October 31, 2009

all hallows eve: gottfried helnwein | macbeth

'fair is foul, and foul is fair'
witches chorus act I, scene I, macbeth

lady macbeth rides macbeth

macbeth and the three witches

murder of the macduff family

all images © gottfried helnwein
stage, costumes, and masks: gottfried helnwein
choreographic theatre hans kresnik

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costume details

October 30, 2009

friday photo: miuenski

LCD soundsystem remixed Tha Wall on my flat screen tv
© miuenski some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-SA)

click the photo and study this stunning image at full size...comments welcome

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October 28, 2009

steven holl: knut hamsun center

steven holl architects
knut hamsun center
hamarøy, norway 1994 - aug 4, 2009

photo © ernst furuhatt - salten museum

photo © iwan baan (detail)

photo © iwan baan

unless otherwise attributed, all photography © steven holl architects
via e-architect

PROGRAM: historical museum for writer Knut Hamsun including exhibition areas, library, reading room, cafe and 230 seat auditorium
CLIENT: Nordland Fylkeskommune (County)
SIZE: 24445 sf
STATUS: completed

This center dedicated to Hamsun is located above the Arctic Circle near the village of Presteid of Hamarøy and the farm where the writer grew up. The museum includes exhibition areas, a library and reading room, a cafe and an auditorium. The concept for the museum is "building as a body," creating a battleground of invisible forces. The stained black wood exterior skin is characteristic of the great wooden stave Norse churches. The spine of the building body is the central elevator, providing handicapped and freight access to all parts of the building. At the roof garden the long grass reflects the traditional Norwegian sod roofs in a different way. Strange, surprising and phenomenal experiences in space perspective and light will provide an inspiring frame for the exhibitions.

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October 25, 2009

meditation: hiroshi sugimoto and the sea

from the hirshhorn collection: [hirshhorn.si.edu]

Aegean Sea, Pilion, 1990

Bass Strait, Table Cape, 1997

Baltic Sea, Rügen, 1996

Ligurian Sea, Saviore, 1993

North Atlantic Ocean, Cape Breton Island, 1996

all photos copyright © hiroshi sugimoto
via hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden

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October 24, 2009

spencer tunick: nudity & privacy reconfigured





artist spencer tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. since 1994 he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the united states and abroad. tunick's installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events. the individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. the bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. these grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one's views of nudity and privacy. the work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.

all photographs © spencer tunick

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October 23, 2009

friday photo: etolane

© etolane some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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October 22, 2009

abstract photography: imagery devoid of narrative

a gallery of objective | abstract photography from the wealth of images on flickr:

vancouver 487
© rick lawrence (rick e dick) some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-ND)

© j neuberger some rights reserved (CC-BY)

contact details
© tal bright some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-SA)

© pixmaniaque some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-SA)

portland peter walker detail
© ken mccown some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-ND)

rapunzel 4
© simon blackley some rights reserved (CC-BY-ND)

dark textures a work in progress
© sy parrish some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-SA)

swimming lines
© holger (surfacepattern) some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-SA)

© j neuberger some rights reserved (CC-BY)

© odile & philippe (altair vega deneb) some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-ND)

© samuel (elsamuko) some rights reserved (CC-BY-SA)

...over the course of 30 years photographers have rejected certain modernist aesthetics in favor of conceptual theory, resulting in eventless imagery devoid of specific narrative. in these pictures, photography as document is disrupted and expanded and the intimacy of a singular object gives way to seriality and monumentality.
from the exhibition notes: abstract photography, selections from glenstone, 9.3.9 - 1.3.10, university of virginia art museum

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October 21, 2009

roni horn: aka roni horn

opposite of white, v.1 2006
solid cast glass

gold mats, paired (for ross and felix) 1994-95
pure gold (99.99%), two parts

untitled (aretha) 2002-04
solid cast glass

asphere 1986-1993
solid copper
via art:21.slideshow

untitled (yes) 2000 installation view (time frame, june-october 2006)
courtesy p.s.1 contemporary art center

things that happen again: for a here and a there 1988
photo © essem.w some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-ND)

place 4
things that happen again: for a here and a there 1988
photo © essem.w some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-ND)

all work © roni horn

details / installation views via the guardian.co.uk:

detail of gold mats, paired

opposite of white v.1 and v.2