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A look at installation art in the 21st century
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The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds

The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it
Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds, consists of 100 million hand painted porcelain seeds, which fill 1/3 acre room in the Tate Modern Gallery. The installation was intended to be interactive, allowing viewers to walk through, lay in, and play with the realisticly created seeds. Weiwei employed 1600 people from the small Chinese city, Jingdezhen, known for their skillfullness in imperial porcelain craft, to create the individual pieces, which have political meaning for the artist. Sunflower seeds are a common snack on the streets of China, but the seeds are reflective of the propaganda posters during the Cultural Revolution, which showed Chairman Mao as the sun and the mass of people as sunflowers turning towards him. Weiwei was named one of Time Magazine's People of the Year and the Art Review named him the art world's most powerful figure.
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Chris Burden - “Urban Light"

Chris Burden - “Urban Light" | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Chris Burden created Urban Light in 2008 from 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps.

For the artist, the street lights symbolize a  civilized, sophisticated city that was safe after dark and beautiful to look at. The lights are powered by solar energy and are on every night from dusk until dawn. The individual lights were collected from various resources, including the Rose Bowl flea market. The lamps were all painted a neutral gray in order to draw attention to their individual details and maintain a cohesive installation. At first glance, the lamps appear to be in a perfect grid, however. depending on where the viewer stands, the lamps arrange themselves in different angles.

 

The work has made appearances in Hollywood films, commercials, and photo shoots and is quickly becoming a must see for Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

 

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Motoi Yamamoto: Return to the Sea: Saltworks

Motoi Yamamoto: Return to the Sea: Saltworks | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Yamamoto Motoi was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1966. The artist spent his young adulthood working in a dockyard until he was 22 when he decided to focus on art full-time. The artist lost his sister from complications due to brain cancer and Yamamoto immediately began to memorialize her. In his early works, the patterns formed from the salt were actually quite literal creating a three-dimensional brain as an exploration of his sister’s condition. He began to process and explore the brain patterns and channels as flattened images.

 

The artist lays out basic guidelines, however the works are almost entirely improvised with mistakes and imperfections often left intact during hundreds of hours of meticulous pouring. The works are also temporary; after each piece has been on view for several weeks the public is invited to communally destroy each work and help package the salt into bags and jars, after which it is thrown back into the ocean

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Esther Stocker

Esther Stocker | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Italian installation artist Esther Stocker creates stunning geometric environments that are often open for exploration by the viewer. The construction of each piece appears to follow some type of mathematical equation, resulting in unusual linear patterns and planes that completely transform the physical space into a surreal environment.

Stocker's current installation, Based on a Grid, in on display at Z33 – House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium until the end of September. The work is created with black painted wooden blocks of various sizes, which are organized in a "system" on the white floor and walls of the gallery. The artist's installations create a very digital environment for the viewers, often distorting the interior space with optical illusions.

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Numen / For Use

Numen / For Use | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Numen/For Use is a Croatian-Austrian design collective working in the fields of scenography, industrial and spatial design and conceptual art. Formed in 1998, as a collaborative effort of industrial designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković, in 1999, they established Numen as a collective identity covering all projects actualized outside the sphere of industrial design.

 

Numen designers work to create spaces, often interactive, from materials used in untraditional ways. The group's Tape installations consist of creating amorphous constructions from packing tape that allows the viewers to crawl into and through the entire installation. The group designs sets and installations and has one many international design awards. Their work speaks on issues ranging from instability and regression, to fragility and the power of life. 

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Korban/Flaubert Installation at Diesel Denim Gallery

Korban/Flaubert Installation at Diesel Denim Gallery | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Janos Korban and architect Stefanie Flaubert are Australian artists noted for their experimental furniture and lighting, and large site-specific sculptural commissions. Their work has been exhibited in Australia, Europe, the U.S., the U.K. and Japan. The artists explore the relationship with complex organic growth patterns and bio-mimicry, the science examines organic models to create solutions to human problems. Experimetation plays a keen role in the formation of works by the collaborative pair. They explore materials and ideas based on the natural world, as well as science and math. Exploring structural and spatial relationships Korban/Flaubert create works that invite the viewer into, or in some cases onto, their artistic creations.

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Damián Ortega: Cosmic Thing

Damián Ortega: Cosmic Thing | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Damian Ortega lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Mexico City. Born in 1967, New Mexico City, Ortega's work Cosmic Thing, makes subtle hints at the Volkswagen Beetle's role in globalization of Mexico, as it was a production site from the 1950s until 2003.

 

Damián Ortega's Cosmic Thing is reminiscent of Duchamp's "Readymades" in the artistic approach of taking an object and transforming it into a work of art. Cosmic Thing is a grey Volkswagen Beetle that has been "exploded" in the gallery space. Suspended from high test aircraft cable, every part of the Beetle has been dissected and strategically hung from the gallery ceiling. The work invites the viewer to inspect the object as individual pieces which collectively form the iconic car. 

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Doris Salcedo: Istanbul

Doris Salcedo: Istanbul | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Doris Salcedo's Istanbul takes aim at the artist's idea of war. Commemorative of mass graves, the artist filled an empty space between two buildings in central Istanbul with 1,550  wooden chairs. The chairs are meant to signify not only the absence of humanity, but also a connection with humanity. 

 

Taking aim at war in general, the work makes a visual impact on the viewer both in scale and aesthetics. The site isn't necessarily visually pleasing, but it creates a heaviness in visual weight and conceptual weight. The artist intends the work to create an individual experience, as well as a collective glimpse into chaos and absence, two effects of wartime violence.

