Tipp No. 153: “Merciless, Thinking Illustrations & Cartoons” – by Gerhard Haderer (Austria)

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migration crisis
Adolf HItler, an Austrian migrant in Germany
Think Big! (right-wing populists: Trump, Geert Wilders / Netherlands, Boris Johnson / UK)…the Blonde Marie Le Pen / France and others are missing…
climate conference
Xmas Gifts
Dear Syrians Welcome!
Here in Austria, it is veeery “schiach” (bad / difficult / ugly)!
Germany is much more beautiful!
Or Sweden or England!
Besides we have got Mr Strache and the FPÖ (right-wing party in the government).
Have a lot of fun on your continued journey!

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gerhard Haderer (born 1951 in Leonding, Austria) is an Austrian cartoonist and caricaturist.

Haderer studied at a technical art school in Linz for four years from 1965, and then studied engraving in Stockholm Gerhard Haderer (born 1951 in Leonding, Austria) is an Austrian cartoonist and caricaturist.

He returned to Austria in 1971 and worked as an independent commercial artist and draughtsman. He developed his photo-realistic style working on advertising, illustrations, and even designing maps for the Salzburg tourist board.

In 1985, after a cancer operation, he abandoned his commercial career to become a freelance caricaturist and satirical illustrator.
His first satirical works appeared in the upper-Austrian magazines “Watzmann”, “ORF-Ventil” and “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten”.
He soon began to appear regularly in the Austrian weekly “Profil” to which he still contributes.
His work then began to appear in newspapers and magazines in other German speaking countries.
Since 1991 his work has appeared regularly in Germany’s “Stern” magazine as “Haderers Wochenschau” (“Haderers weekly news”).

From 1997 to 2000, and from 2008 he published his own monthly satirical comics magazine called “Moff”.
He has produced designs for several satirical puppet shows.

Honors:
2001: Deutscher Karikaturenpreis, Geflügelter Bleistift in Gold (German caricature prize, winged pencil in gold)
2008: Goldenes Verdienstzeichen des Landes Wien (Golden Merit of Vienna)

Insight No. 34: Upgrade Your Life – Downgrade Your House – 3M Houses (Modular, Mobile, Micro) – Mini Häuser

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THE HOUSING MARKET – A DISASTER!

THE SOLUTION: TINY, MICRO, MOBILE, MODULAR MINI HOUSES?

THE SITUATION:

800 Applicants for one 2-room appartment in Berlin

  • shortage of affordable living space in particular in cities and small towns

Euro 160.000,- for 40 sqm appartment in Hamburg

  • Escape into “concrete Gold” due to no-interest policies in financial markets and the Outlook of another even bigger financial crisis in 3-5 years

Rising number of job nomads due to increasing number of temporary labor contracts and desire to improve life quality

  • requires increased demand of mobility – also covering housing

Rapidly aging Population in Germany

  • increases demand for smaller, obstacle-free appartments in cities and small towns that are offering a better service infrastructure and social life.

Rising number of Single households

  • cause booming demand for small appartments in cities

Rising cost and  lack of building sites

  • leads to usage of alternative building sites like roof tops,gaps between buildings,  use of the garden of your parents to build your tiny house – or house boat Solutions

Trend to simplify our life by reduction of consumption, to use shared economy service offerings and to foster minimalism

  • growing demand for simple, flexible, mobile, multifunctional, and smart housing Solutions

Decreasing purchasing power

  • increasing demand for low-budget houses Euro in the Price range of Euro 80K – 110K excl. building site and admin cost.

EXAMPLES OF MICRO HOUSES IN SERIAL PRODUCTION

EXAMPLES OF NARROW / SLIM HOUSES

EXAMPLES OF ROOF-TOP HOUSING

IMPRESSIONS OF MICRO HOUSE INERIOR

MODULAR, MINI HOUSES:

  • Nomad Houses
  • Option, Weber Haus
  • Cubig Houses
  • Fincube
  • Smart House
  • and so on

Delivery Time: approx. 6 months

Build-up: 1 – 2 days

Cost dependent on size in sqm: About Euro 60K – 120K and scope of extras, interior selection and personal contribution

Insight No. 58: From Vandalism via Arts to Political Statement – Graffiti in Italy

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Graffiti has been known in Italy since the ancient Romans, who decorated the walls of Pompeii and the catacomb with declarations of love, curses and magic spells. In fact the word ‘Graffiti’ derives from the Italian word ‘graffiare’ meaning to scratch something into a surface, and people in Italy still write their passions on the walls.

