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Our Changing Seas: A Ceramic Coral Reef by Courtney Mattison

 

Our Changing Seas III is the third piece in a series of large-scale ceramic coral reef sculptures by artist Courtney Mattison. The sprawling installation is entirely hand-built and is meant to show the devastating transition coral reefs endure when faced with climate change, a process called bleaching.

Source: Our Changing Seas: A Ceramic Coral Reef by Courtney Mattison | Colossal

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Diana Al-hadid’s “The Fates” at Secession in Vienna

Diana Al-hadid is an artist who’s work I first saw at the Marienne Boesky Gallery in New York. Her sculpture “Trace of a Fictional Third”(2011) absolutely took my breath away. (see my post here) Her latest exhibition “The Fates” just opened at Secession in Vienna.

I really love her sculpture work. I am intrigued by the floral yet geometric composition combined with subtlety of color and variety of material. It is truly stunning.

Diana Al-Hadid, Blind Bust II, 2012, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, Blind Bust II, 2012, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Diana Al-Hadid, The Fates, installation view, Secession 2014, Photo Oliver Ottenschlaeger

Read a great interview with Diana in Vogue and the Press Release for the show on Secession.

Interlude / Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work

“Interlude / Influence” at the Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts

 Magic Chromacity

Magic Chromaticity Image by: Frank Couch/fcouch@al.com

I had the great pleasure of going to visit the University of Alabama Birmingham’s brand new art building: The Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts. Currently on display on the exterior of the building is Amanda Bowder’s Magic Chromaticity, where the building is draped with fabric. Read about the fabric installation on AL.com.

Another one of the current exhibitions inside is “Interlude/Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work.” It is a particular stunning exhibition of art that came from Alabamians, people who studied in Alabama, or people who transplanted here to Alabama. All the artists are all connected to UAB’s Art Department in some way. I loved this show as it is quite the testament to the talent that we have or grow out of the city of Birmingham.

Interlude / Influence

The exhibition will be going on August 11 – September 22, 2014 with the opening reception on August 29. From their website:

Interlude / Influence presents works from current UAB Department of Art & Art History faculty and select alumni. The exhibition will examine the dynamics of the master/apprentice relationship that occurs within the academic art context.

Please stop by and check out this incredible exhibition. AEIVA is located at 1221 10th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205 and is open Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday: Noon to 6:00 p.m., closed on sundays. 

Begin 2007 David Sandlin

Begin
2007
David Sandlin
Class of 1979
Lithograph

I’m Fine. 2014 Bonard Hughins

I’m Fine.
2014Bonard Hughins
Class of 2005
Mixed media 

I’m Fine. 2014 Bonard Hughins

I’m Fine.
2014
Bonard Hughins
Class of 2005
Mixed media

I’m Fine. 2014 Bonard Hughins

I’m Fine.
2014
Bonard Hughins
Class of 2005
Mixed media

I’m Fine. 2014 Bonard Hughins

I’m Fine.
2014
Bonard Hughins
Class of 2005
Mixed media

White Wreath (Oracion) 2014 Douglas Pierre Baulos

White Wreath (Oracion)
2014
Douglas Pierre Baulos
Assistant Professor
Dictionary pages, thread, porcelain, found objects

White Wreath (Oracion) 2014 Douglas Pierre Baulos

White Wreath (Oracion)
2014
Douglas Pierre Baulos
Assistant Professor
Dictionary pages, thread, porcelain, found objects

White Wreath (Oracion) 2014 Douglas Pierre Baulos

White Wreath (Oracion)
2014
Douglas Pierre Baulos
Assistant Professor
Dictionary pages, thread, porcelain, found objects

White Wreath (Oracion) 2014 Douglas Pierre Baulos

White Wreath (Oracion)
2014
Douglas Pierre Baulos
Assistant Professor
Dictionary pages, thread, porcelain, found objects

RSVP before the party is over. 2011-2014 daCRe™ [Chris Darce}

RSVP before the party is over.
2011-2014
daCRe™ [Chris Darce]Class of 2001
Lithography, block print, hasd pressed letterpress blocks, collage and prisma color on paper

RSVP before the party is over. 2011-2014 daCRe™ [Chris Darce}

RSVP before the party is over.
2011-2014
daCRe™ [Chris Darce}
Class of 2001
Lithography, block print, hasd pressed letterpress blocks, collage and prisma color on paper

RSVP before the party is over. 2011-2014 daCRe™ [Chris Darce}

RSVP before the party is over.
2011-2014
daCRe™ [Chris Darce}
Class of 2001
Lithography, block print, hasd pressed letterpress blocks, collage and prisma color on paper

RSVP before the party is over. 2011-2014 daCRe™ [Chris Darce}

RSVP before the party is over.
2011-2014
daCRe™ [Chris Darce}
Class of 2001
Lithography, block print, hasd pressed letterpress blocks, collage and prisma color on paper

