Using grid-like patterns that snake and spiral into organic shapes, Peter Kogler creates installations that make viewers feel like they just entered the matrix. Sometimes painted directly on the walls and sometimes in the form of projections, Kogler’s futuristic aesthetic transforms spaces into illusory environments with a disorienting effect. The artist has created his installations on the walls of galleries and museums all over Europe. In the photos documenting his pieces below, viewers become subsumed in patterns as they navigate Kogler’s altered spaces.
For the upcoming group show “PROTEST” at M16 Art Space in Canberra, Australia, Fintan Magee created a video work based on an ephemeral installation he created in a Sydney warehouse. For the piece, Magee wanted to speak out against conservative bias in Australia’s news media, which he says spreads racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. He created a wire sculpture and stuffed with with Daily Telegraph newspapers, a publication owned by ultra-rightwing media mogul Rupert Murdoch (who also owns Fox News here in the US). Magee set the sculpture in front of a mural and set it aflame. In a video included below, he explains that the man and dog in the mural represent the master-lapdog relationship between the media and its unquestioning followers. Titled “Man Bites Dog,” the multimedia piece will debut at M16 Art Space on March 26.
Sculptor Dustin Yellin sought to capture the energy and movement of dance in his recent installation for the New York City Ballet’s Art Series, on view through March 1. The artist humorously describes his translucent pieces as “glass sandwiches”: He renders each layer of a figure on a different pane of glass, using a combination of collage and painting, and fuses the various panes into a 3,000 pound glass prism. In the end result, the figure appears to float inside the glass with all its various layers revealed. The pieces are part of Yellin’s larger series, “Psychogeographies,” in which he maps out the ways memories are stored in the body.
Chicken wire and shredded dollar store table cloths are all Crystal Wagner sees over the multiple days it takes her to weave and sculpt one of her signature installations. Her work mimics organic shapes found in nature but betrays its artificiality with its fluorescent color schemes. Wagner recently debuted her latest installation, “Elasticity,” on view through February 6 at Bagwell Art Gallery at the Pellissippi State Community College campus in Knoxville, Tennessee. Made from the aforementioned materials, the colorful piece dominates the exhibition space and is one of Wagner’s most elaborate works to date.
David Spriggs uses a combinations of acrylic paint and transparent plastic sheets to create sculptural installations with images floating within them. Spriggs divides his abstract designs into layers and paints them one by one until they accumulate into an illusory final product. His work focuses on radiating patterns that evoke various cosmic phenomena. With his strategic use of lighting, the nebulas come to life and appear to levitate before the viewer.
Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena alters viewers’ experiences with architecture with his projection-based installation art. Valbuena prefers to work in cavernous, abandoned spaces where he can use bright, white light to ephemerally draw on the walls. He typically arranges his projections to respond the existing architectural structure. As the geometric light projections in each piece shift, viewers’ relationship to the space changes.