Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz is a Toronto-based artist who explores the idea of obsession — not only in the practice of art, but also in humanity’s perceived control over nature, life, and death. (via her About page) . Not only do I enjoy the sense of humour in her pieces – particularly her ongoing work for the Pest series, but I think it’s interesting to see the reactions to the pieces as well. I can almost imagine the artist gleefully putting together new characters in a Frankenstein sort of way!

The question then becomes (well, for me at least) would we treat these creatures any different if their heads were more like ours? Especially since these pieces are dealing with anthropomorphism on a whole different level.

What do you think?

{ Discovered via Lost at E Minor }

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project

The Heidelberg project

[quote]”My art is a medicine for the community. You can’t heal the land until you heal the minds of the people.” ~ Tyree Guyton[/quote]

Painter and sculpture Tyree Guyton (that’s him in the first picture, on the right) took matters into his own hands to create The Heidelberg Project – transforming Detroit’s East Side into an outdoor gallery in an effort to combat urban blight. His neighborhood has rows of houses brightly painted in myriads of patterns, shapes and forms; including one that has is literally plastered with soft toys. They’re all art installations in themselves.

Through his art, Guyton has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit’s forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action:

[quote] The HP works with neighborhood children to educate them on art, community and environment. These children walk to school past burned-out houses, rubble, debris, crime and decay. Our purpose is to offer them another view, another perspective – to positively change the environment the children see every day. In the process, we help build self-esteem, encourage cooperation and foster a sense of pride in their community. [/quote]

Who says that art can’t change the world?

Via.

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