Critique

Ishmael Annobil recounts his extraordinary journey of discovery while making the documentary Kenji Yoshida - Artist of the Soul. The near-ethereality of the eponymous Japanese genius, and the acute intellect of his firend and agent Jose Ferez Kuri dominate this poignant homage.

Maud Perez reviews Klara Pokrzywko's unique art, which utilises the body as the motif of the adornment. " Fingerprints, hair, and footprints, etched in silver, become a permanent part of the metal, and as the silver evolves and mutates, the wearer’s own skin alters the natural state of the silver. " 

Dan Zimmerman reassesses the status and nature of art in the modern, global economic milieu: "The economic system assigns monetary value to instruments that through general consensus, are considered to be of  ‘worth.’ The art market, similarly, is a system that revolves around inanimate objects given a degree of legitimacy, often by the monetary price an art object assumes by its transactions within the economic sphere." 

Alex Maccioni re-assesses the remarkable legacy of Augusto Boal, establishing him ... and thought provoking models of theatre: "It would be false to suggest that Boal's theatre is purely anarchic, despite the fact that his methods instill the need for the audience to escape our usual, accepted structures of viewing. In fact Boal's techniques could be used in the mainstream world of interactive television. "

Our intrepid intern, Lynne Nolan, returns with this sobering elucidation of a 'debilitating' but somewhat hidden affliction of our times, suffused with scientific data and telling anecdotes of sufferers: "Sufferers distort the comments and flattery of friends and family, as they believe they are lying to them to ease their upset." (Written in 2005)

Ishmael Annobil dissects the inimitable photography of Clare Willmey; her genius for capturing flux; the continual, dynamic transfigurations of mind and body: "She trusts her subject to reveal itself, conscious of the potential for interplay between the subject and its environment. What often emerges is a vigorous tableau of the emotional and physical aspirations that lie below the surface."

 Ciara McArdle asserts, "For all his scathing of Ireland, Dublin and its culture and people, with Ulysses Joyce has painted a most humane picture of his characters. Their nobleness is precisely defined by their inability to emulate heroism, and the vast reservoirs of affection, admiration and compassion for the human race as a whole can be read between the lines of this vast novel."

2007, Santiago de Chile. Alex Maccioni visits surrealism Gonzalo Peralta Godoy: "If your family were against the dictatorship in any way there was always the risk that your family would be arrested and sent away from the country. Gonzalo Peralta Godoy, a superb surrealist painter from Santiago, grew up in similar scenario. His mother was a Socialist and so his upbringing consisted of ducking amongst the shadows and moving from one place to another before pro-government supporters grew suspicious."

Academician Uttam Kokil proposes that, "Culturally responsible design considers the history, language, customs, habits, traits and behaviours unique to specific groups. Concepts and visual languages may be borrowed from one specific culture, yet they can hold different connotations for another culture. Good design must therefore consider cultural context so that ideas expressed are not misinterpreted..."

Ishmael Annobil reviews the groundbreaking Africa Remix: The Art of a Continent (2004): Ever since Benin sculpture rose from under looters’ beds to dominate the fine art discourse, international artists have seemed prone to reinvent the wheel, to surpass that redoubtable African ‘thing’. This may be because the Benin paradigm came to the West by way of social extrusion only, and not by open, honest display and acceptance of its philosophical and aesthetic status as a first spark..."

Pages

Graphic Design by Ishmael Annobil/  Web Development by Ruzanna Hovasapyan