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October 30, 2012

Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style

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Here’s a novel approach to developing an alternate persona: Nina Katchadourian’s extemporaneous “Flemish” portraits created with materials typically found in  public restrooms: paper towels, toilet paper and seat covers. Katchadourian frequently works with simple found materials, improvising them into artworks around a specific theme which she then photographs. For the 2012 election she has created a piece called Monument to the Unelected with campaign signs she’s designed to commemorate those who failed in their election bids. A version of this piece is now on display at the Washington Post offices here in Washington, DC. To see more of Katchadourian’s work, visit her web site.

 Monument to the Unelected

October 25, 2012

Horrorgami Adams Family House for Halloween

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From early childhood, London artist Marc Hagan-Guirey has been a huge fan of horror movies. He began working with kirigami (the Japanese art of cutting an image from a single piece of paper) by designing a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House in Los Angeles, but then gravitated to more spooky edifices with a design for the house that served as the set in the Adams Family television show. From there he’s moved on to create a Horrorgami Overlook Hotel (The Shining), The Amityville House, and the MacNeil house from The Exorcist. He has plans to do more, and has a show coming up in November at Gallery One-and-a-Half in London. A video of the artist and his work is at this link. Thanks to Betsy Rubinstein for bringing these horrors to our attention.

Food as Fashion

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       Food as Fashion by Ted Sabarese      

Contemplating your costume for this Halloween? We thought you might draw some inspiration from photographer Ted Sabarese’s “Hunger Pains” project in which fifteen designers and artists created edible fashions from foods the models were craving. These ephemeral outfits took hours of preparation and lots of patience on the part of the models. They may not last through an evening of trick-or-treating, but who needs treats when you’re wearing such delectable couture?

October 1, 2012

A Garden of Lighting Delights

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Forest of Light sculpture by Bruce Munro, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

We at Popular Kinetics love a light show, and British artist and lighting designer Bruce Munro has fabricated several impressive installations at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Visiting the gardens on Friday night, we experienced the magic of his fiber optic artworks on our nocturnal garden walk. Forest of Light is a piece featuring 20,000 glass globes on knee-high stems, each with a fiber optic filament wrapped gently inside the clear glass. Strands of filament run along the ground from the base of each stem, gathered into spaghetti-like bundles and ending at a light source punctuated by changing colors. Walking amongst the trees and the vast network of moving and glowing hues was delightful. But it was the vast expanse of the project and an appreciation of the labor involved that pushed this from a mere novelty to a more grandiose form of expression.

Water Towers sculpture by Bruce Munro, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

Munro’s Water Towers was our favorite of the eight installations. Sitting in an open meadow were 69 towers of 252 water-filled bottles, each with a fiber-optic filament threaded through its cap. Again, the towers were constantly shifting color, and an etherial sound track accentuated the other-worldly feeling of the piece.


Waterlilies sculpture by Bruce Munro, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

The one piece meant to be viewed by day was also striking: Waterlilies suggested  large, floating leaves of the Victorian lily with Munro’s use of a flotilla of repurposed CDs hovering on the surface of a large pond. Sunlight danced on the reflective surfaces, creating a completely different lighting effect here.

Unfortunately, we just learned about the exhibition at its close, so it is no longer possible to see it at Longwood. But with the success of this show, hopefully more of Munro’s pieces will be making an appearance in the U.S. soon.

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