Saturday, May 18, 2013
Created by Penique Productions, a Barcelona based collective of artists, this installation in Sao Paulo's Museum of Image and Sound uses inflatable structures to occupy space with a mass of colour, thus altering the characteristics of the space and giving them a new identity. Sheets are secured within the space and inflated using high-powered fans, particularly over windows, with interesting effects caused by light passing through them, or within confined spaces, giving the impression of confinement, that these structures are bursting from within the building. The addition of a playful and attention grabbing colour such as pink to an otherwise grey or sterile environment is an interesting and fun way of customizing the space, and I love all the folds and pulls that are created in the material as it's manipulated in such an organic way. I also love the simplicity of the idea, there are no adornments to the inflations, they are not decorated or shaped, the way the material reacts is dictated by the space, making the viewer aware of the space and it's shape, and how the installation would look differently if the space were designed differently.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The work of Chen Chen and Kai Williams is like a series of gross alien body parts. It's almost gruesome to look at these works, but the colours used are childish, soft, cute, the kind of colours you'd normally associate with flowerbeds or gummy sweets. You can really see how much experimentation has gone into the making of each work, all these methods, materials and ideas that are totally unlike anything I've seen before. I couldn't stop looking at that first image of the plaster oozing through a net bag and thinking about how something so simple could create such an interesting result, and the imperfection of it that makes it so interesting and organic. It looks like an mythical reptile shedding it's skin, and I love the way the pattern mimics the patter
I discovered Haegue Yang's work when I visited the 'I Know U' exhibition of European artists in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and was blown away by the pieces I saw there. All the chaos, the colours, the clashing, tacky colours. All the textures, and the knotted wires, you can investigate and examine each feature seperately, and wonder why the artist chose to include each one. They're like trees in a man-made techno universe. To me, they raise the idea of modern technology overtaking nature and the world. Simple, interesting, imprecise and colourful. Everything I love in a piece of art. Originally Korean, Yang has been operating as a fine artist for almost 20 years and now lives and operates in Berlin, Germany.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Canadian-born Aaron Moran can't really be defined as a sculptor, or a painter, or a designer. He's kind of just a composer. Taking found objects and pieces of wood, Moran says that his work aims to explore development, antiquity and the myth of progress. It's amazing that he only graduated with a BFA from Canada's University of Art and Design in 2007 (he's only 27!) and already is about to host his second solo exhibition in Vancouver in July, having already taken part in a long list of group exhibitions.
His geometric and angular style is really interesting, and the way he uses old, cracked, broken wood makes it seem like someone living in the 1800s but trying to create very modern and cubist pieces. I love the simplicity of the pieces, creating these pretty basic designs that seem to flow really well, but using all this really natural wood and paint that bears all the marks of experience. It makes me think like where did the wood come from, where has it been, what was it used for, how did it end up here, what made those marks on the paint?
Ry Rocklen's sculptures are so simple, but so strong, and that's why I love them. Originally from California, Rocklen has a seriously long portfolio of exhibitions and degrees, with a Masters in Sculpture from University of Southern California and being included in collections at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoCA in Los Angeles. I think what I love most about his sculptures is that they look like objects that you could come across if you were exploring a magic forest, they're like trees or rocks or maybe a mattress or flag that was left there, but they have so much more character, from being adorned with recording tape, covered with shimmering tiles, they're each like an alien version of things that are fairly everyday here on earth.