Take a few steps back or perhaps just squint your eyes and these images by artist Yao Lu might resemble traditional Chinese landscape paintings of cliffs, waterfalls, and mountains. Look a bit closer and your perspective may change. Lu digitally assembles each of her images using photographs of landfills and other aspects of urbanization draped in green mesh to mimic idyllic scenery.
In its original home, near Almaty in Kazakhstan, the apple can be the size of a cherry or a grapefruit. It can be mushy or so hard it will chip teeth. It can be purple- or pink-fleshed with green, orange, or white skin. It can be sickly sweet, battery-acid sour, or taste like a banana. Preserving this biodiversity can become a massive project, in life and art.
This is such a lovely interview about the secret lives of non-supermarket apples. We’ve got a feature about heritage apples too—coming to your internets soon. Or pick up our latest issue on the newstands!
“The Empowered Man,” by a Utah tea party painter who loves liberty and is not at all making a racial comment.
“There’s something simmering deep inside the soul of all Americans,” the artist says. “We want to know that we’re a free people. That the government acknowledges our individual rights and that fiscal responsibility is an absolute requirement.”
Along with Carhartt jackets and blue jeans.
“Do we have freedom when one half of the country pays taxes to support the other half?” the artist asks.
Maybe he should stick to painting and grumbling to himself about this “other half”. We’ve debunked his statement here, and here, and here, and here.