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Sep19

This is so cool. There is something so beautiful about how nature and man combine to create an audible and visual piece of art. From Here to Ear (v. 13) is the thirteenth iteration of an installation by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. 40 finches were set loose upon a room filled with hundreds of metal hangers. The vibrations of the finches movements on the hangers mixed with their songs create a lovely setting to get lost in thought.

finches, installation, Queensland, "Céleste Boursier-Mougenot", QAGOMA

finches, installation, Queensland, "Céleste Boursier-Mougenot", QAGOMA

finches, installation, Queensland, "Céleste Boursier-Mougenot", QAGOMA

finches, installation, Queensland, "Céleste Boursier-Mougenot", QAGOMA

Posted by on September 19th, 2012 at 5:45 PM | Comments (0)
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Sep13

Thanks to all of you who filled out our brief survey for a chance to win one of these two screen prints from Bloom Screen Printing Co.. We encourage all of you to help us by filling out the survey. We’ll keep it open for a bit, just in case you still have a desire to endulge us. The lucky winners are Howard Thornton and Sara Ferguson! Enjoy and thanks again.

"Bloom Screen Printing Co."

"Bloom Screen Printing Co."

Posted by on September 13th, 2012 at 4:26 PM | Comments (0)
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Sep10

Meme, from Few and Far (the group of talented street artist women), just sent over the newly released video of their road trip back in April of this year. The group of women traveled to 5 different cities across the West to spread their talent to the good people of Sacramento, SF, LA ,San Diego and Tijuana Mexico. Read my interview with Meme earlier this year.

Few & Far X Ironlak Road Trip Tour 2012 from Lea Bruno on Vimeo.

Few and Far connects women by creating social and artistic exchange, by showcasing art on the streets, on walls and in other high profile venues.

Posted by on September 10th, 2012 at 6:27 PM | Comments (0)
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Sep07

Tasha Lewis and her current project, The Butterfly Swarm, has descended upon many a metal sculpture, vessel, can, architectural elements, nail, etc. They can attach to almost anything metal through magnets and are light enough that they don’t harm what they are attaching to. While she doesn’t just make photographic reproductions (in a process known as Cyanotype: a printing process that pulls out a cyan-blue of the print) of butterflies, the context of these insects on the sculptures creates a nice symbiotic and fleeting relationship between the object they alights upon. See below for an artist statement and more of her creations.

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

Artist Statement
My current work is focused on re-imagining taxidermy and other methods of preserving life. My interest in preservation stems from my fascination with the re-presentational powers of photography. I am fascinated with how we as viewers relate to a leaf that has been mechanically produced to look and feel very similar to a real leaf. I have been scaling up that idea to make animal bodies, tree limbs, and I hope to eventually create whole environments.

"Tasha Lewis"

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

Posted by on September 7th, 2012 at 4:48 PM | Comments (0)
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Sep04

Yayoi Kusama‘s had some fun coming up with this installation, Obliteration Room! What a brilliant piece of public art it turned out to be. Part of The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art was set up as a room painted completely white. Over the course of two weeks, children were given thousands of colored stickers and set loose on the gallery space. The result is only what you could imagine, pure delight and caus turned into art.

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Photos // Mark Sherwood

Posted by on September 4th, 2012 at 5:21 PM | Comments (0)
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Aug30

From found objects to kinetic structures, from monuments to installation and land art, from pop assemblages to ritual objects, ‘Sculpture is Everything’ which just opened at the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia, explores the extraordinarily diverse and surprising field of contemporary sculpture. Form, material and three-dimensional space have been considered to define the medium of sculpture. Below are some of the works featured in the show.

"Michael Sailstorfer"

The show runs 18 August – 28 October 2012 at The Fairfax Gallery (Gallery 1.1), Galleries 1.2 & 1.3, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Lara Favaretto Italy b.1973 | Gummo IV 2012
Lara Favaretto

lara favaretto

Michael Sailstorfer Germany b. 1979 | ‘Wolken (Clouds)’ 2010
"Michael Sailstorfer"

"Michael Sailstorfer"

Zilvinas Kempinas Lithuania/United States b.1969 | ‘Columns’ 2006
"Zilvinas Kempinas"

Photos // via QAGOMA on flickr

Posted by on August 30th, 2012 at 6:12 PM | Comments (0)
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Aug28

Thanks to a couple of friends (who are lucky enough to just be finishing a year long continental trip around South, Central and North America) I bring you these pretty unique and beautifully primitive pieces of graffiti art from Brazil. I would love to cut any of these out of the wall and place it in my home.

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

via. Tacubaya Viaja

Posted by on August 28th, 2012 at 5:11 PM | Comments (0)
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Aug25

This week marks the 22nd year of Burning Man as we know it (a massive arts festival on the Black Rock dessert of Nevada). By this time most of us have either been or heard of it (usually references in movies describing laid back types who escape reality to party for a week straight), so I will spare you the details. Whatever your impression is, you can’t deny that some of the art that graces the playa is sensational and worth the hefty price. Although it will not be there, I ran across this amazing kinetic sculpture that I thought was so engaging, I almost hitchhiked a ride with my friends to the playa! Unfortunately for me, I will not be going this year:( However, I guess having a one-year old son is worth it. I’ll see you next year playa! Check out the way it moves below!

"Kinetic Sculpture"

Theo Jansen‘s art has not been to the playa before, but it belongs there. This Dutch kinetic artist creates moving sculptures he’s aptly named Strandbeest’s. In Dutch, the word means beach animal. As if an actual evolution of animal survival skills, Jansen continues to explore ways for his “creatures” to adapt to the landscape and environment. Some animals can detect water and turn around when they encounter it. One animal can even anchor itself to the earth if it senses a storm approaching.

Check back in the weeks to come for more amazing art straight from the playa 2012.

Posted by on August 25th, 2012 at 5:38 PM | Comments (0)
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Aug23

Mixed Media artist Amy Rice has a very unique and eclectic way of working with various natural media. It must be so much fun to watch her work in person. She works with various textiles, paint, cotton canvases, potato stamps, spray paints and hand drawn stencils to create very soft and engaging pieces. I think more than anything I am drawn to the textural quality of her designs.

"Amy Rice" fabric, painting, canvas, words, typography, vintage

"Amy Rice" fabric, painting, canvas, words, typography, vintage

Moco did a cool spotlight on her studio in Minneapolis. Read about it right here.

"Amy Rice" fabric, painting, canvas, words, typography, vintage

"Amy Rice" fabric, painting, canvas, words, typography, vintage

"Amy Rice" fabric, painting, canvas, words, typography, vintage

"Amy Rice" fabric, painting, paper, words, typography, vintage

Posted by on August 23rd, 2012 at 5:20 PM | Comments (0)
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Aug20

Part anti-pollution campaign, part guerilla stunt, Luzinterruptus has done it again. In creating Mutant Weeds, Luzinterruptus is making a statement about the fact that illuminated signs, like this pharmacy one in Madrid, are allowed to stay illuminated at all times of the night. Using fluorescent sticks formed into blades of grass, Luzinterruptus planted a garden of the near future, where a new, photosensitive species grows up from the sidewalks, nourished by the lights.

Illuminated, Luzinterruptus

Illuminated, Luzinterruptus

Illuminated, Luzinterruptus

Illuminated, Luzinterruptus

via // Moco

Posted by on August 20th, 2012 at 11:46 PM | Comments (0)