A new public art installation at Bristol University in England is garnering attention for its captivating use of wood samples from more than 10,000 tree species. Titled “Hollow”, the installation is a collaboration by architects Zeller & Moye and artist Katie Paterson, who were inspired by the natural design of a forest canopy. Meant to represent the varying heights of trees in a forest, “Hollow” has an almost Tetris-like appearance, where the trees’ different sizes, colors and textures come together to form a shape like a puzzle- in the artist’s words, “a microcosmos of all the world’s trees”.
Brazilian twin artists Os Gemeos, Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, were recently in Milan, Italy, working on a large mural installation for Pirelli HangarBicocca’s new public art project, Outside the Cube. Their mural, titled “Efemero” (ephemeral) features one of their signature, colorful characters climbing up the hangar-shaped building, painted to look like a subway car. The site-specific piece also incorporates logos from international metro systems and personal messages.
A Milan, Italy based street artist known only as Biancoshock has been garnering some attention in the past few days for his curious new series of miniature rooms set within his local city streets. Underneath manhole covers and openings in the pavement, he has built elaborate and even luxurious interiors titled “Borderlife”, a series while surreal and evoking images of Alice’s tumbling rabbit-hole, takes its inspiration from a very real and serious issue.
When Alfred Hitchcock directed his classic film The Birds, he left open the question as to why the birds turned their fixation towards humanity. The mystery surrounding his film made it one his most chilling pieces of work, portraying a bird’s-eye view of the world as if nature were judging us. Osaka based Japanese artist Wakako Kawakami takes a note from Hitchcock with her giant textile budgies that she installs in various locations. Their plush faces peer down on us from office windows and building entrances with empty eyes, compelling for their massive size and beautiful colors, but at the same time unnerving and mysterious.
We are living in a society where we are addicted to our cell phones and computers. Without even realizing it, the moment we stare at those screens, we forget about the people around us and the rest of the world. Los Angeles based Turkish artist Refik Anadol wants us to slow down and make technology into something we consciously see and feel. His digital installations that project light and sound correlate to our experience of the world through a virtual lens. His most recent installation, titled the “Infinity Room” at Zorlu Performing Art Center in Turkey, is a trippy, black and white installation that uses audio and visual stimulation to alter one’s sense of the room. For this, he installed a cinema screen, onto which 3D kinetic animation based on algorithms was projected.
Brooklyn based sculptor Dustin Yellin (previously covered here) has earned acclaim for his monumental figures made of collaged materials inside of glass panels. The artist calls them “paintings-sculptures” for his combined use of drawings, paintings, magazine clippings, and three-dimensional works, weighing 12 tons at their largest. Inspired by 19th century taxonomic art, Yellin’s work focuses on otherworldly mutations of living things, especially plants and insects. His recently completed “Psychogeographies” is now on permanent display at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.