the week in art with colossal feb 25th   march 2nd, 2012 the week in art with colossal feb 25th   march 2nd, 2012
mar 03, 2012

the week in art with colossal feb 25th march 2nd, 2012

designboom’s week in art with colossal brings you a run-down of the best in art around the web, hand-picked by guest editor christopher jobson, founder of colossal. if you’ve missed any of the art news this week, here’s a chance to catch up with what’s been happening. the 10 most interesting things seen on colossal, designboom, and elsewhere on the web over the past week. every saturday colossal has the last word on the week’s biggest stories.


1. thread-drawn tank sculpture by jannick deslauriers 2. light sculptures by makoto tojiki 3. floating cloud installation by berndnaut smilde 4. a french hotel room half covered in graffiti 5. jim hodges: reflective boulder installation 6. kinetic rings mimic the flight of birds 7. french street artist JR and the wrinkles of the city project 8. the street views google wasn’t expecting you to see – in pictures 9. alex gross: product placement 10. prismatica

the military vehicle practically floats in the gallery space

thread-drawn tank sculpture by jannick deslauriers the tank is made from sewn-together textiles and hangs from the ceiling with fishing-wire. deslauriers articulates the invisible presence of war in the present day– even when the person viewing the tank might not be directly affected by violence.

a very bright body of work

light sculptures by makoto tojiki japanese artist makoto tojiki works primarily with light, exploring its use in installations, figurative sculptures, as well as kinetic pieces. his ‘no shadow’ works shown above are among my favorite, using long strands of lights to create representations of people and animals.

the cloud was created in this small room and lived for only a moment

floating cloud installation by berndnaut smilde berndnaut smilde authentic cloud-sculptural installation occurred briefly within the online gallery probe before it dissipated. the result is an incredible collection of images, documenting this momentary wonder.

the awesomely graffitied room is split precisely in half

a french hotel room half covered in graffiti internationally recognized graffiti artist tilt has just completed this eye-popping interior design work for the au vieux panier hotel in marseille, france. for this space entitled panic room (which might aptly describe your mental state after a few nights in this willy

wonkaesque environment) tilt divided the room perfectly down the middle, one half covered entirely in his trademark vibrant and bubbly graffiti and the other half left stark white.

the massive shiny rocks will soon be moved outside the gallery space

jim hodges: reflective boulder installation the four boulders have a half-steel surface created in four colors including pink, blue, gold and lavender. the reflective skin helps to emphasize the sheer size and crevices unique to each rock.

when the wearer moves his/her index finger, the hinges move the feathers in a bird-like manner

kinetic rings mimic the flight of birds kansas-based metalsmith and jeweler dukno yoon creates rings, bracelets, and other devices that mimic the movements of birds by harnessing the motion caused by the flick of the wrist or flexing of fingers. yoon received his BFA from kookmin university, seoul and an MFA from miami university, oxford, ohio and most recently has been working on a series of metronomes that also explore the movement of birds.

older faces smile out at the city in which they call home

french street artist JR and the wrinkles of the city project the street artist takes photos of older people from the city of los angeles taken at close-range (28 millimeters), printing and posting the images around the city on building exteriors.

mapping camera malfunction turned poetry

the street views google wasn’t expecting you to see – in pictures the photo project nine eyes of google street view by jon rafman’s is named for the alien-looking nine lens camera-orb which rests atop the google street view cars at they make their rounds around the world. the result is a crazy grouping of images google execs might not have known they compiled for all the internet-accessible world to see.

the painter tackles issues of consumerism and globalism in his current exhibition

alex gross: product placement gross manages to portray (through oil on canvas, panel and paper media) his brand-sensitive reality of living in a contemporary society.

video of prismatica

prismatica kit webster crafted a sculpture from an LCD screen with pyramid-shaped crystals attached. the light from the screen lights up the crystal formations, refracting light through the pieces into the surrounding space.


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