6 posts tagged Tornado
6 posts tagged Tornado
Mia Pearlman is a paper artist based in Brooklyn, New York who creates awesome site-specific cut paper installations that look like she’s managed to pull organic and abstract images out of people’s dreams and install them as 3D works of art for the rest of us to encounter.
“Pearlman’s process is very intuitive, based on spontaneous decisions made in the moment. She begins by making loose line drawings in india ink on large rolls of paper. Then selected areas are cut between the lines to make a new drawing in positive and negative space on the reverse. Created on site by trial and error, a 2-3 day dance with chance and control takes place during each and every installation. Existing only for the length of the installation, the weightless world totters on the brink of being and not being, continually in flux.”
Visit Mia Pearlman’s website to view more of her wondrous cut paper installations.
[via Beautiful Decay]
From the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena comes this amazing tornado of Jack fish in the waters of Cabo Pulmo National Park in Mexico captured by marine biologist Octavio Aburto.
Have you ever wished that all the litter around you could be magically whisked away? Beijing-based artist Wang Zhiyuan helps us visualize what a whirlwind of trash ascending into the air might look like with his awesome sculpture entitled Thrown to the Wind. While it seems like a novel idea for trash to disappear into the skies, the reality is that we are all living with it on Earth — some more than others.
Zhiyuan’s larger-than-life tornado of plastic waste, which stands 36-feet high, represents the heaps of trash that overwhelm his hometown and its surrounding environment. The gigantic trash tower really puts the overbearing toll of the waste problem into perspective. It seems cool and colorful at first, but Zhiyuan has an underlying message meant to evoke a discussion by garnering attention to the problem. The artist says, “I want my art to be about something bigger than me. If it wasn’t involved in society I would feel guilty.”
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Artist Alicia Martín’s tornado of books shoot out a window like a burst of water from a giant hose. The Spain-based artist’s sculptural installation at Casa de America, Madrid depicts a cavalcade of books streaming out of the side of a building. The whirlwind of literature defies gravity and draws attention with its grandeur and size. Thus far there have been three site-specific installations of the massive sculptural works in this series known as Biografias, translated as Biographies, that each feature approximately 5,000 books sprawled out around and atop one another.
Martín’s awesome book structures give life to the inanimate objects filled with knowledge. By constructing the curving towers with a rather free and disheveled exterior, while maintaining a sturdy core, the books’ loose pages are free to blow and rustle in the wind, allowing the piece to be further animated.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to see more photos and watch a short video of the piece in motion.
Back in January we posted about an awesome installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh, entitled Floor, in which glass plates rested on the uplifted hands of thousands of tiny figures enabling visitors to walking upon them. We’re very excited to share another awesome creation by the same artist:
“This giant tornado of piggybacked men is an installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that is currently on display at Western Washington University (photographs above depict it in alternate configurations). Via Western:
“‘Cause & Effect’ evokes a vicious tornado. This vast ceiling installation is a composition of densely hung strands that anchor thousands of figures clad in colors resembling a Doppler reading stacked atop one another,” said Do Ho Suh, adding that the artwork is a “physical realization of existence, suggesting strength in the presence of numerous individuals. The work is an attempt to decipher the boundaries between a single identity and a larger group, and how the two conditions coexist.”
Suh has been all over the news lately with his recent Fallen Star Lands installation in San Diego, and his Floor piece in Singapore similarly depicting the might of many thousands of tiny men. See many more views of this piece and other works here.”