For Untitled (Ghardaïa), artist Kadar Attia sculpted a scale model of the Algerian city of the title in couscous, a regional culinary staple. The fragile and ephemeral structure is accompanied by two prints portraying foundational Western modernist architects, Le Corbusier and Fernand Pouillon, and by a copy of a UNESCO certificate that officially designates the city of Ghardaïa as a World Heritage Site.
Hauser & Wirth is currently hosting the eponymous Mike Kelley exhibit, the gallery’s first exhibition devoted to one of the most ambitious and influential artists of our time. Organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the exhibition is the first in New York to focus exclusively on one of the most significant of Kelley’s later series, Kandors. These visually opulent, technically ambitious sculptures combine with videos and a sprawling installation never before exhibited in the United States, as the late Los Angeles artist reworks the imagery and mythology of the popular American comic book hero, Superman, into an extraordinary opus of nurture and loss, destruction, mourning and – possibly – redemption. This my favorite exhibit of the year so far!
The photoshopped image above was sent to me by my friend, Ronne, a native of New Orleans who now lives in the southwest. Ronne didn’t have any information on the origin of the image nor did she have any idea what it might be associated with, but she knows I love the pink, so she sent it over. I can’t find anything on the Internet using the obvious search terms (Pink New Orleans Image October) but I think it’s a nice photo and I figured I had better get it on the blog while we are still in the month of October. If you have any clues as to what this picture is about, please leave them in the comments!
Ephemicropolis is a scale model of an urban landscape created by artist Peter Root over the course of about 40 hours from over 100,000 staples. Brilliant!
This scale miniature of Midtown Manhattan by artist Michael Chesko took 2000 hours to complete. As reference, Chesko used blueprints, old photographs, digital reproductions, and satellite images. On a good day, he’d work his way through four city blocks. The entire model is 36″ x 30″ – a good deal smaller than most office desks. At the 1:3200 scale, the Empire State Building is approximately the height of a Campbell’s Soup can.