Artist & Sculptor:
Vestige - Series
"Unwritten history, memory, landscape"
Anya Gallaccio - Intensities and Surfaces (1996) - Wapping Pumping Station, London
I decided to take a train to see the El Anatsui show at the Brooklyn Museum today and holy shit was I glad I did. For those who don’t know El Anatsui, I highly suggest you look him up, but in short - those sculptures/installations are made out of the 1” x 3” pieces of aluminum from liquor caps.
Look at the pictures and let that sink in.
The metal pieces flow like cloth and move like ripples in the water as the circulation vents gently make them tremble - just enough for the light to catch them. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Mosaic of an aerial photograph of Johannesburg, South Africa by Gerhard Marx
Altered Books and Sculptural Artist’s Books by Curt Lund
"By un-doing a building there are many aspects of the social condition against which I am gesturing: to open a state of enclosure which had been preconditioned not only by physical necessity but by the industry that profligates suburban and urban boxes as a context for insuring a passive, isolated consumer—a virtually captive audience."
__Gordon Matta-Clark (Antwerp, September 1977)
SEAT ll Installation by E/B Office
SEAT is composed of approximately 400 simple wooden chairs arrayed and stacked in a sine wave surface drawn into an agitated vortex rising from the ground. It formalizes the transformation of chairs from detached usable objects into structural and spatial components of an ambiguously occupiable edifice. It’s intended to be legible and readable as a collection of individual seats, but when approached, visitors realize that sitting down in any one of them amounts to a deliberate act of occupation one can’t take for granted as usual; a temporary social contract to redefine their perception of sitting embodied as architecture.