Lin JIngjing’s ephemeral and delicate art projects

The world around us has turned into a multilayered structure with constantly expanding realities. Thanks to the technological revolution, we are surrounded constantly by the flow of information. So where does silence fit in to such a world? What do we do when some piece of information is not available? How do our memories work when the requirement to remember is a mere flash drive? These questions along with many more are raised in the work of Lin Jingjing. This contemporary Chinese artist works with a mixed media and performances, touching upon quite fugitive topics. Her main point of interest is the paradoxical nature of a human life; she tries to explore various phenomena and go deep into the human soul. 1tgdfj   

2gdsv In her photo project Rose Rose, she presents the images of rose buds with stitched petals. Such a fragile symbol of beauty and life, brutally infused with an abrasive element. But if you think about it, at the exact moment of blossoming, the flower does being to decay. So these stitches also prevent the rose from dying in a way. Most amazing is the affect Lin Jingjing’s work has on the viewer. Once the artist noticed a crying woman standing in front of the photos. She said that the roses reminded her of the way she was treating her daughter – strict, demanding, tyrannical even, all as a attempt to provide a better future for her… just like these tender, yet damaged flowers with a stitches which are also painful but helpful. 3scuy Another multilayered Lin Jingjing’s project is all about memory. It is a kind of exposition on human memory, collective and private. With the emergence of photography people gained the perfect proof of their existence. But, unfortunately, as the time and generations go by, all that is left is just a formal knowledge of the nominal relations. In the project called Private Memory, Lin jingjing uses her personal photo archive and setts the pictures in a traditional Chinese pharmacy. 4ghjnh 5jhto The disturbing detail is the fact that she cut out the faces on each photo; there is no remedy from the loss and memory fading, it is just the way life goes.

In her other project CCTV News she used imagery from the public group events and a variety of political photos, all stitched along with the Coca-Cola branding.6dvgd 7sskoph In China there is a very special understanding of the communication between an individual and a collective, especially taking into account the communist past. Each photo has a distinct feature – there is always some kind of a leading figure and that’s precisely whom Lin Jingjing decided to cut out. The nature of media, as well as a collective memory is a tricky one. Leaders come and go, relationships towards the past change. There is a silent emptiness in these images, when people are left only with themselves.

Lin Jingjing methods are very delicate; they do not exude the artist’s ego or any real kind of a strong opinion. Her art works give a vast field for reflection by just setting the tone of the discussion. Her oeuvre is a unique one in terms of interpretation; it is relatable and personal to anyone anywhere. That’s why she plans to hold a series of performances around the glove and we are anxiously waiting for that.

Joel Santos’ travel photos are an extended study on finding passion in other cultures

Where passion, talent and motivation intersect is where truly great art is made. Such is the case with Joel Santostravel photos. Each photo reads like a complete story in itself— the emotion, composition and subject all work together to create a fully realized whole. Santos is an economist, author, professor, photographer, travel guide and former magazine editor  and its obvious his varied professional experience informs his incredible art.477434_10150712942088686_858855018_o The Canon Ambassador travels the world, leading photography and travel tours, sharing his skill and knowledge with other artists. And speaking of skill, Santos understands how to use lighting in a truly expert way. Whether its a setting sun, light flare, lamplight or fire, Santos manipulates the light around him to create drama and evoke emotion. [h/t]1913241_10152742842398686_3144832208369325642_o 10499414_10152542914918686_50156013991273197_o 10923246_10153115433258686_2361439842503077622_n 12496164_10153981920048686_6772360242932132534_o 13346200_10154171734913686_4538340620378582529_o 13575717_10154270537803686_1988418333161858549_o 15392883_10154757868723686_2572010206767126366_o

The longest bench in the world gives everyone a fun place to relax by the beach

Is this seat taken? If youre looking for a place to take a break in Littlehampton, West Sussex in Britain, you definitely wont have trouble finding a spot. The small beach town is home to the longest bench in the entire world. Clocking in at 1063 feet, the bench can hold 300 people at once!longest-bench (1)[2] The bench is made from thousands of individual hardwood bars, recycled from the landfill and older seaside groynes and opened to the public on July 30th, 2010. Bright pops of color peek out through the benches undulating design and the bench also features two shelters where the bench bends and twists in on itself that makes for a fun play place for kids (of all ages).  Design company Studio Weave engineered the uber cool concept and locals even helped construct it. [h/t] longest-bench (2)[2] longest-bench (3)[2] longest-bench (4)[2] longest-bench (5)[5] longest-bench (7)[5] longest-bench (8)[5]

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