GIL BATLE REFORMED
Until 24 Feb, 2018 NYC
What it is:
CARVED ostrich eggshells by and ex-con.
While spending decades in prison, Gil Batle learned how to tattoo, which sharpened his artistic skill, kept him safe, AND allowed him to hear hundreds of stories of other prisoners. Those stories (often violent) now appear on these delicately carved eggshells.
Why it matters:
Art can do this cool trick: High-level craftsmanship in particular, can force you to get REALLY close, and look for a long period of time... that you many not want to see. It's this opposition between beauty and pain that makes these eggs even better than a Faberge.
Also, Gil is a pretty amazing human being - check out this news story and interview with him.
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