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Drue Kataoka’s new perspective one art and technology (video)

Drue Kataoka’s new perspective one art and technology (video)

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Drue Kataoka, a graduate of Stanford University, is a contemporary artist, born in Tokyo and trained in Sumi-e, an East Asian type of brush painting. Her artworks have integrated these painting techniques with shattered mirrors, time dilation, gunshots, hospital beds, alpine snow water and storm and heartbeat recordings. She received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute Award for her extensive community service. Drue has been named a Cultural Leader by the World Economic Forum.


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German photographer visits North and South Korea

German photographer visits North and South Korea

thomas-struth-samsung-apartments-seoul-2007-featThomas Struth – Semi Submersible Rig, DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island, 2007
Thomas Struth – Semi Submersible Rig, DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island, 2007

ABOUT STRUTH’S WORKS IN KOREA

In March 2007, Struth went on a first trip to South Korea. He spent time in the two largest cities, Seoul and Busan, as well as visiting religious and cultural sites, important landscapes and shipyards. At the vast DSME shipyard on Geoje Island, one of the largest in the world, he photographed tankers under construction and an immense semi-submersible drilling rig. Struth made two further visits to South Korea in 2008 and 2010, as well as visiting Pyongyang in North Korea for the first time.

The new body of work can be seen to extend Struth’s fascination with complex visual structures combined with his ongoing interest in the structures and technologies humankind is able to imagine and build. Capturing scenes from several major Korean cities—including Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea—Thomas Struth‘s exhibition, Korea 2007-2010, draws attention to the dynamic relationship between humans and technological progress. Highlighting construction sites and production lines. The German artist’s stark photos are simultaneously somber yet optimistic for the rapid advancements, juxtaposing the new and old–or seeing one built right on top of the other.

Struth spoke of his: It is not easy to look at a country with an analytic view. When you look from an outsider’s view you can often notice the country’s difficult situations. I tried to capture all kinds of situations in my works. Here, the distribution industry is very active, numerous apartment buildings are under construction, there are beautiful views of the ocean and there is also the unique situation of the divided peninsula. I tried my best to be in closest contact with the energy within the society.

Under the Kim Jong-il regime, Struth’s North Korean experience was cold. Passersby on the streets stoically avoided eye contact, and the artist’s guide constantly thwarted his efforts to photograph the communist city lest a disrespectful image surface.

Some of the works in Korea 2007-2010 traveled Europe this past summer with Struth’s comprehensive retrospective, Photographs 1978-2010. A few of the Korean photos were also part of a separate exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery earlier this year, studying similar themes of social and technological progress across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

ABOUT THOMAS STRUTH

Thomas Struth was born in Geldern, Germany in 1954. He went to the Düsseldorf Academy from 1974 until 1980. After he studied painting under Gerhard Richter, a celebrated German visual artist, he won a scholarship to work at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1)in New York City during 1978. He is known around the world for his black and white photographs of big cities. Other notable work captures the details of skyscrapers, the landscape of modern Asian cities, and family portraits. Many of his photographs show the relationship between modern environments and all of their intricate complications.In1997 he was awarded the Spectrum International Photography Prize of Lower Saxony. His first solo exhibition was held in the United States at the Renaissance Society in Chicago in 1990. A student of Gerhard Richter and Bernd and Hiller Becher, Struth is considered one of the most influential photographers of our time, along with his peers Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Thomas Struth – Parkview Apartments, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-Do, 2007
Thomas Struth – Parkview Apartments, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-Do, 2007

Thomas Struth – Ulsan 2, Lotte Hotel, Ulsan, 2010
Thomas Struth – Ulsan 2, Lotte Hotel, Ulsan, 2010

Thomas Struth – Seestück, Donghae City, 2007
Thomas Struth – Seestück, Donghae City, 2007

Thomas Struth – Samsung Apartments, Seoul, 2007
Thomas Struth – Samsung Apartments, Seoul, 2007