RSVP before the party is over. 2011-2014 daCRe™ [Chris Darce}

RSVP before the party is over.
2011-2014
daCRe™ [Chris Darce}
Class of 2001
Lithography, block print, hasd pressed letterpress blocks, collage and prisma color on paper

UNTITLED SEQUENCE, from the series EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT 2013 Jared Ragland

UNTITLED SEQUENCE, from the series EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT
2013
Jared Ragland
Visual Media and Outreach Coordinator, Adjunct Professor
Pigment Print

A beer in the hand is worth two in the pool. 2014 John Fields

A beer in the hand is worth two in the pool.
2014
John Fields
AEIVA Curator, Class of 2003
Acrylic on canvas
courtesy of beta pictoris gallery

Pry Open 2013 Stacy M. Holloway

Pry Open
2013
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant Professor
Cast Bronze, wood, mixed media

Pry Open 2013 Stacy M. Holloway

Pry Open
2013
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant Professor
Cast Bronze, wood, mixed media

Bridge to Comfort 2012 - present Stacy M. Holloway

Bridge to Comfort
2012 – present
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant Professor
Wood

i can live without it #6 2013 Jonathan Gann

i can live without it #6
2013
Jonathan Gann
Class of 2012
Mixed media on Yupo

i can live without it #6 2013 Jonathan Gann

i can live without it #6
2013
Jonathan Gann
Class of 2012
Mixed media on Yupo

the wrestlers 2014 Jonathan Gann

the wrestlers
2014
Jonathan Gann
Class of 2012
Mixed media on paper

the wrestlers 2014 Jonathan Gann

the wrestlers
2014
Jonathan Gann
Class of 2012
Mixed media on paper

the wrestlers 2014 Jonathan Gann

the wrestlers
2014
Jonathan Gann
Class of 2012
Mixed media on paper

And Beyond 2013 Clayton Colvin

And Beyond
2013
Clayton Colvin
Class of 2004
Acrylic, graphite, charcoal, india ink
courtesy of beta pictoris gallery

And Beyond 2013 Clayton Colvin

And Beyond (detail)
2013
Clayton Colvin
Class of 2004
Acrylic, graphite, charcoal, india ink
courtesy of beta pictoris gallery

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Totem
2014
Merrilee Challiss
Class of 1994
Gouache and ink on panel

Totem 2014 Merrilee Challiss

Totem
2014
Merrilee Challiss
Class of 1994
Gouache and ink on panel

Totem 2014 Merrilee Challiss

Totem
2014
Merrilee Challiss
Class of 1994
Gouache and ink on panel

Totem 2014 Merrilee Challiss

Totem
2014
Merrilee Challiss
Class of 1994
Gouache and ink on panel

Cullman, AL pt. II 2014 Chad Burton Johnson

Cullman, AL pt. II
2014
Chad Burton Johnson
Class of 2010
Mixed media on wood

Interlude / Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work

Rally Cross I 2012 Sonja Rieger

Rally Cross I
2012
Sonja Rieger
Professor
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle
PhotoRag 308
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Rally Cross I 2012 Sonja Rieger

Rally Cross I
2012
Sonja Rieger
Professor
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle
PhotoRag 308
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Rally Cross I 2012 Sonja Rieger

Rally Cross I
2012
Sonja Rieger
Professor
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle
PhotoRag 308
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Sunday Rally 2012 Sonja Rieger

Sunday Rally
2012
Sonja Rieger
Professor
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle
PhotoRag 308
courtesy of beta pictures gallery
Rally Series
I moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1979 and it felt like another country. I went with a friend to a Klan rally we had seen advertised. We stood with other photographers, but were soon asked to leave.
Eyes wide open; I began photographing this sense of culture, politics, and indifference. I photographed the tiny elements of the everyday, surface elements of a darker humanity. But I also photographed the beautiful Alabama skies looking in all directions to try to make sense of this place. The dark night -time activities of the rally contrast the serenity of the skies.
— Sonja Rieger

Untitled 1990 Keith Mitchell

Untitled
1990
Keith Mitchell
Class of 1985
Ceramic

In the Morning of the Magicians (the flaming hips) 2014 Derek Cracco

In the Morning of the Magicians
(the flaming hips)
2014
Derek Cracco
Associate Professor
Acrylic on panel
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Falling in love again (I can’t help it), Marlene 2011 Derek Cracco

Falling in love again (I can’t help it), Marlene
2011
Derek Cracco
Associate Professor
Collage and acrylic on panel
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Falling in love again (I can’t help it), Marlene 2011 Derek Cracco

