Sunday, October 28, 2012

AIC Temporary Exhibit [We The People - by Danh Vo]

We The People - by Danh Vo
Temporary Exhibit: Sep 22 - Nov 11, 2012
Location: Pritzker Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago.
These will later move to the Bluhm Family Terrace in November
 and are being shown in conjunction with Vo’s solo exhibition, Uterus, at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago through December 16.
From the AIC website.. click here..
The five sculptures on view at the Art Institute constitute part of We The People (detail), Vo’s long-term project to reconstruct the Statue of Liberty on a 1:1 scale. Frédéric Bartholdi originally designed the statue as political propaganda for the French opposition; posed to face the Atlantic, “she” was meant to spread America’s democratic values to France. The statue became an immigrant symbol as its position also served to welcome ships passing through Ellis Island. The objective of Vo’s project, however, is not to erect another statue in its totality but to reconstruct its individual elements and allow them to be dispersed to various museums and art venues across the globe. The scattered fragments remain connected to this universal symbol but emphasize the abstract nature of the concept of freedom. Vo’s decision to recreate only the statue’s thin copper skin—at its actual thickness of two pennies—reveals the monument’s material and conceptual fragility, and by extension, the malleability of its meaning.

The installation not only works against the mythical position of the statue today but, in fact, recalls the original contexts in which the statue made its first public appearances: prior to its full assembly and dedication in New York in 1886, the torch-wielding hand was displayed in Philadelphia at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and the head was shown at the Paris Exposition of 1878.
Through performance-based works inspired by his life experiences and historically rich readymade objects, artist Danh Vo interrogates the construction of inherited cultural values, conflicts, and displacement. When he was a child, Vo’s family fled Vietnam and settled in Denmark. His work draws on personal and historical arti­facts that directly and indirectly touch on this experience to examine how such items are dispersed across borders or symbolize transnational movements.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Self Portrait

Self Portrait
at Indianapolis Museum of Art [IMA]


Early this year, Chicago based sculptor J.J.Porret, had commissioned me to photograph his exhibition at the AMA building, in River North area.  Today, I see the photographs I took, on his website. I think they look awesome!!! 
I truly appreciate the fact that he has credited the photos, with a link to my blog-post!!! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

IMA [Geometry of Light - by Alyson Sholtz]

Geometry of Light - by Alyson Shotz
 cut plastic Fresnel lens sheets, silvered glass beads, stainless steel wire..
Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art [IMA]
From the IMA website .. click here..
Shotz’s works are grounded in her investigation of scientific concepts and theories. Geometry of Light is a consideration of the dual nature of light—that it has the characteristics of both a particle and a wave. The sculpture is composed of hand-cut plastic Fresnel lenses (magnifying lenses ridged with concentric circles to focus light), which are interspersed with glass beads and strung on stainless steel wires that extend across the space. Natural light filters through the lenses at varying angles and intensities throughout the day, activating the work and allowing the sculpture to reveal time through the movement of the sun. A visitor’s movement around Geometry of Light further activates the sculpture, revealing the ways in which our experience of space is shaped by our perception of light and motion.

IMA [ Diana- by Augustus Saint-Gaudens]

Diana - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
modeled about 1895, cast 1905
From the IMA website.. click here..
Diana, goddess of the hunt, was Saint-Gaudens’ theme for a sculptural weathervane to be placed on top of architect Stanford White’s new Madison Square Garden in New York. The monumental gilt bronze figure became a popular success and the sculptor made many smaller-scale copies. The IMA’s version shows the graceful, idealized lines and naturalistic forms of the Beaux-Arts style that Saint-Gaudens employed for his only nude female figure. The original eighteen-foot larger figure of Diana was much too cumbersome and unbalanced to remain as a weathervane, so a smaller thirteen-foot version was made and placed on the building where it remained until the structure was demolished and the statue acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

IMA Temporary Exhibit [Big Idea Sketchbook - by Ink Factory]

Big Idea Sketchbook - by Ink Factory
All are welcome to participate!
Temporary Installation
Opening: Monday, October 8, 2012
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art
The Ink Factory celebrates Chicago's Idea Week [October 8-14, 2012] with this "Big Idea Sketcbook" at MCA.  This giant composition book was fabricated by Ron Gard and Chesterfield Awning Company.

Monday, October 8, 2012: Opening Night of the Big Idea Sketchbook

The Ink factory is made up of three members..
From left..  Ryan Robinson, Lindsay Roffe and Dusty Folwarczny.
the slogan, "you talk. we draw. it's awesome."
Some More Images from the Opening Day..
The Big Idea Sketchbook: Locked
at Museum of Contemporary Art

Opening the lock
But before the covers are open, time to write the subject matter..

CIW 2012
For, Chicago Idea Week, 2012.

Opening the Cover

Ready to write the ideas..

The Ink Factory Team..
From left.. Ryan Robinson, Lindsay Roffe and Dusty Folwarczny