Danish-icelandic Olafur Eliasson has done it again! “Your chance encounter” is showing at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan. His intent to make his work engaging and relevant in the tailored museum space brings the institution to life. The rooms and corridors are transformed through his use of light, mirrors, shadow, color, wind and fog. Eliasson re-proposes the idea of the art museum as not just simply a building we go into to see art removed from society, but as more of a public space with the potential to engage society and the urban environment. If you’ve had the “chance encounter” with Olafur’s new installation, let us know what you think- was he successful in doing so?
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It’s obvious that Victoria Reynolds is a skilled artist, but I personally don’t really see why anyone would want one of her paintings in their home or collection. They are scary and seem to promote a kind of negative energy that only a butcher or serial killer could be attracted to. But then again maybe that’s what she’s going for – that niche market of rich collectors who also have rooms full of dead bodies and future victims. (via)
It’s pretty hard to make street art these days that actually grabs the publics attention but the Billboards of Peter Fuss manage to stop us in our tracks. I could do without some of the usual suspects that make appearances such as the jabs at Larry Gagosian and Hirst’s spot paintings but I’ll take a double scoop of the political and social commentary. There are a few billboards that I can’t seem to translate. Please post in the comments if you can!
At the live show for Flying Lotus‘ ‘You’re Dead’ tour, audience members were treated to a visual spectacle few were expecting. Using his artist name of Strangeloop, David Wexler joined forces with John King (Timeboy), not only to produce hypnotizing visual art, but to transform the whole experience of FlyLo’s new stage show. Calling the sculpture Layer³ (pronounced Layer Cubed), this multi-screen set up is an expansion of an earlier project called Layer 3.
Working under the label Brainfeeder, Ellison and Wexler reconnected and began combining their respective talents of creating memorizing tunes and animations. Recognizing that most moments we remember are cinematic ones, Ellison knew he wanted a strong visual component to his stage show. With none of the animations pre-programmed, Timeboy and Strangeloop are responding to FlyLo’s tunes in real time, trying to visually produce something that reinforces the audio experience. Wexler describes the logistics of making the animation cube:
It’s essentially two projectors—a rear projected screen and a front projected screen. You can get a certain amount of three-dimensionality because we have a foreground projection, Flying Lotus performing in the mid-ground, and a background projection. (Source)
For FlyLo, to play in between the screens and not be able to engage with the audience in a conventional way allows him to delve into his set more; really trying to communicate the story he wants to tell through his music. He is trying to find the place that reminds him of being a kid, and wants to transport his fans to the same magical place he loves.
I think as we get older that idea of magic is taken from us, there’s just less and less of it as we get older. I really try to dabble in things that feel magical. (Source)
(Via The Creator’s Project)
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You may never have given it much thought, but art has the potential to drag traditional, quaint activities or items into the modern world, applying an artistic touch to bring them back into public awareness in a fresh style.
Warhol, Hockney, and Bingomation
Just take the example of Andy Warhol and his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans. Amongst other perceptions, this revolutionary 1962 work of pop art dramatically changed the perception of the Campbell’s brand at that time, as well as transforming the face of modern art.
Nowadays, the use of technology in artwork has emerged in the creation of GIFs, as well as innovative ideas like David Hockney creating an entire collection using an iPad. Hockney had previously created works of art using just his iPhone, and his iPad collection was a clear progression from this experimental approach.
It’s clear that technology can be used in transformative ways when it comes to looking at something old and cherished and bringing it into the modern age and a new project has aimed to apply this practice to one of the UK’s most cherished activities: bingo. Bingo has obviously been made relevant to the digital age thanks to the multitude of operators where you can play online bingo but now a project called Bingomation is using interesting graphics, displays, and tables to create a buzz amongst youger players keen on innovation.
Bringing bingo calls to life
When you think about bingo, you think about bingo calls, with the likes of “Staying Alive” for number 85, but collaborative project Bingomation has attempted to turn the audible into the visual through the use of GIFs to convey the actual meaning behind these calls.
In our example of the number 85, for example, the creator of the GIF, Will Adams, has used the dual themes of the Bee Gees song and the literal notion of “staying alive” to create an artistic twist on the bingo call. Adams has created the GIF of a man dancing to a disco tune whilst transforming into a skeleton.Credit: Will Adams: Bingomation
This dark humour is also present when it comes to numbers like 22, with the two little ducks swimming happily along until they are eaten by a shark!
A new view on society through art
Some of the GIFs provide a fascinating look at how we view society and the way in which lives have changed. Take the number 21 for instance. This traditional coming of age number features a young man drinking heavily from a bottle and then passing out drunk on the floor.
Credit: Qais Sarhan: Bingomation
These GIFs really do manage to put a different interpretation on the game of bingo, making it about more than just lines and full houses, in the process helping to engage a younger audience who enjoy being exposed to creativity through the medium of technology.
If these GIFs have caught your eye and you pride yourself on your artistic streak, there are still a few numbers left to claim!
Nicholas Bohac creates psychedelic collage landscapes that fuse fantasy with images of urban and bucolic spaces. These landscapes reveal both the natural environment as well as man made structures within those spaces. Bohac is concerned with our current ecological climate and while the role of urban spaces is not overtly problematic, the works represent the struggle of control between man and nature.
In cities around the world, trash has started to take on a new face—literally. In the middle of the night, street artist Francisco de Pájaro has been adorning garbage with fiendish faces and gangly limbs. His collage materials include stuffed plastic bags, abandoned mattresses, and soiled cardboard—anything that has been left on the curb to rot. The result is a cast of absurd, endearingly twisted (and occasionally perverted) monsters that populate the streets in various states of exuberant disarray until they are swept off by a garbage truck.
Accompanying each site-specific creation is de Pájaro’s signature statement: “Art is Trash,” referring to his subversively creative celebration of human debris. Garbage—the output of our material, earthly lives—is usually a miserable sight, symptomatic of our obsessive consumption and the processes of decay. By bringing humor to such unpleasant sights, de Pájaro allows pedestrians in London, Barcelona, New York and more to engage with trash in a more thought-provoking way—one that playfully criticizes consumerism and examines our fear of death and abjection. As the artist’s about page describes,
“Art Is Trash is the hypnotic hand that resuscitates the cadavers of hyper consumerism—the trash—back to fruition in our current, material, state of consciousness. The process behind every installation is a ritual, similar to a shamanic one. A ritual of connection with Mother Nature, where [the] life of matter is a cycle that never ends. Francisco’s work reflects the analogy that exists between the life cycle of the objects and that of physical bodies. Both never cease to exist. They continue to live in parallel realities. The cadavers of consumerism live a new life in the urban, artistic realm.” (Source)
“Art is Trash” is currently on tour in New York. Check out the artist’s website to see which streets his moldering-yet-merry creations will be inhabiting next. De Pájaro also recently published a book documenting this project. (Via Design Faves)