Monday, October 29, 2012

Andrea Zittel

Mary Mattingly's Waterpod reminds me of Andrea Zittel's Indy Island at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Sculpture Park, 100 Acres. Zittel created a habitat in the middle of the park's lake and it is used to house artists in residence at the park. Her statement for the project is here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Lois Weinberger is working on a network, devoting his attention to peripheral areas and questioning all sorts of hierarchies. He sees himself as a field worker and started in the early 1970´s with ethno-poetical works, which are the basis for an artistic debate - developed over some decades - concerning standard social behaviour in both natural space and that of civilization. Ruderal plants involved in all areas of life, are initial and orientation point for notes, drawings, photographs, objects, texts, films as well as big projects in public space.

Mary Mattingly explores the themes of home, travel, cartography, and humans' relationships with each other, with the environment, with machines, and with corporate and political entities. She has been recognized for creating photographs and sculptures depicting and representing futuristic and obscure landscapes, for making wearable sculpture, and for her ecological installations, including the Waterpod (2009).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thomas Hirschhorn- Concordia Concordia

Thomas Hirschhorn's current exhibition "Concordia Concordia" is the artist's recreation of the recent wreck of a Italian cruise ship where 34 passengers were killed. This interpretation of the tragic disaster illustrates the simulations that Baudrillard wrote of in "The Precession of Simulacra." Hirschhorn is removed from the event, using pictures and video to shape the installation. The viewer enters the gallery with only that knowledge as well, thanks to media and news coverage. It is hard to tell from photos how much he has disguised the space and how convincing it is as the site, but it could be extremely powerful as hyperreality.