William Forsythe’s installation entitled Scattered Crowd is a combination of thousands of suspended white balloons and music by Ekkehard Ehlers. According to Forsythe, this intriguing space is ‘an air-borne landscape of relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decision’. Forsythe’s incredible installation has been installed in galleries, museums, banks, and many other spaces around the world, and ‘Scattered Crowd’ will make its next appearance at the Bockenheimer Depot in 2013.
Insanely talented Japanese artist Rie Hosokai is taking balloon twisting away from kids parties and into high fashion. The handmade dresses start at US$2,000, which can seem a little hefty when you consider the balloons will start to deflate after twenty four hours.
Vincent van Gogh used paint. Auguste Rodin worked in bronze. Larry Moss shapes air with the use of balloons. And why not? His series of old masterworks might be a blow up, but it’s surely a lovely and very creative one!
Jason Hackenwerth must get invited to a lot of parties with his amazing balloon-animal-making skills. I’d like to see an average clown or magician make elephant-sized plankton and protozoa.
When I was a kid, I loved balloon animals and was always sad when the colourful, inflatable creatures I bought home from shows and circuses slowly deflated. I think Jason Hackenwerth may have had a similar passion, which he has transformed into a peculiar form of art-making: balloon sculpture. Drawing inspiration from nature, Hackenwerth brings strange animals and bizarre landscapes to life through the twisting and turning of hundreds and thousands of balloons. Reminiscent of millipedes, of crustaceans, of deep sea fishes and waterborne plants, his giant works make the microscopic macroscopic. Rendered larger-than-life but yet unnaturally airborne they are brilliantly surreal, capturing the transcendentalism of both air and of nature itself.