Levalet’s site-specific public drawings use the contours and restrictions of a space to create the unexpected. His absurdist humor appears inside and outside a variety of structures, dangling above passers-by or using objects in disarray to his advantage. Recent pieces have popped up in France and Italy.
With the installation “Plastic Bag Store,” Robin Frohardt offers a fictional store with each product entirely comprised of plastic bags, emulating the shapes and colors of typical grocery items. The “store” is open Sept. 14-23 at Current Artspace + Studio in Chapel Hill, N.C. The project is a fully formed space reminiscent of Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt store, featured in Hi-Fructose Volume 45.
In Katja Novitskova‘s recent, massive installation, “Invasion Curves,” the artist offers an environment with creatures taken straight out of nature and the laboratory. The recent exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery offered a fictional landscape facing a “biotic crisis” (or a period of mass extinction), “where imaging and technology are used in a process of mapping the exploitation of life,” the gallery says.
In what he calls “hyperbaroque” sculptures, Miguel Rodrigues twists and poses plastic resin into forms that resemble both metal and fabric. Specifically, the artist uses PETg (or polyethylene terephthalate), and is able to craft works from the material that inspire on both tabletops and as massive structures.
Alison Blickle’s paintings weave the patterns of mosaics, textiles, and artifacts into the forms of females figures. These arrangements both follow and break free from the contours of the body, with choreographed scenes that recall ceremony. The artist often pairs these works with three-dimensional works.
The disturbing, seemingly organic forms created by Mireia Donat Melús take on an interactive edge with works like “Trou,” an installation that invites the viewer’s hand into the work and shows its exploration using an interior camera. His sculptures, made from nylon and empty silicone fiber, appear to be both human-grown and alien in nature.