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Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis

October 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

For the past few months Indianapolis-based artist Tasha Lewis has been traveling around the country creating guerrilla installations using a swarms of 400 cyanotype butterflies printed on cotton fabric (cyanotype is a photographic printing process that results in blue images, just like blueprints). Each blue insect is embedded with powerful magnets allowing her to place them on any metallic surface without causing damage, which as far as impermanent street art goes, is brilliant. Of her work she says:

My current body of work was drawn from an investigation into the cultural/scientific/historical context in which the cyanotype was born. Popularized by scientists, and botanists in particular, the cyanotype is intrinsically tied into the scientific recording boom of the late 19th and early 20th century. These are the times of the curiosity cabinet, the prints of Anna Atkins and a rush of explorers/scientists to colonial lands only to bring back specimens from foreign ecosystems. [.. ] The cyanotype is a process of documenting. The resultant image is a kind of scientific stand-in for the actual object in question. It is the trace of the original. In this way, like cyanotype’s use for building blue prints in more recent centuries, my work is formed as the re-presentation of something real; it is somehow not quite the object itself.”

Tasha has published photos of numerous installations on her Tumblr, definitely worth a look. (via empty kingdom)

 

 



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Black Cloud: Carlos Amorales Adorns Gallery Walls with Thousands of Black Paper Moths

August 28, 2012

Christopher Jobson


Black Cloud, 2009, Espacio AV


Black Cloud, 2009, Espacio AV


Black Cloud, 2009, Espacio AV


Black Cloud, 2009, Espacio AV


Black Cloud, 2007, Yvon Lambert Gallery


Black Cloud, 2007, Yvon Lambert Gallery


Black Cloud, 2007, Yvon Lambert Gallery


Black Cloud, 2007, Yvon Lambert Gallery


Black Cloud, 2007, Yvon Lambert Gallery


Black Cloud, 2007, Yvon Lambert Gallery

Black Cloud is an installation by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales involving tens of thousands of black paper months affixed to the walls of large interior spaces. The piece was first installed at Yvon Lambert in 2007 and then in a different configuration at an old baroque church in Spain that was converted to a multi-use space called Espacio AV in 2009. Gorgeous. See much more here.

 

 



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Branded Butterflies

July 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson

New to me, Sarah Garzoni altered the visual patterns of butterflies using an ink jet printer in this series called Mimesis. Her shark tooth corset is also pretty incredible if not a bit frightening.

 

 



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Eiji Watanabe frees thousands of field guide butterflies

April 25, 2011

Christopher Jobson


(click images for detail)

In his installation A Butterfly’s Eye View artist Eiji Watanabe eviscerates butterfly field guides, releasing the delicately cut insects and pinning them to the walls around the gutted textbooks. It’s almost as if he bestows life to these little paper creatures, and yet they often remain organized in a tight grid, an entire new species of butterfly. The images came via a number of Flickr accounts.

 

 



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Interactive butterfly installation by Dominic Harris

November 28, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Flutter is a really impressive interactive artwork by Dominic Harris of Cinimod Studio. The installation consists of a linear array of 88 vertical double-sided video fins projecting from a mirrored surface. Butterflies are projected on the screens and then react to the motion of your hand or body as you pass by.