Using Found Objects – The Sculptures of David Kemp

It’s impossible to look at these dogs and not smile. They are one of a number of public sculptures by artist David Kemp. Kemp makes sculptures out of found or discarded objects. He describes his work rather charmingly as follows: “I make things out of things, big things, little things, old things and new things. I …

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Squirrel Suicide by Maurizio Cattelan

  In this blog I usually review an artist’s body of work rather than a single work. However, Maurizio Cattelan‘s squirrel installation shown above struck me as worth reviewing as a single work on its own. The installation shown above is from 1996. It shows a squirrel slumped dead over a kitchen table in what …

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The Surreal Sculptures of Myeongbeom Kim

Surreal imagery has some kind of irresistible attraction for most of us. Myeongbeom Kim’s sculptures are surreal. They combine elements that don’t normally belong together and, in doing so, often grabs our attention. Having trees as immense antlers make the deer above look majestic. It takes us a couple of seconds to work out that …

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What is Real? What is Constructed? The Trees of Myoung Ho Lee

When I first saw these images I thought these were giant images of trees artificially placed in a landscape. Only on further examination did I realize that these were trees in their landscape, isolated against a large white backdrop and then photographed. This is the work of South Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee (no website) …

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Environmental Art or Vandalism? Christo and Jean-Claude sued to stop their latest project

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are possibly the best known among those artists who work outside of the gallery in urban and rural environments. Many of their projects involve wrapping stuff in fabric – be it the Reichstag in Berlin, the Kunsthalle in Bern, a medieval tower in Spoleto, etc. Their latest project titled “Over The River” …

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Ai Weiwei – Human Rights Dissident – Environmentalist?

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has mounted 1200 bicycles in a magnificent floor to ceiling installation as part of a solo exhibition in Taipei. The artist likely has no environmental statement to make with this installation, but these days it is hard to look at so many bicycles without being put in mind of the …

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Modernist Autumn – Martin Boyce Wins 2011 Turner Prize

In his winning entry for this year’s Turner Prize, Martin Boyce brings an autumnal park indoors and re-interprets it in classical modernist/constructivist terms. A large room, re-designed in every detail. White columns from which flows a designed ceiling of white shapes – “trees” with “leaves” and branches. The centrepiece is a table covered in graffiti …

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The Artist and the Land – Richard Long

Richard Long is one of the earliest and best known artists to engage in what has become known as ‘land art’. In an innovative way to engage with the land and the landscape, Long’s work is centred around lengthy walks in the countryside. His walks represent an exploration of the land and his relationship with …

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Why is environmentalism so unimportant? Thomas Hirschhorn at the Venice Biennale.

A couple of days of slogging hard through the Venice Biennale this year left one message – the environment doesn’t matter and neither do those concerned with ‘preserving’ it. I spent my days enjoying some wonderful art, being astonished by art that was bland or crass – or both – and looking for art that …

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Nature is Invited to the Royal Wedding

For the first time ever, 20 foot trees from the Royal Estate were, at the request of the Royal couple, brought inside Westminster Abbey to line the ceremonial passage – particularly appropriate in this International Year of the Forests. The importance of Nature also made it into the Bishop’s address. There is maybe nothing that …

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