From Here to Ear (v. 13) is the thirteenth iteration of an installation by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Primarily a sensory experience, the exhibit is meant to engage both visually and audibly as 40 finches hop delicately through a dense matrix created from hundreds of metal hangers causing vibrations and clinks that mix with the birds natural songs. Boursier-Mougenot made the rounds on several blogs last year for his audio work with finches and electric guitars. The exhibit is up through April 26. (via lost in e minor)
New work from Kate MccGwire (previously) who uses thousands of meticulously placed feathers to create sweeping, undulating sculptures that spill from pipes, fireplaces, and the cracks in walls like great avian oil spills. See this latest work at Soho gallery Pertwee Anderson & Gold through March 24. Don’t Panic has a great interview.
New York artist Paul Villinski is seemingly obsessed with flight. It has driven him to personally man the cockpits of paragliders and sailplanes and it permeates his artwork which ranges from elegant installations of butterflies made from recycled beer cans and wheelchairs converted to airplanes. The above images are from a 2010 installation called Diaspora in which he crafted dozens of vinyl LP records into a flock of dispersing birds. (via domestica)
New work from Christina Empedocles who was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Empedocle eventually graduated from Oberlin College to become a geologist in San Francisco and then got an MFA in painting from California College of the Arts in 2008.
By folding and cutting images, using sculpture, painting and collage, she records personal moments and impressions, enhanced by the ephemera of everyday. Her work is the result of hours of looking – contrasting the nostalgic fantasy of idealized memory and the intense focus of the realistic image.
See more of her work at David B. Smith Gallery.
Two origami posts in a row? Yes, my friends. Each more incredible than the last. Behold the work of Japanese student Takayuki Hori which won first place in the 2010 Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Competition. The collection, entitled Oritsunagumono (things folded and connected) involves the skeletons of eight endangered species which are delicately printed on translucent paper and then folded in an origami fashion to represent the animals. A poignant and grim reminder of life’s fragility. What a brilliant project. (via iain claridge / spoon & tamago)