Vanishing Monolith

Close up of texture of mysterious monolith

As the name above suggests, I am going to be writing about the mystery monolith that has caused so much speculation and controversy. It was something someone recently shared with me on Instagram. It is what inspired this post to begin with. I wanted to delve a bit more myself, so I thought I’d share my findings with you. Let’s get digging!

First discovered by pilot Hutchings as well as wildlife officers travelling with Hutchings, this monolith has sparked an immediate interest in extraterrestrials as well as the famous 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now, if you’ve watched the movie you’ll know why spectators all over the world are saying this. For the rest of us who haven’t (at this point probably wondering if they should–I know I now am) it’s almost identical to a monolith featured in this famous science fiction classic. Some have even speculated that it was sculpted by a fan of John McCracken, the man who did the initial sculpture in 2001: A Space Odyssey, while others have even gone so far as to say it was crafted by actual extraterrestrials. Whatever your opinion, this monolith has been sighted 3 three times in different locations. Here’s the kicker, though, it has disappeared twice already and soon after it’s disappearance it mysteriously reappeared in a separate location. Let’s look at its original locale, the sighting by Hutchings in Utah.

Utah:

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The monolith was first sighted by the helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings and two wildlife officers who were doing a survey on bighorn sheep in the area on November 18th 2020. He was actually fortunate enough to get an up close view of the monolith. His theory was that it was the work of a sculptor and was around 10 – 12 ft high (+/- 3 metres). All three men, were immediately intrigued and Hutchings was hear saying, “This is wild.” and indeed he was correct. It did in fact seem like something right out of a science fiction movie. The men appeared to be playing around the monolith making jokes about it as though amused by this mystery monolith. The men kept this monolith’s location a secret fearing that tourists or amateur explorers might go looking for the mystery monolith. However this did not Reddit users from working out its exact location and going there themselves in order to find it. When it comes to its structure and creation of this the gallerist David Zwirner said that the gallery was divided on whether or not this monolith was the work of John McCracken. He said he, himself, strongly believed it was the work of McCracken. Soon after its discovery the monolith disappeared. One tourist group claim that they saw unidentified men come and take the monolith down on November 27th, the day after the Romanian monolith appeared. They said they were too afraid to stop them as they appeared to be rather intimidating and scared the tourists.

Romania:

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After its supposed removal on the 27th of November2020, it appeared the same day on a Romania hillside. While many speculate over the exact date of its appearance in Romania, the fact remains that there is indeed a deeper story behind it, it attracted the same attention as its predecessor in Utah. It was discovered near Petrodava Dacian Fortress in the city of Piatra Neamt. It was said to have been discovered the Thursday before Utah’s monolith dissapeared (26th November 2020). Others say it appeared days later. As I mentioned before, there is a lot of confusion over the date of the appearance of Romania’s monolith. This monolith was 13 feet tall and was found facing Mount Ceahlau, (one of the 7 wonders of Romania) known locally as the Holy Mountain. It would seem that like its predecessor, it was met with humour. One person even went so far as to put it up for sale online at 6,942 Romanian Leu (1,382 pounds). The description was even more hilarious. for details on this sale look at the Olx website (https://www.olx.ro/electronice-si-electrocasnice/laptop-calculator/componente-si-accesorii/piatra-neamt/#from404).

California:

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Discovered on December 3rd, California had its own monolith appear. After the disappearance of its two predecessors, another monolith appeared in Atascadero, California atop Pine Mountain. However unlike the one found in Utah, it had no rocks to keep it grounded and appeared to be a little wobbly. All three monoliths were reported as being made of stainless steel with screws evident on all three, showing that it was not one single block of metal. Although all three appeared to be in various sizes and with varying dimensions. In Utah 10-12 feet, Romania 13 feet and in California 10’18” wide. Not even a day later the monolith was reportedly removed and replaced with a wooden cross (how they did that is beyond me as it was hundreds of pounds in weight). Despite the monolith being so unstable in its wobbly foundations, it would still be no mean feat.

The Three Monoliths:

Although now gone, many have wondered if it was in fact the work of aliens. As I mentioned above whatever/whoever put it there is somewhat of a mystery. Was it aliens? Was it a sculptor? A fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Or perhaps something deeper? Like the Cicada 303 conspiracy, perhaps this went worldwide in its journey. I am more inclined to believe that it was created by sculptors in those three regions. I can’t claim to know or even suspect motives for such a conspiracy, but I will say that 2020 definitely ended with a bang and who knows maybe there are more monoliths yet to come. 2021 may prove to be more interesting than we think.

If you want to look more into this then I definitely suggest you do. It is a very interesting mystery and worth a deeper look.

God bless you all. Have a very good festive season, my precious avids. We’ve really grown this year. Hard to believe we only started this journey in April. We made it guys!

Modern Art in the 20’s

I was talking with a friend on Saturday and it made me think that it’s about time I discuss art that isn’t cursed. Instead, I will be looking at a few famous artists of 2020. My descriptions will be quite brief as I I have selected specific artists from around the world and I will be attaching their links so you will be able to read up their full stories and see some of their artworks.

