Graphic designer Peter Saville has designed a white cardboard, flatpack plinth, for sale in a limited edition of 200, the idea being that in today’s age of ‘culture for the masses’ we’re all entitled to choose what merits artistic status.
The exhibition showcases the plinths with ‘work’ by a selection of Saville’s peers and friends including Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Demand, Gavin Turk and Jarvis Cocker, each allowed to place whatever they wish on their plinth. The results vary from the sublime (Douglas Gordon’s pile of ash atop a charred plinth) to the inflated (Cerith Wyn Evans’ helium balloon).
Vered Sivan‘s installations combine sculpture and performance but they don’t seem alive — they seem lived in. Her use of synthetic thread and dental floss reads as dusty cobweb thriving in the space. Her crocheted steel wool has been cast on the floor. Sivan’s pieces exist in a state where objects don’t change but surfaces do.
Eddie Martinez details a strange and wonderful world of googly-eyed pots, Cosby sweater wearing owls, recurring characters and colorful, quirky compositions. In a recent interview, Martinez details his no-nonsense, back to basics approach to creating work. Unlike the intense philosophical considerations and conceptualizations inherent in so many artists’ meandering methodologies, Martinez takes an almost blissfully ignorant approach in the laconic tradition to making his works: “Sometimes an idea will work its way into a drawing … I don’t know…I don’t really make plans for [the painting] so much.I usually just start it.”
Submergence is the newest project from the artist collective known as Squidsoup. Chains of multicolored LED lights – 8,064 lights to be exact – are carefully hung for the installation. A colorful and immersive environment, Submergence is intended to be experienced from within the installation. The piece performs complex programmed patterns and is responsive to movement. In fact the piece runs through a four parts to create a twenty minute movement-responsive piece. Check out these four parts in the video after the jump.
Wednesday morning presents an anomaly… one who utilizes the left and right side of the brain: Biologist and Artist Arian Behzadi. Currently a Biology student, Arian squeezes in design time in between classes. You can see more after the jump, and on Arian’s Flickr photostream.
Fredrik Odman’sComposed Animals series combines some of my favorite animals into super animal combinations. Imagine how graceful a swan jackrabbit could be. He would be fast as lightening but as smooth as butter!
John Collins McCormick is a 28-year-old artist and experimental noise musician living in Garrett, Indiana. McCormick performs with Megan Mirro in the band Sky Thing, which has releases on Eggy records and Friends and Relatives records. Friends and Relatives records recently published a zine collecting McCormick’s line drawings – some of which you can see after the jump. If interested, feel free to email McCormick at email@example.com to inquire about his zines and records.