Artist and designer Idan Friedman is one half of the experimental design studio Reddish. Thus, it isn’t surprising that he is accustomed to approaching banal objects from innovative and unusual perspectives. For this series, Friedman created bas relief portraits in everyday food trays. Reminiscent of coins or medals, faces of friends and strangers emerge out of each basin. The design lends a certain gravitas to the otherwise disposable material, which somehow further highlights its transient nature. The series encourages viewers to look closely at objects often passed over, and perhaps find a potential where little was thought to be. See more of his sculptures after the jump.
Yesterday, we shared our photos from what went down during Basel Week in Miami (December 3-8) during the art fairs Context and Aqua, as well as Kenny Scharf’s garden installation, “Tony’s Oasis,” and the “Women on the Walls” street art exhibition in Wynwood (read our extensive recap here). To conclude our on-going Basel Week coverage, today we bring you our highlights of Pulse, Scope and Miami Project. Read more after the jump.
Give the gift of the ultimate art library to that insane someone in your life. We’ve just added The Hi-Fructose Collection Bundle to our store. It includes all three Hi-Fructose Collected Edition books. Almost 1000 pages of the best New Contemporary Art and over 75 artists. Plus, we cover the priority shipping! Check it out in our online store and see more images from all three books after the jump.
London-based fashion designer’s Maiko Takeda’s latest collection, “Atmospheric Reentry,” is more like a series of wearable sculptures. Slivers of ultra-thin plastic extend from the garments like bristles, changing from clear to blue to purple as if through an electrical charge. Constructed with a precise architecture, these flexible coverings make their wearer appear otherworldly, protecting him or her with an armor similar to that of a sea urchin. Takeda, who is originally from Tokyo, says geometry and logic are the underpinnings of her work. Take a look at some photos of “Atmospheric Reentry” by Bryan Huynh after the jump.
Perhaps a common initial reaction to the sculptural work of artist Francesco Albano is fright. It isn’t entirely clear what is in front of us, but it seems human and and it seems wrong. Albano’s sculptures appear to be parts or whole human bodies that are some how deformed or mutilated. Certain parts and appendages are easily discernible while others are more difficult to identify. The sculptures shed some light on the idea of ugliness, how we apply it to our bodies, and a general uneasiness with our physical selves. Albano’s artwork addresses more than an just a physical aesthetic but a larger anxiety over physical well being. See more of his sculptures after the jump.
During Basel Week, which just concluded on Sunday, December 8, the international art world took over Miami — from the huge tents on the beach that housed art fairs like Scope and Aqua to the innumerable murals, performance art pieces, after parties and gallery openings that spring up every year around the main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach. While we gave you a recap of Art Basel Miami Beach last week, today we bring you the best of what we saw at Context and Aqua, Kenny Scharf’s garden and mural installation, “Tony’s Oasis” (where we were able to speak to the artist as he chopped coconuts with a machete) as well as the female-focused “Women on the Walls” exhibition, which spotlighted the prominent female street artists in the mural project Wynwood Walls (covered here.) Read more after the jump.