MODERN-DAY FOSSILS BY DORA BUDOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based Croatian artist Dora Budor creates sculptures and films that expose the technical and otherwise overlooked elements of movies. Budor most regularly engages with movie props—objects which are inherently fake or flawed, yet appear real and perfect on-screen—in order to “reanimate” them and give them a second life through recontextualization.

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A series of sculptures built around discarded movie props with artificial weathering, rust, and dust positions the objects as modern-day fossils. Budor views cinema through an anthropological lens, seeking to explore how people interact with films and the way that fictional characters become part of a collective emotional reality.

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TEXTILE BLOBS BY SERENA GARCIA DALLA VENEZIA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chilean artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia creates stunning textile art from small handmade fabric balls that she then groups together. Growth and accumulation, order and chaos are the driving inspiration behind her work. The effect is somewhat pixelated in the end, full of thoughtful gradations in color and contrast.

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YOUTHFUL ADVENTURE BY NICHOLAS ZAREMBA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Boston, MA based artist Nick Zaremba is a Drawer, Painter, and Installation Artist. His constantly evolving and morphing artwork ranges from small framed drawings and site specific 3D installations to large scale commissioned murals all the while translating what he does by hand to digital graphics able to be placed on products such as snowboards, apparel, and packaging.

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Zaremba draws influences from his youthful adventurous side, the colors in nature all around him, psychology, and semiotics. These influences along with his curiousity of the human condition mixed with lifelong ingredients including skateboarding, graffiti, DIY culture, are his driving force to create.

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WONDER INSTALLATIONS BY JULIO LE PARC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Julio Le Parc was born in 1928 in Mendoza, Argentina. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to Paris in 1958. Le Parc’s most widely exhibited work deals with light: using reflection, refraction, and shadows to create dazzling arrangements, to produce a “dynamic viewer.” His light installations are made from materials such as wire, mirrors, lenses and boxes.

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While Le Parc is known for creating work that relies heavily upon theory and abstraction, throughout his career he has been concerned with the breakdown of structures that uphold the divisions between art and society. He routinely used questionnaires to solicit information from the public about their thoughts on modern and avant-garde art.

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LIFE OF GRASS BY MATHILDE ROUSSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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French artist Mathilde Roussel’s sculptures are conceived like living organisms. During her creation process, Roussel progressively gives up control over the materials she uses by letting them find their own form of existence. She selects mediums that are both fragile and resistant: paper pulp, graphite powder, incised rubber or plants. This choice allows her to explore unstable forms and observe their continuous mutation.

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Mathilde is interested in the intimate link that connects the skeleton to  our muscle structure — allowing us to challenge gravity. Standing requires the collaboration of an infinite number of body parts that constantly adjust our balance according to the movement we operate. Through incision, opening, recovering and suspension, the artist forces the forms she produces to find their place in space, thus expressing and revealing the movement they contain in themselves. The sculptures oscillate until they find their pivotal point.

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NEON HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS BY ALEJANDRO ALMANZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda lives and works between Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York and Mexico City, Mexico. Using poor or found materials in dangerous or unlikely combinations, Almanza creates striking works of art. A major theme is instability.

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Cinder blocks, plaster sculptures, metal chains, disco balls, and light bulbs are often displayed in tenuous equilibrium. Another theme might be described as entropy. His works suggest that things are always in the process of falling apart. Alejandro’s works are focused on the present moment, the ingenuity of the makeshift; the brilliance of the stopgap measure that only makes sense for right now.

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ALUMINUM ANT COLONIES BY BRAD TROEMEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Brad Troemel loves ants and internet tutorials. Brad created sculptures using a variety of Internet-learned skills, including casting underground ant colonies from DIY forged aluminum, creating handmade paper that can grow a garden and plexiglass ant farms, amongst other stuff.

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His metal sculptures of ant colonies are made by pouring molten aluminum directly into an abandoned ant colony. The sculptures reveal the varying colony designs of different ant species, from simple branching nest of the carpenter ant to the complex colony of the fire ant.

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The artist has also worked on a series of mid-size acrylic cases that hang perpendicularly to the wall. These shiny, translucent plastic objects glow with a variety of candy-colored hues, but are actually small colonies of infertile female harvester worker ants. The small insects chew their way through a nutrient-laden gel to create randomized tunnels.

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ASTONISHING INSTALLATIONS BY SONJA VORDERMAIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sonja Vordermaier was born in 1973 in München, Germany. She now lives and works in Hamnburg. Her sculptures look like amorphous growth on the ceilings and in corners. At first glance, this seems nature-like, if not necessarily natural. It is as if one had been beamed through an electron microscope to another level of perception.

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Although she has no constant visible style, she has a consistent way of thinking about sculpture, of using material to form images, and re-formalizing this from one work to the next. In the broader sense, this really entails the idea of recycling: Vordermaier develops sculptural shapes from the alienating appropriation of a material and the meaning of its customary use. By juxtaposing and combining mass and material she creates a tension that the sculpture can then exude, affecting its entire surroundings.

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130919: A Portrait Of Marina Abramović | MATTHEW PLACEK

Upcoming 3D moving portrait installation in New York June 10-26th, “130919: A Portrait Of Marina Abramović” by photographer and artist, Matthew Placek in association with Second Ward Foundation, Basilica Hudson and VISIONAIRE FILM.

Upcoming 3D moving portrait installation in New York June 10-26th, "130919: A Portrait Of Marina Abramović" by photographer and artist, Matthew Placek in association with Second Ward Foundation, Basilica Hudson and VISIONAIRE FILM. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)
Marina Abramović is one of the greatest performing artists of our time. She has explored the limitations of body and mind for over 30 years with controversial and inciting works that challenge the relationship of performer and audience. She has created performance art that brought out the worst in people, as in Rhythm 0 1974 where audience members were asked to take an active role while Abramović remained passive, surrounded by an array of violent and pleasurable tools (including a loaded gun) and use them on her. Members of the audience were kind at first, using a feather to stroke her, then turned aggressive, using razor blades to cut her.

She has also brought out the best in people, like 2010’s The Artist is Present at MoMa, where she sat in silence, immobilized and held eye contact with visitors for 736 hours and 30 minutes. Her intention was to create a space of presence which naturally reverberated into channeling deep emotional pain, leading to tears, connection and healing.

Whatever it was, Abramović remained a fearless explorer of the depths of the conscious and unconscious in humanity.

This time around, Abramović is the subject, and not the artist. A Portrait of Marina Abramović highlights Placek’s ongoing pursuit to immortalize his subject’s past, present and future in a single composition. These short films are shot in one take, without dialogue, and offer uninterrupted moments with artists as they interact with surroundings meaningful to each of them. 3D cinematography enhances the intimacy of the vignettes, collapsing the space between viewer and the subject’s essential nature.

The work originated in Hudson, New York, but will be installed in the Second Ward Foundation’s ground floor at 71 North 3rd St. The exhibition runs every 15 minutes and is free of charge. For more information, click here.

 

Upcoming 3D moving portrait installation in New York June 10-26th, "130919: A Portrait Of Marina Abramović" by photographer and artist, Matthew Placek in association with Second Ward Foundation, Basilica Hudson and VISIONAIRE FILM. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

White Balloon Masterpieces | CHARLES PÈTILLON

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called “Invasions” in France and “Heartbeat” in London’s Covent Garden.

The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and within.

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and within. Via news.upperplayground.com

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com Photos: Charles Pètillon