BLDG BLOG posted this work titled A Small Area of Land (Kaka‘ako Earth Room) by Sean Connelly recently which had been installed in Honolulu at a gallery called ii Gallery. This earth prism created out of 32,000 pounds of volcanic soil and coral sand stands at 7′ tall and 9′ long. It has a dramatic angled side that is cut in accordance to align with the sun and moon on a specific day in Hawaii’s calendar. To read more please visit BLDG BLOG.
This work by Sean Connelly reminds me of the Walter De Maria Earth Room in the DIA Center in New York. The power of installing what surrounds us inside our manmade structures has an incredible resonance with myself and others. Whilst Sean Connelly’s work references the valued commodities of Hawaii dirt and sand and how these can highlight environmental decline of these islands. I feel the Earth Room in NYC reflects more global concerns. Though both works are meditative and really deliver such simple root material in a way that they manage to rise above their sometimes forgotten status. With Sean Connelly’s piece it is only temporary and it shows signs of cracking and falling apart. This allowance of a work to deconstruct is quite powerful and something I admire, where an artist allows for a work to undo itself. This silent performance by the material and construction speaks loudly about concerns about the environment we exist within. Similarly with Walter de Marias’ Earth Room the ongoing upkeep of this room is an incredible endurance of a work. The custodian in charge not only there to monitor and educate those who visit but also to be watch full of an work that people insist on disrupting either obviously or slightly underhand.
Aint Bad Magazine is featuring work of the French artist, Michel Le Belhomme and his series titled, The Blind Beast. These works transform mans living space into an object displaying the harmony with nature yet documents its dramatic return to savagery. With his series “The Blind Beast” Michel Le Belhomme tackles mans delicate and painful loss and sometimes partial destruction of home questioning an ongoing nightmare of current Man.
“This work is indeed pertinent because of its power of suggestion – for nothing is said directly – which takes us from the personal anecdote to the existential anguish that is more universal: no one is safe from the swell that can carry us both towards reason and towards delirium. Beware of the inner storm!”
I am currently in the closing stages of my degree here at Edinburgh College of Art. Final casts are being made for the pieces I intend to present in the degree show that opens end of May 2013. Georgina Boltons’ work from last year at ECA and her degree show springs to mind when I see work that was successful and its good to see her work currently on show at the RSA New Contemporaries in Edinburgh. If you cannot make it to the RSA show then have a look at Georgina’s blog and website to see further works. Click Here
Some sculptures just leave me lost for words and not in a bad way. They leave me stumped and motionless. I guess mediative is one term or maybe they raise questions within my own life or practice. The work of ETTI ABERGEL are in this category, works which my eyes can’t quite fathom rather return to inquire more. To see more works click here