Tomás Saraceno – In Orbit, 2013, permanent installation at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
A massive installation by Tomás Saraceno titled In Orbit has to be one of the artist’s most notable and successful installations. At a height of more than 20 meters, Saraceno suspended a mesh construction within which audiences could move weightlessly on the net. The net construction, which was accessible on 3 levels, was designed to resemble a cloud setting or landscape.
Ian Strange – Film still from Suburban
Suburban by Ian Strange
Suburban is a complex film and photography installation that was created by New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. Suburban was created by Strange as a result of a collaboration with a film crew and volunteers from different parts of America including Alabama, Detroit, New Hampshire, Ohio and New York. Over the course of three months Strange and the film crew photographed and filmed 8 different sites that featured singular suburban homes from different states.
Karina Smigla-Bobinski – ADA, 2010, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2013
ADA, a kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, stands out for being interactive and unpredictable; Imagine a giant ball that is filled with helium gas and its surface covered with charcoal spikes. The helium causes the ball to be suspended in the air and the charcoal sticks provide grips and a medium with which to create art.
Through numerous exhibitions ADA is getting immense attention from visitors and the best part is, you do not have to be an artist yourself to enjoy the experience. Visitors get to push the ball which moves freely in space because it is not attached to anything and as the ball comes into contact with the surrounding walls, the charcoal sticks draw ambiguous lines on them. The result of what is drawn is never predictable and it is perhaps this feeling of suspense that keeps visitors coming back.
Gimhongsok – Canine Construction, 2009, 164x231x90cm
This Canine Construction by South Korean artist, Gimhongsok is one that anyone would fall in love with, coupled with the enigmatic quality it has. This work is the sculpture of a dog remains one of the artist’s most well-known works in recent times. The creation involved using garbage bags, balloons, cardboard boxes, all assembled with expensive materials like resin.
Chris Burden – Porsche with Meteorite, 2013, restored 1974 Porsche 914, 390 pound meteorite, steel structure installation, New Museum, New York City, USA, 2013
Photo: Benoit Pailley, New Museum
About Chris Burden’s Porsche with Meteorite
Chris Burden was not exactly an everyday artist. While his previous work usually involved a form of danger (see Shoot), his last works have still been about performance, but mostly involved creating very much advanced models of working machines. One of such of his works was sitting in the New Museum, NYC in 2013. At the New Museum, there was a large chunk of meteorite which weighed 365 pounds hanging from one end of a massive steel frame while a Canary yellow 1974 Porsche 914 hung from the other end.
Burden went to great lengths to make his machines come to live and a great deal of energy and intelligence is required. According to the story of how the meteorite machine came to be, Burden spotted the huge meteorite on eBay and it was available on free shipping too. He had never seen a meteorite that big and he went ahead to buy it without actually having any inkling whatsoever about what he would do with it.
Chris Burden whose most well-known work is Shoot, an art performance in which he had his own arm shot by a friend in 1971, had over the years grown into a stocky, vigorous 67 years old man. His works were usually huge and they always took very long time to bring to life but there is a clean elegance about them which Mr. Burden said he imbibed from the University of California.
Miaz Brothers – Master 8, 2013, 190x140cm
The Miaz Brothers present a drastic new interpretation of portraiture, as the siblings, create large-format canvases using spray paint in a unique new way. Their series with the Masters focuses on the historic and notable figures from the time of the English Restoration, while evoking a new take on the Masters.
They explain that the use of spray paint is representative that we, as humans, “are composed of infinite particles in continuous evolution”. The spray paint creates a blurred effect that expresses the duo’s work: “dematerializing the lines, we gain a substantial indetermination of the picture. This skips any immediate reaction and provokes the viewer to use mnemonic associations instead for their own personal visual information encoding.”
The Miaz Brothers have a very particular method to their art; their style elements are dichotomized and further enact the concepts of temporality and transcendence. The Miaz brother’s paintings are made up of large haunting portraits, of ghostly figures that are only just visible. These works are based on the Old Masters, and with little more than that information, the viewers are given all that is needed to complete the narrative.
Their otherworldly work is without a doubt evocative and highlights our transitory actuality, and the interchange that is existence. The Miaz brothers also bring into conversation the many ideas surrounding perception and how each person’s perception varies from person to person so drastically. Every viewer sees precisely what they want or need to when viewing the portraits, whether they see a historical figure, or someone they know, each person projects their own associations and perceptions on to the blurred canvas. This is what is so refreshing about the Miaz brothers, they don’t tell you what to see, think, or feel- it is up to you to interpret the artwork, and no matter how you do, you are right.
Miaz Brothers – Young Woman 2, 163x130cm
Miaz Brothers – Young Man 6, 130x99cm
Miaz Brothers – Young Man 2, 163x130cm
Miaz Brothers – Old Master 16, 130x100cm
Miaz Brothers – Old Master 31, 162x130cm
Miaz Brothers – Old Master 30, 162x130cm
Miaz Brothers – Old Master 19, 2013, 162x130cm
Miaz Brothers – Old Man 4, 162x130cm
Miaz Brothers – Lady F, 2014, 162x130cm
Imran Qureshi – And They Still Seek the Traces of Blood, 2013, At Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE, 2014
Photo: Salsali Private Museum
Imran Qureshi’s “And they still seek the traces of blood” (2013) has become renowned for its ability to invoke emotional responses from viewers as this intrinsic work is printed on thousands of crumpled sheets of paper and gathered to form a precipitous heap. The title of his work, “nd they still seek the traces of blood quotes a poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz with reference to individuals who have been killed and buried without their lives honoured nor the events surrounding their deaths investigated.