Donald Judd, New York.

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Donald Judd has created many 3D, large-scale works with aluminium, steel and Plexiglass. Despite this, he has refused to be called a sculptor. He was big in pioneering the field of Minimalism. This year will be the first time in 30 years that the Museum of Modern Art in New York will be giving him a solo exhibition to showcase his works. Below is Judd’s works courtesy of artsy. You can find his artworks and where to purchase them if you’re an art aficionado. https://www.artsy.net/artist/donald-judd

Artemisia Gentileschi, London.

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Heralded as the best female Renaissance painter. She was granted a scholarship in the 1970’s and 1980’s, allowing her to enhance her painting skill. Due to a reassessment of female artists input in art history. Her art has a tendency to depict strong women performing acts of violence. Despite it being claimed that her artwork was an aftermath of being sexually assaulted, this has been brushed aside and she has been praised for the genius in her artworks. The National Gallery of London has managed to acquire her work, Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1615–17). Find her works and biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/artemisia-gentileschi.

Otobong Nkanga, Berlin.

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This famous Nigeria-born artist combines research, drawing, installation and performance. She uses these tools to explore the interdependent relationship between man and land. In her exploration of how various cultures interpret different parts of nature, she traces how various minerals, goods and people move. Find her works and full biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/otobong-nkanga

Cao Fei, Beijing.

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Cao Fei has started to emerge as one of China’s most important artists since the countries Cultural Revolution. She makes use of multimedia to address critical issues in pop culture, tech and urban development. Her 47-minute film, Haze and Fog(2013) explores her alienation from the world. In it she blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Her UCCA presentation this year will be her first major solo exhibition in China. Find her works and biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/cao-fei.

Alessandro Tomasetti, Barcelona.

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A Canadian born painter now living in Barcelona. He paints seductive and subversive paintings of men making use of tenebrous palettes and dramatic lighting. Unlike other painters of the male form, Tomasetti depicts the men’s vulnerability and sensitivity. Instead he paints in the same fashion one would to paint a female subject. This is seen through his prose and styling, as well as the glints and reflections used his work. He is a revolutionary painter, going against the norms of society. For more on Alessandro Tomasettie and his artworks click on the attached link. https://alessandrotomassetti.com/

Max Frintrop, Germany

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Frintrop’s incredible bursts of colour and pigmentation create the boisterous and archetypal canvases he is known for. His paintings convey a sense of urgency and directness that only true virtuoso painters can create. Frintrop, originally born in Oberhausen, now lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. His recent solo exhibitions among others took place in Cologne, Budapest and Brussels. Frintrop has also been included in many various selected art groups as a result of his work. For more on Frintrop go to:

https://www.artsy.net/artist/max-frintrop

Tomm El-Saieh, Haiti

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El-Saieh’s prints are large and enveloping swaths of colour with almost linguistic patterns forming grid-like artworks. Haitian by origin, El-Saieh now lives and works in Miami. Building his own encyclopedia of artworks, he creates amalgamations of Haitian painters and abstract American artworks. He takes particular inspiration for his abstract works from Haitian historical artists such as Levoy Exil and Prosper Pierre Louis. Their verve and energy provided him with the needed nudge into near complete abstraction. El-Saieh will be having exhibitions in Miami and Los Angelos. He is also the co-director of the Central Fine run by artists in Miami. For more info on El-Saieh go to: https://www.artbasel.com/stories/elisa-turner-interview-tomm-el-saieh

Tal R, Israel

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Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, currently living Denmark. Tal R was first known for his flamboyant colours and expansive imagery, his works constantly challenge the viewer’s knowledge of perspective and reflection. This technique causes the viewer to question the narrative based on what they know and see. A perfect example of this would be his solo exhibition entitled “Pink Road Through Forest” that took place in 2019. This exhibition takes the idea of visual theory and uses it to put the viewer in the middle of the artistic narrative. Visual theory employs a broad variety of mediums from sculpture and paintings to drawings or textile. This adds an intricacy in Tal R’s works by causing us to question our previously formed conceptions and presumptions of our surrounding reality. For more info on the artist and his works, go to: https://www.cheimread.com/artists/tal-r.

There are many great artists out there that have yet to be recognized. We used to tease my best friend about her art, saying that we would kill her then her art would be worth a fortune. Sadly for a lot of the famous artists of days gone-by this was a reality. Today, however, this is no longer a reality with new artists getting discovered daily. Using technology we are able to go further than any of our predecessors ever could. As demonstrated by the works of Cao Fei. We are able to use platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as a host of other platforms that are being established all the time. The friend who suggested this topic is herself an artist, for more on her art check out her page https://www.facebook.com/cmrencken/. She’s really talented, has a deep passion for art and is constantly exploring new mediums.

These are only a few of the new artists that have made their debut in the art world, but there are many more gifted artists out there. I recommend you look up some of these artists, with the advent of social media it makes it so much easier to discover new artists. I myself am following one I came across on Pinterest (you can find his work on my pinterest page, AvidUpdates).

If you liked this article and want me to do more on art, please let me know either via the social links below or on my new comment page.

God bless you all, my darling avidReaders.