Reclaiming a disused technology, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille conceived their phone booth aquarium project as a response to rapidly changing modes of communication. Installation artist Bufalino (who has been known to use live animals in his work on multiple occasions) and lighting designer Deseille have been collaborating on the illuminated fish tanks since 2007, when the duo premiered their first aquarium phone booth at Lyon’s Fete Des Lumieres. The aquariums have popped up at other festivals around Europe since then and were recently shown at the Lumiere Festival in Durham, UK in November, 2013. Bufalino and Deseille envisioned the project as “an invitation to investigate and travel,” as they said in their artist statement. Or perhaps, it came as a natural evolution of the electronic vestiges left behind as cell phone technology continues to evolve. See more after the jump.
“Authoring Evolution”, a three-person group show inspired by the tensions between reality and fictional narratives, is now on view at Oakland’s Loakal Gallery. The name of the exhibition aptly alludes to the artworks’ visionary quality; each of these works, in some way or another, represent science fiction tropes that are in fact not fictional any longer (or will not be in the very near future). Robert Bowen, Lauren YS, Xiau-Fong Wee, all painters whom, through their dystopian and fantastical characters, construct a contemporary narrative of what once was folklore. Read more after the jump.
Italian illustrator Daria Petrilli’s digital artworks hearken back to the countryside retreats described by Flaubert and Tolstoy. She specializes in depicting pallid, Victorian beauties with curled hair and wasp waists. But Petrilli blurs the lines between nature and society with her dreamlike style, adorning some protagonists with bird wings and others with shells and other natural elements. In one piece, the character’s dress becomes a window into a remote forest. When asked about her fascination with birds, she replied: “To me they communicate a sense of primordial restlessness.” See some of Daria Petrilli’s work after the jump.
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.
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