UK-based artist Susan Stockwell recently completed this gigantic world map made from recycled computer components for the University of Bedfordshire. Entitled World, the piece has been in progress since 2010 and uses motherboards, electrical wiring, fans, and myriad other components donated by Secure IT Recycling. Although Stockwell has worked with electronic components for additional projects, her work with paper is also extraordinary and has been making the rounds quite a bit.
If you liked this, also check out the work of Murilo Melo. (via upon a fold)
A recent site-specific installation by Phoebe Washburn (previously) for Zach Feuer Gallery in which the artist sought to juxtapose the activities of art and lunch. Via Zach Feuer:
In Nunderwater Nort Lab, Washburn has devised a site and context specific installation that juxtaposes two seemingly unrelated activities – art and lunch. Lunch is a daily activity, often overlooked, that occasionally infiltrates the gallery art viewing experience. In this installation, visitors will smell lunch as well as observe it being made and eaten inside the installation. The main structure, composed of blocks of scrap wood that have been repurposed and then ordered from previous installations, contains observational ‘worm holes’ that extend into the structure from which visitors can glean, in addition to hear and smell, bits of the activities occurring inside. In Washburn’s work, everyday objects and activities are reinterpreted to create appreciation for process and experience.
See many more images from this installation here.
For his installation entitled “The Whole World”, artist Chris Sauter of San Antonio, Texas surgically extracted drywall components from the gallery walls and used the raw materials to construct a microscope and telescope. The kicker being that the footprints left by the removed pieces formed an amoeba-like slide and a starry sky. Sauter talks about his work and process in another fantastic documentary from
Walley Films (previously), who are quickly becoming my favorite art filmmakers of all time. Video stills above courtesy Walley Films.
An incredible, brand new installation made from 1,000 bicycles by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who emerged four months ago from a prolonged detention by the Chinese government for alleged economic crimes. The installation is one of 21 artworks on display as part of “Ai Weiwei Absent,” that opens tomorrow at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and runs through January 29th. Weiwei will not be present. (via msn photo blog)
Artist Kristiina Lahde created this towering paper sculpture using delicately folded phone books. Aptly entitled Hive, the piece was on exhibition at the Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens in Ontario earlier this summer. This is the most practical use of a printed phone book I’ve seen in the last decade. (via jealous curator)
Back in September I posted a photograph of an unknown art installation that seemed to show numerous dandelions hanging upside down in a small white room. At the time I was unable to investigate any further and it seemed destined to remain a mystery. That is until shinyslingback did the requisite leg work and discovered the piece was by German artist Regine Ramseier as part of ArToll Summer Lab 2011.
I didn’t stop to think of what it might take to successfully transport 2,000 un-puffed dandelion plants into a building and then suspend them one by one, but this walkthrough of the entire process is really sublime. Apparently the flowers were first treated with a gentle adhesive before being placed in a special palette Ramseier designed to fit in the back of her car. After transport the entire palette system was moved into the room and the flowers were removed and hung one by one. And now you know the rest of the story. (via lustik)
Arts collective NAM (previously) has again teamed up with Numabooks (previously) to create a mobile pop-up book shop, this time shaped like a cat. Visitors can purchase books from the cat but the goods are shipped via the mail when the exhibition ends. Numabookcat is on display through October 30 at NADiff Window Gallery.
Update: Johnny at Spoon and Tamago clarifies the book buying part in a nearly simultaneous post: “For 4200 yen you have a little conversation with the host, who, based on those talks, will select 12 books for you. You will then get 1 book in the mail for an entire year.” Love it.
Michael Murphy’s solo show, LOOK, recently opened at gallery nine5 in New York. His artworks span a wide variety of media including multi-layered 3D sculptures, sound installations, and paintings with materials including nails, shadows, water, and sandblasted bullet-proof glass. Some of my favorite pieces are shown above, and you can see more in the show’s catalogue. Better yet, stop by gallery nine5 through October 6. (thnx, irina!)