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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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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