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“It seems like everyday life is getting more and more brutal,” says the Berlin-based American artist Christine Sun Kim. Indeed, she conceived of her new 100-foot mural, “Time Owes Me Rest Again” (2022), while mulling the Covid-19 crisis, rampant inequality, environmental collapse and the crushing effects of capitalism. The installation, which just opened at the Queens Museum in New York, consists of black-and-white graphic renderings of the American Sign Language hand motions for the five words in the piece’s title — all of which require the signer’s hands to come into contact with another part of the body — alongside those same words printed in English. Kim, who is Deaf, is interested in exploring multisensory ways of depicting sound and in helping Deaf existence penetrate hearing culture. Though she didn’t originally intend for the markings to resemble shooting stars, clouds and rainbows, she’s pleased that they do and describes the work as “a score disguised as a series of shapes.” As for the title phrase itself, Kim, who is a mother of one, was struck by how her American friends work long hours, sometimes at more than one job, and never feel relaxed in their roles as parents. “Time is made to be a luxury,” she says. “But, ideally, it shouldn’t be.” queensmuseum.org


For Berliners, there are few things more coveted than a bouquet from Marsano, an artisanal florist located on the border of the city’s Kreuzberg and Mitte districts and known for its commitment to sourcing its blooms as regionally and sustainably as possible. Last year, the team there paired with the German jewelry designer Sabrina Dehoff and König Souvenir — a shop born out of a collaboration between Berlin’s König Galerie and its network of artists and makers — to create a petite vessel that facilitates wearing one’s love for blooms on one’s sleeve or, as is perhaps more likely, one’s lapel: This silver-plated brooch resembles paper wrapped around the stems of an arrangement, its folds achieved through a process of casting and hand polishing. The idea is that wearers will fill the conical piece with whatever flora is on hand or aligns …….

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/17/t-magazine/christine-sun-kim-mural.html

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