Rob Voerman’s massive installations and sculptures examine issues of wealth, climate change, and poverty—and where our current behaviors may take us. Projects like “The Exchange” posit that the only way to save natural resources is to tether it to currency.
For more than a decade, Jan Vormann has used LEGOs to craft “dispatchwork” for centuries-old structures, public spaces across the globe, and other eroded areas. Within these pieces, which take hours and hours to create, he hides passageways and windows that ignite the imagination. The multi-colored blocks can sometimes have a glitch-like effect, when activating otherwise everyday spaces. These projects have appeared in Korea, various parts of the U.S., his native Berlin, and beyond.
Oscar Oiwa brings his immersie mural work to USC Pacific Asia Museum with the new installation “Dreams of a Sleeping World.” The artist describes this new work as a “360° dreamscape,” created over two weeks and handrawn with 120 Sharpie markers. Oiwa was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Brian Tolle’s startling sculptures are said to be a dialogue between “history and context.” His ability to manipulate what appear to be the most stubborn of structures is more than just a clever use of materials such as styrofoam and urethane (as is th case in the top piece, “Eureka.”) Tolle forces us to consider our own relationship with the materials around us.
Tom Biddulph and Barbara Ryan
The Amsterdam Light Festival has returned, and with it, a startling new set of light-based public works are on display through Jan. 19. “Disturbance lies at the heart of the exhibition of the eighth edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival with its theme ‘DISRUPT!’” the event says. “Artists, designers, and architects were challenged to question, test and shake up Amsterdam in alignment with the theme.” Photos by Janus van den Eijnden.
CrocodilePOWER is a Moscow-based duo who craft dystopic yet vibrant installations, sculptures, and paintings. Consisting of artists Peter Goloshchapov and Oksana Simatova, the pair works in materials like fiberglass, porcelain, wood, moss, iron, and more. See some of their recent, startling visions below.