RAINBOW ORIGAMI BY MADEMOISELLE MAURICE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Arranged both haphazardly and in detailed arrangements, Paris- based artist Mademoiselle Maurice adheres thousands of brightly colored origami works to unexpected places, decorating everything from the ceilings of national art museums to the worn sides of ancient buildings. Using paper and thread, she loves to shape these natural materials in a complex manner.

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BITS AND PIECES BY NILS VOELKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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For his latest kinetic installation titled Bits and Pieces, artist Nils Voelker repurposed 108 toy Hoberman spheres which he suspended from microcontrollers inside a space at NOME Gallery in Berlin. Once attached to motors, the spheres are then synchronized to various rhythms and patterns to create moving sequences that mimic living organisms. Watch the video below.

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Photos via Bresadola+Freese.

MINIATURE ROOMS IN MANHOLE COVERS BY BRIANCOSHOCK

by Ariadna Zierold

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In this new series of outdoor installations artist Briancoshock has turned abandoned manhole covers on the streets of Milan into cramped miniature rooms complete with hanging artwork, kitchen utencils, and tiled walls. Titled Borderlife, the artist says the admittedly humorous pieces are meant to draw attention to a more serious issue in Bucharest, where many hundreds of people now live underground in the sewer system.

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BIOMORPHIC WORKS BY ERNESTO NETO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rio de Janeiro native Ernesto Neto’s been exhibiting internationally since the 1990s, and the artist’s latest biomorphic work is tailored to the spaces each piece inhabits. From a distance, these new, vibrant installations appear as though they grew inside these walls organically. But Neto’s work isn’t meant to be enjoyed from afar.

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In his current show at Helsinki’s Kiasma, “Boa,” visitors are invited to touch and inhabit his constructions. At close inspection, the meticulous hand-crocheting and knotting of the fabric comes into focus. Scents, such as lavender or clove, are paired with works; makeshift ceilings envelope viewers into becoming components of the work.

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HANGING PAPER FOREST BY EMMANUELLE MOUREAUX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Born in 1971, France, Emmanuelle Moureaux is an architect living in Tokyo since 1996. When Emmanuelle first arrived in Tokyo, she became fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street. She found that the city’s overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings created three dimensional “layers”.

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These experiences of colors and layers are in the inspiration of Moureaux’s latest project, “bunshi” (meaning “ramification”), which means to divide or spread out into branches, resulting in a rainbow-colored suspended forest made on 20,000 pieces of paper shaped like twigs in 100 shades of color.

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GEOMETRIC LIGHT SCULPTURES BY JAMES NIZAM

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Nizam produces subtle, geometric light installations with programmable lighting elements and mirrors, the resulting pieces looking like snapshots of a strictly choreographed laser light show.

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Nizam has added color and moved his light sculptures outdoors, casting a blue triangle of light against a city at night in Visible Horizon and forming a blue and pink 16-sided form in Octagram. No matter the location, Nizam’s pieces give a visually physical presence to the immateriality of light, building forms from literal smoke and mirrors.

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“OIWA ISLAND 2” BY OSCAR OIWA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Constructed at a former soy sauce factory for this year’s Setouchi Triennale art festival, Oscar Oiwa’s “Oiwa Island 2” is an immersive 360 degree drawing set inside a 40-foot inflatable dome. The trippy black and white landscape features a cabin on the shores of a beach and gradually becomes more abstract the further out it moves from the cabin door.

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ETHEREAL INSTALLATIONS BY DIANA AL-HADID

by Ariadna Zierold

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Diana Al-Hadid, Brooklyn-based, Syrian-born artist’s work can be difficult to describe, monumental and ethereal mixed media works with a myriad of references throughout art history. Her captivating installations, sculptures and paintings feature elements of figures from the Renaissance and classical imagery, forms that appear to be disintegrating into a “dripping” tower.

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Where architecture has an almost spiritual presence in the classical paintings that she admires, her sculptures must obey the law of physics. It is a challenge that she rebels against in her suspended installations.

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