Romain Crelier - La Mise en Abîme, 2013, used oil, metal, at the Abbey-church of Bellelay, Switzerland
"Entitled La Mise en Abîme, the mesmerising installation comprises two large, extremely precise and impeccably finished receptacles in which vast quantities of used oil are contained. Shaped like giant puddles, the sculptures with their shiny, and lacquer surfaces (thanks to the expressive properties of oil) reflect the surrounding, allowing the viewers to interact with the architecture of the church by being pulled into the reflection so that they, in turn, become part of the sculpture itself. The installation not only dispenses multiple visual thrills and mysteries but also offers a moment where sculpture creates another reading of space.
Working in a scale simultaneously monumental and intimate, these sculptures continue Crelier‘s career-long exploration of the space through conceptual engagement with buildings as well as his experimentation with light and dark, form and void, inside and outside, surface and depth, abstraction and figuration, reflection and absorption.” [We Find Wildness]
Doug Aitken has just announced the details of Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, an exciting new art project that will support programming at seven partner museums, including SFMOMA! This September, a train (turned into a “kinetic sculpture” by Aitken) will travel from NYC to SF, stopping along the way to connect artists, musicians, and creative pioneers. Watch this video to learn more!
Image: Rendering of Station to Station train by Doug Aitken. Work in progress. © 2013 Doug Aitken
Thousands of LED Lights Create a Tunnel of Hopes
As part of Vivid Sydney 2013, Designworks worked with The Benevolent’s website Society to create an amazing interactive light installation that consists of thousands of tiny LED lights. Called Hundreds and Thousands, it’s a walk-through tunnel where the lights are controlled individually, responding to on-the-ground visitors who interact with them, or by Australians who share their hopes via tweet.
Benevolent Society, Australia’s first charity, is a not-for-profit and non-religious organization that helps people change their lives through support and education. In this , they asked people to share, in 140 characters or less, what positive change they hope for in the next 200 years. The installation responds when people share their hopes for the future via Twitter when they add the hashtag #hopesforchange or through their website.