Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 11, 2013
As part of his exhibition at Mass MoCA in Massachusetts, Chinese artist Xu Bing has contructed two 12-ton birds out of construction site debris among. Both nearly 100 feet long, the birds fill the museum's Building 5 and are illuminated via a network of lights built into the sculptures. The exhibition will be up through October 27th. Watch a video after the jump...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
As part of an installation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Brooklyn-based artist Robert Hodgin recently was contracted to animate and render a feeding frenzy of fish for the interactive Moana - My Ocean exhibit. The phenomenon, called a "boil up" is an amazing twisting, spinning, hectic mass of predators and pray feeding on each other and plankton. The installation will surround visitors in the "boil up" as the schools of fish swarm about them. Awesome.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Japanese artist Tomoko Knoike. Tomoko is a graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts where he studied traditional Japanese painting. He came to prominence through Nihonga-styled surreal [paintings and installations that often feature wolves. He has also worked as a toy and furniture designer!
Juxtapoz // Saturday, July 06, 2013
Keep it simple, just use a marker. The installations of Heike Weber takes permanent markers and transforms entire rooms and halls into massive pen and ink works, and not just figurative works, but dizzingly beautiful abstract drawings. She attacks floors, walls, and ceilings for an array of different installation styles.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 01, 2013
Using wood and paper, Brooklyn-based long time collaborators Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen create large-scale installations that often resemble trees and forests, filling entire rooms with the twisted and crushed materials.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, June 29, 2013
James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site-specificity in his practice. At its core is Aten Reign (2013), a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light.
Juxtapoz // Friday, June 28, 2013
Michigan-based design studio, Anya Sirota + AKOAKI created this great installation of two 30-feet large star sculptures in a defunct tannery in Amilly, France. As UR Design notes, "The project, titled Pop It Up, comes at a critical moment for the tannery complex. Come fall 2013, the site will be converted into a cultural art center. In its current state of coming-undone-ness, however, with its bared concrete structure and second-story wood flooring and windows removed, the surviving architecture offers exceptional opportunities for experimentation and interim engagement." Its Friday, we like sharing quotes.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 27, 2013
While we wish we could experience most of the things we post in-person, every once in a while we come across something (often installations) that makes us even more jealous of those who get to see it for themselves. This optical illusion by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich is one of those. The piece uses a wall of giant mirrors to make it seem as though visitors are climbing and jumping along the vertical wall of a house!
Juxtapoz // Friday, June 21, 2013
This isn't the first time we have posted the work of Tomas Saraceno. His latest, largest and most ambitious work also looks like the most fun ever. Like an adult playground! To create the mesh structure suspended 25 meters in the air, the artist worked with a team of architects, engineers and biologists (studying spiders) for over three years. The net itself weighs 3 tons and there are 6 inflated PVC spheres positioned within the mesh net. Like spiders, visitors must coordinate their activities with one another using vibration and their perception of space. Amazing.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 20, 2013
The “ribald, pop-culture-obsessed provocateur” (The New York Times) Paul McCarthy (cover of Juxtapoz in Nov/Dec 1999) applies his signature, irreverent wit to take aim at American myths and icons in WS, his largest work to date and the pinnacle of his creative output. Adding a touch of malice to subjects that have been traditionally revered for their innocence or purity, McCarthy weaves together a massive, fantastical forest of towering trees with grotesque video projections of iconic characters playing out their own fairy tale drama in a replica of his childhood home.