Falling in love again (I can’t help it), Marlene
2011
Derek Cracco
Associate Professor
Collage and acrylic on panel
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Harmonic Dissonance 2012 Derek Cracco

Harmonic Dissonance
2012
Derek Cracco
Associate Professor
Collage, acrylic, and resin on panel
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Harmonic Dissonance 2012 Derek Cracco

Harmonic Dissonance
2012
Derek Cracco
Associate Professor
Collage, acrylic, and resin on panel
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Harmonic Dissonance 2012 Derek Cracco

Harmonic Dissonance
2012
Derek Cracco
Associate Professor
Collage, acrylic, and resin on panel
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Harmonic Dissonance 2012 Derek Cracco

Harmonic Dissonance
2012
Derek Cracco
Associate Professor
Collage, acrylic, and resin on panel
courtesy of beta pictures gallery

Know no Bounds 2014 Stacy M. Holloway

Know no Bounds
2014
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant
Cast resin, wood, mixed media

A Change of Heart 2014 Stacy M. Holloway

A Change of Heart
2014
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant
Wood, foam, plexiglas, mixed media

A Change of Heart 2014 Stacy M. Holloway

A Change of Heart
2014
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant
Wood, foam, plexiglas, mixed media

A Change of Heart 2014 Stacy M. Holloway

A Change of Heart
2014
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant
Wood, foam, plexiglas, mixed media

A Change of Heart 2014 Stacy M. Holloway

A Change of Heart
2014
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant
Wood, foam, plexiglas, mixed media

A Change of Heart 2014 Stacy M. Holloway

A Change of Heart
2014
Stacy M. Holloway
Visiting Assistant
Wood, foam, plexiglas, mixed media

House of Open Minds 2008 Dan E. Bynum

House of Open Minds
2008
Dan E. Bynum
Vintage wallpaper and charcoal on birch panels

Interlude / Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work

Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo – A Film by Michel Gondry

At this years Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, I had the great pleasure of seeing Mood Indigo – a new film by Michel Gondry based on the 1947 novel by Boris Vian. It was an incredibly creative film. I would expect nothing less from the director of “The Science of Sleep” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”- but Mood Indigo took it to a whole other level. The film is a work of art. It starts off bright, chaotic yet positive, full of passion, creativity, and humor – and then slowly descends into cramped, claustrophobic, dark, and ends with without redemption. This review of the novel puts it best:

“This is a great novel . . . Your heart will be broken. You will be confused and confounded. You will laugh aloud. And at least for a time, however hard you try, your own world will refuse to be what you think it is.” —James Sallis, author of Drive, in the Los Angeles Times Book Review

I am really glad that I was able to experience such a creative film. Leaving the theatre, I was overwhelmed with emotion about the film and left with a deep sadness about the world. However, the more that I thought about it that night, the more that I could see how the story touches so many aspects of human life in a whimsy manner. It conjured deep emotions that could only be expressed through an artform such as the medium of film. Truly this film is an incredible work of art. You should see it. Check out the screening times.

MOOD INDIGO – Official theatrical trailer from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

 Mood Indigo

 Mood Indigo

 Mood Indigo

Henrique Oliveira

Henrique Oliveira’s “Transarquitetônica” – Repurposed Wood Tunnels

I’ve had this sculpture/installation by Henrique Olivera in my inspiration folder for a while now. This massive winding sculpture is positively beautiful. It’s quite incredible how he can make wood seem so fluid.

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Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira (previously) recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece..

Source: Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP | Colossal

I’ve posted on his work before on Artcation – Here and Here.

Jacob Hashimoto

Jacob Hashimoto’s “Gas Giant”

I am in love with this huge installation by Jacob Hashimoto titled “Gas Giant“. The installation took 25 Days, 7 people, and over 3,000 hand made and suspended kites. I am absolutely stunned by the complexity of the installation as well fascinated by the intricate patterns. I wish I could see this stunning work in person.

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Check out the cool video showing the installation progress:

via Showing: Jacob Hashimoto – “Gas Giant” @ MOCA « Arrested Motion.

Olafur Eliasson’s “RIVERBED” at Denmark’s Louisiana

Olafur Eliasson has as fascinating installation at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art opening up tomorrow 8/20/14. As seen on Dezeen, the landscape of rocks and riverbeds contrast against the bright white stark walls. This is a super interesting installation for Eliasson. I’ve seen a lot of his spatial-installation work, but none have drawn so much on nature.

via Olafur Eliasson fills Danish modern art museum with “giant landscape”.

Check out my Artcation post about Eliasson’s exhibition: Innen Stadt Außen.

