BearTreeRecent experiment. A BearTree. Had this bear and decided to grow a tree from him. The tree could do with a bit more work on it, but kinda like the result.

ElijioCarilloVicente

ElijioCarilloVicente

There is an excellent exhibition of ethnic art at the National Art Center Tokyo. The exhibition, “The Power of Images” shows a large number of works from The National Museum of Ethnology Collection. For any designer or artist the works on exhibit can provide a wealth of inspiration. I loved this yarn painting by a Mexican artist Elijio Carillo Vicente. Beeswax and pine resin is pasted onto a board and then yarn is applied into it. The pictures shows the rite to awaken the power of the gods, and a shaman is depicted sending the spirits of children to the realms of the gods. On the left side, the mara’akame shaman stands in front of a drum and conveys the spirit to the suspended altar. The children’s spirits are then taken to the realm of the gods by the eagle flying over the altar.

Nick Cave’s Soundsuit

Nick Cave’s Soundsuit

Nick Cave’s Soundsuits have the appearance of a cyber retake of African tribal dance and ceremonial costumes. The Soundsuit above looks fantastic. You can feel enormous energy and raw noise rushing up from the ground, all just from the costume alone. You can check out more at the Jack Shainman Gallery.