The Vanitas is a current contemporary exhibition at Sutton House (Tudor home built in 1531) in Hackney, London. Using different techniques, the artists Iluá Hauck da Silva, Sophia Schorr-Kon, Alice Hodge, and Lawrence Owen explore the Vanitas theme, based on the Dutch painting style of the XVI and XVII centuries.
The art of dining is a side project that is also worth a look. It takes the atmosphere of the show to incorporate food, art and design in five-day pop up banquet. Check out the next one here
[Iluá Hauck da Silva, ‘Veins of Vanity’ ]
[Sophia Schorr-Kon, “Delphines Call’ ]
The Damien Hirst‘s exhibition (with all his key works from over twenty years) at Tate Modern is absolutely unmissable and can be quite disturbing as well.
I’ve taken a few pictures with my phone and here are the ones that highlight his work on death or life.
[Him, “With Dead Head”]
[All mosaics made out of butterflies]
Brazilian artist Felipe Barbosa (born 1978, lives in Rio de Janeiro) re-contextualizes common materials and accentuates their formal qualities by creating repetitive yet dynamic compositions. Although constructed manually, his sculptures are indicative of the mass-production process used to manufacture the materials.
Familiar objects are cast away on their application by altering their physical compositions and creating unexpected and formally engaging situations. In doing so, the artist shifts the focus from usage/intent to formal qualities, allowing new ideas and associations inherent to the materiality of the object to be more recognized. Barbosa’s practice is centered on recycling materials and highlighting their design elements and iconographic presence in a cultural context.
Soft and cuddly creatures are covered with novelty firecrackers, depleting their affectionate quality and making them threatening. Barbosa’s ability to alter an object’s physicality and meaning makes its mark again on a sculpture made out of readymade doghouses. Toys and soccer balls become inoperative, as the doghouses are uninhabitable and clear reference to the favelas in Brazil.
Accumulation is the mandatory word in Barbosa’s work, and its vehicle to accumulated objects to obtain meaning. This becomes possible through assembling schemes, fitting, splicing, contrast, combination, and results.
The last two pieces displayed here are from my personal collection.
Who is the guest of the day: Thiago Noronha is a designer. And Tomie’s daddy.
Video (in Portuguese)
Sculpture by Diego Figueroa
The artist argue that in order to entirely understand an artwork the beholder needs to reconstruct this empty space that there is between what has lead the artist to make this art and the proper representation of the artwork itself. It’s true!
This artwork also reminds me that the ideas that inhabit our mind are build up from many pieces of fragments of something else. Quiet deep thoughts, ahn?! ;)
Following my previous posts you can see how obsessed with pets I am. I’ve fallen in love for these hybrid mythical sculptures creatures by Emily Valentine
Detail: they are made out of animal parts from roadkill and dead pests.
Toilet Bowls Waterfall by the artist Shu Yong
This odd piece was presented during The festival of ceramics in Foshan, in South China’s Gunagdong Province. It’s exactly what it looks like: a 100 meters long and five meters height Toilet Seat Waterfall created out of 10,000 toilet accessories like toilets, sinks and other sanitary ware.
Have you heard about Virtual Sculpture? It’s exactly what this work is about!
As the artist Kim Asendorf explains: “Can’t see 3D is an automated virtual sculptor. Once an hour it grabs an URL from the database and uses the images from that page as source material for the sculptural process. Each sculpture exists just for a very short moment, and just in a virtual space…. This service is highly limited to 1 URL per hour. It will start on Monday, October 17th and will be totally disabled after 30 days.”
How cool! Check out all the outcomes here.
My mind is full of confronting ideas and expectations right now and this artwork by the artist Hans Hollein for the Venice Biennale in 1980 could perfectly represent these multiple facades of myself . ;)
Can’t wait to see the special reproduction made for the V&A Pos-modernism’s exhibition. Get the info here.