Posts Tagged ‘Public Art’

Weekend Hot Links

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Happy Friday! Get creative this weekend with recent art, design, and culture stories shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Radical Women (The Cut): The Brooklyn Museum honors the work of black feminist artists. (via SVA News)

(via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

(via Robert Stribley)

(via SVA News)

Color Code (FastCo. Design): Explore Le Corbusier’s color harmonies, in spaces and your mind. (via SVA Products of Design)

(via Mark Burk)

Viva Italia (Curbed): See Italy’s rich graphic design history celebrated in this new website. (via Jess Mackta)

Right Swipe (Newsweek): The plot to paper college campuses with racist posters. (via Steven Heller)

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Weekend Hot Links

Friday, July 29th, 2016

On the heels of an election history milestone, Friday is here! For weekend reflection, here are recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Photo by Pablo Enriquez, via Designboom

Photo by Pablo Enriquez, via Designboom

Washed Up (Designboom): At Fort Tilden, a decaying building gets a spray-on make-over. (via SVA Interior Design)

Pushing Buttons (Print): Show your true colors with these badges of honor. (via Steven Heller)

Women’s Work (Artnet): Established and emerging female artists share advice to sprouting sisters. (via SVA News)

Laugh List (AdAge): How ad creatives and clients can connect over comedy campaigns. (via Mark Burk)

Pixel Problems (Motherboard): A psych professor posits perilous, pernicious pixel-pushing phenomena. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

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Being and Lightness

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Public Art Fund, "Lightness of Being," City Hall Park

City Hall Park is enlivened by the Public Art Fund’s Lightness of Being, a group exhibition of sculpture and performance by international artists.  Spanning a range of materials and degrees of interactivity, the show offers clever details to sharp-eyed enthusiasts and garish obviousness casual viewers.

Evan Holloway, "Willendorf Wheel," 2013

Evan Holloway’s Willendorf Wheel, 2013 is discreetly insulated by foliage and awash in dappled sunlight.  At a glance, it appears to be a bronze, textured hoop.  But step onto the grass and find a chain of copies of Venus of Willendorf, the 25,000-year old fertility icon.  Venus cascades the exterior of the hoop in two “columns.”  In one, her circumnavigation eternally returns head first; in the other, she orbits feet first – as if in a breech position.  (But which way is north?  And is this how we’ll feel in Elon Musk’s future?)  On the interior, we see the internal hollows of Venus, ready to be filled by chocolate, latex, or substances of wishful thinking.

Evan Holloway, "Willendorf Wheel," 2013
Sarah Lucas, "Florian and Kevin," 2013

Sarah Lucas’ Florian and Kevin, 2013 are two magnified and cast seasonal vegetables stretched out on the grass like limbs or other appendages at rest.  “Like benches made for giants,” says Public Art Fund.  Actually, benches are low on my list of mental associations, as supported by Sarah Lucas’ bigger and longer repertoire.  But I will admire how the sculptures seem to point toward the nearby Greenmarket.

Olaf Breuning, "The Humans," 2007

A motley crew of cartoonish aliens rings the circular tablet at the southern end of the park.  Wide-eyed, rigid, and indisputably frowning, the morphologically humanoids of Olaf Breuning’s The Humans appear to be conflicted about their appearance.  With appendages of mythological, political, sartorial, and architectural significance, they could represent “the ages of man.”

Inside Daniel Buren's "Suncatcher," 2013

Suncatcher, a walk-in “pavilion of light” by Daniel Buren, is a structure, platform, and lens that transforms daylight into a kaleidoscopic array of color.  It offers dimensions of interactivity: alight on the platform for a polychrome bath, then gaze upward for a retina-parsing view of the Woolworth Building or Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street.  It’s a great piece even for uninitiated viewers who happen by this high-traffic site.  (It also reminds me of a work by Peter Coffin a few years ago at Deitch Projects.)

Daniel Buren, "Suncatcher," 2013
Franz West, "Untitled," 2012

Lightness of Being unburdens itself of the “Unbearable” part of the title it swipes from Milan Kundera.  Likewise, chief curator Nicholas Baume has selected works that exhale “whimsy and visual invention…in contrast to the more formal traditions of historic statuary and fountains.”  Indeed, the show feels snappy and clever, with the efforts of production concealed.  In that sense, it probably is a refuge from reality.

James Angus, "John Deere Model D," 2013

Franz West, "Untitled," 2012
Daniel Buren, "Suncatcher," 2013