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Park People

IMG_7640Park People // Nathan Sawaya

Artist Nathan Sawaya created six sculptures made out of a toy known worldwide — LEGOS. The sculptures were titled “Park People.” The monochrome LEGO people were seated on various benches in downtown Los Angeles. Sitting in a variety of poses, the sculptures encouraged a passerby to sit along side them and interact with public art. 

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Amber Goldhammer

FullSizeRender 33.jpgEver see graffiti on the street and wish you could take it home? Amber Goldhammer’s art allows you to take graffiti home. Her canvas are filled with graffiti style words and phrases in bold colors and in black and white. Looking at her work becomes almost a scavenger hunt where you are researching for words and faces through the overlaid color. One of her new series is “I Love You,” where the phrase repeats over and over again all over the canvas. 

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

IMG_8066“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong

Ai Weiwei’s latest public work in New York City was a large fence resembling a bird cage centered in the middle of the Washington Square Arch. Visitors who wished to pass under the arc had to walk through the fence. But, once inside the arch, you are also in the middle of a cage. Trapped in the Washington Square Arch. You can of course walk out the cage, but the feeling of entrapment stays. The theme of freedom lost is frequently addressed in Ai Weiwei’s work, though this one allows for the audience to play an active roll in understanding the meaning of his work. 

IMG_8068“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong

 

 

399 Days

FullSizeRender 2399 Days // Rachel Kneebone // 2014 // Porcelain

In a room of historical sculptures in the V&A,  one seems to not quite fit in. Well, that is because it was made in 2014 by British artist Rachel Kneebone. This towering porcelain structure is composed of intricately carved figures. The depth Kneebone was able to achieve in her carvings allows light to penetrate through, illuminating the figures’ movement. The placement of this work in a gallery of Renaissance sculptures provides for a unique juxtaposition of 16th century and 21st century sculptures. 

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The Color Inside

f.jpgThe Color Inside // James Turrell // Black basalt, plaster & LED lights // 2013 

I love James Turrell and his Skyspaces. Whenever I have a chance to experience one I go, even if it is a bit out of the way. So when I was in Austin I knew I had to go to Turrell’s “The Color Inside” at University of Texas at Austin. Located on the rooftop of UT Austin’s Student Activity Center, this Skyspace marks Turrell’s 84th. As visitors enter the oval structure they are invited to sit on the bench that juts out from the wall. If you sit down, you find yourself in a reclining position which provides optimal viewing of the oval hole in the ceiling. Lights slowly change color, juxtaposing against the color of the sky. If you reserve a spot in advance you are able to watch the sun set whilst sitting in this Skypsace which provides for a unique viewing experience.

Street Art Austin

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It is only fitting that in the hip and trendy city of Austin, Texas there is no shortage of street art. Large, colorful murals adorn the streets which seem to exude life into this bustling city. Some of Austin’s street art has become so popular that not only are they marked on Google Maps, but there are stands next to the work of art signaling people where to stand in line. This is due to the crowds of people ready to take selfies. The “I love you so much” work has one of those signs. I was lucky enough to only have to wait behind two groups of people before it was my turn. 

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The Creative Act

IMG_8738.JPGMy Red Homeland // Anish Kapoor // wax, oil-based paint, motor & steel // edition 1/1 // 2003 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

While the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is still under construction, the museum has already started having exhibitions in other venues. Its second exhibition, “The CreativeAct: Performance, Process, Presence” was held later last year. This group exhibition showcased artists from different cultures who practiced from the 1960s to present day and created works that respond to performances pieces, the artistic process or the artist’s presence. Individuals such as Anish Kapoor, Giovanni Ozzola, Hasaan Sharif and Tanaka Atsuko were just a few of the artists on view. 

IMG_8741.JPGScars // Giovanni Ozzola // engraving on brass plates // 343 x 686 cm // 98 plates, 49 x 49 cm each // 2016 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

IMG_8744.JPGDourob // Nja Mahdaoui // installation of 20 drums // mixed media on drum vellum & wood // 70 x 38 x 43 x 29 cm // 2015 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

Sacred Spaces

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Historic traditions and contemporary art blend in the exhibition “Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind // The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room” at The Rubin Museum of Art. This show focused on the influence of wind on two places in the Himalayas: Tibet and Nepal. Artists created works inspired by wind whilst visiting these two countries. In “Khandorama,” Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni, Paul Hance and Stephan Crasneanscki videoed prayer flags flapping in the wind, then combined them into a 23 min 28 second CD. The swirling prayer flags resemble a kaleidoscope. In an interactive display by Francisco Lopez, visitors had the opportunity to listen to whistling winds on either Side A or Side B of the record, allowing visitors the chance to flip the record. If you happened to visit the exhibition during a windy day in NYC [winds over 10 mph] select patrons received a commemorative wind record. 

IMG_9690Khandroma // Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki // Filmed by Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni & Paul Hance // Edited by Jenn Ruff // Sound Composition by Soundwalk Collective // Video, sound, 23 min. 28 sec.

IMG_9691Khandroma // Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki // Filmed by Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni & Paul Hance // Edited by Jenn Ruff // Sound Composition by Soundwalk Collective // Video, sound, 23 min. 28 sec.

IMG_9695Khandorma // 2016 // Side A [Soundwalk Collective, Khandorma, Sound Composition, 14 min 56 sec] Side B [Francisco Lopez, Untitled #345, Sound Composition, 15 min. 43 sec.]

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Shaping Fashion

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Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga is known for his exquisite and elaborate fashion creations. From hats, to evening gowns to capes, Balenciaga has created quite a legacy in the fashion world. The V&A took the opportunity to showcase his pieces in an exhibition titled “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion.” The bottom floor exhibited Balenciaga’s designs on mannequins whilst the top floor showcased articles of clothing by other designers who were influenced by him.

FullSizeRender 21(L) Regional Dress // Evening Dress // Silk organza with embroidery by Lesage // Cristóbel Balenciaga // Paris // 1960 (R) Flamenco Dancing // Evening Dress // Silk gazar // Cristóbel Balenciaga // Paris // 1962 

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FullSizeRender 16Cream Spiral Hat // Silk // Cristóbal Balenciaga (Eisa Iabel) // Spain // 1962

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FullSizeRender 25Dress // Hussein Chalyan // laser cut tulle // designed 2006, made 2011

PST LA/LA

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If you have driven around Los Angeles in the past few months you have probably noticed billboards, park benches and bus ads with phrases such as this: “There will be love. There will be art.” They marked the event Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST) which showcased and celebrated Latin American art in Los Angeles. PST not only included art works but performances both musical and theatrical. Cultural institutions up and down the coast of California participated in this project, which was spearheaded by The Getty Center. In the following days I will be posting on PST exhibitions I visited.