Ben Cuevas ‘Transcending the Material’

Los Angeles-based artist Ben Cuevas’ current obsession is yarn.  Knitting worked itself into his art after he learned from a close friend and now creating conversations via fiber sculptures is a central feature of his work.

Our favorite so far is his installation entitled “Transcending the Material” where a knit sculpture of a human skeleton sits in lotus position atop a pyramid of Borden’s condensed milk cans.

“…It’s such a tactile medium and I’m really drawn to that quality of the material. The way it feels in your hands, the way it helps you mark the passing of time…all of these qualities seem very meditative to me.  I enjoy the rich cultural and social history that surrounds fiber arts, as well as blending the distinctions between art and craft. The time intensive and repetitive nature of knitting allows me to meditate on a piece as it comes into being, further revealing the nature of the work as part of the process.

While I explore a wide range of subject matter (such as gender and sexual identity, human rights, and ecological impact), my work is rooted by my desire to explore the condition of embodiment through comparative philosophical perspectives, reflecting on what it means to have a body, to inhabit a body, to be a body incarnated in, and interacting with, this world.”

Discover: Rune Guneriussen

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Norwegian conceptual artist Rune Guneriussen creates whimsical worlds that highlight the natural beauty of his chosen locales. Integrating everyday, man-made objects into his work, Guneriussen assembles temporary, site-specific sculptures that he photographs using a analog plate camera.

It can take days before he finds the perfect secluded location. Items are hauled there by foot and arranged to sit within the perfect balance of light, illuminated by what Guneriussen refers to as the ‘blue hour’. Once the image is taken, he quickly dismantles the work, leaving no trace of it behind.

“As an artist he believes strongly that art itself should be questioning and bewildering as opposed to patronizing and restricting…he does not want to dictate a way to the understanding of his art, but rather indicate a path to understanding a story,” Guneriussen states in the third person on his website.

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Colorful Cord Installation Warms up Concrete Space

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Brightening up a flat concrete space is always a challenge. Prism, the work of artist and architect Inés Esnal is a bold contrast to the industrial residential complex in Dumbo, Brooklyn where her colorful cord installation warms up this concrete space, creating a multifaceted geometric installation in the building’s lobby.

Prism is constructed from elastic cords that intersect one another. The views of the geometric shapes are framed off by the alcoves they adorn, haloed by shafts of light that reflect the blue, red and yellow shapes back into the lobby structure.

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via My Modern Met

COTTON CANDY WORKS INSTALLATION

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Candy Floss Works by Erno-Erik Raitanen

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Who could ignore these blankets of sticky sweet cotton candy art installations by Finnish artist Erno-Erik Raitanen, Cotton Candy Works is a series of built on site-interactive cotton candy installations that engage all the senses. After a few hours the installations return back to their crystallized form. The installations have been exhibited at the SFAI studios and the All You Can Eat Exhibition at Diego Rivera Gallery & Swell gallery in San Francisco 2012.

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DARK PRINCESSES

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What’s lurking around that corner?

This new street art installation in Stockholm has the lovely ladies waiting under bridges and around corners to do all kinds of dastardly deeds.

It’s the work of street artist Herr Nilsson who left the princess’s homicidal alter egos in the darker corners of Stockholm to view from an observers vantage. So as you’re walking towards someone you get to see Snow White and the rest of her twisted sisterhood waiting to take them down.

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Before I Die

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We organized/Sponsored the Philadelphia Edition of creator, Candy Chang’s interactive project, Before I Die. Installed on the Avenue of Arts in Downtown Philadelphia/Summer of 2012. The Philadelphia wall was set up on the Avenue of Arts between Pine & Spruce…right across from the Kimmel Center.Before I Die is an arts project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in a public space. Painted with chalkboard paint and stenciled with the sentence, “Before I die I want to …”, the wall became a space where the community could listen, relate and be inspired by one another.

 

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THINKSPACE BRINGS THEIR LATEST SHOW “LAX/PHL” TO PHILLY

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LA based contemporary art gallery Thinkspace will descend on Philadelphia this weekend with an arsenal of work by 40+ emerging artists from around the globe for their latest group show “LAX / PHL”.

