Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Plastic Garbage at Museum's Doorstep

Last June, on a clear night in Gewerbemuseum of Winthertur, Switzerland, a monographic exhibition on plastic bags took place under the supervision and curation of Ida-Marie Corell and Susanna Kumschick.

As part of the exhibition, Luzinterruptus collected the largest amount of plastic bags from the city's inhabitants. As a perk, the museum encouraged visitors to trade in their plastic bags for a day pass to the museum, where they are free to visit the exhibitions. What a great perk just for being eco-conscious and supportive of the art community.

At the end, more than 5,000 bags were collected! So, they had a bunch to choose from, which was pretty cool indeed.

Luzinterruptus' final piece was titled "Plastic Garbage Guarding the Museum." Amongst all that was collected, they chose the most colorful and luxurious bags. Since they were putting it together, the pedestrians were able to see their progress and observe the creation process of this site-specific installations.

The exhibition, Oh, Plastiksack will be on view until October 7th, 2012. To view the exhibition, click here.

Artist: Luzinterruptus | Photos by: Gustavo Sanabria

Monday, July 30, 2012

Exhibition Recap: A Quilted Game Plan

The Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994) retrospective at Museum of Modern Art, New York, is one of the largest presentation of his collection of work outside of Italy. In collaboration with Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid and Tate Modern, London, the exhibition spans Boetti's entire career, beginning with sculptural works (or objects, as the artist would often describe), comprised of everyday materials such as wood, cardboard and aluminum. 

The quilts on the floor were my favorite, the reminded me of the modern day QR codes, only with much more meaningful and playful symbolism at stake. Needless to say, his joy of work lies in the conceptual complexity and visual beauty that is quite fundamental throughout his work. He brings together order in a way that an inventor propose a new way of thinking; and that has become a quite significant experience that influenced young artists throughout his generation.

Nevertheless, Game Plan brings together works related to travel, geography, mapping (cartography) that relates to his extensive traveling and knowledge of distant places. This exhibition is a phenomenal traveling show, which was previously shown in Tate Modern. To hear more about the show, watch this video below, in which curator Mark Godfrey takes us into an insider's point of view of the artists oeuvre.

Artist: Alghiero Boetti | Exhibiting at Museum of Modern Art

Sunday, July 29, 2012

After Brunch Eye-Candy

Many of Julie Cockburn's images are manipulated, found photographs. These deeply mysterious, haunting and utterly intriguing pieces revisit memories and have nostalgia upon them. The subjects of these photographs are obviously unknown, which makes it acceptable to see its identity, primarily the facial area, completely manipulated.

Her crafted work points towards abstraction of details, in which she introduces embroidery and cutouts that she shapes into complex patterns. It is no doubt a tedious labor and her work strikes me as very personal and strangely endearing.

Artist: Julie Cockburn

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Drawings and Disfigurations: Exquisite Corpses

It was not too long ago when I went to see the Exquisite Corpses exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was pretty amazing. I've been doodling a lot and brainstorming a couple of ideas for a stop motion animation project. That being said, in my case, doodles come in both illustrations as well as texts. Pretty simple stuff, nothing too crazy. However, referring back to some of the drawings and disfigurations from a couple of the artists involved in this exhibition allowed me to study the influence of colors and significant of line contours in great detail.

The exhibition ended sometime last month, so it is no longer on view. I thought I would share some of the interesting pieces out of the bunch. It reminded me of the good old high school and college days where you get to exchange your work and collaborate with your close friends and acquaintances. Just like how the surrealists did! Enjoy and spread the fun!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Layered Realities: John Gall

When he is not busy working as the Vice President and Art Director at Vintage Anchor Books Publishing, John Gall concentrates on creating his very own, impeccable collage art. This man, is responsible for most of the avant-garde book cover designs of our time. Many of us may have came across his work while perusing through the bookstore, glimpsing on each book cover, title and back summary that might interest you. From art directing and designing book covers for the likes of prominent authors Vladimir Nobokov, James Gleick, and Kobo Abe, John Gall also extended his design skills to other authors such as Haruki Murakami, Don DeLillo and Jonathan Lethem.

Naturally, it is his talent for collage art and graphic design that infused him to create such amazing line of work. Several of which has been exposed through the world of book publishing. However, some projects are specifically geared more for exhibitions and therefore, it is time for us to look into his collage work in greater detail. I recently saw his work in an exhibition at Brooklyn Fire Proof alongside works of other great artists to his left and right, including James Gallagher.

Coinciding with his book cover designs, his personal projects are perfectly suitable for fictional ideas and explorations. Similar to other collage artists, the found images are a combination of new and old clippings, as well as past and present book or periodical covers. However, John Gall, on a certain level of expertise, understand the relationship that images create and the hidden language, the silent poetry, that it provokes when placed next to each other. Beneath all its layers, John Gall masks many intricate stories, ones of which may be artfully composed with a thorough understanding in semiotics, a tasteful influence from great literature and rich background in visual history.

Collage seems to be an appropriate medium for expression for John Gall's utterly descriptive and surreal composition. He brings all the elements together in a way that most artists expect to produce, be it a pleasing or unpleasing unity.

Artist: John Gall

Stitch Your Face

Remember my recent post on Maurizio Anzeri? More imagery of his work has sufficed. Hooray for me!

Artist: Maurizio Anzeri

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