Posts related to ‘SIMPLICITY’

IDDU, A 360° INSTALLATION BY ARTISTS JAMES P GRAHAM – [Issue 8]

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 | Posted by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

‘Iddu’, a 360° installation by artist James P Graham, depicting a volcano in the isle of Stromboli, lead me to an inmediate association and natural response to Francesca Anfossi video ‘Hanmade Machines’ when I bumped into
it by chance a few weeks ago in the a r t w a r s project space (Red Church St, London).
Graham takes in the volcano inside the gallery with a work that combines the naturalistic sublime with the mediated contemporary art space context.

Watch video – James P Graham, Searching for Empedocles (Iddu)

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UNTITLED (PERFECT LOVERS) BY FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES (1987-1991) – [Issue 7]

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 | Posted by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

Two identical battery-operated clocks are placed in the gallery, side by side and initially set to the same time. With time, though, they inevitably fall out of sync: batteries running out and the ever-present drive towards entropy of things. Gonzalez-Torres made this piece shortly after the death of his partner, Ross Laycock, was diagnosed with AIDS.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres. (American, born Cuba. 1957-1996). Untitled (Perfect Lovers). 1991. Clocks, paint on wall. overall 14 x 28 x 2 3/4″ (35.6 x 71.2 x 7 cm).

 

COMPLEXITY AND CONTRADICTION IN ARCHITECTURE BY ROBERT VENTURI – [Issue 4]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | Posted by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

In 1966 Robert Venturi put the first big nail in the Modernist coffin and opened the Pandora’s box that was Postmodernism. He did that with an essay called “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (a gentle manifesto for a nonstraightforward architecture)”, where he criticised the functionalist school with the now famous pun “Less is a bore”. Venturi advocates for complexity, richness and ambiguity and deems the purity and clean lines of Modernists as puritanical, impersonal and, yes, boring. Another classic well worth reading. Read an extract here.

JOHN MAEDA ON VIDEO – [Issue 3]

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 | Posted by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

John Maeda, author of The Laws of Simplicity, explains his principles on this (actually quite funny) talk:

ORNAMENT AND CRIME, ADOLF LOOS (1908) – [Issue 2]

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 | Posted by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

Probably one of the most polemic essays written in the history of aesthetics, “Ornament and Crime”, the Loos’ manifesto, associates progress with the rejection of ornaments, banning the superfluous. Bare, basics elements and forms lead us to a more evolved state, not only culturally but also morally. The Vienese architect, author of masterpieces such as the Villa Mueller, makes his point with all sorts of colourful and provocative arguments and examples. Download .pdf file here