Fight Global Warming - Polar Bears by artist Joshua Allen Harris

Fighting apathy with beauty, urban intervention artist Joshua Allen Harris constructed a captivating, DIY connection between our metropolitan landscape and the fates of polar bears. These sculptures appear almost alive. As a train passes beneath the NYC subway grates, a series of bags inflate in the gust, pumping themselves full to reveal a white, rippling bear, sometimes two, sometimes a mother and a cub. As the train passes, they slump deathlike, crumpling to the ground only to be revived with another passing train. “Ride, Don’t Drive,” this PSA for the Environmental Defense Fund calls out at the end of this clip. The metaphor couldn’t be simpler.”

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Here’s the Booooooom Summer Mix (Download link works now).


TRACKLIST

DAUGHTER X ANTENNAE - GET LUCKY
TODD TERJE - DUB LIKE AN EGYPTIAN
POOLSIDE - DO YOU BELIEVE?
THE KNOCKS - MAGIC (VICEROY REMIX)
MOULLINEX - TO BE CLEAR (RAC REMIX)
GENTLEMEN HALL - SAIL INTO THE SUN (RAC REMIX)
BLONDIE - HEART OF GLASS (OLIVER & THEE MIKE B REMIX)
ROBIN THICKE FT. TI & PHARRELL - BLURRED LINES (B. BRAVO REMIX)
KOOL & THE GANG - GIVE IT UP
DJANGO DJANGO - DEFAULT (MR. MITSUHIRATO EDIT)
BREAKBOT - SHADES OF BLACK
JOYWAVE - TONGUES (RAC REMIX)
THE PRESETS - PROMISES (LIFELIKE REMIX)
HOUSSE DE RACKET - AQUARIUM (REX THE TRIANGLE BOOTLEG)
TWINSY - BACK OF MY CAR
RAH BAND - CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON (NEUROXYDE MEETS AKI BERGEN REMIX)
KACIC KULLMAN’S FIVE - TERJELATOR
IN FLAGRANTI - INTERDISCIPLINARY (BEAR DAMEN MIX)
FRIENDS - FRIEND CRUSH

Artist Holton Rower creating his vibrant colourful paintings by undergoing a technique in which he called ‘Tall Painting’. To create the psychedelic waves of colour in his paintings, he would place objects over the canvas which would therefore then become part of the canvas. The paint, as shown in the video above, falls down the objects in thick or thinness depending on the speed in which it would poured. There is a sense of excitement in Holton Rower’s work due to the wide colour scheme as well as  the unpredictable outcome of the painting as it ‘paints itself’.

Above is the outcome of my own ‘tall painting’. Acrylic was poured over glass containers which were placed on a gloss finished MDF board.  I used a mixture of 5 colours – pink, blue, pistachio green, dark green and white which all mixed together rather than creating borders of colour like Rowers work. This I feel may be due to the thickness of the paint. I had diluted the Acrylic in order to make the paint pore more fluently over the canvas. The outcome of the painting seems mystical yet disturbing. I find myself considering the idea of fireworks and then bacteria. To create the finished shape to the piece, I cut the shape out of the MDF board and sanded it down.  To protect the paint and add a certain finish, I added gloss to the piece.

My first year at University involved a lot of research into avant-garde artists, in particular the Surrealists and Abstract Expressionists. I was interested in their investigations into the sub-conscious mind exploring the effects of substances, dreams and automatic / uncontrollable techniques in which they could create art. Above are images of a uncompleted painting I did trying out a ‘automatic’ painting technique inspired by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler. The painting is created using Acrylic paints, Watercolour, Diluted Acrylic, Dried Acrylic and Granular gel on primed MDF Board.