the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit christchurch, new zealand in 2011 left more than 16,000 homes in the area uninhabitable and slated for demolition. australian artist ian strange has documented the dramatic loss in his latest artistic intervention and film ‘final act’, staging an architectural installation which saw him deconstruct, dissect and carve holes from four of the now-vacant suburban structures. you can see more pictures and read more of the article at designboom
i recently added one of these photos by mistake into an article i wrote about gordon matta-clark, how could i have been so stupid. so quickly i removed the photos and i’m here to pay my dues. i have seen past work by richard wilson, like the oil filled room at the national gallery (london) which blew me away. yet this one, in liverpool 2007, sets to impress me even more, not only for its beauty but for the immense technical difficulties he must have had to go through to produce it.
Bless N°29 Wallscapes are a series of wallpapers 4m x 3m to cover one wall of your home. to give life to that barren wall or hallway. or how about to cover your kitchen like Bless did (below) for their last show. Bless web shop . Inspired by and developed for the exhibition BLESS fits every style at the Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. The BLESS Wallscapes are documents of interiors where BLESS products live or used to live.
“My drawings express dissent. At a time of total theoretical and practical stalemate when architecture has been reduced to responding to practical needs, drawings ask questions on how to start thinking of the city again.”
It is with these few, grave but crystal-clear words that Carmelo Baglivo opened and summed up a fine exhibition curated by Emilia Giorgi for the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. It displays a small sample of the countless drawings and collages produced by a founder of IaN+, one of the best-known and most active practices in the theoretical debate on the Italian scene of the last 20 years.
I think this must be one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time
These raw wooden objects are Matylda Krzykowski‘s way to come back to her Polish roots. This talented curator, designer and project initiator is also a founder and curator of amazing matandme. Take a look at the rough sculptures from the project Daddy Would Be Proud.
“Extraordinary wood carvings can be found when you visit native Polish markets. Some of the most interesting are carved in the Beskids, a series of mountain ranges in South Poland. The wood carvers from there take their wares to the market, where they present their objects. My Father is from this region. My Mother has always said that he is a true ‘Goral’, a boy from the mountains. Influenced by these crafts from the country of my origin, I interpreted my own woodworking skill into a series of small objects using pear tree wood.”
perspectives by john pawson : venice biennale 2013
On the occasion of the 55th International Art Exhibition — Venice Biennale, Swarovski presents the newly-established Swarovski Foundation with a project by British minimalist architect John Pawson. Titled Perspectives, the project is installed in the heart of the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. The new Swarovski foundation has established a series of missions: the improvement of human rights; social engagement; support of women initiatives as the access to sanitary system and education to favour the progress of young people and community; the preservation of natural resources on earth; the constant support to creativity and culture at large; and the promotion of innovative projects as well as a deep liaison with research in design, for example in its support of the Design Museum London.