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The Silk Vortices of Akiko Ikeuchi

April 11, 2011

Christopher Jobson


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I am thrilled to share with you the work of Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi. Born in Tokyo in 1964, Akiko received a doctorate in painting from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. For over two decades she has been hanging her delicately crafted string sculptures in galleries around Japan, Korea, and New York. The installations are constructed from extremely delicate silk threads, and despite the chaotic appearance of the knotted webs Akiko plans each work as an architect would plan a building with precision blueprints that involve a complex internal framework. The resulting works evoke powerful forces of nature: tornadoes, whirlpools, and perhaps even galaxies themselves.

See an extensive archive of Akiko’s work at her web site, and if you want to see it in person visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo where she has work on display through May 8.

 

 



Documentary Photography

Birds of Prey

April 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Exquisite bird photographs by Canadian photographer Troy Moth. His series of ocean photos, In These Waters, is also incredible. (via the best part)

 

 



Design Music

Forest Xylophone

April 3, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A new commercial for NTT Docomo’s Touch Wood SH-08C wooden-encased phone, created by Morihiro Harano of Drill Inc. The video follows a small wooden ball that traverses a sloped xylophone “track”, relying only on the force of gravity to gradually play Bach’s Cantata 147. If only more advertising was this brilliant. (via spoon and tamago)

 

 



Art

The sound of finches and coat hangers

April 1, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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)

 

 



Illustration Photography

Giacomo Costa: Post Natural

March 30, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Incredible apocalyptic urban landscapes from Italian artist Giacomo Costa who lives and works in Florence. His latest exhibition, Post Natural, can be seen at Galerie Voss in Düsseldorf starting April 1.

 

 



Art

Paper Reefs by Amy Eisenfeld Genser

March 26, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Connecticut-based Amy Eisenfeld Genser creates elaborate reef structures adhered to canvas using rolls of colored paper and acrylic paint. (via design milk)