Most impactful beautiful pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia was, for me, Vadim Zakharov’s Danae. Only women were allowed downstairs where gold coins rained down upon us. These coins were hoisted up through the levels of the pavilion with a crude bucket, into an intricate conveyor system to rain and repeat. Ai Weiwei’s installation of 886 handcrafted wooden stools stacked and suspended in the pavilion. British Pavilion showed works by Jeremy Deller, highlighting all good things British with a […]
FIAC, Foire International D’Art Contemporain, Every October, Paris holds its annual contemporary art fair. This year the locations were divided between Grand Palais and Cour Carree Du Louvre Aside from the usual, too much abstract art, the provocative compelling works dealt with body politic. Douglas Gordon, Portrait of You + MeBlack and White photos mounted on mirror, with strategic holes burnt in them.Douglas Gordon is most reputable for his monumental video installations, like 24 Hour Psycho (slowed down Hitchcock’s film […]
USAFelix Gonzalez-Torres used 700 lbs of individually wrapped licorice in an analogy to missiles and oil, pariotism and capitolism . His use of these dark multiples, manufactured goods, and strings of lightbulbs, playing with the idea of candy is a sinister melange of sweets and darkness. Did anyone else see this guy in the Padiglione Italia? He was walking a mechanical dog on a leash…. bon, bref. He also obscured my shot of Sigmar Polke stunning painting…. rather pigment on […]
CANADA Lets be honest, I am Canadian and I love Canada, but the exterior of the pavillion looks like an outhouse!!David Altmejd creates a hallucinatory architectural environment mixing glass mirrors with natural elements businessman bodies with bird heads all culminating in Giant an anthropomorphic commentary on man nature and our highspeed society.
Last Riot a triptych digital video created by the collective called AES+F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky + Evgeny Svyatsky).Using very basic computer graphics , the montaged segmented videos showing in digitized computer animation, animals birds and reptiles cut by sceens of desert with army jeeps, then vast arctic landscapes of torso-nu children fighting in slow motion with baseball bats and golf clubs. An apocalyptic view of modern society corruption and video games. Contrastly, Audrey Bartenev Lost Connection spun […]
Algeria’s Philippe Parreno, an empty room the ceiling filled with black helium filled speach bubble balloons. Haiti’s Mario Benjamin Sublime emotive portraits. Kendell Geers 7 Deadly Sins http://www.youtube.com/get_player MOUNIR FATMI – Save Manhattan 03 An assemblage of speakers old and new lined up in the middle of the space. The subtility is what gives this work its bulldozing effect, a massive spotlight casts from the speakers a shadow reminiscent of the Manhattan skyline. The voice of the iconic city floods […]