Thursday, 10 July 2014
"Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to present ‘4 x 4', a historical exhibition of art and design which focuses on four key art movements occurring simultaneously across four continents in the 1960s and 1970s. It brings together some of the most innovative and important artists and furniture designers of that period and includes artists previously unseen in the UK.
For this exhibition, the gallery has been divided into four rooms. Each one is set out as an imaginary domestic living space in a collector's house during the 1960s and 1970s in America, Europe, Japan and Latin America. Four artists most closely associated with that time period complete the presentation in each room."
Don't think this is a half baked commercial design enterprise, the roll call is serious, with LeWitt, Nakashima and Ryman featuring, amongst many others. Only runs until the 19th July, so hurry.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Last few days to see Richard Mosse at the Photographers gallery. Obviously this image does not do the large scale works justice but its very worth the trip. The feeling in the darkroom seeing these images appear must have been exhilirating.
"Mosse documents a haunting landscape touched by appalling human tragedy in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died of war related causes since 1998. Shot on discontinued military surveillance film, the resulting imagery registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, and renders the jungle warzone in disorienting psychedelic hues. At the project’s heart are the points of failure of documentary photography, and its inability to adequately communicate this complex and horrific cycle of violence."
Monday, 16 June 2014
To celebrate Corbusiers' Maison Dom-ino turning 100 this year, aaschool have built a 1:1 replica for the Venice Biennale. Its hard to think of this simple design with minimal supports being radical, but it was at the time. Originally proposed as a solution to housing crisis, Maison Dom-ino failed that brief (never being employed), but its impact was, and still is, indisputable. It's principles and ethos still inform every aspect of contemporary design, architecture, and life.
It has been constructed out of engineered wooden components to allow it to be transported and will be travelling to london at some point, so look out!
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
I try not to go over the same ground, but Anton Alvarez deserves an update. Alvarez has scaled up his thread wrapping machine and installed it in Gustavsberg Konsthall. From now until mid September he will be using the machine to create large scale objects that shift and evolve in space. Alvarez is still totally experimenting, but at the same time producing work of huge beauty and intelligence.
"By working with my invention I am constantly learning new ways of creating objects using the thread-wrapping technique. I can assemble wood, plastic and metal without using nails, screws or traditional methods of assembly. The object is held together by fine yarn which is covered with glue during the wrapping process. Repeated wrappings create strong, load-bearing joints at the same time that the item being created is covered with a decorative surface of differently coloured yarns”.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Some interesting creations by Ted Larsen, with the Constructed Objects Series being most the successful and resolved, the materials having reached the correct state of calmness and poise.
"Introducing alternative and salvage materials to my own formally driven abstract sculpture, I hope to bring purist shapes and surfaces back down to earth. I quest for new materials, "non-art materials" to create my work. The work is based on a post-meduim studio practice. I am constructing bricolage works in order to re-purpose the materials and re-identify their meanings: to re-contextualize and re-label the idea of Ready-mades. It is my on-going experimentation with contexts, hybrids, and scale."
Monday, 19 May 2014
Spindrift by BEEP Studio formed part of the recent Havelock Walk Open studios.
BEEP, Fronted by Ed Hollyway, whose open, highly intellectual approach allows the work to exist in both the art and architecture worlds simultaneously. Coupled with Hollyway is Peter Ayres, who has 8 years experience working with Thomas Heatherwick, so although BEEP is fresh in its conception, expect uncompromising and serious work coming very soon. Watch out!