michael joo: expanded access at glasstress 2011
 
michael joo: expanded access at glasstress 2011
jul 06, 2011

michael joo: expanded access at glasstress 2011

‘expanded access’ by michael joo at glasstress 2011 image © designboom

new york based korean artist michael joo participates in glasstress 2011 with the work ‘expanded access.’ made from mirrored blown glass, this installation recreates velvet ropes that typically separate elite crowds from the rest, arranged in a maze-like formation but including an open point for entry. dramatically illuminated by overhead spotlights, these fragile stanchions are reminiscent of both overprotected art institutions and restricted biennale opening parties, exploring the dichotomy of exclusivity and inclusion in the contemporary art world.

michael joo: expanded access at glasstress 2011 detail

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michael joo: expanded access at glasstress 2011 open entry point detail

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michael joo: expanded access at glasstress 2011 installation view

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installation process video © glasstress

along with the twenty other glasstress artists, joo created this work with help with the assistance of glass masters and specifically selected this room at the palazzo cavalli franchetti for its display.

— glasstress is a collateral event of the 54th international venice biennale, now in its second year after debuting in 2009. conceived by adriano berengo, the exhibition collaborates with contemporary artists and designers from around the world to showcase their talent and creative expressions. the biennale and its collateral events are on view until november 27, 2011.

  • Details would be nice I agree… I think everything is made of the mirror glass though

    Sara
  • Details of the piece would make me appreciate it more. The stantions are of the same material?

    lenlu

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