Monthly archives of “September 2014

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Night light

                  I would like to believe in magic right now, the magic of matches and fireflies. A stroll through Jim Campbell’s fleeting installation in Asia would stir such wonder: the American artist has suspended a grid of… Read More

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Palimpsest souls

                A family gazes at the Statue of Liberty, a goal within grasp. Seven children, heads wrapped in cloth, arrive with scalp disease. A group of men receive “psychopathic” diagnoses. Deemed unfit for entry into the United States,… Read More

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Loch nest

            A Toronto stopover led to a love affair with the Drake, a hotel rich with personality in the artsy Queen West district. From afar, I continue to adore all things Drake, from its stellar concert roster and urban art… Read More

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Space kaleidoscope

                    Mind-bending is one thing. Space-bending is quite another. A new immersive, kinetic installation achieves both at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Multi-disciplinary designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby devised a pair of revolving,… Read More

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Lowe and behold

                      It all began with a plucky high school student and his assessment that Rick Lowe’s portfolio of political art failed to address social need. “People need solutions,” the student said. “If you are an… Read More

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A polyhedron placed on a plateau has become a creative portal in Austria. Perched above the village of Koenigsbrunn, some 35 miles northwest of Vienna, this objet d’art is a stage for the all stripes of artistic expression – performances, concerts, readings. Designed by the… Read More

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They might be giants

Go big or go home only partially applies to Os Gêmeos. Because even at home in Brazil, nay especially in São Paulo, the trailblazing twins go gigantic in their art, literally: Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo have populated walls around the world with yellow-faced giants, a… Read More

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Fountain bed

                  A ménage à trois, by design. Channeling the spontaneity of a prank, Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi plunks hotel rooms atop public art and architecture, remaking city landmarks like the waterfront Market Square in Helsinki, Finland. Until… Read More

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Material world

                                  A pair of surprises: a celebrated spire made out of cardboard not stone, and a casual slide sheathed in springbox hide. Both surprising in their use of material.… Read More

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Coloring outside

  This is my view, arguably my favorite foil yet for typing: sfumato on the Hollywood Hills, woolens for seats, plaster patches in exposed concrete, moody photography by Kevin Hanley. LA food truck phenom turned entrepreneurial polyglot Roy Choi – “the Jay Z of the… Read More