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Russian Artist Petro Wodkins Takes On Vladimir Putin, Tells Us Why

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An exploding Vladimir Putin speaker, from the “Sound of Power” video. Image Source: Petro Wodkins

“Play the people who play the world.”

That’s the mission behind Russian artist Petro Wodkins’ recent endeavor, Sound of Power, a series of busts of global political leaders that also function as audio speakers. Wodkins debuted his latest speaker-sculpture, Russian president Vladimir Putin, on September 21st.

We spoke with Wodkins about Sound of Power, humor and censorship in the age of Vladimir Putin (whom he sardonically calls ‘Saint Vladimir’) — as well as that time Wodkins had to flee Zimbabwe after his gilded Robert Mugabe statue pissed off area security forces. Excerpts of the interview, which have been edited for clarity, are below:

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Can You Color Your Way Out Of Adult Stressors?

Adult Coloring Books Cafe Ellas

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Stress (noun, verb):

1. A 21st century illness that flourishes in developed societies.
2. The pressure of having only a few hours a day to finish all that we hope and have to do.

Stress solutions: quit job; change lifestyles; go organic; move abroad without a cellphone; pursue yoga, meditation, tai chi, reiki…

And apparently coloring books.

Yes, you read that correctly. At first it might sound outlandish that adults are reverting to “toys” in order to cope with the stresses that each day brings, but in northern Europe coloring for adults is already a major trend. In the United States, the concept is in bloom.

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Artists Pay Tribute To World War One Soldiers With 5,000 Poppies

Flowers are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of war—which is perhaps why the art installation Weeping Window is so effective.

Containing nearly 5,000 ceramic red poppies, the crimson-colored installation is on display at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland, UK from September 12th through November 1st. Each handmade poppy is carefully arranged to appear as if it is plunging from the structure and pooling at the bottom, representing the fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers of World War One.

Woodhorn Museum

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Vintage Vogue Covers: When Fashion Lacked Photoshop

Vintage Vogue Covers Shadow Lead

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High fashion of course existed before the camera, which means that illustrations graced the covers of Vogue magazine well before airbrushed models and celebrities did. While the 1894-founded magazine was one of fashion photography’s primary points of origin, in the days preceding the fashion photo, Vogue relied on expertly-crafted illustrations to promote Vogue founder Arthur Turnure’s goal: celebrating and encouraging the “ceremonial side of life” in a country that did not value class or ceremony as much as its Western European counterparts.

Given the magazine’s lofty goals, the illustrated covers had to be as technically immaculate as they were artistically inspired: each hand-drawn Vogue cover was a masterful art nouveau and deco piece in its own right, and featured a technical precision as impressive as the fashions and lifestyles that the illustrations promoted. What’s more, where today’s Vogue can be recognized by its unyielding all-caps title, back in the day the magazine’s typeface changed with almost every cover to fit each different illustration.

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