Thomas Struth – The Seven Brothers Hills Seorak Mountains, Gangwon-Do, 2007
Thomas Struth – The Seven Brothers Hills Seorak Mountains, Gangwon-Do, 2007

Thomas Struth – Bukseo-Dong, Pyongyang, Korea, 2007
Thomas Struth – Bukseo-Dong, Pyongyang, Korea, 2007

Thomas Struth, Drydock DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island, 2007
Thomas Struth, Drydock DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island, 2007


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Large public sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara

Large public sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara

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Yoshitomo Nara, 2010, White Ghost

About Yoshitomo Nara’s sculptures

Nara’s large fiberglass sculptures are usually glossy white and resemble komainu, mythical lion-like animal statues commonly placed at the entrance to shrines in Japan as guardians. The artist who often uses dogs and children as subjects in his work sometimes combines both, like in his work White Ghost.

About Yoshitomo Nara

Since the Japanese pop movement in the 1990s, Yoshitomo Nara has received international acclaim with his distinct figurative style. His drawings, paintings and sculptures can be seen in the permanent collections at MOMA, New York, CAC Malaga, Spain, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia and his largest sculpture, a 27’ high concrete dog is permanently installed at the Aomori Art Museum, Japan. His mixture of vulnerability, rebellion and hopefulness within his artworks connects intimately with people worldwide. Nara also shares a deep connection with his fans and is always finding creative ways to interact with the public.

Yoshitomo Nara, Aemori Ken
Yoshitomo Nara, Aomori-ken (Aomori dog)

Yoshitomo Nara, Aemori Ken
Yoshitomo Nara, 2002, 72 x 51 x 108 in. (182.88 x 129.54 x 274.32 cm)

Yoshitomo Nara, White Ghost
Yoshitomo Nara, 2010, White Ghost

Yoshitomo Nara, White Ghost
Yoshitomo Nara, 2010, White Ghost

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Algerian artist shows boat used to transport illegal immigrants to the US

Algerian artist shows boat used to transport illegal immigrants to the US

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Adel Abdessemed – Hope, 2011-2012, Refugee boat and resin, 81 x 96 x 228 inches

ABOUT HOPE

In 2012, Algerian born artist Adel Abdessemed showed Hope as part of his solo exhibition Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf at David Zwirner.

The boat was found abandoned on a beach in the Florida Keys (US). Typically used illegally to transport immigrants in pursuit of a new life to the United States, often compromising their safety in the process, the boat is presented as it was discovered, but has been filled to the brim with black bags cast in polyurethane resin from actual, stuffed garbage sacks. While a crude and provocative analogy between the trash and the boat’s former passengers appears explicit, Hope presents an art historical reference to Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich’s apocalyptic painting from 1823-1824, The Wreck of the Hope, featuring a capsized vessel in a sea of icebergs.

ABOUT ADEL ABDESSEMED

Born in 1971 in Constantine, Algeria, Adel Abdessemed studied at the École des beaux-arts de Batna and the École des beaux-arts d’Alger, Algiers (1987-1994), before traveling to France where he attended the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon (1994-1998). He was an artist-in-residence at the Cité internationale des Arts de Paris in 1999-2000, and the following year at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center’s International Studio Program in Long Island City, New York. After living in New York, the artist moved to Paris, then to Berlin, then back to New York. He now lives and works in Paris.


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99 animals come together in this large museum installation by Cai Guo-Qiang

99 animals come together in this large museum installation by Cai Guo-Qiang

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Cai Guo-Qiang, Wateringhole, 99 life-sized replicas of various animals, water, sand, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

THE EXHIBITION

Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition in Australia will be staged at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from November, 2013 to April, 2014. Spanning the ground floor galleries of GOMA, this exhibition presents major, large scale installations by the Chinese artist. A centrepiece of the exhibition is a dramatic new commission, Heritage, 2013, which features 99 life-sized animals from around the world gathered together at a watering hole. Also featured is Head On, 2006, with its stream of 99 life-sized wolves leaping through the air and crashing into a glass wall. Other new work in the exhibition is inspired by the artist’s experiences in Australia, drawing upon local landscape, history and culture. There will also be a special project devised by the artist for children.

