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Library of Water | Roni Horn

RONI HORN
VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER
Stykkishólmur, Iceland
June – August (1PM-6PM)
Unfortunately the library was closed during our time in Stykkisholmur but I did manage to get a few shots from the exterior.

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For the past 30 years, the work of Roni Horn has been intimately involved with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland. Library of Water is a long term installation including three related collections of water, words, and weather reports. The installation is housed in a former library building in the coastal town of Stykkisholmur, Iceland.

Water, Selected is a constellation of 24 glass columns containing water collected from ice from some of the major glaciers around Iceland. The glass columns refract and reflect the light onto a rubber floor embedded with a field of words in Icelandic and English which relate to the weather – inside or outside. The sculpture installation offers a space for private reflection whilst accommodating a wide variety of community uses.

 

Let Mike Kelley blow your mind

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Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1 will blow your mind. I was in awe of the amount of work (over 200 pieces), his dexterity in mediums, and just how cohesive it all was. His work involves found objects, textiles, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance, sound art, video and stuffed animals.

A standout for me was his mesmerizing “paintings” that use a Canadian folk art form, “memory ware”. Memory ware is a common object, such as a bottle or ashtray that has been decorated with attractive, inexpensive, items like buttons, beads, shells, costume jewelry and “keepsakes”. The act of looking- searching to find valuable gems or mere trinkets reminded me of my thrift store shopping. The patterns of the pieces had their own rhythm that I found comforting. Lastly, the obsession element was interesting.

- Memory Ware flat 49, 2001

Memory Ware flat 49, 2001

The recent MoMA acquisition of “Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites” was on view. The stuffed-animal installation is a giant colorful hanging mobile. Surrounding the hanging “balls” are resin sculptures in geometric shapes, which have air fresheners that spray periodically.

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999 (photo by Robert Lanham)

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999 (photo by Robert Lanham)

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Another collection I enjoyed was the Kandor Project. It is a series of sculptures, lightboxes, and videos related to the fictional city of Kandor, the capitol of Superman’s home planet Krypton. According to DC Comics, the city was stolen and miniaturized by the supervillain Brainiac and eventually recovered by Superman, who kept it in a bottle in the Fortress of Solitude.

me in front of a Kandor series work, 2011

me in front of a Kandor series work, 2011

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NYCB_FAILE

NYCB Art Series will commission contemporary artists to create original works of art inspired by the Company, its history, and repertory. The inaugural collaboration features Brooklyn-based artists FAILE, and each attendee to the 2/1 and 5/29 Art Series performances will receive a limited-edition work made specifically for this event. To make it more enticing tickets are only $29!

More info on NYCB Art Series featuring FAILE

DUMBO Arts Festival 2012

Photo by R Lanham

Hindsight is Always 20/20
R. Luke DuBois
This installation examines the history of the presidential State of the Union address through the metaphor of vision. Using the Snellen-style eye chart the installation highlights the sixty-six most frequently used words from each presidential administration, starting with the most often used word on the top line.

Photo by Grizzly Grizzly

Skye Gilkerson was my favorite artist of the day. She is a participant of the Smack Mellon Artist Studio program. She showed a few pieces where she cut out punctuation marks and reassembled them to create a new meanings. I didn’t get any photos of this work but you can see a photo from GrizzlyGrizzly below and more of this series here.

ferry ride home

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA

On view through 2033!
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. The 27,000-square-foot structure, known as Building #7, has been fully restored for the exhibition.

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Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA, a set on Flickr.

Dia: Beacon

“What interests me is the opportunity for all of us to become something different from what we are, by constructing spaces that contribute something to the experience of who we are.” – Richard Serra


-photo by rob zand

We went to Dia Becaon this weekend to celebrate Rob’s birthday. The museum is located in a former printing plant built in 1929 by Nabisco. With 240,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum is particularly suited to the needs of large-scale installations, paintings, and sculptures. I was most impressed with the Richard Serra installation. As I spiraled in to the core of one of his steel spheres I felt claustrophobic and anxious and I loved every step. It is literally, quite breathtaking.

more of rob’s posterous pictures.