Brilliant commentary on civilization, urbanism and yes, architecture of humanity. You know the saying, "what goes up must come down?" We all know for a fact that is a true statement, whether we like it or not. We live in a time where constant change unfolds before our eyes. When do we not see things get knocked down and build up? Well, not too long ago artist Johanna Mårtensson brought to life this city made entirely out of bread. Her work, essentially depicts the rapid change of structures we build. A window into the scenography of what can be stated as an imagined scenario.
Watch as this city of bread crumbles, develops mold and decays in time.
The title says it all. The art of John Grade is what one may call irrevocable and celebratory of natural decay. Combining natural materials with novel polymers, the imposing bad boys come in the form of organic sculptures and installation.
What is fascinating and naturally appealing is the time sensitivity that his work often has. Tick tock.
The idea of reclaiming the old by breathing life into it and making it actually cool and noteworthy is rare to find these days. Aside from reclaimed wood, which has become a staple in many furniture design these days, I don't often come across other random materials. I saw these the other day while browsing online though! Frames and extra baggages by Luis Pons Design Lab or LPDL.
The drooping nature of Onishi Yasuaki's installation somehow reminds me of the weeping willow tree. The heaviness and power of gravity juxtaposed with the light and airy dangling wires mixed with glue. Yasuaki's work is always fun to follow.
When you have a minute, take a look at this video too so you can experience the work further.
Ceramic artist Walter McConnell's persistence in reworking and redefining the otherwise conventional sociopolitical and cultural issues are alarming. Through sculpture and installation, he continues to highlight the distinctive material presence and remapping the boundaries of the medium. A true definition of breaking boundaries.