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Peter Wegner

December 21, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I was originally going to post a series of Peter Wegner‘s Buildings made of Sky as seen over on Booooooom, but after digging through his portfolio for a while I decided to share just about everything else. Raised in North Dakota, Peter Wegner graduated from Yale and now works out of Berkeley, California. His works are part of the permanent collections at the Guggenheim and MoMa in New York, among others.

 

 



Art Photography

Chris Larson

December 17, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Phenomenal work from Minnesota artist Chris Larson whose body of work is spread so thinly online it took almost 45 minutes to piece together what I have here. Above we have Shotgun House, sub-zero stills from a short film entitled Deep North, and a wooden replica of the Dukes of Hazzard ’69 Charger crash landing on a replica of unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s Montana refuge (not to mention the space ship he constructed also crashing into said refuge). Rochester Art Center has some nice words:

Chris Larson’s work examines the relationship between humans and machines – sometimes expressed through a moment of impact, sometimes through great toil and effort. His previous sculptures are large wooden constructions of collided objects: in one example, a spaceship nearly flattens a wooden barn; in another, the car from The Dukes of Hazzard TV show, recreated in wood, is smashed into the roof of a replica of Ted Kaczynski’s cabin. These works are filled with metaphors of heroic and anti-heroic acts and of the collision of good and evil in human nature.

 

 



Art

Book Sculptures by Ann Hamilton

December 16, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Ann Hamilton works in a wide variety of mediums including interactive audio and sensory works, photography, and elaborate large-scale installations. When looking through her body of art that spans more than 20 years (Google around, much if it isn’t on her site), her book sculptures really got my attention.

 

 



Art Design

The Drawing Machine

December 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

For the past four years Harvey Moon, a photographer and artist currently studying at the Art Institute of Chicago has been working on a suspended robot that draws by taking instructions from a computer. His Kickstarter project (which is already 300% funded) is an opportunity for you to buy prints made from the device and to potentially fund drawing robot kits for the masses. Anything at the intersection of robots and art gets a huge thumbs up from me. (via make)

 

 



Art Photography

Make This Better

December 14, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The folks over at Broken City Lab have created this great installation that will be temporarily installed in locations around Ontario to generate conversations and awareness around areas of urban blight. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited local neighborhood blogs here in Chicago to read through the litany of armchair urban planners complaining about what politician or neighborhood group is responsible for fixing which square foot of what block. It’s so uplifting to see art and a little creativity being used as a tool to solve city problems.

 

 



Art

Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos

December 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Really enjoying these wooden sculptures by Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos who lives and works in Barcelona. He creates a large composite foundation from loose pieces of beechwood or sycamore and then carefully carves the figures, a process that creates interesting fragmentation within the final piece. He also has a fascination with ostriches.

 

 



Art

Map Collages by Matthew Cusik

December 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I am totally in awe of the detailed map collage work of Dallas, Texas artist Matthew Cusik.

Defacements are obsessively crafted amalgamations of word and image in the tradition of altered books and concrete poetry. The re-contextualization of image, word, and number creates a new storyline that is often in the spirit of a prankster student who has marked up a textbook with irreverent and provocative commentary.

His large-scale Bible work, Passages, is also something to behold. (via green chair press