Andy Goldworthy is known for his ‘transient’ art, often working with fragile materials in nature such as flower petals, leaves, and ice to produce sculptures and collages in the environment that are destined to be destroyed by natural forces such as wind, rain, warmth, and so on.
Many of his early career works were only experienced directly by the artist who then documented them for the audience to experience ‘at a distance’ via photographs. Though more often thought of as a sculptor, Goldsworthy could be considered, primarily, to be a photographer. His work often explores ideas of dialogue between different…
Once upon a time, there was a little boy who lived in Caracas and he could talk to computers. Then, one day, they talked back to him and together they decided to play with reality.
When Yucef Merhi was just eight-years-old he taught himself to recode his Atari games console. Using this new language, he described what he imagined and watched as the simple shapes, colours, and words were visualised on the screen. He thought he was simply playing and didn’t know he’d just become one of the world's first digital artists until a family friend showed the results to…
Shoes are part of language: Going toe to toe. Being well-heeled. Too strait-laced by far. The shoe’s on the other foot, now! Hoist yourself up by your own bootstraps. Put the boot in. Before you judge another, walk a mile in their shoes.
Wouldn’t it be good to be in your shoes
Even if it was for just one day?
Wouldn’t it be good if we could wish ourselves away?
- Nik Kershaw
Perhaps the most widely known symbolic shoe would be Cinderella’s glass slipper. A delicate, fragile thing that the prince must slip gently onto the foot of his…
…island of the tides
where ebb and flow mingle
and smoke spray dies
over cut-wire cliffs…
Perhaps Hosteen Klah wouldn’t have thought of himself as an artist. He was a skilled singer of traditional healing songs, practitioner of herbal medicine, maker of ceremonial sand paintings — a great shaman. He was also expert in various Navajo weaving techniques. In fact, it seemed he mastered anything he turned his ambidextrous hands to.
Klah first drew wider public attention when he demonstrated traditional sand-painting and weaving at the 1893 Chicago World Fair, which was held to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arriving in the New World. How ironic?
It seems Klah’s primary motivation for spreading his…
Wearing her specially designed shooting suit, French artist Niki de Saint Phalle created a number of works that in addition to being performed ‘actions’ were also part sculpture, part collage, and part painting.
Often, the paintings were created in front of a live audience and recorded on film as they were constructed and then shot at, usually with a .22 calibre rifle though pistols were sometimes used. The transformative instant of ballistic impact was then evidenced in the resultant objet, and the process documented with film and photographs.
Merz was a random word taken from a cut up newspaper, the second half of the German word kommerz, meaning ‘commerce’. Artist, Kurt Schwitters used the word to reference a series of collages he made during the 1920s, and later launched a periodical with the same name, featuring the work of his colleagues, as well as creating a series of architectural projects he termed Merzbau.