Though lately – it seems to me – subject matters have changed from ‘Ti amo’ and ‘Forza La Juve’ to political statements. Could be, that  graffiti in Italy has gone from personal to political in order to reflect the current economic crisis and migrants crisis.

Tipp No. 38: Wonderful, Supersize Graffiti in Poland – by various street artists

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Poland has become the land of the giants.

In cities across the country artists have transformed the sides of houses and apartment blocks with enormous murals, some pieces stretching upwards of ten stories.
The artists behind most of the colossal pieces are Przemyslaw Blejzyk and Mateusz Gapski, also known as Sainer and Bezt, and collectively as “Etam”.

The two twenty-somethings met at art college in the central Polish city of Lodz having been into graffiti in their teens. They now work together on many of the projects.

The duo has also worked with Natalia Rak, another young Polish artist who has produced her own larger-than-life pieces in Poland and the United States.

Most of the recent projects by Rak and Etam have been commissioned by local city festivals, which have given the artists permission to paint without worry about being caught or prosecuted.

From a tumbling jockey to a fantasy tree house, the artists employ a mix of modern styles and motifs from traditional Polish folklore.
Each piece takes around a week to produce., and the reaction from the public is usually positive. The street artists invite the people to stop for a minute and to turn on their imagination.

Poem No. 206: “No Man Is An Island” – by John Donne

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Gallows Island by Winslow Homer

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

Tipp No. 151: “Sweet Dreams” – pop-art paintings by Wayne Thiebaud (USA)

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Weirdly Calorie Bombs that are tempting only at first sight and from a distance.
On the second sight and looking at Wayne Thiebauds pies, ice cream, juice and other sweets, an uncomfortable feeling involuntarily creeps in.

The pastel colors (50s like, economic boom time with the promise that consumption will make us happy), the creamy color application that provides almost a 3D-effect and the delicious motifs and the beauty of the cakes, pies and ice cream rise your appetite…and then suddenly, you start thinking that some thing is terribly wrong.

Is it the degree of abstraction that let the pies & sweets look “lifeless” and like cloned with calculated deviations to pretend that the food is hand-/home-made?
Is it the arrangement of the food? It reminds on serial production and the showcases look like incubators in my view.
Is it the fetish-like, somehow aggressive (pushy) and clean presentation of the cakes, juice & ice cream?
The “cold, clinical light” creating amazing colorful shadows that provides a kind of “artificial touch” and lead to an association of food laboratory and industrialized, unhealthy fake food?
The motif seems to uncover the broken promises of advertisement.
The lack of a background?
Or details like the colored contour lines?

Somehow the bakery & candy looks dangerous not only because of the high sugar, fat and artificial flavoring substances contents but also because of its persuasiveness to makes us believe that we want it despite of the suspicion that it is not good for us.
These sweetened, sugar-coated products won`t nourish us. It won`t satisfy our hunger – neither the physical one nor the emotional one.
Consuming fluffy, creamy gateau – you can easily eat in binge eat – won`t fill the void in our lifes….in us.
These master pieces of product development are surrogats /substitutes for something you cannot buy.

No…These “Sweet Dreams” are – on the quiet – toxic.
Enjoy!

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wayne Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) is an American
commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings.

Thiebaud is associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists.

Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

You can find his stunning work in many famous collections.

On October 14, 1994, Thiebaud was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.
He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art from the American Academy of Design in 2001. 
Thiebaud was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2010 at the California Museum, Sacramento, 
and in 2013, he was honored with the California Art Award in recognition of his part in raising the prominence of California art around the world.

