any art museum is “you can’t touch the art”, although sometimes it is with the exception of certain interactive pieces that permit you to do so. It is important you follow this rule to avoid the possibility of ruining a valuable piece of work, but it can sometimes be quite tempting to lay a finger on such artworks out of sheer curiosity. Though let’s face it: touching paintings, especially the classic ones that have been preserved for several years is obviously forbidden.
Whereas punching one is just deeply horrifying.
In June 2012 at the National Gallery in Ireland, 49 year old Andrew Shannon punched a hole through Claude Monet’s Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat (1874) which valued at $10 million. Of course, his actions had led him guilty with a five year imprisonment and a 15-month ban from visiting any art gallery in Ireland. It is also quite unclear what his motive was. In addition, Shannon was convicted for stealing various antique books and artworks worth 100,000 euros for several years; punching a Monet just might be taking it to the next level then.
But don’t worry, the museum has recently finished repairing Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat and is now back on display.
Many were furious but many were also amazed with what had happened. Clearly it is wrong to vandalize a classic painting like that but some people have weirdly thought of it as a contemporary performance piece. The damage actually still made a visually appealing art piece out of it in my opinion, but nevertheless, it is still considered unethical for you to ruin someone else’s work—even if it is for the sake of “art”. And I’m pretty sure that those weren’t Shannon’s intentions when he did it.
What about you? Do you think punching the Monet, in an odd sense, is considered contemporary art?
- Reign Gonzales
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