“Gross Domestic Product” is Banksy’s new homewares brand, created after a greeting cards company tried to take his name and he was legally advised to prevent it by selling “his own range of branded merchandise.” This past week, the artist opened a showroom in Croydon (with doors that don’t actually open), and his site for the store says it’s opening for sales soon. GDP’s tagline: “Where art irritates life.”
Emmanuelle Moureaux, known for her massive installations using numerals and letters as building blocks, recently crafted a new major work for the 100th anniversary of the Calpis brand. “Universe of Words” at 3331 Arts Chiyoda is the latest in the “100 Colors” series from the artist. Moureaux was last featured on our site here. Photos of this installation are by Daisuke Shima.
In a major installation at Tolarno Galleries in Melbourne, Christopher Langton built his own immersive system of celestial bodies, robots, and organisms resembling viruses and fungi. “The hyperreal manifestation of Langton’s own recent experiences beset by life-threatening disease and infection, ‘Colony’ beckons us to consider that we are all multi-cellular symbiotic organisms, negotiating a precarious shared ecology,” the gallery says.
Hiromi Tango textile work functions as both static, otherworldly growths in galleries across the globe and elements activated through performance art. Yet, much of the artist’s work is also about connecting directly with the artist, via performances that activate her writhing forms. Recent work has also taken her vision outside of traditional spaces.
South Korean artist Lee Bul creates sculptures and installations that move between dystopian techno-monsters and objects pulled from ruinous cityscapes. Emerging out of the late 1980s, Bul has examined urbanization, mythology, and societal “progress” in major exhibitions and shows. Earlier this year, she nabbed the annual, prestigious Ho-Am Prize.
Benedetto Bufalino’s public installations subvert our notions of an object’s function, whether it’s converting an entire city bus into a pool or a telephone booth into an aquarium. Many of his recent projects have occupied spaces in his native France. Another recent work: The artist changed a red Fiat into a street food car. Find more of his creations below.