I absolutely adore this video entitled "Body Navigation," by designer Ole Kristensen. A combination of digital, interactive, theater and performance art. If you have the time to watch this video, it is totally worth it! Very inspiring and beautifully executed.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
American artist Al-Farrow was born in New York City in 1943 and currently resides and works in San Rafael, California. His sculptures of religious reliquaries and mosques are made entirely out of steel shots, bullets and gun parts, from AK47 models to Uzis. They are quite marvelous and extraordinary. The bullets just add that extra shine and makes the structure look quite glamorous. It is evident that Al-Farrow's pieces demands labor of love and skills. His work is very meticulous and requires a good investment in time as well.
The religious trifecta, as we can call it is comprised out of a Synagogue, a Cathedral and a Mosque. I just put in extra pieces to show the variety of work he has done. Al-Farrow's work functions as a survey the relationship of the world's major religions based on their political, military and cultural history. It is admirable, especially since these masterpieces reinterprets the role of religion in history's greatest conflicts.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Breaking walls and bringing down the structure. Sounds like the Hulk? Think again. These installation by German artist Erika Hock explores a challenge to the resistance of a strong, seemingly immovable obstacle or barrier, both on a physical and mental note. Her installations are undoubtedly dynamic and fun. She uses walls as a platform for experimentation either by dropping them or applying enough pressure to break them. It's true that after a certain amount of observations, the bands used end up looking like suspenders. On another note, it makes it...witty. ;)
Splashes of paint. The rest is up to you to figure out. I'm constantly fascinated by the abstraction of the Falkenberg's concept. Its like the meaning is taken out of the core of each piece made, leaving an opportunity for viewer's to contribute their imagination and fill in the blanks. It questions one's ability to think and perceive. One way or another, I feel that his work pushes us to learn to see and analyze what we often do not see.
Artist: Jørund Aase Falkenberg
* A Mixture of Frailities 2004, 1400 household gloves turned inside out, calico, tailors dummy *
Susie MacMurray is a Manchester-based artist, who received her MFA from Manchester Metropolitan University in Sculpture in 2001. She combines material, form and context to enhance the viewer's perception and gather meaning in the most simplistic ways. Her work encompasses drawing, performance, sculpture and architectural installations. She's performed many site-specific interventions in historic spaces and she often refers to the history of a space, which constantly leads her to combine history, specifics of the site and characteristics of the material into a unified piece.
*Icon 2002, 15,000 metallic blue balloons, rug underay *
* Gladrags 2002, 10,000 fuschia pink balloons, rug underlay *
* Widow 2009, black nappa leather, 43 kg adamantine dressmakers pins, tailors dummy *
Her engagement to history and explorations in sculptural possibilities lead her to be nominated for the Northern Art Prize in 2007 . Other accomplishments include her numerous exhibitions and installations in world's most celebrated galleries, museums and public institutions. Her work is held in various public and private collections in the UK and abroad.
Artist: Susie MacMurray
I recently read a great interview of Michael Halsband at White Hot Magazine written by the brilliant writer, Jill Connor whom I often read about in other magazines as well. Turns out, I am in love with this photographer so it is no doubt that I would take a moment in discussing him.
American portrait photographer Michael Halsband has had a good share of memories and hands-on experience in capturing the American popular culture since 1980s. He's rubbed elbows and worked with a range of individuals including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Rolling Stones, Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias. Combining his contextualized visions and casual approach to photography, he exposes the dense layers of personality, creativity and talent. Halsband is known to study his subjects religiously; photographing the same characters repeatedly to reveal more depth abut them, as well as himself as an artist.
As you can see, throughout his collection of work, Halsband appreciates simplicity and allows the images to have their own unique souls. In simple words, he positions himself to become a part of the picture as much as he puts himself away from it in order to have the "invisible hands" effect.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
* Jennifer Trask *
SOFA New York was a bag of fun. I really enjoyed the show and was very pleased with the participating galleries, artists and of course, their objects. A lot were quite traditional and showcased the everyday arts and crafts. However, some either had a unique presentation concept or simply innovative in its techniques and craftsmanship. Most importantly, several pieces remained quite charming and was able to stand out from the mass.
* Shield by Kay Khan *
* Gyonky Laky *
* Jaehyo Lee *
* Jaehyo Lee *
* A Theory of Everything by Walter McConnell *
Read more about SOFA Arts and Crafts Expo 2010 here.
Bringing it back old school. Came across a huge selection of J C Leyendecker's work on a Pinterest board that I follow. ...
* Roxy Paine , Façade/Billboard , 2010 * WANÅS 2010 May 16 – October 31, 2010 OPENING TODAY Sunday, May 16 at 2 pm During 2010 the Wanås...
The drooping nature of Onishi Yasuaki's installation somehow reminds me of the weeping willow tree. The heaviness and power of gravit...
Artist: Francois-Marie Banier Represented by: Gagosian Gallery | Galerie Hussenot
Always bold but not always simple. Artist: Petra Groen
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*Lee Zhuoquan, Two Headed Snake * *Lee Sook Kyung, Translated Vase - The Moon * *Philip Beesley, Sybil * *...
The title says it all. The art of John Grade is what one may call irrevocable and celebratory of natural decay. Combining natural materi...
Brilliant commentary on civilization, urbanism and yes, architecture of humanity. You know the saying, "what goes up must come down?&q...
New Happy Land 2015 series by Vipoo Srivilasa. Artist: Vipoo Srivilasa