Drama (Modell), 2001 at Kunsthaus Bregenz
Photo: apa /Franz West / Kunsthaus Bregenz / Rudolf Sagmeister
The Austrian Franz West (1947-2012), one of the most important postwar-artists, died less than two weeks ago. His work has been repeatedly exhibited at documenta, the Venice Biennale and in 2011 was awarded the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia in recognition for his life’s work.
Internationally he got famous through participating at the Documenta IX in 1992: Several of his art pieces were distributed around the area and served as chairs and sofas. Due to their affordable price they quickly spread within the art world and finally became a mass-product. Though not appreciated by everybody, it made West’s approach to art clear: Creating usuable art. In an interview with Robert Fleck he also said “Best of all I like art in the streets; it doesn’t demand that you make a special journey to see it, it’s simply there. You don’t even have to look at it – that is probably the ideal art.”
In the 1970s West created Adaptives, small, portable sculptures. The following large artworks, made from plaster and gauze and painted with dispersion paint (see below) are directly based on them.
This sculpture, Gekröse, 2011, was one of the most dominant pieces shown at the Art Basel Art Unlimited last year by Gagosian Gallery. It was West’s largest outdoor sculpture and sold for a seven digit figure a few hours after the opening.
Photo: Mitro Hood/Baltimore Museum of Art)
The Ego and the Id, 2008, a 20 feet high aluminum sculpture was installed at the Franz West retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It featured chairs that were built into the artwork and invited viewers to interact with it. The title of the art piece is a reference to one of Sigmund Freud’s most famous texts in which he describes the Id, ego and super-ego as the three parts of the psychic apparatus.
Afterwards the same sculpture previously shown in Baltimore got exhibited at the Doris Freedman Plaza in Central Park and was on display until March 2010 while some of his smaller sculptures could be seen at the MOMA.
(photo: Museum Ludwig)
Ergebnis, 2008 at Museum Ludwig
Lying Not, 2008 for Gagosian New York at Art Basel Miami Beach Art Projects, 2009
Installation view at Gagosian Rome, 2010
Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of fireflies. This happend on the occasion of the Tokyo Hotaru Festival (Tokyo Firefly Festival) which was first held in 2012 and is intended to revalue the river and its surroundings, similar to what Seoul has done with their prestigious Cheonggyecheon stream renaturation project. The LED lights were sponsored by Panasonic and equipped with solar cells. At the end all of the lights were taken out of the river by using a big net.
A couple of weeks ago we organized the mural futurememories in Friedberg, Germany. It got painted on the backside of an old and famous Jugendstil indoor swimming pool from 1909 and was featured in a tv report (see above).
The mural was presented together with an exhibition by Young-in Son at the Kunstverein Friedberg.
Gana Mplanet is one of the most exciting places for public art in South Korea and arguably all of Asia. Being located directly at Seoul Station this huge 99 x 79m media canvas displays various art installations throughout the year.
Yang Man-ki (양만기)
Right now the city of Birmingham has about hundred 6x3m billboards by 29 international artists on display. Ben Long’s Moving Landscapes uses digitally altered and familiar 19th Century oil landscapes by artists like Constable, Wilson and Gainsborough to pose questions about our experience of modern life and the interaction with old and well-known reproduced artworks.
“The effect created is of the rural environment being moved through at high velocity, as if captured by photographic means from the window of a locomotive. Paintings (…) who expressed a romantic outlook of tranquility and contented country life, are reconsidered in relation to a modern reality that no longer moves at a stable, orderly pace. Moving Landscapes prompt us to examine whether we are exhilarated or baffled by the acceleration of modern life and whether access to more information at a faster speed means a greater or lesser experience of the world around us.”
“But I also think there is a cautionary meaning in there too, which is to do with how the historic can be manipulated and used as a commodity, and how we have become over-saturated with paintings by artists such as Constable to the point that we are no longer able to see them clearly. The Hay Wain is a perfect example of that because it appears on greetings cards and biscuit tins – my Nanna even has Constable place mats that she brings out when guests come to dinner! Rarely are we afforded a direct and pure experience of art. The reproduction is how we’re constantly receiving information and in a commercial world the meaning and original intention of these artworks become subtly distorted given enough time.”
The intervention is organized by EC Arts and runs until April 29th, 2012.
> more insights by Long about his projects at It’s Nice That
> more billboards at the 48Sheet project site
Scottish/British Montgomery is the associate publisher of Dazed & Confused and also a conceptual artist. He shows his poetry in public space, similar to ads. Some of his recent works have been shown throughout the city of Istanbul as part of the 12th Istanbul Biennial.
His thoughts about the reception of his work by the public:
“They know its not advertising, and its not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I’m super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job everyday and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.”
> read an interview with Montgomery at Dazed Digital
UPDATE: Check out Montgomery’s works in Berlin
Craig Costello is famous for his drip paintings, usually created by extinguishers and the brand / artist alter ego Krink he has built around this name. A few weeks ago he exhibited at Loft in Space in Hawaii and created a 15 meter long mural.
> see more photos of the exhibition inside, featuring Krink’s largest sculpture and several canvases at Arrested Motion
Update: This video just popped up. Check it for an interview, the creation of the mural and more:
(via) (photos by Brandon Shigeta)