Nicola Yeoman creates cryptic installations by altering and rearranging mundane objects. Often installed in abandoned buildings or outdoors, her ephemeral works live on in the form of photographs that become works of art in their own right. Many of Yeoman’s pieces explore typography. In one, she piled and hung wooden chairs in two sections of a room. Viewed from a specific angle, the chaotic arrangement of furniture forms the letter “D” with its negative space.
Alex Chinneck is frequently praised as an architectural wizard for his unusual interventions, which he creates with the help of engineering experts and legions of volunteers. In 2013, he transformed a multi-story home in Margate, UK into a steep slope that resembled a skate ramp (see our coverage here). Earlier this year, he made Covent Garden’s Market Building levitate, creating the illusion of the 184-year-old edifice floating off its foundation. For his most recent work, Chinneck built a brick house made entirely out of realistic, wax parts for London’s Merge Festival. The piece, titled “A Pound of flesh for 50p,” was put up in early October and left to endure the elements. Over the course of the past few weeks, the house has perplexed passersby as it melted and collapsed. Chinneck recently tweeted a photo of the house in its current state. Take a look at the melting house’s progress below.
Little is known about Japanese artist trio three. The young, anonymous artist collective utilizes toys and other childhood ephemera to create provocative installations and sculptures. Action figures and rubber figurines are melted into fleshy masses. The artists create complex, geometric forms out of the liquified toys, forming them into patters that alternate distinguishable characters’ faces and anonymous, tan blobs where limbs and bodies used to be. Micro elements accumulate into overwhelming conglomerations that challenge the viewer’s eye to distinguish their many details.
Belgian-born, Stockholm-based artist Carsten Höller creates interactive installations that reimagine the functionalities of commonplace objects and spaces. His recent piece for Gagosian Gallery at Frieze New York invited viewers to enter an Alice in Wonderland-inspired room where gigantic, textured mushroom sculptures hung over their heads.
British artist Darren Cullen recently erected a pop-up shop called “Pocket Money Loans” in London that claims to offer fast, high-interest loans to kids ages three and older. The pseudo store is a satirical art installation that criticizes exploitative payday loan companies that offer extremely short-term loans at unreasonable interest rates, driving many unwitting customers into debt in the UK.
If there’s anyone whose work could convey the experience of tetrachromacy, it’s Markus Linnenbrink. The multi-disciplinary artist’s trippy installations and paintings might take those with average vision closer to experiencing a condition where the affected see millions more colors on the spectrum than most human beings. However, Linnenbrink’s drips and strips of colors aren’t a result of a biological condition but rather an aesthetic preference (besides, tetrachromacy only affects women).