Urban ArtistsIlko Davidov
Women's Building Sun, May 21, 5p Buy
Four short films portray six modern artists of our urban landscape. Some have
continued their craft for decades to become a city fixture, like the quirky
NYC sandal maker known as Barbara Leather, or, like the two Chinese artists
in Yellow Ox Mountain, they’ve come to NYC to transform their Cultural Revolution history into striking modern commentary.
Other younger artists are creating totally new art forms out of formerly mundane modern objects. 22-year-old
Muslim Asid makes bleak East London into something
inspiring: He performs the addictively watcheable art of Parcour on stairs,
roofs, and even public toilets in Asid: Portrait of a Freerunner. And even
roadkill is given new beauty in Still, Life in which two artists document
the persistence of spirit by tenderly photographing dead animals they find
along the highway.