The Force: Don Winslow

Realistic take on corruption in the NYPD. Winslow’s greatest asset is building worlds so realistic that it doesn’t matter who he plops down there or what he has them doing.

Ukrainian separatists attack the enemy…giant lipstick

Militants Blow Up Art Basel Artist’s Giant Lipstick Sculpture

Sarah Cascone, Friday, June 26, 2015

A militant Russian-backed separatist group has blown up a large-scale public art installation in Donetsk, Ukraine, according to Izolyatsia (Isolation) leaders.

Leonid Baranov, a separatist group leader who helped occupy the gallery, calls the contemporary art on display ‚Äúperverted,” and says “these people are sick, and they have demonstrated this art to other sick people,” in a video posted ten months ago.

The destroyed artwork, titled Transform!, is a 2012 piece by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. It was created at the Izolyatsia Center for Cultural Initiatives as part of the exhibition “Where Is the Time?”

Tayou turned a 40-meter-tall factory smokestack into a monument to the women who helped the city rebound after the Second World War by perching a giant pink lipstick sculpture on top of the chimney.

The artist was prominently featured at this year’s edition of Art Basel, both at the fair’s popular Unlimited sector, where he showed a tree with colorful plastic bags for leaves, and at Galeria Continua’s captivating booth.

Meduza reports that according to Russian journalist Ilya Barabanov, the tower was demolished by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on June 2, although footage of the destruction didn’t appear online until this week.

The artwork’s destruction is only the latest indignity suffered by the city’s works of art. On June 9, 2014, the DPR invaded Izolyatsia, seizing the building and looting its art collection.

The Donstsk People’s Republic (DPR) destroy’s Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Transform! (2012), at the Izolyatsia Center for Cultural Initiatives. Photo: video stills.
The Donstsk People’s Republic (DPR) destroy’s Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Transform! (2012), at the Izolyatsia Center for Cultural Initiatives.
Photo: video stills.

“Over the past year Izolyatsia team was constantly informed of the consistent destruction of the artworks, which remained on the seized territory, and specifically, the destruction of site-specific installations,” the group wrote in short press release on the destruction of Transform! and the center’s ongoing occupation.

The Izolyatsia center has since held boycotts at the Venice Biennale and held a free vacation sweepstakes, offering a trip to the troubled region.

“They say that it was an international art center,” Baranov said. “We had no choice but to occupy it, because the art, which they spread, was not art at all. On the territory of Donetsk Republic this kind of art will be punished.”

Izolyatsia also included this quote from Tayou, presumably from the time of Transform!’s creation: “Thanks to the courage of the Ukrainian women, Donetsk rose from the ashes after the war and wanted to make some of their own symbols of love and hope‚ĶDonetsk is not only a city of mines and metal. It is also an island of dreams, ready to share its hidden treasures.”

Sadly, that beautiful vision is now threatened by the ongoing occupation.

Which passenger do you sympathize with and why?

I fly a lot and I’m a larger person. Seat space on flights is very important to me.

Do passengers have the right to recline their seat when flying?

Legroom fight diverts flight
By Marnie Hunter and Mike Ahlers, CNN
updated 3:45 PM EDT, Tue August 26, 2014

An argument over legroom resulted in a flight diversion
A passenger’s use of a Knee Defender did not sit well with another flier
The two were removed from the plane before it continued to its destination

(CNN) — Do airline passengers have the right to recline?
That simmering debate among fliers escalated Sunday aboard a United Airlines flight that was diverted after two passengers argued over the use of a device that blocks reclining.
A Knee Defender, a gadget that “helps you stop reclining seats on airplanes so your knees won’t have to,” was at the root of the disturbance.
United Flight 1462 from Newark to Denver was forced to divert to Chicago’s O’Hare airport, according to United Airlines. The airline said that it does not allow the use of the recline-blocking device on its aircraft.
A federal law enforcement source, speaking on background, said the incident involved a male and a female passenger, both 48 years old.
The female passenger was unable to recline her seat and flagged a flight attendant.
The flight attendant told the man seated behind her to remove the Knee Defender device, but he declined. The female passenger then threw water in his face. The pilot decided to divert the flight to Chicago, where authorities met the aircraft.
The two passengers were removed from the plane before it continued on to Denver, United said. The passengers were not arrested.
The argument occurred in the Economy Plus section, which provides United passengers up to 5 inches of extra legroom compared with standard coach seats.