The Games are Open

September 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

August 5, The Games Are Open

Photo by Vancouver Sun

wheatboard announcement

Now that the Games are over The Games are Open can be viewed from Friday, September 10th.

A project by German artists Folke Kobberling and Martins Kaltwasser, this massive sculpture representing a bulldozer is made of 1,000 wheat board panels liberated from the neighbouring 2010 Olympic and Paralympic

Presented by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. The Games are Open is curated by Barbara Cole and is the second project of When the Hosts Come Home, a series of artists’ works that address issues of sustainability in the development of South East False Creek and will deteriorate gradually, becoming fodder to be offered to the gardens throughout the neighbouring development.

The constructing crew is formed by students of UBC, Emily Carr and Langara.

Fall Fashion: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits

August 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hats off to this Vogue’s September issue. The magazine put together purses  and Nick Cave’s soundsuits in a great-looking fashion photo essay. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with the Australian musician of the same name) is an Alvin Ailey-trained dancer and posed for the photos wearing some of his most theatrical and surreal sound sculptures.
Raised by a single mother, Nick inherited most of his clothes from the elder of his six brothers. Re-fashioning them with objects found around the house was the starting point for these pieces.

Unfortunately you can’t see the photos online – go buy the magazine and get some extra 790 pages of fashion.

Ah, I wonder what the Sartorialist would say about these suits…
Ceremonial dance costumes or playful stuffed animals?

Branches in Jars – Naoko Ito

March 6, 2010 § 3 Comments

I found Naoko Ito‘s work at Wine & Bowties. His Urban Nature series trapped branches into glass jars. It has many possible readings and it’s amazingly well-executed. More than branches, he trapped the negative space around it. I love it.

The Rodney Graham Band at Candahar

February 27, 2010 § 4 Comments

The Rodney Graham Band at Candahar, Vancouver – photo by Ken Eisner

I finally made it to Candahar, the bar/artwork at Granville Island last night just in time to watch Rodney Graham doing his sound check for a performance that would start a couple of hours later.

Named after a Belfast street, The Candahar is Theo Sims’s vision of an Irish bar. A sculptural installation with real beer on tap.

Rodney Graham is a legend of Vancouver’s photoconceptualism and I was surprised to find out about his musical skills.  He sounds a lot like Lou Reed.

Skull Cool

December 10, 2009 § 2 Comments

A quick selection of contemporary art skulls. Starting, of course, by Damein Hirst’s For the Love of God but going all the way to a Teddy Bear skull.
Do you know of any others? Hirst

Suspended City

January 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

New Growth
New Growth, 2007

Organic and architectural. Kendall Buster‘s interest in microbiology led her to an inventory of forms where cities germinate and expand. Her thin membranes, mathematically sculpted, remind me of virtual 3d renders. The floating transparent forms give this very brainy project a magical glow.

Book Art

January 1, 2009 § 6 Comments


In a time of paperless offices and a notebook in each purse who cares about old books? Cara Barer changes the appearance of discarded books and transforms them in mandalas, maizes, Rorschach inkblots. Her art defies the boundaries between photography, object, sculpture. Galerie Poller, New York, will hold her next solo show.

Lots of Stuff – Tara Donovan

November 6, 2008 § 4 Comments

I can think of so many references related to her work, and still it stands out as being fresh and original. Tara Donovan amasses enormous quantities of things – styro foam cups, pencils, scotch tape, paper, toothpicks, pins – and gives them a whole new shape and meaning.

The related names I have in my mind are Brian Jungen, Rachel Whiteread, Sarah SzeChris Natrop, Richard Long.

A couple of months ago The New York Times published a very good article about her.

Sarah Sze

October 25, 2008 § 2 Comments

Sarah Sze Swiftly Tilting Planet 20

American sculptor Sarah Sze builds environments out of collections of  little household objects. Elegantly precise and beautifully naive her work is painting with props on space, virtuosic miniature ecosystems.

Media Sculpture

October 22, 2008 § 1 Comment

Jonathan Schiper’s Invisible Sphere

With a very well founded education as sculptor Jonathan Schipper‘s work is very in tune with our times. The Sphere contains 215 monitors and 215 cameras. Each camera is opposite to the monitor it feeds. It constantly recreates its surroundings on monitors from every conceivable angle at all times. The Sphere is a reflection of media’s attempt to remain revealing as it grows in power and becomes increasingly part of everything.

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