Favela Flava

January 24, 2012

The idyllic country of Brazil is home to beautiful people, beaches, rain forests and a conglomeration of cultures but under the span of Christ the Redeemer lies a less spoken of piece of Rio. In 2005 two Dutch artists who go by the names Haas & Hahn took on a project that would transform one of the most dangerous favelas in Rio’s Penha section into a true community. Not only did they employ the local youth to get the murals underway, the citizens who had been warned to avoid coming outside due to gang wars just weeks before treated the art as a reason for celebration. The streets were flooded with families who were able to enjoy the beauty and cultural injection gifted to their neighborhood. This project by Haas & Hahn is a prime example that the broken window theory can be effectively subsided, if not reversed.

http://www.favelapainting.com/home 

Ballerina Project

January 18, 2012

Almost every little girl dreams of being a ballerina for at least a moment in their childhood. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with Natalie Portman’s body nor do I want to give up margaritas but fortunately I have come to terms with those two realizations. Here is a peek at an amazing project by photographer Dane Shitagi. He does a beautiful job capturing the emotions of these unbelievably eloquent women in America’s urban landscape.

http://ballerinaproject.com

Michael Mitchell

January 11, 2012

After a much needed hiatus from classes and the grind of college, I’m back to posting and overly ecstatic about my new internship at Michael Mitchell Gallery  in Charleston. The contemporary gallery on King Street doubles as an amazing venue for anything from mixology competitions to fashion shows and rehearsal dinners. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the showroom. Happy New Year!

Daniel McClendon

David Ryden

Elizabeth Foster

John Stango