Using his “Emotigun,” Tadas Maksimovas offers a look at how our need for constant affirmation would appear in the physical realm. This “motor-powered, remote-controlled machine slingshot” was created by Maksimovas, designed by Martijn Koomen, and had its first prototyped version crafted by YouTube star Jorg Sprave. In the video below, Maksimovas offers himself as a target.
James Moore’s futuristic installations blend elements of sci-fi, light experimentation, and post-apocalyptic visions. He uses massive cybernetic characters and gridwork to toy with perspectives in the room his work inhabits. And in recent work, blends 3D sculpture with those illusionary tactics.
At Coachella, the action contained within an 80-foot-tall wooden rocket towering over the festival became a star of this year’s visual artist line-up. Duo Dedo Vabo created “H.i.P.O.,” in which performers dressed as hippos clanged and banged away at projects in a 12-hour, uninterrupted performance. This installation took a year to conceive and complete, with “202 designers, costumers, set decorators, stage managers, riggers, and performers” involved. (Press images captured by Marshall Vanderhoof.)
Lindsey Mendick’s autobiographical ceramic works and installations bring cerebral and surreal touches to the everyday. Upon inspection of these staged scenes in her gallery shows, viewers find both elegance and the unsettling in the details of Mendick’s stirring work.
In Federico Solmi’s “video paintings,” the artist’s electrifying style comes to life, as he scans his paintings into a game engine. During Armory Show’s 2019 edition, these particular works garnered much attention from passers-by who gravitated toward his political works. The artist’s practice also includes acrylic painting, gold and silver leaf, and other materials.
SeungMo Park cuts and manipulates layers of wire mesh into absorbing scenes. In recent bodies of work, the artist creates illusionary installations and sculptures that viewers can pass through. Elsewhere, the artist does fiberglass lifecasting with aluminum wire wrapping.