Street artist Bikismo from Puerto Rico ended Art Basel Week with a bang thanks to his shiny new mural in Wynwood. Part of the RAW Project (Re-imagining the Arts in Wynwood), this piece sits on a wall of the Jose De Diego Middle School and depicts a playful metallic dog with its butt in the air. With absolute insane level of detail, the dog’s body resembles reflections on sculptures by the likes of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Chicago and Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, making it easy to forget this one is done entirely in spray paint on a flat surface. Each section was painted in the way tattoo artists would paint hyperrealistic portraits. For more of Bikismo’s work, visit his Instagram.
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If you happen to be in Canberra, be sure to visit the James Turrell Retrospective at The National Gallery of Australia. Until June 8 of next year, the exhibition will showcase the artist’s work over almost 50 years, bringing together Projection pieces, built spaces, holograms, drawings, prints and photographs. It celebrates Skyspaces, viewing chambers that affect our perception of the sky, and surveys Turrell’s life work, Roden Crater, a naked eye observatory in an extinct volcano on the edge of the Painted Desert, Arizona. The exhibition follows three highly successful shows throughout 2013—at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Guggenheim in New York—with works from LACMA’s tour and spectacular installations purpose-built for Canberra.
Crocodile POWER is a young Russian artistic collective that consists of artists Peter Goloshchapov and Oxana Simatova. The duo investigates issues of endangered reality, by using computers to fix the problems and make new forms. These new forms are materialised through traditional materials such as oils, convas and porcelain. According to the duo, this legitimises the new reality, rendering it more real. Recently they exhibited their project called ‘Russian Space’ in Moscow. It’s a project about lost dreams, more particularly the ambition of the world in 1960 to one day live on the moon. More than fifty years later, this dream has become a naive one.
We’re at a moment in history in which serious issues like exploitation, sex trafficking, sexual harassment and gender inequality are being addressed on a never-seen-before scale. At the same time people are more confused about sexuality and gender than ever before. One artist out there who is attempting to challenge stereotypes and inequality through his work is the Spanish born illustrator Luis Quiles. He tackles a wide array of social issues from protest to policing in his trademark cartoonist style. Another part of society the illustrator takes issue with is politics, and particularly geo-politics. A lot of his work is a commentary on the supranational relationships between corporations and countries. Most famously are his satire pieces involving McDonald’s, Instagram and the Catholic church.
During Art Basel Miami Beach, the larger-than-life, wind-powered creatures by Dutch artist Theo Jansen have roamed the sandy shores of the city. Six of his dream machines were brought to life, alongside an exhibition dedicated to his creative process. These kinetic, so-called ‘Strandbeests’ (‘beach animals’ in Dutch) possess an uncanny humanlike motion and are fabricated from a variety of mediums, such as PVC tubes, drinking containers and recycled materials. Their lifelike characteristics respond to the environment by storing wind power in their ‘bellies’ (made from plastic bottles) and change direction when they sense the proximity of water. They can even anchor themselves during storms. Nearly 30 years of experimentation and development led to complex structures that are further interpreted through 3D printed technology.Together with the presentation of the Strandbeests, there is an exhibition of photographs, sketches and video footage that illustrate the creative process of Theo Jansen.
Dutch photographer Juuke Schoorl explores the aesthetic potential that the human skin can hold. Her series ‘Rek’ (meaning ‘stretch’ in Dutch) uses materials that can be found around the house, such as duct tape and nylon fishing line, in order to push the boundaries of elasticity in our skin. This results in images that are abstracted and conceptual terrains of manually manipulated flesh. The images incite feelings of being close to painful, but they don’t cross that border. Both intriguing and inviting, the viewer can visually explore the textures and altered forms she creates. “I highlight flexibility and adaptability but also its function as our own biological upholstery that aside from it’s protective capabilities could also serve as a medium for aesthetic expression, possibly in the form of a dress less fashion,” says Schoorl on her website.
Photographer Chris O’Donovan creates mesmerising GIFs in his Stereovision project, using analogue techniques. One of the cameras he uses is the Nishika N800, a 3D camera from the 1980s that works in a similar way to stereoscopy by capturing two 2D images that work together in creating the haunting sense of suspended movement. The props he uses are equally intriguing: from a teapot destined to forever spill its contents onto the floor to hundreds of ping pong balls.
Paul Kaptein creates amazing sculptures in wood, exploring the notion of the now as a blend of future and past potentialities. Sampling various temporal and cultural possibilities, his work is an expression of things not quite fiction, not quite truth. This results in intriguing sculptures that are both surreal yet realistic, rooted in fantasy and real life simultaneously. The Australian based artist uses laminated wood to create a dialogue between contraction and expansion and uses wood because it’s the perfect platform to explore these themes as wood suggests past, present and future. “The panels slip and slide, creating their own holes which exasperate the gaps in the fabric of the universe,” argues Kaptein.
Norwegian artist Per Kristian Nygård’s latest installation, “Not Red But Green,” is a lush, hilly lawn that spills out of gallery NoPlace in Oslo. The manicured grass resembles a well-kept park instead of a gallery and in that way conflates the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Conceptual and cryptic, Nygård draws inspiration from a fever dream he experienced while having the flu. In that dream, he discovered a lump on his own body and imagined himself crawling through craters of flesh and forests of hair. The grassy hills come from his personal nightmare, but brought to life in the gallery they create a beautiful yet disorienting experience that questions how we commodify natural phenomena for human consumption.
Since last Thursday, TETEM Art Space is exhibiting the latest installation by NONOTAK. The audiovisual piece of art plays with space, sound, light and the shadows of its audience. NONOTAK studio operates out of Paris and is a team effort between illustrator Noemi Schipfer and architect/musician Takami Nakamoto. The duo plays with the relationship between the audience and our perception of space, sound and light. NONOTAK’s latest audiovisual installation HORIZON draws its inspiration from a teaser video for Takami’s debut EP ‘Opacity’. The installation consists of over 60 LED bars that converse with the space in which it is installed and our perception. The installation is on show until February 2 of next year.