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A Czech Merry-Go-Round

December 6, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Though I lived not too far from here in Prague a few years ago, we never quite got around to enjoying the thrill of suspending ourselves from a rotating billboard, though I admit it looks pretty damn fun. Maybe next time. This particular stunt was the handy work of Vojtěch Fröhlich, Ondřej Mladý, January Šimánek, and Vladimír Turner, and if you liked this you’ll also like the Double Happiness Billboard Swingset.





September 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I can scarcely find words to describe how much I love this new sculptural performance by Thai artist Rook Floro.

My sculpture/performance piece is inspired by Carl Jung’s psychological theory about the shadow. It concerns with the repressed ideas, weakness, and desires of oneself that the conscious mind refuses to acknowledge.

It represents my ‘shadow’ which involves my hidden desires to be different and become perfect in my own right. We always feel the pressure to be perfect by everything around us such as the media, social network, advertisement, friends, and family.

Look carefully, that’s actually the artist sitting in the chair, the standing figure some type of liquid/plasticine cast of his body. See more over on Behance.




The Recovery of Discovery by Cyprien Gaillard: A 72,000 bottle pyramid of beer

May 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Behold the latest installation by French artist Cyprien Gaillard who constructed this 72,000 bottle pyramid of beer in cardboard boxes (a beeramid, if you will) at KW Berlin. After signing a waiver participants are free to climb, open, and consume as many bottles of “Efes” beer as they desire, making this, in my eyes, the pinnacle of modern art as we know it. Though in all seriousness the pyramid is meant to act as a monument and its consumption is intended to illustrate the hyper-destruction of architectural relics that are often relocated to Berlin:

By using the monument – by climbing the sculpture and drinking the beer – its destruction is already initiated. The barbaric removal of single architectural elements that have been transported from their original location to Berlin, embodies both the concept of displacement and a tourist colonialism.

Gaillard’s pyramid will be gradually consumed through May 22. Art Observed notes:

The pyramid is now dilapidated, though one can still make out its general form. The corridor leading to the piece is lined with empty beer bottles, while the floor surrounding the former monument is covered with broken glass and half-smashed beer bottles.

(via we find wildness, art observed)




Tony Orrico, Penwald Drawings

November 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The latest work from Illinois-born artist and dancer Tony Orrico. Tony has worked/performed continuously for upward of four hours on his drawings that resemble enormous, manically scribbled spirographs. Here he explains his process for Penwald 4 (top image):

Penwald: 4: unison symmetry standing is the latest of my Penwald Drawings. I stand facing the wall in a stationary stance, using my arm span, bilateral movement, and alternating variables to inscribe three large circles. In circle one (day one), my right hand spontaneously navigates as my left hand instantly copies and reverses the patterning. In circle two (day two), I repeat this practice with the left hand leading. For the center circle (day three), both hands direct simultaneously, striving for perfect unison. I expand the surface area of the center circle by introducing bending my knees and rising to my toes. As a result of twelve hours of sustained mental and kinesthetic focus, the resemblance of six hemispheres appear. The remnants are beautifully intricate, but as is inherent in the nature of symmetries, they are also rather faulty.

(via yay!everyday)