Shared No. 132: “Barometer of Public Opinion 6/2019” – by Kai-Uwe Hüls (Blog: 1600 Pennsylvania – Der Blog zur Politik des Weissen Hauses)

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If you are interested in US politics covering categories like president Trump, Congress, Supreme Court, US elections incl. various polls, interviews and more, here is a straights tip. Just stop by and visit Kai`s blog: “Pennsylvania 1600”.

I like to follow the polls, Kai publishes in his blog. Please, find a teaser below…

approval/acceptance Donald Trump: 44,5% of US Americans think positively about Trumps work. and 52,1% negatively

The link above…Barometer of public opinion 06/2019: Biden beats Trump in a hypothetical duel clearly.

Postcard No. 137: “Hong Kongers Protests Are Ongoing Despite Of Interim Successes”

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Millions of Hongkongers forced the Head of the Government Carrie Lam to finally apologize in public, after the controversial extradition bill had to be frozen in response to the mass protests in Hong Kong.

Nevertheless, the mass protests continue. Hongkongers demand that the bill shall be abolished completely and that Carrie Lam, the first Beijing-loyal Chinese head of government in Hong Kong since July 2017, shall resign.

Critics are warning that Chinese jurisdiction is not independent and often used as political weapon to silence critics and different-minded people.

The former British colony and nowadays special economic zone is governed according to the principle “One-Country-Two Systems as agreed when Hong Kong was returned to China mainland due to the 99 yrs lease term expiry.

In contrast to Chinese citizens Hongkongers still enjoy freedom of opinion, speech and assembly. Hong Kong is also not cut off the worldwide web like China mainland that is isolated behind the so called “Great Firewall”.

Since the rise of China`s first tier cities – like Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou – the former economic powerhouse Hong Kong lost its relevance. Thus, Chinese one-party system seems to be less motivated to maintain the one-country-two-system concept. Consequently, China gradually erases the border to Hong Kong on many levels.

For instance Shenzhen was systematically promoted to diminish Hong Kongs influence over time. Nowadays, Mandarin language is introduced (HK is talking Cantonese), key positions in public admin and economy are filled with people from China mainland, bridges connect HK with China and so on.

Of course, the developments in Hong Kong are regarded as a strong signal to the independent, democratic Republic of China (Taiwan/ Formosa). Beijing insist on questioning the status of Taiwan and claims that Taiwan is part of China mainland, although the country strongly disagree. In fact, Chinese maps already show Taiwan as part of China mainland.

As you might have noticed in other posts, I am German. Imagine Germany would tell Poland that is independent since 1919 due to the Versaille treaty after WWI and the Baltic countries that were lost after WWII ( = former German territories but with different ethnicity) that there independence was just an intermezzo – and that they will be assimilated – no matter if they want it or not.
Keep calm. Of course, Germany do not consider such crazy ideas and enjoy a good neighborhood to all of these countries.
Or think of the incredibly cruel Yugoslavia war no long time ago…
History repeats all over the globe.

Whenever, I take my umbrella, I will think of Hongkong….and my lost pen-friend in HK from childhood days.

One Country-Two Systems
Hong Kong originally was the economic powerhouse of China and gate to the world.
Umbrella Movement – Protests against the Chinese government

Cartoon No. 39: To Be Seen / Recognized – (Gesehen Werden)

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The Alien: Damn, there MUST be a better way!

On the map in the r-h-s Corner: Corn Circles

Tipp No. 23: “Art is a Weapon. Culture is a Form of Resistance” by Iranian Artist Shirin Neshat

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THE ARTIST

Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian artist best known for films such as Rapture (1999), which explore the relationship between women and the religious and cultural value systems of Islam. She has said that she hopes the viewers of her work “take away with them not some heavy political statement, but something that really touches them on the most emotional level.”

Born on March 26, 1957 in Qazin, Iran, she left to study in the United States at the University of California at Berkeley before her the Iranian Revolution in 1979. While her early photographs were overtly political, her film narratives tend to be more abstract, focusing around themes of gender, identity, and society.

Her Women of Allah series, created in the mid-1990s, introduced themes of the discre-pancies of public and private identities in both Iranian and Western cultures.

The split-screened video Turbulent (1998) won Neshat the First International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999.

The artist currently lives and works in New York, NY. Her works are included in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.