Founder of Architects of Air, Alan Parkinson recently created his latest architecture maze. Daedalum, is a 153-foot long inflatable structure comprised of 19 interconnected egg-shaped domes. The installation is located in London as a part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. The labyrinth’s tunnels are filled throughout with colored light panels, bringing the interior to life with psychedelic hues. Continue reading →
Situated in a clearing within an Italian forest, John Grade’s latest installation, Reservoir, appears like a chandelier glistening among the pine trees. Grade studied the Park’s ecosystem, carefully planning the installation in harmony with the surrounding landscape. When rain falls or snow lands the water accumulates within Reservoir’s clear pouches, giving them their droplet-like shape. In doing so, the installation gets heavier and lowers. While in sunny, warm weather it rises back into its original structure as the liquid evaporates. The sculpture rises and falls with precipitation differently each time it rains or snows.
Chicago-based art duo Luftwerk recently opened a site-specific exhibition titled Parallel Perspectives inside of the McCormick House, the Elmhurst Art Museum’s contemporary art center and historic house designed by Mies van der Rohe. Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero installed acrylic panels, RGB LEDs, and diffusers that interact with the light in the space to create a kaleidoscope of colors and geometric shapes that respond to Mies’ architecture. ‘This exhibition combines ideas of Johannes Itten’s color theory and the basic concepts of the Bauhaus: with the geometry of a square as a prevalent form and playing with one-point perspective and 90-degree angles.
Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, going under the name Shoplifter, is a master in her medium. She uses hair of many different colors to bring a tactile landscape to life in the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. In an interview, Shoplifter explains her fascination with this medium saying, “It started out with my fascination with humans and the things we mass produce for obscure reasons. Hair extensions are trying to beautify yourself and be unique. I noticed that layering the hair together and having it flow around created a very painterly tapestry feeling.”
French Architect Emmanuelle Moureaux gives viewers a glimpse into her memories of visiting Tokyo for the first time 23 years ago. Unlike the European greys she was familiar with, she remembers seeing thousands of colors floating in the cityscape. “It was as if I saw color for the first time” Emmanuelle. In commemoration to her journey, Forest of Numbers is installed at The National Art Centre. The 2,000 space is filled of thousands of numbers strung together with transparent nylon and hung in rows and columns, from floor to ceiling, immersing viewers in nothing but color. “I want people to feel color with their entire body” Emmanuelle.
“Corey Moranis is a Canadian artist and designer specializing in lucite jewelry. She favours lucite because its capacity for colour and light effects are playful and mesmerizing. Nik truly captured the essence of the collection with this impressive serie of colourful photos. Exploring light refraction travelling through a serie of gels, the result is stunning.”
Daphne Judith Lee and Jamie Rolfe Sneed founded an artist collective in Minnesota. The duo dubbed the company after their middle names: JUDITH + ROLFE. Their specialty is creating beautiful quilled paper sculptures bursting with life and color. Daphne began her paper craft career as an architect in New York working on scale models of buildings. That is also where she met her husband Jamie, who takes care of all the business and logistics. The two were drawn to using paper as a medium due to its capability to transform into anything. By placing thin strips of paper on its side they create three dimensional flower and plant sculptures from a seemingly two dimensional resource.
Reiko Takahashi’s photo of A humpback whale calf has won her first place in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition. Other honorable mentions and people’s choice winners are shown below.
George Barrett-Jones designed and created an automatic knitting machine powered by a stationary bicycle. George takes his contraption to his local train station in Eindhoven, Netherlands and allows people to keep warm while they wait for their train. As the participants pedal the bicycle, a small machine begins to knit a cylindrical scarf right before their eyes. It’s done in minutes and they are on their way with a scarf and a smile.