Marcus Levine (born 29 June 1965, in Leeds, England) is a British nail artist and sculptor. He is known as a specialist artist in physical pointillism and creator of the figurative nail sculpture art-form. His works of art can contain from 15,000 to 200,000 nails, depending on their size and complexity. Levine’s work is known for its abstract approaches, with influences from Michaelangelo and Auguste Rodin.
Two recent examples have helped me create a more clear position on how to deal with the present/future in which technology is always-changing our world (culturally).
- Socrates, and his disciple Plato were vehemently against writing. Putting ideas, knowledge down as texts. They argued that it’ll have adverse effects.
- Episode 642 of Planet Money talked about how initial automated elevators were thought of as ‘killing machines’ because there was ‘no one driving it’. That is how some of us may think of self-driving cars today.
Both of these show that we, as living-in-the-present humans, have limited capacity to see permanency of mega-trends, and tend to lean by default towards the negative aspects of it. The truth may be that fundamental, paradigm-shifts are inevitable and the socio-cultural norms rearrange themselves around the new status quo, making old assumptions and expectations invalid.
Banksy is a pseudonymous English graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.
His satirical street art combines dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris. Banksy says that he was inspired by “3D”, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of Massive Attack, an English musical group.
Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.
Some topics have such division on evidence that I find it hard to form a firm opinion.
- Artificial sweetners: good for you?
- Blackfish film: Truth or lies?
- Organics label: worth it?
Sudarsan Pattnaik is a talented sand artist in India. He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand sculpture. His official website is at SandIndia.com.