UPDATE: Check out this awesome photo from Eliasson’s Studio facebook page. People are making mini carins and the landscape is constantly changing: Eliasson

 

 

Artist Kurihara Takuya

When Isaac and I were in Berlin at the Flea Market in MauerPark (Flohmarkt), We stumbled across Kurihara Takuya selling his work from a table in the middle of the isle. His collages and works were captivating. We bought a good number of pieces from him and I have three sitting above my desk to this day. His work is so detailed, combining collage, ink and paint on paper. Absolutely lovely and stunning. I am going to be keeping an eye out for shows.

From his website:

Kurihara, born Japan 1983

Working with a mix of classical and modern techniques and using a combination of acrylic paint, ink, marker pen, fine liner and collage he produces works that are both abstract and defined, playful yet concrete. Free flowing splatters of color are painstakingly refined with tiny line work, patterns and carefully masking taped color fields. His painted works float on meticulously prepared canvases, often with multiple layers of subtly textured under-painting, while his drawings on paper flow between minimalism and graphic design.

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Nasan Tur “Berlin Says…” in “Wall Works” at the Hamburger Bahnhoff

Nasan Tur‘s installation at the Hamburger Bahnhoff’s “Wall Works” shows a large wall so full of spray painted words that it is a dappled solid red. Paint cans strewn across the gallery floor. It took a lot of words, time, and paint to fill this wall up. There’s a video of the execution of the installation. The words have been gratified before.. from different people and artists around Berlin. Some of the words are harsh, some are loving, some are just jibberish. I just love how all its meaning, non-meaning, and legibility just fades away into one red surface.

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Berlin Gallery Week: Bjoern Dahlem

This weekend I had the insane pleasure of peeking in on Gallery Weekend Berlin. I got to see some incredible art. One artist in particular stood out to me: Bjöern Dahlem at Galerie Guido W. Baudach. His installation “Orbits of High Velocity Starts” is this gorgeous tangled floating wood with balls of various light fixtures at the terminals. The way the wood curved seemed effortless for such a material. I love how he plays on themes of science and the universe.

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Inspiration: Katharina Grosse’s “I Think This Is A Pine Tree”

Loving Katharina Grosse‘s “I Think This Is A Pine Tree” at the Hamburger Bahnhof. I can’t wait to see if I can make it to this exhibition in person.

via Art thing: The Queen of the spray gun and its object-painting – Culture – Berliner Morgenpost. (german article)

more images on her site here.

Update 5/7/2014:

I got to see this in person! It was part of an exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhoff in Berlin called “Wall Works”. It was absolutely stunning.

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“The Silent Strength of Liu Xia” at the DOX

When I was abroad in Prague, Czech Republic –  I was able to go to the DOX Center for Contemporary Art. What a fabulous place. The building is off the beaten path but well worth the cab ride.

It the center, there was an amazing and emotional exhibition called “The Silent Strength of Liu Xia.” you can read more about her situation here. From the DOX website:

Poet and photographer Liu Xia (*1959) is a banned artist in China, and her work can only be seen in private or on the internet. 

She is the wife of Liu Xiaobo, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and po­litical prisoner, who was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years in prison for co-authoring Charter 08, a liberal manifesto, in which he called for an open discussion on the implementation of democracy in his country. This challenge, signed by tens of thousands of Chinese citizens including leading representatives of the academic and art scene, was inspired by Charter 77 and the ideas of former Czech president Václav Havel. Václav Havel played an important role in international efforts calling for Liu Xiaobo‘s release, and he asked Liu Xia to show her photographs in Prague as part of this campaign.

Since 2010, when Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xia has been under illegal house arrest with no means of communicating with the outside world. Her strangely unsettling photographs featured in the exhibition entitled The Silent Strength of Liu Xia were created in 1996–1999 during her husband’s forced stay in a labour camp, and reveal the unofficial Chinese reality, subject to repression and censorship.

On 17 February 2014, Amnesty International issued an “urgent action” on Liu Xia due to her critical state of health, caused by her long-term isolation.

Seeing her work was really powerful and emotional for me. Especially watching the video of people breaking past the guards to see her. In the exhibition, the video was subtitled.

Some of her photography:

© Liu Xia

© Liu Xia

© Liu Xia

 

My iphone photos of the exhibition:

DOX Rooftop

TL;DR – this exhibition was really powerful and sad at the same time. It pains my heart that Liu Xia is still under house arrest with no contact to the outside world.

Artist Fuco Ueda

Another artist exhibiting at Thinkspace Gallery has caught my eye. Japanese artist Fuco Ueda. In Thinkspace’s words:

Ueda is renowned for her surreal narrative paintings of slight girls surrounded by all manner of lush hyper-colored flora and fauna.

I just love it. Check out the exhibition Kioku No Hana (Flower of Memory) if you’re in LA / Culver City.

YABUSAME

Flower of Memory 1

Hairdressing

Piece of Spring

Piece of Spring

Sweet obsession

Sweet obsession

Symbiosis