The Work of Art

Check out this review of an exhibition centered around the enigmatic (and beautiful) work of secretive artist Waclaw Szpakowski, who produced these drawings in isolation through the turmoil of the first half of the twentieth century. Art, artist, history, idea, form: it’s the work of art, so this is worth a read. 

– via The Paris Review

The Origin of Human Stories

There’s little in life more encouraging than seeing one of your favorite blogs (Kottke.org) link to (and riff on) a post on another one of your favorite blogs (BLDGBLOG). In this case, these posts discuss the origin of humanity, exploring its reality versus the stories we tell about our origins. Fascinatingly, it seems we’ve readily abandoned our long history as nomads of land and sea, choosing instead to portray ourselves as the perpetually fixed residents of gardens and cities and god-mandated overland empires.

– via Kottke, via BLDGBLOG

Protoje – Blood Money

Protoje is one of my favorite working artists these days: he gets everything right about reggae in such a spectacular modern sound, with an incredible lyrical talent and a wide open heart. This is his  hard hitting new single, “Blood Money,” and I love it. The song was written in response to the political situation in  Jamaica, but wisdom is universal and Protoje has always had plenty of that, so there’s some powerful solidarity in here with people struggling for justice in any nation. Check it out. 

Gentrification vs Placemaking

Gentrification is bad, but placemaking is good. Except when placemaking results in gentrification, which it usually does. Turns out the way that cities change is really complicated, and this article scrapes the surface of that complexity. If only we could reduce the whole convoluted process down to a convenient paragraph we could recite to strangers when drunk at parties.

– via Arch Daily