In the project Art Trap, the Korean architecture group Mass Studies group plays with the idea of the Guggenheim Museum as a victim, in a sense, of its own success due to an over-saturation of human movement in a singular space (900,000 visitors annually) around Frank Lloyd Wright’s radical vision of a museum — a quarter-mile-long ramp spiraling around an iconic void. In the proposal for addressing this issue, the museum visitors themselves essentially become the artwork.
An unusual, but symbolic and versatile medium, several artists have integrated books into their practice. Sometimes selected for their formal elements, other times for their content, books have a wide-ranging appeal for artists. The five artists listed below have employed books in varied and distinctive ways to create remarkable works of art.
Abelardo Morell is a Cuban artist who incorporates books into his photography in beautiful and creative ways. For example, he used Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to create photographs uniquely including the book. Jonathan Callan is drawn to books as a medium and creates amazing, formal sculptures that resemble tree stumps, or other organic forms. Cara Barer is an artist who transforms books by sculpting, dying and then photographing them. About her work Barer says, “Books, physical objects and repositories of information, are being displaced by zeros and ones in a digital universe with no physicality. Through my art, I document this and raise questions about the fragile and ephemeral nature of books and their future.” Robert The is a New York-artist best-known for his Gun Books, which usually play a title cleverly off the book carved into the shape of a gun. Isaac Salazar rescues books that have been discarded and carves words out of the pages.
What happened to this house? Nicholas Calcott documents personal artifacts and the relationships we might develop with them as a means to remember the owners…
Malin Gabriella Nordin lives and works in Bergen, Norway. She creates subtle compositions in multiple media with a focus on modest shapes. Natural and manmade textures are sourced and assembled to compose elegant collages. These collages then inform her sculptures that are as meek as they are monumental.
Andrew Falkowski just unleashed two new bodies of work Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, and both are really impressive. Body A – being a series of monochromatic airbrush painting depicting pop iterations of Napolean Bonaparte. Body B – being bold, high contrast paintings of ransom notes constructed from quotes rooted in philosophy and war. Check them out after the jump…
Jose Davila lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico. His large installations are “…fueled by the interest in the relation between place and fiction, space and temporality under architecture…” Davila accomplishes this with wood and metal objects that outline a room with a skeletal structure. Another series features colorful mobiles that constantly shift as they hover above the ground. His formations define their environment as they investigate form and color.(via)
The University of New Mexico’s digital collections host an extensive archive of vintage cutaway illustrations of nuclear reactors from around the world. These illustrations first appeared in Nuclear Engineering International as inserts in the magazine from the 1950s to the 1990s, and were often on display in nuclear engineers’ offices. Upon noticing the degradation of the illustrations over time, one engineer named Ron Knief decided to pursue the digitization of all 105 diagrams published by the magazine. The resolution of these images is incredibly sharp, and you can get a closer, more detailed look at the illustrations by visiting UNM’s archive, where you’ll also find many more colorful and thoughtfully designed posters that shed light on and satisfy some curiosity about these controversial energy reservoirs. (via gizmodo)