Monday, 31 May 2010
The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing presents the exhibition "Feelings are Facts". It is the first collaboration between Olafur Eliasson, my favourite artist in the world, and Ma Yansong, one of the most prolific Chinese architects. Together they've created an installation specially for the of UCCA’s Big Hall, uniting architecture, light and fog.
Their work invites the audience to enter an endless space of fog, with fluorescent tubes of red, green and blue; by moving through the space, the colors blend, and so the viewers create their own color spectrums.
Just discovered photography work by Los Angeles based artist David DiMichele.
He builds all these fantastic environments in his studio and then he photographs them! So they are not real scale, but in the photos they look it!! What he does is making a statement about how audiences see and experience monumental art....still... I just wish these installations were real life.
The Centre Pompidou-Metz opened this month and it is entirely independent in its cultural choices.
Inside the building, the space is flooded with day light and the atmosphere is enhanced by a pale wood roof, white-painted walls and floors in pearl-grey polished concrete.
It looks lovely, next trip! http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/
Zaha Hadid's MAXXI national museum of XXI century art opened up to the public finally yesterday(the building took 10 years to complete). It’s dedicated to both architecture and art and the fascinating design features strikingly long walls that transform into ceilings and floors.
In this months Frame mag I found this lovely hotel opened in the medieval borgo of the small Italian town Prata Sannita, at the foot of the Massiccio del Matese. Invited to transform these seemingly unwanted spaces for the future, without negating their past, Viennese collective feld72 designed a functional simple hotel in a dramatic natural setting. One room features a roll-out caged bed, allowing guests to sleep suspended high above the landscape, under the stars...isn't that just romantic!!!
I saw it this morning reading the new Frame mag: Toogood Studio has redesigned the shoe department at ‘Comme des Garçons’ Dover Street Market in London. The interior is made with stacked plaster blocks, raw concrete walls, copper pipes and hanging bulbs on rope.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Artist's own words: 'My photographs are most like a map of the prison cells; like a Google Earth view of a landscape. I try to communicate information about the individuals that have to live in perhaps the smallest possible space for habitation that a person can have – without showing this person himself. Personal and functional items are all accommodated in the tightest space.
I’m interested in how a person arranges personal and functional items in their small cell. And what kind of person can it be.
Paul Smith Space in Jingumae. At the space Paul’s art collection was exhibited for the first time in the world, showcased works from the world-famous artists including Banksy, Gio Ponti and David Hockney to young emerging artists.
The 4-storey shop features also a library with various art books and imported items around the world, and an art wall displaying Paul’s art collection selected from his shops around the world. Every June, Paul Smith Rose, a special kind of rose developed for his wife, blossoms in the garden of the shop in Jingumae.
The “future convenience store.” The Concept Tee Shirt Store allows you to pick and choose t-shirts like you would a chocolate bar or a bag of chips through a vending machine style purchasing system. Each t-shirt comes in a labeled can.