Artist Name: Samantha McGiver- title: Prana
It’s that time of the year again, when we are encouraged to consciously give thanks for all the beautiful things we are lucky to have around us.
Although I should be thankful on the daily, I’ll take this weekend to appreciate the incredible things I’ve experienced. This past year one of such moments was my trip around Europe followed by South East Asia.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada, and rest of the world!
Enjoy this sunset all the way from Thailand.
Here’s an interesting observation, throughout my travels around the globe last year I encountered several graffiti with this imploring phrase. Whether it was a small sticker on a lamp post in Amsterdam or this much more colossal painting in Istanbul, they successfully managed to draw my attention and inspire me to capture their message over and over.
image © camilo m.g
Marc Quinn, No Visible Means of Escape IV, 1996
From the Tate Gallery:
This piece consists of a hollow polyurethane rubber cast of the artist’s nude body split in two up to the neck, the back half of the body suspended by a rope from a ceiling bar so that the front of the toes just clears the floor. The rubber has been pigmented brown using oil paint. The impression is of a figure shedding its skin and renewing itself. It relates to an early latex body cast work, You Take my Breath Away (1992, Saatchi Collection, London). No Visible Means of Escape I (1996) is in the Saatchi Collection.
No Visible Means of Escape, in common with Quinn’s earlier works, suggests flux, change and transformation, but less violently than in previous works such as Emotional Detox (1995), a group of seven lead casts of the artist’s body parts, and Self (1991, Saatchi Collection, London), a self-portrait head the artist made from his own frozen blood.
Special Administrative Region of Macau
For our second last night before returning to Canada we visited the gambling capital of the East.
Although my stay in Macau was limited to one night, the Island city is an incredible change to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. To think that I almost did not go because I was tired makes me deserve a kick to the rump.
If you’re in Hong Kong and have time to visit Macau, do it. The island which was colonised by the Portuguese has an eclectic mix of old time charm and financially booming metropolis. Aside from the numerous casinos and countless designer boutiques the city offers a solid amount of colonial architecture.
A city that was granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2007 and has more money circulating through its casino’s than its Western cousin, Las Vegas, is bound to keep you busy and stimulated.
If you’re not one to gamble or tour historical landmarks, the samples if beef jerky and exquisite portuguese egg tarts are enough of a reason to explore the territory that is only one hour away from HK by ferry.
Prague, art in the city
Painter Hovik Muradian was born in 1964 in Yerevan, Armenia, within the view of the biblical Mt. Ararat, in the land of the sun, mountains, rocks, and savanna grass, in the country with a fate similar to that of every small country controlled by a more powerful country, in the country with the history of struggle for independence. Back in 1964, Armenia was a part of the Soviet Union and was called the Armenian Socialist Republic.
After the tragic earthquake in 1988, Hovik went on a quest for a new life outside his homeland. He found it in the Czech Republic where he has been living since 1992.