Jessica Stockholder at the Palacio de Cristal

July 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Born in Seattle and with an art degree from University of British Columbia, Jessica Stockholder has been exploring multi-media installations for many years. Now her work takes the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid courtesy of Museo Reina Sofia with an installation titled Peer Out to See. The work was planned for this bright space and includes several elements and many colours. I love the central column formed by shopping and waste baskets, bowls, and other objects made of plastic. Subtle and vibrant, this work reminds me of Frank Stella, Rauschenberg, Miró.
Familiar objects transformed with witty humour and a clever sense of colour.
Stockholder lives and works in New Haven and currently directs the undergraduate program in sculpture at Yale University.

Canadian Artists featured in “Haunted” at the Guggenheim

June 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

Sarah Anne Johnson’s Morning Meeting, 2003 – Photo: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Canadian artists Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Luis Jacob and Sarah Anne Johnson are included in Haunted, a large exhibition of video, installation and photographic imagery exploring themes of memory, trauma, and return to the past. The show can be seen at the Guggenheim Museum in New York to September 6. These contemporary obsessions are also shown in works by Marina Abramović, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol among many others.

Sarah Anne Johnson, installation work, Ms. Johnson’s “Chris and Cian”

Chiharu Shiota – Flowing Water

November 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

Chiharu Shiota, Flowing Water,  2009

Isn’t this a stunning work of art? I find it difficult to get emotion from installations, but Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota got the right mix of brains and heart. It is water falling on the beds and it has the extra effect of ambient sound of cascading water. Browse Shiota’s website for more moments of clever beauty.
Seen on designboom.

Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool

May 2, 2009 § 3 Comments

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich is an illusionist. Conceived over ten years ago, Swimming Pool found its perfect home at the Duplex gallery at P.S.1. Viewers in both floors experience the sensation of being at the border or at the bottom of a swimming pool. It’s funny and disorienting.
This installation can be viewed until October 2009 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY.

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