I’ve experienced a subculture of proletariat that, from the viewpoint of the air conditioned white-collar or the intellectual locked in his office with a stack of Marxist literature, is nothing more than a stoic backbone. Sunburned roofers, dust-coated concrete finishers, swollen knuckled carpenters – drunk, high, toothless, bruised and broken – are dreamers, too. My recent opening was a semi-autobiographical look at that life.
Legendary artist Chris Burden (he had himself shot with a .22 caliber by his friend as an art project when he was young) will blow you away with his latest installation of a city. It takes an entire room on the ground floor of the contemporary pavilion at the LACMA in Los Angeles and is showing right […]
Known worldwide for his large-scale public engagement artworks, the UK-based artist, Luke Jerram, creates sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts. He encourages people to interact and have fun with his work.
Sam Vernon is a close friend and a damn good installation artist. She’s dealing with some dark themes that are really interesting — racialization, historical memory and Black fiction. The way she uses the process of drawing and Xerox reproduction creates spaces that transcend reality.
Esther Stocker paints graphic canvases of grid-like black and white geometric abstractions and then brings them to life with large art installations that alter your perceptions of spatial reality.
Notes from Chris is an incredible public art project started by Todd Lamb in 2008 which consists of weird notes, written by a fictional person named Chris, that are posted all over New York City. As a sort of literary version of invisible theater, the notes in aggregate actually succeed in depicting a rather fully […]
I first saw the work of artist Melissa Webb at an exhibit at the H&H Building in Baltimore. She had converted the sub-roof space of the building into a colorful, vaguely frightening installation of rope ladders, spikes, and colorful flags draped everwhere to make the place look like Swiss Family Robinson’s treehouse if it had been built by post-apocalyptic anarchist pirates.
Spanish artist Pepa Prieto weaves intricate and elusive narratives with her innocently psychedelic style — smiling creatures tangle into each other and matrixes of magical machines and bear-skin-clad people explore faraway lands, all playing their role in perpetuating the bustling civilization Prieto depicts in her pastel-colored paintings, installations, and murals.
Madison, Wisconsin-based multi-media artist Michael Velliquett has done the psychedelic tribal thing rather compellingly in video, drawings, and sculptures, but his cut paper work truly highlights his ability to render mindblowingly textured and intricate work via a childlike approach to craftsmanship and imagery.
Swedish artist Michael Johansson assembles piles of common, everyday objects into monolithic sculptures and installations, fitting all the pieces together perfectly like a game of Tetris. The resulting forms imply new functions while highlighting the cookie-cutter nature of our post-industrial world.
I learned of the work of New York artist Katherine Mangiardi from the Merchant’s House Museum of all places. So appropriate. Mangiardi’s paintings of lace are unbelievably haunting, like the delicate, filmy fabric of a ghost, or like the painfully decaying lace of an antique dress. I also found her fabric installations at various historic museums around the East Coast rather beautiful. I find the idea of being able to set up an installation in a historic house pretty intriguing.
This is at last the artist the 1960s was desperately trying to produce. Mark Dean Veca’s installations electrify galleries and museums with an ethereal pop ecstasy the previous generation only dreamed of. This is the drug we have all been waiting for.
Jaime Pitarch’s sculptures and installations made from found objects and discarded junk — furniture, clothes pins, kitchen knives, electric guitars, cocktail umbrellas — as well as video elements, are sort of 21st-century Dada pieces that defy gravity and rattle our conception of the physical universe. Driven by an incessant need to question reality after a traumatic attempt to save a drowning woman in 1996, Pitarch minimalist aesthetic belies the nearly tantric approach he has to his work.