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I stopped by the Gladstone Hotel ‘s latest design exhibition last night. Curated by landscape architect Victoria Taylor, it’s the inaugural year of Grow Op , a landscape-based exhibition of experimental works that seek to ‘uncover new ways of expression and meaning through projects that represent a wide range of approaches from the prosaic to the poetic, the elemental to the ephemeral.’ Grow Op curator, the landscape architect Victoria Taylor. All images: VoCA It reminded me of the wonderful Come Up to my Room , the design exhibition that celebrated ten years at the Gladstone this past January. Read my blog post about it HERE .
An artist's quest to make art tailored to the Internet, in the physical spaces of modern Los Angeles, London, and Newcastle That up there might look like some very cool but not particularly unusual street art. And that's pretty much what it is, if you were to see it on the London street where it lives.
In a world of “dumbed-down,” down-right boring playgrounds , the colorful, architectural masterpieces of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam stand apart. The Japanese artist knits her amazing projects by hand – her most famous project, for example, inside the “ Woods of Net ” Pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, took her about a year to complete . We took a moment to speak with Ms. Horiuchi MacAdam about the Pavilion and her other works, how they bridge the worlds of art and architecture, and how they irresistibly invite the world to play .
The time it takes to create great art is often unfathomable, but imagine if snow were the medium and each piece could take up to ten hours! That sounds excruciating! Snow artist Simon Beck does just that, creating intricate geometric patterns reminiscent of crop circles in the snow, often on top of lakes, in the middle of the night! He plans his designs with a ruler and protractor, then straps on his snowshoes, and super-sizes the pattern with his footsteps. Most of his designs are completed at the ski resort Les Arcs, in the French Alps, where he lives for the Winter.
It’s not the first thing you think of when you see a package of plastic cups, but Tara Donavan has been making beautiful sculptures with the mass produced items… and they look a lot like fields of snow. By taking transparent plastic cups and stacking them at varying heights, then placing them side-by-side, she makes a rolling field of white. It looks almost soft enough to make a snow angel. See Also Huge Magazine Sculptures Swallow Objects Whole Donovan’s works use products like Scotch tape, styrofoam cups and drinking straws to create sculptural works with a biomorphic style. Because of their mostly brilliant white color, the shapes take on an inviting and clean feeling often resembling snow or soap bubbles.
We have recently written about how waterfront lighting can create dramatic and memorable effects. Even the canals of Amsterdam have been involved in a bioluminecsence design proposal. This past May, the city of Tokyo executed an exciting temporary lightshow in its Sumida River as part of their Hotaru (“firefly”) Festival. One hundred thousand plastic orbs, each containing a bright blue LED, were sent flowing down the river as a tribute to the fireflies that used to flourish along the river. The design of the orbs was environmentally-conscious with solar-powered LEDs.
Lives of Girls and Women, 1990 This work examines gender stereotypes and how these were imposed by societal structures and pressures and ultimately expressed through popular media. Using interviews with women of various ages about their memories, conflicts and aspirations, I wrote fictional composites of these conversations. I rewrote these histories, incorporating a style similar to that of product advertising from women's magazines. I chose to use Barbie doll clothing as "fashion backdrops" for these quotes as, historically, the marketing of Barbie has been based upon, and reflected, the influence of changing trends in young women's lifestyles.
Kirsty Mitchell's Wonderland series has been three years in the making All costumes, wigs and sets were constructed on a shoestring budget Some images took up to five months to create She would often wait an entire year to find the perfect natural setting for her shots By Stephanie Hirschmiller PUBLISHED: 14:11 GMT, 17 May 2012 | UPDATED: 09:34 GMT, 18 May 2012 Kirsty Mitchell's late mother Maureen was an English teacher who spent her life inspiring generations of children with imaginative stories and plays. Following Maureen's death from a brain tumour in 2008, Kirsty channelled her grief into her passion for photography.