ABOUT CAI GUO-QIANG

Born in China and based in New York, Cai Guo-Qiang draws from Buddhist philosophy, Chinese history and mythology, and contemporary social issues to create spectacular installations and events of astonishing scale and beauty. His works reflect upon the globalised nature of our world, and appeal to broad audiences: he is best known for his awe-inspiring firework displays (featured at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies). His recent solo exhibitions and projects have included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006, his record-attendance retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing in 2008 and the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2009; Odyssey, a permanent gunpowder drawing installation for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2010; and his first exhibition in the Middle East at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, in 2011.

Cai Guo-Qiang, Heritage, 2013. 99 life-sized replicas of animals, water, sand, drip mechanism; installed dimensions variable (detail)
Cai Guo-Qiang, Wateringhole (detail), 99 life-sized replicas of various animals, water, sand, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Cai Guo-Qiang - Heritage, Wateringhole, 99 life-sized replicas of various animals, water, sand, 2013, Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art
Cai Guo-Qiang, Wateringhole (detail), 99 life-sized replicas of various animals, water, sand, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Heritage by Cai Guo-Qiang (wolves)
Cai Guo-Qiang, Wateringhole (detail), 99 life-sized replicas of various animals, water, sand, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Cai Guo-Qiang, Heritage, 2013. 99 life-sized replicas of animals, water, sand, drip mechanism; installed dimensions variable (detail) - polar bear
Cai Guo-Qiang, Wateringhole (detail), 99 life-sized replicas of various animals, water, sand, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Cai Guo-Qiang - Head On, 2006, Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art, 2013
Cai Guo-Qiang, Head On, 2006, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Cai Guo-Qiang - Head On, 2006, Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art, 2013
Cai Guo-Qiang, Head On, 2006, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Cai Guo-Qiang - Head On (detail), 2006, Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art, 2013
Cai Guo-Qiang, Head On (detail), 2006, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Images Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery and the artist


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Ai Weiwei’s 1.000 square meter large installation in Germany

Ai Weiwei’s 1.000 square meter large installation in Germany

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Ai Weiwei – Remembering, 2009, 100x1000cm, Haus der Kunst, München (Germany)

ABOUT REMEBERING

In 2009, Ai Weiwei created a large 10x100m installation, made out of 9000 children’s backpacks. Displayed on the facade of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, each backpack represents a life lost in the earthquake that took place in the Chinese province of Sichuan in 2008.

Ai used five different colors that make up the sentence For seven years she lived happily on this earth in Chinese lettering, a sentence with which a mother of one of the earthquake victims commemorated her daughter. The bright, vibrant colors, such as blue, red, yellow and green reflect the psyche of a child, their joy and innocence. In addition, the colors have been used for the Toys R Us logo.

ABOUT AI WEIWEI

Ai is known as one of China’s most provocative and vocal artists. His focus on human rights and social change eventually led to his detainment by Chinese authorities for nearly three months in 2011. The Chinese government later supplied charges of tax evasion against Ai, which he vehemently denies. Since his detainment, Ai has been kept under constant surveillance by the government—a circumstance that has led him to create a series of new works.

Ai Weiwei - Remembering (detail), 2009
Ai Weiwei – Remembering (detail), 2009, 100x1000cm, Haus der Kunst, München (Germany)

Ai Weiwei - Remembering (detail), 2009
Ai Weiwei – Remembering (detail), 2009, 100x1000cm, Haus der Kunst, München (Germany)

Ai Weiwei - Remembering (detail), 2009
Ai Weiwei – Remembering (detail), 2009, 100x1000cm, Haus der Kunst, München (Germany)

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More senseless graffiti by Japanese artist duo

More senseless graffiti by Japanese artist duo

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After version #1 of their Senseless Drawing Bot, Japanese artist duo Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno release the second version that comes with a very similar concept and a few technical changes.

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