Republic Day in India

India just finished celebrating Republic Day, commemorating the establishment of their constitution on January 26, 1950.  Here is a sampling of patriotic images from the twittersphere drawing upon the Indian flag.

Leo Villareal’s Living Flags

By Scott Mainwaring Leo Villareal is a celebrated American artist who uses computer-controlled light patterns as his medium.  He created two major works, both entitled Flag, based on the US flag. His 2008 sculpture Flag consists of 13 narrow strips (stripes) of enclosed LED lights, with the gaps between them roughly three times wider than the stripes themselves.  Colors spill […]

The Israel Flag at the Speed of Light

Posted to the Flag Art group on Facebook by Bill Trinkle. The website Artspace says about this artwork: About the work The Israel Flag at the Speed of Light highlights Rosenquist’s interest in taking familiar signifiers and removing them from their expected context. This work features an image of the Israeli flag deconstructed and then pieced […]

Delacroix and Charlie Hebdo

In Liberty Leading the People, Delacroix created what is arguably the single most famous depiction of any flag, and certainly of the French tricolor.  The central figure, the personification of Liberty (and of the French nation), brandishing the flag in one hand, a rifle in the other, climbs over her fallen comrades urging “the people” on to victory. […]

White Flags

From an article by Scott Mainwaring in The Vexilloid Tabloid #48, October 2014. Color is so elemental in flag design that colors is a synonym for flag.   Recently, however, all-white flags have been in the news due to two Berlin artists, Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf.  In the wee hours of July 22 they evaded […]

Barbara Upton’s Waking Planet World Flag

After the 9/11 attacks, New Age artist Barbara Upton created this flag representing “Peace, Justice, Equality and Love”: She describes the symbolism as follows: The blue earth, glowing with vitality, is surrounded by colorful figures representing the beauty that is possible when people of different colors, tongues and beliefs come together in mutual respect and […]

Areal Density by Susan Murrell

From Ted Kaye’s report on his trip to the Bay Area in Vexilloid Tabloid  #49: In Portland Airport’s Concourse A, Susan Murrell’s installation Areal Density utilized multiple flag-shaped objects (although apparently not representing actual flags).  She teaches art at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. From the Port of Portland News Release: “Technology has fundamentally changed our […]

San Francisco’s Hayes Valley Flag Wall

More from Bay Area Flag Report by Ted Kaye, in VexTab #49: In San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, Joe Theisen spruced up his building at 540 Laguna St. with 33 holes in the façade and first famously displayed the flags of all 2014 World Cup countries (plus Ireland).  In September new flags went up. Now […]