I first became aware of William Forsythe for his choreography for San Francisco Ballet. I was an in-house graphic designer and became very intimate with the choreographers, dancers, and costumes—names and imagery. Forsythe is also well known for his Choreographic Objects installations in which he will fill a room with balloons for people to interact or hang swinging pendulums while people dance through them to the other side of the room. I love the interaction and the forced movement of the participant, no matter how fluid or stiff you are, you are dancing. Of course he creates his own choreographic work, seen first. Check out the videos here.
Feeling quirky and less introspective today, here’s a compilation of my favorites by Maurizio Cattelan. Happy almost Friday.
I can’t get enough of these installations that use mirrors to create infinite rooms. Aesthetically, Yayoi Kusama kills it, I want to go to there real bad. And then there’s Thilo Frank’s mirrored room, in which you can enter and watch yourself infinitely swing. Two very beautiful experiences anyone would be mesmerized for hours.
yayoi kusama infinity mirrored room – the souls of millions of light years away, 2013 wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, led lighting system, and acrylic balls 113 x 163 3/8 x 168 1/8 inches (287 x 415 x 427 cm) courtesy david zwirner and yayoi kusama studio inc. photo: maris hutchinson.
I’ve been seeing Rebecca Louise Law’s latest installation The Flower Garden Display’d 2014 all over the net. Commissioned by London’s Garden Museum, it is a made up of 4,600 flowers. Law has been commissioned by almost everyone in the fashion business, including Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Fred Perry, and Jimmy Choo.
I’m thinking about the draw of installation work such as this and the major common factor is repetition. Everything en masse is a draw to us humans, it seems. And my own work included, though often chaotic, it’s repetitive polyhedra and thousands of them to create a whole. Is it the actual repetition that draws us, seeing something constant? Or is is the madness behind it, that leads to such impressive works? Not sure, but I do know you have to be pretty mad to make them.
I think my last post was last year! I’m going to attempt to reboot here as I’m doing extensive research on installation work. This will be “Installation Week”!
Starting with Janet Echelman’s, the most brilliant installations I’ve seen in a long while, giant suspended nets over cities and parks. I keep going back to look at them online, they’re so aesthetically pleasing, something I could lay and look at for hours. Her color choices are bright and beautiful both in the day and nighttime with some nicely placed lighting. She just completed a Kickstarter campaign this year to create a giant installation in Vancouver for the TED Conference. Wish I could go for many reasons!
Found via This is Colossal