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This tank is not a real tank – Andreas Angelidakis

This tank is not a real tank – Andreas Angelidakis

Andreas Angelidakis - Polemos, 2017, documenta 14, Fridericianum Museum, Photo Nils Klinger
Andreas AngelidakisPolemos, 2017, Foam and vinyl seating modules, Ten blocks: 50 × 70 × 70 cm, 110 blocks: 50 × 70 × 140 cm, 16 blocks: 50 cm × 70 cm diameter, documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Photo: Nils Klinger

Introduction

Named for the Greek spirit of war and battle, Polemos is comprised of 136 foam blocks covered in various camouflage fabrics. Together the blocks of foam and vinyl seating modules create a massive tank, which can be disassembled and reassembled in other formations-including seating for visitors to the Fridericianum Museum (where the piece was exhibited during documenta 14). Clearly, a comment on the uncertain nature of war, Polemos is the result of Andreas Angelidakis multidisciplinary practice in art and architecture.

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After Soviet & US invasions: Creation of beautiful war rugs

After Soviet & US invasions: Creation of beautiful war rugs

Afghan War Rugs, AFP-JIJI
War Rug in Afghanistan
Photo: AFP-JIJI

The War Rugs of Afghanistan

Every time there is war in a region, the locals look for ways to ease their frustration in an effort to remain hopeful. Afghanistan has been at war for a long time and while most people are aware of the United States invasion in 2001, the Soviet Union had occupied the region in 1979. The Middle East region is renowned for its creative rug art and this trade was popular among the women. Up until the dawn of the 1980s, Afghanistan rug makers would dramatically alter the designs of the rugs. Instead of flowers, tanks, airplanes and rocket launchers would comprise the basic design of the rugs. Even though these new-age rug designs would be symbolic of hard and trying times, they would be among the richest art form as a result of war.

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Is this life-size deflated tank entirely made of Italian leather? – He Xiangyu

Is this life-size deflated tank entirely made of Italian leather? – He Xiangyu

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm#

About He Xiangyu’s tank

He Xiangyu’s Tank project commenced in late 2011 and was completed in early 2013. The sculpture is a prototype of the tank, specifically a T34, based on one that was found near a regimen positioned between North Korea and China. The T34 model was used as China’s armed forces principal tank, and furthermore was the same model that was used during specific infamous incidents in China’s recent history.

He Xiangyu had taken his own risks to complete this piece as he had to coordinate a team to sneak into the army base during the night to measure parts of the tank by hand as large-scale measuring tools were unavailable. Determining the measurements took four months. The plans based off of these dimensions were detailed and painstakingly thorough, so thorough that Xiangyu could reproduce an actual tank.

The artist used high grade vegetable tanned leather as his main material for his tank, creating the “outer-coat” by using the dimensions and proportions from the measurements scaled with a very insignificant magnification. Xiangyu together with 35 workers, completed the Tank Project in about two years, using over 250 full-scale leather hides and 50,000 meters of wax string. The finished piece weighs over 4000 pounds. Xiangyu‘s Tank Project also includes the relating diagrams, and video.

About He Xiangyu (何翔宇)

He Xiangyu, was born 1986 in Kuandian, China. In 2008, Xiangyu graduated from Shenyang Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in art, where he studied oil painting. His work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions around the world. He Xiangyu’s works have been in collections such as: Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Domus Collection, USA; Pinault Collection, France; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany; Mercator Foundation, Essen, Germany; Artron Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Sishang Museum, Beijing, China.

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view (detail), leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view (detail), leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

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Provocative pink handmade tank in Hong Kong

Provocative pink handmade tank in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s 1 July protests

The Hong Kong 1 July protests are a surprising sight on the often chaotic stress. This day marks the transfer of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China (PRC) and is a public holiday it was originally thought to be a day of celebration. However, now it is mostly known for hundreds of thousands of people flooding the streets who protest for democracy, universal suffrage and a variety of other political concerns. This annual protest rally started in 1997, the year of the handover, and in 2003 brought out as much as 500.000 Hong Kongers. Only the protest in May 1989 in favor of the participants of the Tiananmen Square protests was bigger with 1.5 million participants.

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Balloons hold babies, carry beer & create a tank

Balloons hold babies, carry beer & create a tank

Hans Hemmert - german panther, 2007

Hans Hemmert - German Panther, 2007,  Air, Glue, Balloon, 960x370x300cm
Hans Hemmert – German Panther, 2007, balloons, air, glue, 960 x 370 x 300cm

Introduction

There are more than enough art pieces by Hans Hemmert (b. 1960) floating about the world, in private collections, as well as in museums and galleries. Born in Germany, Hans is known all over the globe as one of the best-selling contemporary artists of his time. Most notable for his installations with balloon sculptures, his work has been exhibited in highly respectable galleries such as the MoMA in New York and the Shanghai’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

About Hans Hemmert

Hans Hemmert was raised in the Bavarian countryside. As a child, he was always fascinated by the idea of working with his hands but it was not until he joined Philosophy school in 1981 that he realized that his calling was in art. Therefore, he joined the Akademie der Künste to study sculpture before moving on to the prestigious St. Martin’s School in London, which is still today a highly sought-after school for anyone that intends to specialize in contemporary Anglo-Saxon sculpture designs.

Early influences

Hans was influenced heavily by English sculpture throughout his studies in his hometown as well as in London. He studids under Anthony Caro, who was also a popular steel sculpture artist during the sixties in England. Caro also worked closely with the legendary Henry Moore.

Balloon Structures

In the beginning, he would only work with steel but soon switched materials to air because steel was expensive and the heavy weights would often hurt him in the process of creation. His first projects with air consisted of artwork made with inflatable objects such as rubber pool items and a lot of children’s toys.

Very quickly afterward, Hans decided to create these objects himself instead on relying on ready-made items. His portfolio quickly became made up of videos of almost 10-minute-long performances, as well as photographs of his larger than life balloon structures. Today, Hans creates his own balloons having researched unique development techniques in his studio. Most of the balloons are made using latex materials sourced from England- the larger ones can take as long as 3 weeks to produce.

His first balloon exhibition took place at the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden in 1995. He utilized an enormous yellow balloon as a sculpture that filled the entire room up to the ceiling. Over the years, Hans has created hundreds of balloon works. Some of the structures are standalone but he often appears inside others. His balloon installations are also usually adapted to suit the architecture of the exhibition space. As such, it is not unusual to find one of his balloons stuffed and packed in small unusual spaces such as under a bridge.

One of his most well-known works is the German Panther, 2007, a tank made entirely out of balloons.

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