Tag Archive "installation"

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Call to order at the Barnes – Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson

[Roberta goes to the press preview of the Barnes’s new contemporary art exhibit and says The Order of Things gives you lots to ponder about collecting and presenting art.  Also it’s a lot of fun. –the artblog editors] Three artists, Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff and Fred Wilson, were called to the Barnes.  The charge:  Interpret Dr. Barnes’s idiosyncratic way of hanging art, the “ensembles” he invented to weave together his collection by conscious placement of works that have unintentional allegiances; and respond to it. The result: The Order of Things, up until August 3.  Three wonderful and inventive installations commissioned by ... More » »

The original installers of Franklin's Footpath, immersed in Apfelbaum's work 1

Seeing stripes–a celebration of Gene Davis at Temple Contemporary

[Noreen strolls through a psychedelic homage to one of Philadelphia’s most famous public artworks, and reflects on the experience of being totally immersed in color. — the artblog editors] From Tyler School of Art’s Distinguished Alumni Mentoring Program comes Polly Apfelbaum + Dan Cole: For the Love of Gene Davis–a two-person show grounded in the work of American painter Gene Davis, who in 1972 created “Franklin’s Footpath,” a 414-foot-long striped painting on the Ben Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Apfelbaum goes off the wall Born in 1920, Davis worked as a painter from 1949 until his ... More » »


Kay Healy on artblog radio – The comfort of soft domestic environments placed in the world

Kay Healy is known for her “stuffed” wall works, printed environments that look like scenery for a play or life-size relief sculptures. The environments are domestic, with chairs, tables, a refrigerator, a sink — printed and stuffed.  The artist is from New York, and is sensitive to people’s loss of their domestic objects because of her own experience losing things.  After getting a BA in art history, she went on to an MFA in printmaking at UArts.  In our interview, she talks about her life and her influences, including Pepon Osorio, whose work convinced her that art could have a tangible ... More » »


Cracks in the boundary walls – Keith Harrison and Napalm Death

(Katie chronicles a participatory combination music/art show with an unexpected yet satisfying end — the artblog editors) It was a peculiar crowd that piled on to the two-carriage train to Bexhill on Friday 29th November, a sea of beer-swigging beards mixed with gallery types making their excited way to this sleepy seaside town. The occasion was a combination no less eclectic: a collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum’s former resident ceramicist Keith Harrison and the infamous grindcore band (**see note below) Napalm Death, who share both roots in Birmingham and a notorious appetite for destruction. On top of the ... More » »

Lewis Colburn, showing us his hand-made half-scale cinder blocks.

Lewis Colburn on history and how it morphs through the re-telling – An artblog radio podcast

Lewis Colburn loves history and his sculptures and installations often deal with historical periods and ideas at play in those bygone eras. We would have loved to meet and talk with him in his studio in the Viking Mill building in Kensington, but that building, which houses many artists studios and small businesses, was recently closed due to some code violations (part of it — the space Little Berlin occupies — is now open). Colburn is a CFEVA fellow and a member of the alternative gallery Napoleon.  His work is on view until Dec. 6 in the Citywide exchange show As First ... More » »

Lewis Colburn, speaking with us for an artblog radio  podcast.

Lewis Colburn – Next on artblog radio!

Lewis Colburn is a maker of whimsical sculptural installations that are sometimes life size and sometimes half-scale. The artist loves history and his works often deal with historical periods and ideas at play in those bygone eras. We would have loved to meet and talk with him in his studio in the Viking Mill building in Kensington, but that building was recently closed due to some code violations. Colburn is a CFEVA fellow and a member of the alternative gallery Napoleon.  Now until Dec. 6, you can see his work in the Citywide exchange show As First as exactly, a ... More » »


Chris Burden’s Extreme Measures at the New Museum – Extremely good

(Cate tells us about the boyish work of Chris Burden at the new Museum, a show with big ideas and big objects.–the artblog editors) The current show at The New Museum is a guy show, a guy magnet, a veritable Super Bowl of guy art. The exhibition, Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, spans the entire Museum from the lobby to the rooftop, including the facade of the building. The show brings this West coast artist to New York with unabashed fan fever. A boat on the building Starting with the boat installed on the facade of the building, the 1 ton truck ... More » »

Scott Pellnat, installation shot, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers, Camden

Scott Pellnat’s 3D gizmo cartoons at UArts and Stedman Gallery, Rutgers, Camden

Scott Pellnat’s massive, two-prong installation-invasion at University of the Arts and Stedman Gallery at Rutgers, Camden, is all essence of Back to the Future/mad scientist tinkering-with-a-purpose. If you could bottle the energy from “Ahab” at University of the Arts and from the room full of machine-creatures at Stedman, you’d have a product to compete with Red Bull. I met Pellnat at Stedman to see his new works (they are in the 2-person show, (re)collecting (re)constructing: Scott Pellnat and Allen C. Topolski, curated by Cyril Reade).  And he explained that he had a studio — this was news! Over the last ... More » »

Kay Healy, Kitchen and Breakfast Room, screen printed, stuffed and sewn fabric on wheat pasted Tyvek wallpaper, 2013

Wind Fleisher Challenge 1 – House, home, hearth, people, in Daniel Gerwin, Kay Healy and Ashley Wick’s works

Childhood games and the domestic environment set the tone in the Wind Fleisher Challenge 1. This is writ large in the work of Daniel Gerwin and Kay Healy. And,  while ideas of home, family, comfort, and lack thereof and domestic activities don’t inhabit the works of Ashley Wicks, there is childhood lurking in Wicks’ animation based on paintings, which have the air of innocence about them. It’s a show that sparks memories as well as ideas about the state of contemporary art making, where ideas run the show, and work that feels impersonal is in fact deeply personal and privately-coded. Daniel ... More » »

Jason Rhoades, "The Creation Myth" (1998), overhead shot

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads at ICA – Some roads are better than others

Is it fair to say that the parts are bigger than the whole? That the pleasure lies in the small moments? For me that’s the way it was stepping on to Jason Rhoades’ Four Roads at ICA. The first floor paths are the most exciting, with all the scatter art.  The grayed-out, funereal carnage of “Garage Renovation New York (Cherry Makita)” (1993) sets an austere tone that is completely upset when you round the corner for the big bang of color and noise and junk and stuff of “The Creation Myth” (1998).  In both these works, the microcosmic meets the ... More » »

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