On Cloud 9: Berndnaut Smilde, Cloudmaker

BERNDNAUT SMILDE is a prolific young Dutch artist from Amsterdam who deals with transitional spaces, corridors, staircases and well, clouds. Beautifully momentary clouds that are created through the alchemy of smoke, moisture, and spot lighting. As Smilde himself says of his installations, which were developed for the online gallery probe, give form to “physical presence found within transitional space.”

To Live and Drive in LA: Chris Burden’s Metropolis ll

The performance artist/sculptor continues his odyssey with this 5 year project that has been unveiled at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
The work looks at our future cities in an innovative kinetic sculpture that, truth be told, brings out the little boy in me…the mesmerizing <>.
Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. The loud racket produced is meant to simulate the stress of living in the 21st Century. Love.

Metropolis ll. Photo by E. KOYAMA

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LACMA

The Force Within : Trong G. Nguyen

Somewhere between Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons lies the dark humour and intriguing sculptural approach to Trong G. Nguyen’s work. Think outside the box.

LOL (Lady of the Lake)
2011, silicone, toy lightsaber, acrylic paint
24 inches tall (puddles variable)

Library
2007-Present, Rice kernels, ink, gold paint, gold leaf, clear mylar.
Each grain of rice contains a single word written in ink – with the book titles written on grains painted gold. The complete text or individual chapters written word for word on rice kernels.
5 x 3-1/2 x 1/4 inches each

Stuff It : Peter Gronquist

From Bio: Peter Gronquist was born in Portland, Oregon in 1979. Growing up in a creative family, he began drawing and painting at a very early age. This led to obsessive artmaking throughout his childhood that continues today. After highschool, Peter attended the School of Visual Arts for two years, then finished his bfa at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Peter currently resides in Oakland California (EAST BAY!) and tries to paint every day.
His latest project just opened in Venice. If only I had more room…
See more here: PETER GRONQUIST


THRIFT MONOLITH SCULPTURES BY DERICK MELANDER

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By Dan Gould

Derick Melander creates meticulous sculptures out of carefully folded second hand clothes. His work brings attention to the large amount of textile waste that is generated daily, and the clothing used in his pieces are usually donated after the fact.

He explains his work:

I create large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing.  These structures take the form of wedges, columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons.  Smaller pieces directly interact with the surrounding architecture.  Larger works create discrete environments.

As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence.  It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the individual and the outside world.