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

AUDIENCE INTERACTION HELPS CREATE THESE MILKY PORTRAITS BY BEN TRICKLEBANK

Filmmaker and photographer, Ben Tricklebank explores the humanistic need for control through its illusory existence in technology. Endec, his current exhibit at the Gazelli Art House in the United Kingdom, is comprised of two installations, one of which is a new series of photographic prints featuring a female figure partially submerged, yet fully coated in marbled, milky-white fluid.

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The swirls of black dye ripple around her body and simultaneously controls, and is controlled by, the motion of a light reflecting pool where audience members can effect the speed and direction of the ripples. This symbiosis of struggle and accord between the figure and the liquid allows the creative process to shape the unexpected outcome of each ‘canvas.’ As one image on display states: control is an illusion and illusion is control.

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The second installment of the two-part exhibition is also named, Endec, and will be a short film deriving inspiration from the installation and photographic series to follow. Alongside Tricklebank’s solo exhibition, concepts of control, surveillance and security will be examined in a group show featuring artists working with VR (virtual reality) technology in their practice. Displayed on the first floor, this show within a show will introduce the new medium for the first time within the gallery’s context, surveying ways in which the Summer 2016 release of Oculus Rift might influence trends, commercial and institutional engagement and artists working in this field. A full list of artists as well as contributing partners will announced shortly.

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Endec will be on display May 13th- June 25th, 2016 at the Gazelli Art House UK

Photos and Story: Gazelli Art House

“SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS” BY UGO RONDINONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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“Seven Magic Mountains” is a massive installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Located in the desert of Nevada, the stacks of brightly colored boulders stand over 30 feet high and took five years to complete due in large part to the administrative hurdles required for such a large-scale project.

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Thanks to the support of the Nevada Museum of Art and the Art Production Fund, the piece is now open to the public. However, you only have about two years to check this thing out before it’s taken down in 2018.

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10,000 TREE SPECIES ART INSTALLATION

by Ariadna Zierold

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A new art installation at Bristol University in England is getting attention for its use of wood samples from more than 10,000 tree species. Titled “Hollow”, the installation is a collaboration by architects Zeller & Moye and artist Katie Paterson, who were inspired by the natural design of a forest canopy.

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Some of the samples used, the largest amount ever collected in the UK, are particularly rare: fossils of unfathomable age, and fantastical trees such as Cedar of Lebanon, the Phoenix Palm and the Methuselah tree, thought to be one of the oldest trees in the world at 4,847 years of age.

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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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