Featuring an installation from Philly Artist, NoseGo and new works from:

Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell. Allison Sommers, Ana Bagayan, Antony Clarkson, Brett Amory, Catherine Brooks, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Dabs Myla, David Cooley, Dave MacDowell, Derek Gores, Drew Young, Elliot Brown, Erica Rose Levine, Erik Siador, Esao Andrews, Gaia, Ghostpatrol, Hans Haveron, Jacub Gagnon, Jason Thielke, Jeremy Hush, Jonathan Wayshak, Joram Roukes, Karla Ortiz, Kelly Vivanco, Kevin Peterson, Kikyz 1313, La Pandilla, Linnea Strid, Liz Brizzi, Mari Inukai, Mary Iverson, Meggs, Michael Ramstead, NoseGo, Paul Romano, Pixel Pancho, Rod Luff, Sarah Joncas, Seamus Conley, Seth Armstrong, Shark Toof, Stella Im Hultberg, Stephanie Buer, Timothy Karpinski, Yosuke

Opening reception at starts on Saturday, May 11th 6-10PM – show runs until  Friday, June 21st.

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Gallery 309 / 309 Cherry Street (in Olde City) / Phila, PA  

*need a sneak peek to hold you over?

ORLY GENGER – Red, Yellow and Blue

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Madison Square Park Conservatory Square Art is installing Orly Gender’s trademark hand knotted nautical rope in Madison Square Park in waves of Red, Yellow and Blue – ”1.4 million feet of rope—the total length equating to nearly 20 times the length of Manhattan—covered in over 3,000 gallons of paint, and weighing over an astounding 100,000 pounds”!

Gender is using installation to create an interaction between the public and her art. The rope sections off and creates a new landscape in hopes that you will find and explore/navigate these spaces.

It’ll be there in all it’s glory until September 8th, 2013 until it gets shipped off to Boston, marking the first of Mad. Sq. Art’s commissions to travel.

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Dinner for Two / Rachel Lee Hovnanian

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First thing you notice about the mixed media piece, Dinner for Two, is the absence of bodies in the chairs set on either ends of this beautiful table arrangement. There are virtual people in the chairs but no actual physicality – which sort of sets the tone for the whole piece.

There are however, two LCD screens attached to each chair, playing a looped performance of a couple whose eyes never meet. 

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The couple are constantly looking away from one another – never really making eye contact with one another, instead they’re seen glancing down into their laps. All the while, in the middle of the table a holographic white mouse is unsuspectingly nibbling away on a white tiered wedding cake. The story the pictures of the installation can’t tell is that during the video loop you can hear a constant barrage of familiar sounds: an angry birds game gearing up, a text message coming through, emails being delivered.

 

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This was one of the more interesting pieces at this year’s Armory Show. At any given time, there were crowds of people standing around it, speculating on what story was being played out. Even the artist dropped by, slyly standing off to the side, listening to the conversations. 

By far, most explanations had the same vibe…by in large, society as a whole has been altered dramatically by the surge of technology – its cost can be seen through the couple and their lack of interaction with one another. The couple being placed at the table can represent the change in our traditional values, such as, the simple yet valuable act of families eating at the table and discussing their day being interrupted by our need to constantly clock in with some form of social media. We socialize through these faceless forms of communication, be it, email, video games, apps, etc… and hence lose the ability to harness the means of traditional forms of communication – actual face-to-face communication.

The wedding cake could symbolize a new relationship, that sweet spot “marriage”, when you’re fresh and in tune with one another, looking forward to spending the future together. But a look at how they’re not utilizing the time is made significant by the mouse eating away at the cake, or at their relationship little by little.

But that’s our perception…what’s yours?

 

 

 

Tilda Swinton Naps at MoMA

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Tilda Swinton is accomplishing what I’d love to do on the average day – take a nap at work. The actress best known for her androgynous looks has been on display at MoMa in a performance piece she calls, “The Maybe”.

Museum goers were surprised to find Swinton supposedly sleeping inside a enclosed glass box, furnished with only a white mattress, pillow, carafe of water and a glass. She sleeps during the museums open hours – some have said they’ve only seen her move or turn but never rouse.

“The Maybe” has been scheduled for six more performances throughout the year, though no one seems to know exactly when. Swinton has performed this piece in previous years: 1995 at London’s Serpentine Gallery and 1996 at Museo Barracco in Rome.

photo by (Jen Chung / Gothamist)

ART TAKEAWAY SHOWS WITH FAILE & THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET

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The New York City Ballet commissioned this AMAZING four story high, 2,500 box installation piece from FAILE the Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The pallets and pieces of the installation are wood and very much part of an interactive show. Audience members for the Feb 1st and May 29th shows will receive a limited-edition work made specifically for this event.

I love FAILE’S statement on the project, “If they’re the ballet then we’re the New York City.  It’s a little bit of mixing the grime with the glamour…wrestling with the beauty & the beast. It’s taking these two elements and pushing them together.”

Special gallery hours to see the work are February 10-17th.

*pics via The Wooster Collective but you can see some great behind the scenes shots from the FAILE site.  And of course order your tickets for the New York Ballets Art Series here.