FEATHERED BEARS BY PAOLA PIVI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paola Pivi is making art with her fantastical feather-clad polar bears.  Influenced by the surrealists, Pivi’s plumed bears walk the line between dream and reality.  They are her version of the ready-made.  Prone to “visions,” Pivi says that she often sees animals located in a strange setting.paola pivi, feathered, polar, bear, colorful, sculpture, installation, upper playground

Rather than taxidermy actual animals, Pivi had an expert create bears from urethane foam, plastic, and feathers.  The results are fantastic in the truest sense of the word.  Meaning, they are imaginative, fanciful and slightly absurd.

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PRECARIOUS BALANCE BY DANIEL FIRMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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With his eye-popping sculptures, Daniel Firman freezes moments of time and action in precarious balance. ‘Nasutamanus’ epitomizes the concerns and methods of his practice; it is a taxidermied elephant that seems to float weightlessly in the gallery space, attached only to the wall by its trunk. daniel firman, nasutamanus, elephant, sculpture, installation, balance taxidermied, upper playground daniel firman, nasutamanus, elephant, sculpture, installation, balance taxidermied, upper playground

In this as in all of his works, Firman seeks to construct the presence of such amorphous concepts as time, balance, weight, action, and gravity. Other sculptures include human figures struck in precarious poses or supporting unwieldy constructions atop their shoulders.

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KENNY SCHARF: COSMIC CAVERN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kenny Scharf  is an American painter who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.F.A. in 1980 with a major in painting at the School of Visual Arts located in Manhattan, New York City. Scharf’s works consist of painting pop culture icons in a science fiction setting, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons. He is most well known for his work in the 1980s interdisciplinary art scene.

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Kenny Scharf’s “Cosmic Cavern” immerses viewers in a day-glo universe densely packed with graffiti tags, detritus, and everyday objects reimagined as cartoon personalities. This surreal world comes to life under the fluorescent black lighting reminiscent of clubs and discos of the 1980s, a central inspiration for this party environment turned art installation. In 1981 Scharf created the first version in the closet of the small New York apartment he shared with artist Keith Haring. Since then, he has transformed basements, galleries, museums, RVs, and even suitcases into this psychedelic, multi-sensory experience.

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via Portland Art Museum.

THE FOAM CLOUD INSTALLATION BY KOHEI NAWA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kyoto-based artist Kohei Nawa created a huge and immersive cloud-like installation made of small bubbles. Located in a dark room, the piece consists of floating foam that accumulates to form an ethereal structure that spreads across the space.

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“Each bubble cannot escape the cycle of birth and destruction, which is not unlike the way our cells operate as they metabolize and circulate.”

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THE LIGHT ORIGAMI INSTALLATION BY MASAKAZU SHIRANE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Visitors attending this year’s Vivid Sydney festival were able to experience what standing inside a giant kaleidoscope feels like, courtesy of Masakazu Shirane. The Japanese spatial designer installed Light Origami, a giant spiky dome with a 3D kaleidoscope inside, right on the street. The musical space featured mirrored panels inside which reflected psychedelic designs according to people’s movements and clothing patterns and colors.

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Crafted from more than 320 reflective aluminum composite panels, the dome offered an opportunity for visitors to re-imagine their own reality mediated by a sense of wonder. This way they weren’t mere spectators, but became co-creators as they played with the all-around reflections by dancing and dressing brightly for the occasion.

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ANAMORPHIC 3D GRAFFITI BY TRULY DESIGN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Truly Design is a group of urban artists known for their mind numbing graffiti, illustrations, murals and branding design that appeals to youth especially. Truly Design has created anamorphic paintings in abandoned factories, regenerated industrial spaces & museums.

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Their 3d graffiti works start with a detailed study of the location which follows its recreation in digital 3D which helps them understand how to create the coolest interaction. In this phase, they also involve design architects to give their artwork an extra boost of perfection.

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EXPLOSIVE INSTALLATION BY CAI GUO-QIANG

by Ariadna Zierold

Cai Guo-Qiang was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to create a site-specific explosion event on the front facade of the museum. The project, titled Fallen Blossomsused a gunpowder fuse, metal net, and scaffolding to activate a blossom pattern for 60 seconds, temporarily setting the columns of the building ablaze.

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