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Yayoi Kusama at the Serpentine Gallery in 2000 with her work Dots Obsession. Photograph: Graham Turner Yayoi Kusama has created an estimated 50,000 works during a career spanning half a century, is feted in her native Japan and in the US - yet in Britain she remains relatively unknown. Kusama turned 80 in March, but when we meet at her Tokyo studio, she is a vision in a bobbed, blood-red wig and a red one-piece dress covered in her beloved polka dots. Hayward Gallery, London
first image 'crystal of resistance' by thomas hirschhorn for the venice art biennale 2011 image © designboom for his country's participation at the venice art bienniale 2011 , artist thomas hirschhorn presents the work 'crystal of resistance' . created with found materials along with hirschhorn's signature duct tape and tinfoil, the large-scale installation features the crystal as a recurring motif for its multifaceted, light-reflecting properties, as well as its association with genesis. presented in the swiss pavilion at giardini, the charged work is a contrast to the country's traditionally neutral political stance. 'I decided - from the very beginning - to put my work in the form and force field consisting of the four parts: love, philosophy, politics, aesthetics.
first image dentsu: paint sound sculptures the creative studio dentsu, teamed up with photographer linden gledhill to create this series of paint sculptures using sound vibrations. the series was part of a campaign for canon’s pixma ink printer brand. the photographs and videos begin by wrapping a membrane around a small speaker. ink drops were placed on this membrane and the speaker was turned on. once it began to vibrate the ink begins to jump up and down. high-speed video cameras and still cameras were used to capture this including circling around the sculptures to see them from all angles. experimenting with different sounds and frequencies created the various pieces.
(click for detail) Japanese artist Tomoko Shioyasu was born in Osaka in 1981 and majored in sculpture at the Kyoto City University of Arts. Her immense floor-to-ceiling tapestries are meticulously cut by hand from enormous sheets of paper using utility knives and soldering irons.
The minimalistic liquid Kusho sculptures by Japanese born artist Shinichi Maruyama are pure zen to watch and remind me on a Japanese form of calligraphy, or artistic writing. Maruyama started his professional career in Tokyo in 1993, 10 years later relocating his studio to New York city in search of more global opportunities. Specializing in splashing and energetic movements within shots, Shinichi Maruyama’s work is subconsciously influenced by a Japanese sense of beauty.
RGB Color est e pluribus unus RGB is a work about the exploration of the “surface’s deepness”. RGB designs create surfaces that mutate and interact with different chromatic stimulus.
The Mushroom Death Suit by artist Jae Rhim Lee is a body suit laced with flesh-eating mushroom spores that is designed to help a dead body decompose naturally. Lee has been “training” the mushrooms to consume her body by feeding spore cultures tissue samples and excretions from her own body.
Last week, Alice told us about Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno's interactive installation called Cloud Cities . The display consists of twenty clear orbs of varying sizes being suspended at different heights. Within each orb is a different organic material like water or plant life.
Packing tape has gotten MacGyver out of many a jam, but he never managed to make an entire home out of the stuff. So he could probably learn something from Viennese/Croatian design collective For Use/Numen. The team uses nothing but packing tape to create huge, self-supporting cocoons that visitors could climb inside and explore.
We first wrote about Vivid Sydney a few days ago when we asked you to watch Urbanscreen's transformation of the Sydney Opera House and now we have some photos from the whole event. The 18-day extravaganza is all about turning Sydney into a canvas of light, music and ideas. For those of us who can't make it out there by the closing date of June 11, 2012, we can enjoy these photos from some of the highlights including The Electric Canvas' large scale projection of the Customs House and The Buchan Group's ghostly, subaquatic mapped water projection called sub|version ! (See immediately below.)
Working together with the amazing Emily Gobeille , we created the interactive installation, 'Funky Forest' which premiered at the 2007 Cinekid festival in the Netherlands.