For many years, Australian-based artist Ken Unsworth has made viewers hold their breath with his timeless work entitledSuspended Stone Circle II. The installation was first completed in 1974 and produced again in 1988, and is awe-inspiring in both its fragility and volume. Unsworth used 103 river stones each weighing about 33 pounds and bound them together by three sets of wires that were tied to rings and secured to the ceiling. They form a suspended disc, with each element resting perfectly in its place. The sculptor hung the stones so that their center of gravity falls on the central axis of the disc, and each stone is equal distance from one another. As they remain in midair, their cone-shaped stabilizing wires mimic a force field, and it’s almost as if they are held up by this energy. Unsworth’s installation is peaceful, balanced, and even a little nerve wracking – at any moment, the work could theoretically come tumbling down. Unsworth first gained popularity as a sculptor in the 1970’s when he combined performance art with minimalist forms. In addition to stones, the artist has created other monumental works, including a piece titled Rapture, where a grand piano is formed into a large set of stairs. text and photos via : my modern met
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.