ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES BY DEVIN TROY STROTHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Devin Troy Strother is known for his intricate alternative narratives in a variety of mediums such as mixed-media, sculpture, neon, and installation. He finds inspiration in snippets of overheard conversations, movies, television, music, stand-up comedy podcasts, and the work of numerous canonic artists such as Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, and Henri Matisse. Strother likes to incorporate humor and language relevant to his peers and does not shy from the outrageous; his titles often serving as the punch line.

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“COME TOGETHER” BY MICHAEL MURPHY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michael Murphy‘s (previously featured here) work is currently showing at the Wonderspaces pop-up event in San Diego. “Come Together,” an installation made of 2,200 descended parts, appears as a closed fist at certain angles. The fist is what the artist calls a “perceptual shift” sculpture. Stand in the right spot, and the piece shifts from an abstract collection of suspended cylinders to a fist.

FLEXIBLE ORGANIC FORMS BY SUI PARK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sui Park is a New York based artist and an interior architect born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary.

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“My work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. Through these forms, I attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives. While they resemble transitions and transformations of nature, the forms are also to capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories and expectations.

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I weave and connect traces and tracks of the subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, they are transformed into organic visualizations. I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts.” Sui Park

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MONUMENTAL SCULPTURES BY JAUME PLENSA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jaume Plensa produces monumental sculptures in steel, glass, marble, polyester resin, concrete, and bronze. He is best known for his Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millenium Park, two 50-foot-high glass towers set amidst a pool of water, which play giant video portraits of Chicago residents that periodically purse their lips and spout water into the pool.

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Predominantly producing figurative sculpture, Plensa has created larger-than-life-sized heads constructed of fine, stainless-steel wire mesh so that their surrounding environments are visible through the works, and bronze figures cast from his own body.

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KUXAN SUUM BY AARON GLASSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aaron Glasson (previously featured here) collaborated with Celeste Byers in Tulum, Mexico. The head is hollow and inside has room for many people. Their hope is the structure is used for get togethers, alone time, ceremonies, jungle picnics, music, meditation etc. Climbing plants will be planted around the perimeter and moss will turn the head green over time.
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The concept was inspired by a Maya prediction that goes as follows… Tulum was one of the first points of contact for the Europeans who evidently invaded and colonized Mexico. Tulum, once part of the Mayan empire is no longer what it was. “The souls of the wise elders are vigilant and dwell under the ruins of Tulum and they’re waiting for the Kuxan Suum, the cord that connects the world to reunite. The Mayas are looming and at the first signs. their ancient powers will begin to return. ” -Marco Antonio León Diez

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THE STAR LIGHT INSTALLATION BY JUN ONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Architect-artist Jun Ong worked on his first large-scale light installation called The Star that was embedded in an abandoned building in Butterworth, Penang. Inspired by the notion of “glitch,” a dodecahedron – a 12-sided star-shaped installation appears almost as an error or a temporary irregularity, suddenly finding itself lodged within the concrete superstructure of an unfinished building by the street of Raja Uda.

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Comprised of five hundred metres of steel cables and LED strips, the “Star” abstracts kitsch street decorations with electrical cables and transposing them into a formal, recognizable entity. The cables are anchored to ground, slabs, cantilever beams and adjacent buildings to form the overall shape. As one steps closer, the installation segregates itself into several floors, each becoming its own spatial experience.

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PERFECTLY ORGANIZED SCULPTURES BY MICHAEL JOHANSSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michael Johansson is a Swedish installation artist who takes OCD tendencies to the next level with his real-life Tetris sculptures. His passion for ordinary and useless things organized into exceptionally good-looking piles makes most neat-freaks look like the biggest slobs. Johansson is obsessed with irregularities and coincidences between to disparate objects which may only be linked by a common color or a shape.

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Johansson’s precisely stacked sculptures made from ordinary objects like old computer screens, keyboards, cars and suitcases, are installed both inside the gallery and jammed into site-specific spaces.

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MYTHIC POWER IN SCIENTIFIC NARRATIVES BY MARGUERITE HUMEAU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Marguerite Humeau has produced an entire series of new work. A physical and sensory experience at the crossroads between research and fiction. Myths, speculations and fantasies are at the heart of Marguerite Humeau’s artwork. The development of each project includes a phase of extensive research and collaboration with numerous specialists and scientists.

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Working at the intersection of art, science, and technology, Marguerite Humeau explores the mythic power of scientific narratives and their effect on a larger understanding of the world. Starting with intensive research, Humeau traverses diverse fields such as paleontology, media theory, and biology to find factual basis for her sculptural and sound-based works.

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TIME COLOR ENVIRONMENTS BY KARINA PEISAJOVICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Buenos Aires, Argentina based Karina Peisajovich received a BFA from the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Peisajovich’s works decode the machinery behind representation, focusing on the idea of light, darkness and color as the grounding substance giving shape to the world of images. She structures spaces to achieve heightened perceptual experiences in which visitors become acutely conscious of their individual eye as a perceiving entity. Her time-color environments engage viewers with a simulated pre-image state where they may recognize their own processes of visual construction.

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