Art Just for Kicks

Other than a historical masterpiece, can you think of a piece of art that has had you thinking about its qualities and implications for days after you’ve seen it? I personally find that type of experience to be rare.


The focus of this post is an art piece which I came across a few weeks ago but has since installed itself in my brain to make me analyze what it is set out to do. And, why am I still thinking about it?

The reason is because this piece reminds me of unusual but otherwise promising pairs; like say, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, or a piece pineapple right off of the grill and a slice of Swiss cheese, or a job in the arts and a decent salary.

“Polder Cup”, is a participatory artwork by Maider López, and the delightful combination in it is of two of my greatest passions, namely soccer, and art!

"Polder Cup" Call for Participants, 2010

“Polder Cup” Call for Participants, 2010

 

In a nutshell, “Polder Cup” (2010), is a soccer tournament set on four soccer fields distinctly positioned by the artist in the midsts of a Dutch polder. Dikes cut at seemingly random sections across the pitch, forcing players to reinvent traditional tactics and techniques as they defend or attack.

 


Other than my fascination with the combination of art and soccer, I found this artwork meaningful because it’s a constant reminder that a lot of cool art has been produced all over the the world in the last several years that I still don’t know anything about. I find that prospect truly exciting and look forward to discover more of it!


 

What artworks from the last ten years have had a strong impact on you but still remain obscure in the eyes of the world?

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Edison Osorio

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Mélange à Trois (July 3rd) : Tigers Are Bad For Horses, Kalyna Rakel, Shy Harry

3 bands, 3 styles, 3 questions, every 3rd of the month for 3 months. Welcome to June’s instalment of Mélange à Trois!

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Mélange à Trois (June 3rd) : Victorial Canal, The Po’ Brothers, The Feral Folk

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Mélange à trois: Brothers & Sisters, IMUR, The Lay Awakes

Mélange à trois. I know what you are thinking… just an ’N’ instead of an ‘L’ and we would be well on our way to a whole new conversation. In this 3 month series we feature 3 very different bands every 3rd of the month, and ask them 3 simple questions. I think you’re beginning to see the pattern right? Hence the name Mélange à trois: a mix of three.

 
BROTHERS & SISTERS

Led and fronted by real life siblings, Conor McCarthy(guitar) and Hannah McCarthy (vocals), Brothers and Sisters is a band from Philadelphia with a timeless and definitive sound that any classic counter-culture music lover would approve of.

Brother & Sisters

How would you describe your music?
Brothers & Sisters is an indie-blues group led by powerhouse female vocals, soaring lead guitar, and a punchy, precise rhythm section. Our music strives to bring our listeners together and provide an environment built on equality and love. We combine influences from rock, blues, RnB and soul, mixed with an indie-rock twist to create a sound that is equally vintage and fresh.
 
What was the inspiration behind ‘Dirty Love’?
‘Dirty Love’ is about being in a relationship where the physical connection overshadows the emotional one, and how that can be really disheartening and frustrating. The line “Your only soul is underneath the covers”, in verse two, epitomizes this feeling – you want a partner who will show their emotion on many levels, not just in the bedroom. By the time we reach the chorus, the narrator is fed up and has decided it’s no longer worth it. “Dirty Love why don’t you leave me alone, I need a place that I can call home…I don’t need you and your Dirty Love”.
 
What has Brothers & Sisters been up to and where can new fans find you?

Brothers & Sisters released our first full length album, ‘From Earth’ this past November. In summer 2016, we will embark on our From Earth Tour in support of the new album! We will be in NYC, New Jersey, Providence, Boston, New Hampshire, Portland Maine, Burlington VT, and of course our hometown, Philadelphia, PA. We are adding more dates to this every week, it’s gonna be a hell of a tour! You can visit our website to see the currently posted tour dates, hear our music and find more information: www.brothersandsistersmusic.com. You can also follow us for updates at www.facebook.com/brothersandsistersmusic.


 
IMUR
I M U R stands for ‘I am you are’. Made up of Mikey J Blige (DJ/Producer) and Jenny Lea (Singer/Songwriter), I AM (sure) YOU ARE …going to want much more from this Vancouver duo with their sensual soundscapes that are both delicate and intoxicating.

IMUR

How would you describe your music?
Our sound is heavily influenced by the local Vancouver beat scene, 90’s hip-hop/r&b, soul, and progressive pop. Artists like Potatohead People, Pomo, and Ekali are in high rotation. They keep us motivated, and we’re lucky enough to be able to work with them. Astrological of PP was a huge influence on Mikey’s start in hip hop production and is now co-producing I M U R’s debut LP, “Little Death”, to be released this Summer.

 
What was the inspiration behind ‘Bumps’?
‘Bumps’ is based on a jazzy thought and a dark dream. Originally the beat was created to play out at a DJ set Mikey had, opening for XXYYXX at M.I.A here in Vancouver.  Jenny was inspired by the seemingly smooth yet bumpy track, and how it related to current events in her own life.  After adding lyrics, the track really came into its own.
 
What has I M U R been up to and where can new fans find you?

We are currently working on finishing our debut LP and producing our first music video.  We will be touring BC and Alberta in July and dates will be announced soon at http://www.imurmusic.com/.  Our music is on all outlets, iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and most up to date: Soundcloud.


 
THE LAY AWAKES

Anna Paddock and Patrick Anderson form a solid songwriting partnership that is The Lay Awakes. This husband and wife team offer a sound that is poignant, sincere and beautiful in its simplicity

The Lay Awakes
How would you describe your music?
The EP is on the intimate, darker side for singer-songwriters, but there are a few bigger pop moments as well.  It can get a little folky when we play live as a duo.

What was the inspiration behind ‘Ready To Be My Man?
I (Patrick) was thinking about Anna after she made her solo album.  Her vulnerability struck me as beautiful and demanding.

What has The Lay Awakes been up to and where can new fans find you?
You can find us at thelayawakes.com.  We shot a video for “Hush” recently which will be out soon. Our next show in the area is May 6th in Elora, ON.  It’s a fundraiser for The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Biophilia: Art


For Starters

If you’re wondering what the bleep is biophilia, here is a definition from my dictionary:

Biophilia: (according to a theory of the biologist E. O. Wilson) an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world.

The artwork featured in this post deals with the concept of biophilia, and it’s both food for thought and eye candy. Read More