I just covered the work of Lucas Simões less than 10 posts ago but he just uploaded this new project called Quasi Cinema that seemed worth mentioning. Using sequential photographs that have been bent and woven with string into long rows he recreates a sense of cinematic motion in these wall-mounted installations. Much more here.
German street artist EVOL has constructed this urban “X” in a field outside of Hamburg as part of the upcoming MS Dockville music and art festival. The structure took eight days to dig and construct and you can see an annotated photo series showing the process here. How unbelievably fun is this? Although I’m sure eight days is enough work, I can’t help but imagine what it would be like to scale this even larger into an entire network of entrenched skyscrapers. (via unurth)
Conceptual artist Katie Lewis devises elaborate methods of recording data about herself, be it sensations felt by various body parts or other other aspects of life’s minutiae plotted over time using little more than pins, thread and pencil marked dates. The artworks themselves are abstracted from their actual purpose, and only the organic forms representing the accumulation data over time are left. She describes her process as being extremely rigid, involving the creation of strict rules on how data is collected, documented, and eventually transformed into these pseudo-scientific installations.
The work is often organized into grid-like charts and diagrams mimicking science and medicine’s representations of the body as a specimen, visualy displayed for the purpose of gaining knowledge. In this way I create distance from the information and objectify the experience, giving a false sense that the body is accessible and easily understood.
Check out her portfolio for many more examples of her work. (via sojamo)
Carbon Sink is a controversial new installation at the University of Wyoming by British artist Chris Drury. The sculpture, a 36-foot spiral of logs morphing into charred coal, is constructed from trees that have died from skyrocketing beetle infestations across the western United States. The beetles population is usually tempered by cooler weather, but as global temperatures have grown steadily warmer due to climate change caused from the burning of fossil fuels and, ahem, coal, the insects have flourished resulting in decimated forests. Sounds like the perfect message for an art installation to me. However lawmakers in this coal mining state aren’t happy and veiled threats have been made to potentially cut funding to the university. For now the school is standing by Drury saying they support his artwork while not necessarily endorsing its message. (via lustik and climate adaptation)
New York design firm Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (D.O.T.S.) created this Massimal for the 2011 Beaux Arts Festival using 20,000 standard white zip ties. Wait, “massimal”? The firm describes a massimal as “design objects that serve as prototypes to examine how physical form can engage the public realm. These constructs are mass abstractions of animal forms fabricated in systematic fashion from one material.” So there you go. The zip ties are meticulously interlinked creating a complex outer mesh that is then suspended in place using cables. Photos by GLINTstudios. (via designboom)
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Remember as a child, plopped down in a sandbox with a few trucks and a shovel, when you suddenly struck on the brilliant idea of digging straight down through the Earth, all the way to China? What would you find there? Berlin-based firm Topotek1 keeps that dream alive with their latest installation for the 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Exposition. The Big Dig is a an enormous hole that simulates an audio connection with Sweden, Argentina, the United States and Germany. While standing at the edge “soundtracks of the life on the other side: cows from the pampas of Argentinas, commuters rushing among transit through New York City, the maritime life of Stockholm, and layers of history so audible among the streets of Berlin. These soundtracks pique the imagination of the visitors, transferring them away from China, away from the garden.” A glass barrier prevents exposition visitors from “becoming too curious” however it would be amazing to see the space with an unobstructed view and imagine sliding down the sloping green surface and finding yourself on the other end. Images by Geng Weng courtesy Topotek1. (via pruned)
Bernardí Roig is an artist from Mallorca, Spain who explores concepts of loneliness, death, and immortality with his surreal light sculptures. Roig frequently uses a portly white figure made of polyester resin who is seen interacting with fluorescent lights, sometimes staring at it with a childlike curiosity, while in other installations appearing to be violently blinded. The lights are also used as an encumbrance, a bright weighted burden carried through the gallery space. See more at Claire Oliver and in this ebook. Photos here courtesy Rafael Feliu de Cabrera, Claire Oliver, Mavi Mezquita, and Rafa Lopez. (via collabcubed)
‘Box’ is a 2006 installation by Argentinian artist Pablo Curutchet that was installed in the city of Cordoba. The enormous man who appears to be emerging from a river Godzilla-style, was constructed of 882 pounds (400 kg) of cardboard boxes with a team of roughly a dozen people. (via designboom)>