White (Niagara Falls Obscured By Mist, April 17, 2006 5:30 PM), 2006
Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch utilizes light and colour in his installations to re-create moments of “light”. Most of his pieces specify a certain time and place in which he is attempting to re-create the light of that specific moment.
I recently used Finch’s work as an inspiration for my science class that I teach to 2 year olds. Even as young as they were, the students really began to experiment and think about how light and colour effect the way we visually interact with our environment.
Okay, so I know I said I would only post on Sundays, but this couldn’t wait.
Chinese Conceptual Artist Ai Weiwei filled the Tate Modern‘s Turbine hall with literally 100 million handcrafted and painted, life-sized sunflower seed husks. The husks are made out of porcelain, which is synonymous with China, considering porcelain is it’s most prized export.
Apparently Weiwei had hundreds of people helping her in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen to create this sculptural installation.
Sunflower Seeds invites viewers to take a closer look at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-political issues surrounding culture and economics today.
Kind of an amusing side note: The artist originally encouraged patrons to interact with the sculpture by walking on the seeded “carpet”. The Tate Modern has since made a notice of the hazardous dust that has been created due to these interactions, and now asks viewers to stay off their lawn, so to speak.
Today my post is actually something I have to do for school, but it was pretty amazing and inspiring so of course I had to share.
For my Art in the Elementary School Studio class we’ve been divided up into small groups and asked to research an artist to theoretically introduce to elementary-aged students and present ways in which to integrate the art with other subjects relevant to the students, as well as the artist.
So pretty easy right? Haha, well… with the artist my partner and I are doing our research on, it is.
“Callie” Curry aka Swoon is an amazing Floridian turned New York street artist. Utilizing blockprinting and wheatpasting as her main medium, Swoon creates beautiful images of the people around here. (For a more in depth description of her work and intentions visit Philagrafika 2010)
We’re basing our research off of this clip, which along with the website mentioned above, I believe give a pretty great summation of what everyone is Swoon-ing over.
I’m really excited about this body of work by Sarah Hobbs, because it addresses a variety of psychological states that Hobbs represents in exaggerated fashion.
Untitled (memory loss)
The work is not extreme or intensely beautiful (although I do love the memory loss image), yet I’m really drawn to the concept. If I was back in Conceptual Strategic Photography I would have loved to address this idea.
Whilst reading sfgirlbybay‘s blog this morning, I saw some pretty ingenious hangers that I just had to write a post about. Yes, they are that great.
The artist Antonello Fusè created this series of coat hangers-Abitudini–which utilizes the backs of old chairs. The concept behind using the backs of chairs for the coat hangers is the tradition of hanging a coat on a chair back; therefore giving the object a more explicit purpose.
Ah! They’re so great! This reminds me of Joan Crawford’s freak-out in Mommy Dearest.
I just discovered the amazing work of Berlin artist Jan Vormann and his incredible (and ever growing!) body of work DISPATCHWORK.
Across from Penn Station/Madison Square Garden- 7th AVE /32nd ST
Jan and his team ‘fill in the cracks’ so to speak, of damaged buildings with Lego pieces. The project began in Europe originally, where Jan would ‘repair’ buildings that suffered from World War II bomb and shrapnel damages.