Magnifying glasses allow less-than-hawk-eyed viewers to observe the miniscule figures – each of which has its own teeny-tiny energy and character.
These miniature, talisman-like sculptures were intuitively carved and shaped by Kanwa to express his worldview of nature, spirituality, and the macro and micro cosmos. His creative process follows a special ritual, informed by his past investigations of sacred knowledge and practices in Indonesia, where he dialogues with the material and medium used before beginning to sculpt.
Every year since 2000, London’s Sepentine Gallery has invited a leading architect or artist to create a temporary structure on its front lawn. Last year, it was Ai Weiwei. In 2008, Frank Gehry had a go.
This year, it’s the turn of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who created a 350 square meter lattice of steel poles, illuminated by LED lights installed by London-based United Visual Artists, which are designed (along with suitable sound effects) to mimic an electrical storm.
An incredibly lifelike 55 foot long sculpture of a beached sperm whale by Belgian art collective Captain Boomer (complete with performers playing the parts of scientists and environmental cleanup workers) installed by the Thames at the Old Royal Naval College as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (which ends this Saturday).
(Pix: Mike King)
A ‘sound installation’ inside an abandoned toluene tank in Dottikon, Switzerland by sound artist Zimoun, who (with a lot of help) installed329 DC motors connected to cotton balls to create this walk-in, thrumming, mesmeric perma-din. From Zimoun’s artist’s statement:
Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.
Obviously, to experience the full effect, you’d have to be there.
The man’s a genius. Here’s one he did earlier.