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Gigantic breathing lotus flowers by Korean artist

Gigantic breathing lotus flowers by Korean artist

Choi Jeong Hwa - Perth International Art Festival - Moving Flower, 2012
Choi Jeong Hwa – Moving Flower, Perth International Art Festival, Australia, 2012

Korean artist and designer Choi Jeong Hwa is mostly known for his large lotus blossoms. With motorized fabric leaves opening and closing, simulating the movement of a live lotus flower, his sculptures are often installed in public space and create a link between the modern world and one of the most important cosmological symbols in Asia.

Check out the videos below to see his lotus blossoms in action or read more about Choi’s latest installation in Hong Kong.

About Choi Jeong Hwa

Choi Jeong Hwa is an artist and designer who works across many disciplines including art, graphic design, industrial design and architecture, using a broad range of media involving video, molded plastic, shopping trolleys, real and fake food, lights, wires and kitsch Korean artifacts. His playful practice comments on the privileged environment of art institutions and questions the prized status of artworks amidst a consumer-frenzied world.

Choi has participated in many biennials of contemporary art, including the Arsenale Kyiv (2012), the 17th Sydney Biennial (2010), the Gwangju Biennale (2006), the Venice Biennale – Korean pavilion (2005), the CP Biennale (2005), the Liverpool Biennial (2004), the Lyon Biennale (2003), the Yokohama Triennale (2001), the São Paulo Biennale (1998) and the Taipei Biennale (1998). Choi Jeong Hwa was born 1961 in Seoul, Korea. He lives and works in Seoul.

Choi Jeong Hwa - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Breathing Flower, 2016
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 2016, Photo by Cassidy Hopkins

Choi Jeong Hwa - Civic Center Plaza San Francisco - Breathing Flower, 2012
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, USA, 2012

Choi Jeong Hwa - Civic Center Plaza San Francisco - Breathing Flower, 2012
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, USA, 2012

Choi Jeong Hwa - Kunsthalle Gwangju - Breathing Flower 거시기 What Is It, 2011
Choi Jeong Hwa – Breathing Flower 거시기 What Is It, Kunsthalle Gwangju, South Korea, 2011

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Large public sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara

Large public sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara, White Ghost

Yoshitomo Nara, 2010, White Ghost

About Yoshitomo Nara’s sculptures
Yoshitomo 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)

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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

Ai Weiwei - Remembering, 2009
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)

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NYC artists install sculpture in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

NYC artists install sculpture in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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FAILE – Wolf Within, 2012, Fiberglass, Steel & Granite, 500cm, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

In October of 2012, New York artists FAILE unveiled their sculpture Wolf Within at the site of the National Garden Park in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The figure—a man cloaked in a wolf pelt, tearing away the remnants of a two piece suit in revelation—is a familiar one for those acquainted with FAILE’s work. Wolf Within was conceived on the brink of the 2008 financial crisis for a series of paintings that fused a decadent capitalist landscape with a lost but resurgent past. Images of native warriors set amidst gleaming skyscrapers opened the question of what we lose and gain in our pursuit for ever greater wealth, and figured the dangers of our entrenched political and economic systems.

For Western audiences, Wolf Within was a vivid illustration that the bull-market couldn’t last forever, and a world out of balance can only sustain itself for so long. Realized in 2012, in three dimensions, Wolf Within is a timely work for a Mongolian context. The figure’s suit invokes the influx of investors from around the world, and the wolf is, as ever, a potent symbol, a depiction of nature’s ferocious power and a reminder our environment and traditions cannot be forgotten.

Local sculptor and craftsman Batmunkh was invited to realize a concept created by FAILE and added his personal interpretation to their sculpture. Wolf Within embodies the similarity of the challenges faced by fast-modernizing places around the world. It also calls to mind the incredible changes Mongolia now faces, as a mineral rich and quickly urbanizing country. Afterall, the fortunes of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, increase as steadily as the mining of gold, copper, and uranium from sites like Oyu Tolgoi, shaking up a historically pastoral society. The consequences of this change are, of course, unknown, but Wolf Within is a reminder of nature’s strength, and its ambivalent dance with big money.

Faile - Wolf Within (2013)
FAILE – Wolf Within, 2012, Fiberglass, Steel & Granite, 500cm, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Faile - Wolf Within (2013)
FAILE – Wolf Within, 2012, Fiberglass, Steel & Granite, 500cm, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


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A large public installation by Robert Montgomery in India

A large public installation by Robert Montgomery in India

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Robert Montgomery, Fado music in reverse, Biennale di Kochi-Muziris 2012

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Robert Montgomery, Fado music in reverse, Biennale di Kochi-Muziris 2012

For India’s first festival of international contemporary art, the Kochi Muziris-Biennale, which first took place in 2012, Robert Montgomery has created a poem about exile in light on the sea-facing façade of Aspinwall House which he describes as Fado music in reverse.

Photos: Kochi-Muziris Biennale


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Optical illusion billboard by Hawaiian artist in SouthKorea

Optical illusion billboard by Hawaiian artist in SouthKorea

Cayetano Ferrer, Daejeon City
Cayetano Ferrer – Daejeon City #1, 2007

Cayetano Ferrer’s describes his works like this: My work ends up being the result of the question: what exactly is an illusion? Is everything we see on a screen or a printed photograph an illusion? Is culture implicated in illusion? Can language itself be an illusion?

Cayetano Ferrer, Daejeon City
Cayetano Ferrer – Daejeon City #1, 2007

Cayetano Ferrer, Daejeon City
Cayetano Ferrer – Daejeon City #1, 2007


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A rainbow spanning over NYC at night

A rainbow spanning over NYC at night

Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow

Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, 2012

ABOUT GLOBAL RAINBOW

Global Rainbow, After the Storm is a monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern, viewable to millions of New Yorkers. Organized in response to Hurricane Sandy, the artist projected seven beams of high power laser light over communities hit hard by the storm, originating on Manhattan’s lower west side and spanning across Brooklyn toward the Rockaways. The installation aimed to symbolize hope and act as a call to action to support the communities that were devastated by the storm. The artwork illuminated the night sky and was visible for up to 35 miles. Despite its significant range, the lasers used a minimal amount of power, approximately the equivalent of two hairdryers. Global Rainbow has been presented throughout Europe and launched the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in England and Northern Ireland.

ABOUT YVETTE MATTERN

Yvette Mattern is a visual artist who lives between New York and Berlin. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University’s Film Division. Mattern works mainly with video and film, which she fuses with elements of performance, public, art and sculpture. Mattern’s video Last Day of Magic was included at the 53rd Venice Biennale Official Satellite Program in 2009, and her work has also been exhibited at the Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway; Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria; and Freies Museum, Berlin.

Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, 2012

Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, 2012

Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, 2012

Photos by James Ewing


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