Friday, July 19, 2019

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Historical Machines Exploded into Individual Components in Sculptures by John A. Peralta

Artist John Peralta creates sculptural odes to some of our most historic innovations by organizing and suspending components of sewing machines, typewriters, and old film projectors. In his “Mechanations,” Peralta hangs each screw, wheel, and lightbulb side-by-side in specially created lightboxes, creating three-dimensional diagrams which illuminate the inner workings of each machine. The sculptures break down the mechanics of the 20th-century devices,...

Segmented Shoes Compose Humorous Installations by Sakir Gokcebag

Turkish-born visual artist Sakir Gokcebag deconstructs everyday objects, often eradicating their original functionality in order to form humorous installations. His works are created from items one might find around the house such as hula hoops, brooms, toilet paper rolls, and pairs of worn shoes. The later series of altered footwear spans more than 15 years, and has been installed in surreal arrangements both inside...

Conceptual Sculptures by Dario Escobar Reflect the Product Displays of Popular Sporting Goods

Unlike Guatemalan conceptual artist Darío Escobar, most people who pass through the sporting goods section of a store would not pause to consider the accumulation of mass-produced industrial objects like soccer balls and the cultural value that they gain via those who consume them. Escobar’s sculptural works make use of balls that have had their patches removed and resewn inside...

Life-Size Animals Emerge from Persian Rugs in Perception-Defying Sculptures by Debbie Lawson

British sculptor Debbie Lawson works in the space between two and three dimensions, forming wild animals that emerge from old-fashioned rugs. The artist builds her animals from scratch, using chicken wire and masking tape, and then covers them with identical or near-identical Persian carpets to create the illusion that the creature is fused with the hanging rug. Lawson explains to Colossal, “I...

A Collection of Impressionistic Plant Specimens Captured Against Greenhouse Glass

Samuel Zeller began photographing greenhouses in 2015 after making a spontaneous trip to the Jardin d’hiver on his way home from work in Geneva, Switzerland. He was instantly fascinated by the blurred quality of the botanical specimens when gently pressed against the rippled glass, and began documenting this effect in greenhouses across Europe. His collection of images from the last three years...

Biology and Philosophy Inform Kim KototamaLune’s Delicate Sculptures Made from Grids of Glass

Glass artist Kim KototamaLune creates ethereal sculptures that resemble abstracted organic shapes and faces. She builds delicate glass grids without molds, which she then works into sculptural form and displays in darkened rooms. This presentation allows light to permeate, which both illuminates the sculptures from within and casts dramatic shadows on the surrounding walls. The artist was born in Vietnam and now...

Take a Walk Through Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden’ Inside an Abandoned Factory in the Rockaways

The Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York has a reputation for being a popular destination for those seeking respite from the oppressive heat and congestion of the city during the summer months. Those venturing out to parks and beaches between now and Labor Day (September 3) will have the opportunity to experience a site specific installation of Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama (previously),...

Organic Shapes Emerge in New Installations of Intertwined Rope by Janaina Mello Landini

Using lengths of colored nylon rope, installation artist Janaina Mello Landini  creates complicated networks of intertwining threads. The unwound rope ends tangle and reach in a giant game of Twister, resulting in sculptural installations that bring to mind the natural patterns found in neural networks, blood vessels, and tree roots. One recent piece, Ciclotrama 50, is a permanent installation...

Nando’s launches pop-up art gallery at Notting Hill restaurant

A flame-grilled half chicken with two regular sides may already be akin to a work of art for some, but nando’s is looking to expand its diners’ cultural horizons even further. Nando’s Notting Hill will be turning itself into an art gallery for three days next month, allowing punters to enjoy a cheeky portion of peri-peri alongside a painting or...

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition marks 250 years with big names

Held every year since 1769, it is the world’s longest-running annual showcase of contemporary art. The new exhibition, The Great Spectacle, will run alongside this year’s main event at the academy in Piccadilly. The wartime prime minister submitted the painting of his home, Chartwell, in Kent, under the pseudonym David Winter in 1947, while Emin’s piece, There’s A Lot...

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