Britain’s poshest squat

Francis Andrews Reader Find

By Francis Andrews in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2008

I’m all for squatting. The thought of hundreds of houses standing empty in London, because the owners can’t be bothered either to fix it up and sell it, or lease it, or because they’ve got too much wonga to limit themselves to one house, just sounds plain greedy. So it was with delight that I […]

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Jan Vormann

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By Julia Hennock in New Art on Wednesday 19 November 2008

A brick of any other kind would look as sweet, believes artist Jan Vormann. She began filling crumbling walls with multi-coloured Lego bricks in Bocchignano, a little village close to Rome, and was then invited to continue her rainbow reparations in Tel Aviv and Yaffo. Beautiful appropriation or ugly sacrilege?

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Trailblazers reach Sydney

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By Michelle Wilding in New Events on Sunday 16 November 2008

The controversial and multifaceted International contemporary art exhibition Trailblazers hits Sydney this month. Boutwell Draper Gallery will grace multimedia works by pioneering Australian, American and European artists from November 19 onwards. I’m thrilled to see groundbreaking pieces by Ben Frost, Kill Pixie, Copyright and Cleon Patterson [above], to name a few. The vast array of […]

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Over The River project

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By Francis Andrews in New Art on Thursday 13 November 2008

In the same vein as Andy Goldsworthy, the landscape for Christo and Jean Claude is a canvas. The husband and wife team, renowned for their 1969 piece — Wrapped Coast — and early 1980s Surrounded Coast series, are still going strong with their project in Akansas entitled Over the River. The sketches are ambitious, but […]

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Roger Hiorns

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By Francis Andrews in New Events on Friday 7 November 2008

There’s a cool little exhibition going on in London at the moment. In an abandoned apartment in the south of the city, Roger Hiorns has turned the idea of sculpture inside out, covering the walls of a room with copper sulphate solution which, after a few weeks, transformed into bright blue copper sulphate crystals. Whether […]

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Fawad Khan

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Thursday 6 November 2008

Though his colourful murals, installations, and drawings look playful and whimsical, at the heart of Fawad Khan’s work is a dark and complex political struggle with violence and identity that takes place through, on, and in, public vehicles. The New York-based artist was raised in Pakistan and speaks of being ridiculed when he was a child as he boarded a bus in Karachi for being born in Libya. The vehicles Khan renders and replicates are not only symbols of place and authority (the New York City cab and the US mail truck) and gathering places (public buses), but also have become weapons, as the constant news of car bombs reminds us every day.

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Patrick Blanc’s Melbourne Vertical Garden

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By Zolton in New Events on Tuesday 9 September 2008

Patrick Blanc’s first public Vertical Garden installation in the Southern Hemisphere is an initiative undertaken as part of the Melbourne International Design Festival.

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David Byrne’s Playing the Building

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Events on Monday 16 June 2008

I recently got to see David Byrne’s installation piece, Playing the Building, at the Battery Maritime Building in lower Manhattan. It was opening day, but I got there on the early side, and everything was pretty well organized, so it wasn’t too difficult or slow to get in. The piece is pretty straightforward – it’s an antique organ that is attached to the building via an array of pneumatic and electrical tubes that connects each key to a pipe, pillar, or metal beam.

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Joshua Harris on his subway grates artwork

Marcos Chin Reader Find

By Marcos Chin in New Art on Tuesday 15 April 2008

New York-based artist Joshua Harris makes movable sculptural artwork out of plastic bags, harnessing the air from subway grates to give them a sense of life.

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Maya Hayuk

Kate Barnett Reader Find

By Kate Barnett in New Art on Monday 14 April 2008

The home page of artist Maya Hayuk’s website is confronting. So many choices, each so nicely presented in their own little square.

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Michael Salter

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By Zolton in New Design on Wednesday 9 April 2008

Oregon-based Michael Salter works in that strange nexus between art and design.

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Brian Bress

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By Deanne Cheuk in New Art on Tuesday 4 September 2007

Brian Bress is my art obsession at the moment. I recently saw his show at the LFL gallery in New York, and his collages and photographs were so striking, modern and funny that I couldn’t stop staring at them.

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