Once you’ve been there, once you’ve felt the lack and the helplessness and you realize you’ve become what you hated to be the most: A victim. It doesn’t leave you. Even in moments like these it comes back, everything seems beautiful and perfect, and you remember there was a time when you prayed to escape to something like this. It’s inevitable to imagine then, who takes my place now? Who is in despair, trapped, fighting like I did?
Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.
“When it started raining and lightning and the crowd didn’t disperse, my energy level shot up,” said Kwame Thompson, an attorney in Atlanta and St. Louis. “It was a peaceful demonstration that was against police brutality and in support of Mike Brown and his family.”
This feels unprecedented.
This is what “Remember who the enemy is” stands for.
The Veiled Ghosts of Livio Scarpella
The work of Italian contemporary artist Livio Scarpella turns good and evil into delicacy. This group of sculptures, named “Ghosts Underground”, depicts lost souls anguishing beneath the effect of a thin veil. Scarpella’s interest in this subject was inspired by a trip to the Sansevero Chapel in Naples, home to Antonio Corradini’s “Veiled Christ”. Before that time, he mostly exhibited paintings for a decade. By mixing influences of Rococo sculptors like Corradini with modern iconography, Scarpella explores a struggle with religious faith. He couples his “blessed” and “damned” figures with light and dark colored mineral rocks, like amethyst and quartz, inside the chest. They are hardened hearts that embody the ghost hidden within. Reminiscent of Michelangelo’s The Prisoners, these gentle busts unveil the ghost within. Scarpella takes this idea to a new level in his recent work. His exhibit “Fuori dal Tempo” (“Out of Time”) now showing at Gallery Gomiero in Italy, looks at the theme of sin without repentance. Undeniably, Scarpella pursues a morbid imagination dominated by smug virtue and natural beauty.
“Fuori dal Tempo” by Livio Scarpella is on view at Gallery Gomiero in Milan, Italy