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Monika Grzymala’s Installations « CubeMe

Monika Grzymala’s Installations « CubeMe | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Polish artist Monkia Gryzmala's "Raumzeichnung" (Drawings in Space) is created as a response to the Sumarria Lunn Gallery's interior space. The artist works entirely with monochrome tape to build complex "drawings" that redefine the architectural space. Beginning at the central wall in the gallery,the tape covers archways, creates barriers, and spreads throughout the space as a reminder of the "invisible" wireless network that ever-present in our modern world. 

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Alisha Meyer's curator insight, March 24, 2016 8:49 AM
I love this idea of moving from the flat 2D realm into space.  Beautiful!
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Chiharu Shiota: Performative Installation Art

Chiharu Shiota: Performative Installation Art | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka, Japan in 1972. Having studied in German art schools, her work envelops both genres of installation and performance art, reminiscent of the 1970s. Influenced by the work of Schneemann, Bourgeois, and mendieta, Shiota's work often invites the viewer in and restricts physical access at the same time. Using thread, the artists creates a pictorial language of memory, loss, and connectivity. Through the manual labor or knotting and tying, Shiota makes the process of creating the installations performative. 

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Alisha Meyer's curator insight, March 24, 2016 8:50 AM
I love how this artist moves art into a tangible form.  The music is visual and seems to be flying in this work.
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Maya Lin at Pace Wildenstein

Maya Lin at Pace Wildenstein | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Maya Lin's Three Ways of Looking at the Earth at the Pace Wildenstein gallery hosted three of the artist's conceptual, systematic explorations of landscapes. The artist, known for monumental and earthworks, created landscapes that would transform viewers’ perspectives about the land and the sea by inviting them to navigate around, through and under these site-related installations. In 2x4 Landscape, Lin used 50,000 individually cut pieces of wood to create a pixelated landscape, reminiscent of architecture. Maya Lin’s work aims to reveal something new and startling about the planet we inhabit. The artist also hopes to bring attention to the physical relationship we have with the natural environment. 

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Alisha Meyer's curator insight, March 24, 2016 8:52 AM
This piece is extraordinary in the way of its simplicity and complete complexity just like looking at the natural world.
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Carlos Amorales, Black Cloud

Carlos Amorales, Black Cloud | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Carlos Amorales is a Mexican born artist who lives and works in Mexico City. The artist works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, and animation. Black Cloud, an installation originally displayed in the Yvon Lambert Gallery in New York in 2007, consists of 30,000 individually and intricately cut black paper moths attached to the gallery walls. While beautiful individually, grouped as a swarm,the moths take on a dark, ominous feel. Amorales 

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Do-Ho Suh - Floor | Indianapolis Museum of Art

Do-Ho Suh - Floor | Indianapolis Museum of Art | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Do-Ho Suh is a Korean artist who explores idividuality, collectivity, and anonymity through construction of site-specific installations like Floor. Consisting of 32 panels, the floor is supported by hundreds miniature figures; the multicolored men and women are working collectively with arms up to support the weight of the visitors. Do-Ho Suh explores the tension between collective action and individual identity. His work speaks to the individual viewers through its subtleness in scale and appearance. Originally on display in the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, which has hosted the artist multiple times since 2000, Floor  is currently on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Green Artist Susan Stockwell

Green Artist Susan Stockwell | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Susan Stockwell works in large scale installations, sculpture, drawings and collage. The artists takes on issues of ecology, beauty, mapping, colonial histories, trade and global commerce. She uses disposable products that are part of our everyday lives. These materials are manipulated and transformed, often with the use of craft processes, into art objects. In many works, she borrows materials from suppliers or recycle companies and returns them after the length of her show. Stockwell is well known for her site specific installation at York St Mary's, a de-consecrated 13th century church. Flood, was purposely sited in the alter area of the church, using the ceiling height and referencing the stained glass window behind. Using 4 tons of recycled power supplies from discarded computers, the work speaks about the current stage of communication.

Stockwell exhibits in galleries and museums all over the world. She has exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The National Museum of China in Beijing and The Katonah Museum of Art in America. She has taught extensively and taken part in residencies and projects in Europe, America and Asia.

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Félix González-Torres: “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)

Félix González-Torres: “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Félix González-Torres was a Cuban born, American artist who died in 1996. His installation, “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), paid homage to his partner who died of AIDS related illness. The concept of the piece is perpetual life through replenishment. Comprised of 175 pounds (Ross's ideal body weight) of brightly colored, individually wrapped candy, the installation is intended to invite viewers to take a piece of the candy. The resulting loss of weight of the candy suggests the loss of Ross's weight and suffering from his illness. The artist stipulated upon installation that the dimished weight should be replenished daily to its original weight of 175 pounds. 

 

Gonzalez-Torres studied in Puerto Rico, New York, Venice, and Berlin. He received his Master of Fine Arts by the International Center of Photography and New York University and taught at New York University and briefly at the California Institute of the Arts.

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Nele Azevedo: Melting Men

Nele Azevedo: Melting Men | Contemporary Installation Art | Scoop.it

Nele Azevedo's installation, Melting Men, makes comment on the issue of global warming. The Brazilian artist, Azevedo, originally intended her work as a minimum monument. A temporary work meant to signify a specific moment in a specific place. Her installations of "melting men" have traveled all over the globe, including Italy, Brazil, and Germany. 

 

As environmentalist around the world, took notice of her work, they claimed it as "climate change art" and it gained significant recognition.

 

The works consists of 200-1000 small ice sculptures of men, and depending on the climate of its installation site, the pieces last from 20-45 minutes. 

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