April 30, 2017

Review Category : ART

Teenager makes art sculptures from welded metal, watch her story

Kathryn DiMaria, 14, is rebuilding a 1986 Pontiac Fiero with the help of her dad, uncle, and the online community. But when she isn’t working on her car, she’s using her skills to make sculptures out of welded metal. In this episode of Prodigies+, Kathryne shows off her welding art and takes you through her creative process. ...

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Wole Soyinka’s life brought to stage in “Eni Ogun”, check out behind the scene photos

If you are up for a bit of culture in Lagos this weekend, then take in a play. It is somewhat customary for Nigeria’s theater scene to celebrate award-winning playwright and poet Wole Soyinka in July, his birth month. While several companies celebrate the writer by bringing his fictional works to the stage, Wole Oguntokun and has directed a play based on the biographies of Soyinka – bringing the writer’s actual life to the stage. During last minute rehearsals on Friday at the Muson Center, where his play “Eni Ogun” is showing this weekend, Oguntokun directed his Renegade Theater group. He tweaked and ...

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PHOTOS: 145 shoes all in one stunning art installation

Stylish footwear is a work of art, adorning and flattering your feet, but one artist has found a creative way to make art from shoes… 145 of them to be exact. From flats to wedges, pumps, strap sandals and boots, Netherlands artist John Breed used all types of footwear in the dazzling installation he created for German shoe salon Breuninger. He placed the footwear on legs protruding from a stark white wall and gave the installation a beautiful range of colours. See more photos below. Quite impressive, right? ...

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Nigeria bans documentary film on oil corruption, warns director against (WATCH)

Nigeria’s government has banned a film, “Fuelling Poverty,” a documentary that sheds a harsh light on the corruption in the nation’s management of oil wealth, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. CPJ said the federal government-run National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) ruled on April 8 that the contents of the 30-minute film by Ishava Bako as “highly provocative and likely to incite or encourage public disorder and undermine national security.” Bako was warned that agencies are “on the alert” to ensure that he does not exhibit or distribute the “provocative” film. The board’s refusal to approve his film ...

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Must watch: “Hustle on a Mile” an award-winning short documentary

Hustle on a Mile presents a foray into life in the popular Mile 12 Market, in Lagos, through the eyes of Sanni, a young man from Kano with only a Secondary School education to his name and a heart for business. Sanni hustles for a living, picking up soft tomatoes for sale in the vast thriving market. We experience the hustle of the market and gain who picks soft tomatoes for sale. We experience the hustle of not only the hard-working Sanni, but the men and women who find dignity in labour, honing their survival instincts at the Mile. ...

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Art student creates 10ft cupcake towers for project (photos)

We know cupcakes are a delicious treat, but work of art? For 24-year-old Leah Foster, the pastries are just that. The art student at the School of Visual Arts in New York baked tens of thousands of cupcakes for a colourful installation in her home state of Dallas, Texas. The cupcakes, Foster’s “guilty pleasure”, were made for two projects. She baked the cakes on an industrial scale, making 10,000 cupcakes for a show at ConArtist NYC in Manhattan, New York, and 3,000 for a project at GuerillaArts in Dallas, Texas. One of the student’s projects was aimed at young girls ...

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Japanese artist Macaon transforms beer cans to famous comic and cartoon characters (photos)

When Japanese artist Macaon downs several cans of beer, he is doing it for his art. When he is done with the content, the creative beer lover recycles the cans in a unique way, turning the cylindrical aluminum into famous cartoon characters and game personalities. In the photograph above, several cans have been transformed by the artist into Decepticon from Transformers. Friends for life, Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear and Woody, were made from colourful beer cans that are true to the original characters. Other artworks from the unique include a mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, using silver cans ...

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FourPlay, Zahara, Waje, Omawumi and more set to awaken jazz in Lagos

This weekend, Lagos is set to experience a “jazz reawakening” as the third edition of the Lagos Jazz Series takes off. In a press briefing on Thursday at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, organizers of the event introduced FourPlay, the American jazz band that will be headlining Lagos’ jazz awakening. For the band, a couple of whom are visiting Africa’s most populous nation for the first time, the opportunity to infuse some jazz culture into afrobeat-loving Nigerians is one they are excited about. Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason are the members of FourPlay, a band that ...

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“Africa on the floor” exhibit puts Nigerian art on Persian-quality rugs (Photos)

The art rugs that hung from the ceiling and on the walls of the Quintessence Gallery in Lagos possessed all the qualities of Persian rugs and all the beauty of African art. Swedish-based Nigerian curator and head of ModernAfricanArt in Sweden, Lande Anjous-Zygmunt, titled the exhibit of African art rugs ‘Africa on the Floor’. The exhibit, which is now making its way from Lagos to Abuja, is a collection of 20 art rugs featuring designs from some of Nigeria’s most prominent artists, including Bruce Onobrakpeya, Muraina Oyelami, Nike Davies Okundaye, Ehi Obinyan, Sam Ovraiti and Tola Wewe. Two designs from ...

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Joo Heng Tan dubbed Vincent Sand Gogh for stunning sculptures

Daily Mail – With intricate designs featuring landscapes, temples and even a giant cathedral, you’d think these masterpieces were on display in an art gallery. But the incredible pieces are all made out of sand and were created on a beach by a master sculptor who painstakingly builds 12ft-high works of art. Unfortunately for Joo Heng Tan, his detailed designs – some of which require 18 tonnes of sand – only last for hours or days before they are washed away. It takes Joo up to 24 hours a time to create his incredible work and he said he doesn’t ...

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