Motoi Yamamoto | Labyrinth

18 February, 2011

ARTIST Motoi Yamamoto
ARTWORK Labyrinth
LOCATION Fondation Espace Ecureil, France
DURATION Jan-Feb 2011
MATERIALS Salt

Motoi Yamamoto’s latest exhibition was held in a large brick tunnel in France’s Fondation Espace Ecureuil.  The artwork is titled Labyrinth, and is part of a series that has been presented across the globe since May 2001.  Yamamoto creates each installation by sprinkling salt onto the floor through a fine-nozzled plastic oil bottle. He begins at the back and works his way to the front to avoid standing on his creation. 

In Japan, salt is a symbol of purification and mourning. Yamamoto first began sketching with salt in honour of his sister, who died of brain cancer. His endless intertwined patterns create a sense of reverence and eternity.

Images via | Motoi Yamamoto

BROOK ANDREW | LOCAL MEMORY

18 February, 2011


ARTIST Brook Andrew
ARTWORK 
Local Memory
PROJECT Artists In Residency (A.I.R)
LOCATION Central Park, Sydney
ORGANISERS Frasers Property Group, Artists In Residency (A.I.R)
DURATION Commencing March 2011

Fraser’s Property has recently announced the selected artists to feature in their Sydney Central Park residency project.  The residency will begin in March 2011, bringing to life the heritage listed Carlton Brewery.  Four artists and artist collaborations were chosen to exhibit: Brook Andrew will be the first, followed by Mikala Dwyer, Caroline Rothwell and Claire Healy & Sean Corderio.

Brook Andrew’s Local Memory will be featured on the side of the building facing Broadway.  Local Memory features 18 portraits of people who have lived, worked and witnessed change in the brewery since it opened in 1909. Each image is reproduced larger-than-life at 3 metres high and is illuminated with neon frames to activate the brewery facade and it surrounds by day and night. 

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Via | Indesignlive and Central Park Sydney

TOM FRUIN | KOLONIHAVEHUS

7 February, 2011

ARTIST Tom Fruin
ARTWORK Kolonihavehus
LIGHTING DESIGN Nuno Neto (Portugal)
SOUND DESIGN Astrid Lomholt (Denmark)
LOCATION Copenhagen, Denmark
DURATION October 15th – November 13th 2010

New York artist Tom Fruin recently presented his latest sculptural work Kolonihavehus, in the plaza of the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen.  The sculpture was constructed from one thousand pieces of recycled plexi glass, sourced from places such as a local closed down plexi glass distributor, a framing shop and the dumpster outside the Danish Architecture Centre.

The artwork was accompanied by daily performances by ensemble CoreAct, and sound and lighting designs that respond to the movements of passers-by.

Kolonihaveuses were originally small garden sheds located in plots on the outskirts of cities, used as an escape and refuge for apartment dwellers.  Fruin’s sculpture presents a lively take on the original use of Kolonihaveuses. Its brightly coloured panels are reminiscent of a church’s stained glass window panels, and propose a contemporary refuge for Copenhagen’s residents and visitors. By night the Kolonihavehus was internally lit and becomes a beacon of colour on the banks of the canal.

Image via | The Cool Hunter

Image via | Tom Fruin

VIA | The Cool Hunter and Tom Fruin

PROJECT Tessel
ARTISTS Lab(au) and David Letellier
PRODUCERS MediaRuimte Gallery (Brussels) and Roger Tator Gallery (Lyon)
DURATION 17th December 2010 – 29th June 2011

David Letellier, a french architect and electronic musician has collaborated with Lab(au) to produce this kinetic sound installation. The suspended topography of 40 irregular triangles are arranged in a ‘pinwheel’ tiling pattern, based on the work of mathematicians Charles Radin and John Conway.  The triangular panels are fitted with motors and audio transmitters, creating a sound scape in constant motion. The work draws on a long history of theory exploring the relationships between geometry, movement and chaos.

Tessel will continue to move around galleries and festivals in France and Germany until the end of June 2011.

Image via | Indesignlive

VIA | Indesignlive & Lab(au)

neons | Geneva

21 January, 2011


Christian Jankowski / ‘What I still have to take care of’ / 2008 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf

PROJECT The Neons Project
LOCATION Plaine de Plainpalais, Geneva, Switzerland
ORGANISERS Contemporary Art Funds and the City of Geneva
YEAR Since 2007

The centrally located Plaine de Plainpalais is a popular marketplace and public square in Geneva. Its diamond shape points towards the nearby lake waterfront, known for the spectacular reflections the surrounding lights make in the lake’s surface.

The Neons Project, funded by the City of Geneva and various Contemporary Public Art Funds, has commissioned two neon artworks on the rooftops of Plaine de Plainpalais each year for the last three years. Artists are selected from an annual competition, which has extended its bounds each year, and this year is open to international submissions.

While the artworks vary greatly in concept, form and treatment of the medium, each is a site-specific exploration of contemporary issues. They echo the aesthetic of the lakeside’s corporate neon signage in a language of culture and art.

For more details on submission to this year’s competition, visit: The Neons Project


Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photos by Serge Fruehauf (L) & Nic Hess (R)


Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / ‘EXPODROME’ / 2008 / Photos by  Serge Fruehauf


Sislej Xhafa / ‘Axis of silence’ / 2009 / Photo by  Serge Fruehauf

Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf


Atsara / [M]ondes / image by David Houncheringer

PROJECT Festival of Trees and Lights (Festival Arbres et Lumières)
LOCATION Geneva, Switzerland
ARTISTS Thierry Metral, Allegory, Geraud Periole, Jérôme Hutin, Alexandre Hurzeler, Tilt, Katharina Hohmann, Anaïde Davoudlarian & Grégory Burnisholz, Ron Haselden, Atsara, Simona Braga, Sara De Gouy, Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille
DURATION 26 November 2010 – 2 January 2011

Taking advantage of the longer hours of darkness over the Christmas period, Geneva’s Festival of Trees and Lights invites diverse European artists to contribute temporary installations for the city’s streetscapes. The artworks this year varied from the eerie, suspended [M]ondes by Atsara, to the playful Pacman figures by Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille, installed on a string of existing lights.


Pac’ / Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille


Thierry Metral / Réminiscence / image by David Houncheringer


Jérôme Hutin / Les Vénérables  / image by David Houncheringer

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