Javier Pérez was born in Bilbao in 1968. He lives and works in Barcelona. His work is permeated by a strong symbolism and accompanied by an intense use of metaphor.The artist’s favorite subjects for addressing the impermanence and cyclic nature of life are the body and time. Works such asMutaciones (2004), a mixed media installation exhibited at the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, or Tempus fugit (2002) emphasize the inexorable passage of time and the inevitable traces that it leaves on the body from a biological but, above all, from an existential point of view. To create his art, Pérez uses strong, often antithetical means of communication like horse hair and polyester, silkworm cocoons and ceramics, or cattle intestines and blown glass.
Japanese artist Azuma Makotorecently ventured to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (home of Burning Man) to launch a Japanese white pine bonsai into space. The artist also arranged a stunning bouquet with about 30 varieties of flowers from around the world and launched them into space as well. The project, entitled Exobiotanica, occurred on 15 July
To accomplish the feat Makoto collaborated with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit. The team used helium balloons to launch the plants and the bonsai reached a height of 91,800 ft (27.98 km), while the bouquet topped out at 87,000 ft (26.51 km).