Artist preserves print by embroidering newspapers and magazines

In our first year at dvafoto, I wrote about Kim Rugg, an artist who rearranges the letters on newspaper front pages in alphabetical order. In another imaginative approach to the object of print journalism, Lauren DiCoccio has taken to embroidering snippets of newspapers and magazines (among her many other projects) and the results create a beautiful preservation of the periodical publication. In sewnnews, DiCoccio covers sections of the New York Times in muslin and embroiders sections of the cover photos and headlines. In 365 Days of Print, she isolates small segments of the page and renders the text in thread. In National Geographics, she creates thread and fabric idealizations of issues of the yellow-bordered magazine. Throughout these projects, threads dangle and the embroidery seems almost unfinished.

Christian protesters destroy Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ in France

Piss Christ by Andres Serrano

“Just after 11am on Sunday, four people in sunglasses entered the gallery where the exhibition was being held. One took a hammer from his sock and threatened security staff. A guard restrained one man but the remaining members of the group managed to smash an acrylic screen and slash the photograph with what police believe was a screwdriver or ice pick. They then destroyed another photograph, of nuns’ hands in prayer.” –Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ destroyed by Christian protesters, The Guardian, 18 April 2011

Piss Christ, the long-controversial photograph by Andres Serrano depicting a crucifix submerged in urine, has been attacked once again by Christian protestors. The work was on display in Avignon, France, in an exhibition celebrating the collection of art dealer Yvon Lambert. This is not the first time the work has been protested or attacked; the work was at the forefront of an effort led by US Senator Jesse Helms to end government funding of the US’ National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1997 teenagers used a hammer to destroy a copy of the photo at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

(via APhotoStudent on facebook)

Worth a Look: Trailer for JR’s film “Women Are Heroes”

JR, who recently won the 2011 Ted Prize, has released a trailer for his upcoming feature film “Women Are Heroes”. We’ve seen pictures from this project before (the World Press Photo award and the video from the Paris installation) but the film is nice new dimension to this project, with what seems like documentary footage of the cities and situations he worked in. I only wish I spoke French so I could go through the background information on the film’s website.

(via the always great Wooster Collective, an indispensable website about street art)