Food for thought (in quarantine)

Art:

1/Cornelia Parker (British, b. 1956)
Mass (Colder Darker Matter), 1997
Burnt wood, wire and string

Proposing that matter is never destroyed but merely transformed, Cornelia Parker challenges the way we experience destruction. Mass (Colder Darker Matter) is made  from the charred remains of a Texas Baptist church that was struck by lightning.

2/Horacio Zabala (Argentine, b. 1943)
Hipótesis para Phoenix (Hypothesis for Phoenix), 2016
Acrylic on wall, enamel paint on wood

3/Tom Friedman (American, b. 1965)
Big Big Mac, 2013
Styrofoam and paint

4/Black Cloud (Nube negra), 2007
Carlos Amorales (Mexican, b. 1970)
25.000 paper moths and butterflies

Inspired by the annual migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, Carlos Amorales conceived Black Cloud as a ”plague” of moths that swarm through museum spaces.

Phoenix Art Museum

January 30th, 2019

 

 

Sarah Lucas : Au Naturel

A love-it-or-hate-it situation

Over the past thirty years, Lucas has created a distinctive and provocative body of work that subverts traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and identity. Since the late 1980s, she has transformed found objects and everyday materials such as cigarettes, vegetables, and stockings into disorienting, confrontational tableaux that boldly challenge social norms. The human body and anthropomorphic forms recur throughout Lucas’s works, often appearing erotic, humorous, fragmented, or reconfigured into fantastical anatomies of desire. – New Museum

The exhibition was on view between September 2018 – January 2019.

New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York

January 6th, 2019

Liquidation Totale

Three Heads Fountain (Three Andrews) (detail), 2005, epoxy resin, fiberglass, wire, hoses, immersible pump, rubber-lined basin, water;

Bruce Nauman, Three Heads Fountain (Juliet, Andrew, Rinde) (detail), 2005, epoxy resin, fiberglass, wire, hoses, immersible pump, rubber-lined basin, water;

From Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts @MoMA PS1

December 14th, 2018

 

The Art of Ageing Gracefully

Even a hundred-and-twenty-year-old basement boiler becomes a work of art, when it is lovingly restored and partly covered in gold. It helps, of course, if the boiler is found in the basement of MoMA PS1 and the person responsible for its restoration is an artist.

Saul Melman took it upon himself to bring a previously unnoticed element of the building back into the spotlight, by sandblasting the boiler and spending days scrubbing and cleaning the floors and surrounding area. Finally, he applied gold leaf leaving small sections of the pipes uncovered, showing their original beauty.

Saul Melman, “Central Governor” (2010)

MoMA PS1, Long Island City

December 14th, 2018