Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Art Unlimited 2018 | Rashid Johnson - Antoine's Organ

Antoine's Organ consists of a black steel construction that is filled with mainly plants but also books, and other objects. In the centre of this sculptural installation there is a fully functioning piano and the pianist a music producer Antoine Baldwin who is playing it. You don't see that at first sight because the view is blocked by all the plants, but you can always hear it. The music together with the green of these all these plants that create an almost jungle-like atmosphere, has something magical, fascinating and very relaxing.

Art Unlimited 2018 | Claude Viallat - Untitled 1980

In his work from 1980 Claude Viallat uses military awning on which he printed his signature pattern, consisting of the same repeated symbol resembling a small bone. Since 1982 when it was showed at the Pompidou it was never exhibited again until now at the Art Unlimited 2018.
This is one of Viallats most spectacular pieces, the mere size of it is impressive and all the triangles seem to point at the viewer when he stands directly in front of it which makes it seem more narrow to the center and open up more and more towards the further out it goes not only because of the triangular shape but also because of how the three elements are arranged.

Art Unlimited 2018 | José Yaque - Tumba Abierta III

Born in 1986, José Yaque is the youngest artist that exhibits this year at the Art Unlimited. His Tumba Abierta (open tomb) looks like a library, but instead of books it is filled with many different natural elements (plants, seeds, fruits, leaves) that are put into bottles and transmuted through time.
Every bottle is sealed with wax and the artist says about the open tomb that "it is an invitation to see the instrinsic beauty of the constant transfiguration that is also real in ourselves."
It is a beautiful installation and the warm yellow light creates a very cozy atmosphere, so you could really lose track of time in Yaque's open tomb.

Art Unlimited 2018 | Fred Sandback - Untitled (Sculptural Study, Seven-part Triangular Construction) 1982/2011

In this work Fred Sandback uses 21 strands of black acrylic yarn to form seven freestanding triangles. This is one of only two examples in Fred Sandback's work where he uses multiple repeated triangular configurations and the installation is very precise and sharp.
He seems to cut the space in different layers with the yarn and he shapes a form that directly interacts with the viewers "pedestrian space" as he calls it and we like how he uses something as fine as this yarn to create something so large.

Art Unlimited 2018 | Barbara Bloom - the tip of the iceberg

Barbara Bloom's installation The tip of the iceberg from 1991 consists of a round table that is lit from below and above. On top of the table is porcelain tableware with the logo of the RMS Titanic. Due to the mirror that is under the table you can see, that the undersides of the dishes are printed with images from the Titanic wreck on the ocean floor. Above the table, there are copies of waste listed by the NASA as being lost or discarded in outer space.
So at the same time we are confronted with something that is as far away as possible from us downwards (under the sea) and as far away as possible upwards (out of space). It makes us feel quite small in the middle and that this distance and transience is represented by such ordinary objects makes it feel even more real.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Art Unlimited 2018 | Arman - Fleurs 1959 / 2001

Arman's Fleurs is a re-creation by the artist, as the original artwork had to be destroyed after being shown in Nice, as the artist could not afford to store it.
By putting sixty coat racks together in one bulk, he creates an environmental piece, he turns something ordinary into something extraordinary and with the new way you look at it, the item has a completely different meaning.
The symmetry that each coat rack gets even more noticeable when you see them all aligned so perfectly together, which adds an almost military touch to it.

Art Unlimited 2018 | Matthew Barney - Partition 2002 / 2018

Matthew Barney's Partition is a full-scale bar, originally sculpted from petroleum jelly, that has been transformed into a monumental sculpture in cast plastic. The installation is relating to his film Cremaster 3 (2002) and is a combination of the form of a traditional Irish bar with that of a plumb level, which is one of the principal symbolic tools of freemasonry. Barney allowed the latent disintegration to begin before he casted the bar in plastic.
This process of collapse is now fixated in this sculpture, which makes it very interesting to look at, as partly you can still see how sharp and perfect it used to be and partly it has melted to the ground beyond recognition.