Category Archives: Art

Freeze!

Shoot yourself in the face with a gun-shaped popsicle.

Kinda sorta makes you think.  But then, that’s art for you.  Link.

Boat Street

We’ve got a new project for architecture.  The first part of it was becoming intimately familiar with the site, so as to better fit a building into it later.  The site is a waterfront lot on Boat Street next to Portage Bay.  There are existing buildings on the site, a few covered boat docks that make it seem very maritime.  There’s a parking lot on the street level, and it then descends down a flight of stairs through shrubbery to the water level.

I drew sketches of the some of the buildings, took photos, and wrote a few haikus to capture the feeling in words.  Here they are.

Calm water lapping

Sun beats on corrugated tin

With wooden supports.

Water ripples in

Reflecting off stabled boats

Roofs are shimmering.

Concrete, plants, water

Floors without buildings, buildings without floors

A downhill approach.

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The next step is to design a building for a fictional small boat co-op to inhabit the site.  It’s one of those funny assignments where the first assignment is to design the clients, and then we make a building to fit them.  Sort of like reverse engineering.

That’s Deep

Too Small to Fail

We’ll always have bikes.  Let’s get more bikers.

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

Caleb Larson is one of those modern artists where you aren’t quite sure if his artwork is brilliant, or he’s just brilliantly duping the art world.  His $10,000 Dollar Sculpture consists of the bill acceptor from a vending machine.  It accepts money, with the goal of eventually raising $10,000 to be split by the artist and the owner.  Clever, but is it art?

I think so, though I tend to be more liberal and accepting of modern art.  It’s meant to be commentary on the status of art as commodity, and the value that art assumes.  It was featured as a part of the exhibit The Value of Nothing, which perhaps adds a bit of necessary context to the piece.

Larsen’s greatest work though (in my opinion), is A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter.  It’s a black box with an ethernet cable that sells itself on eBay every seven days.  Larsen’s website says of the work:

“Combining Robert Morris’ Box With the Sound of Its Own Making with Baudrillard’s writing on the art auction this sculpture exists in eternal transactional flux. It is a physical sculpture that is perptually attempting to auction itself on eBay.  Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.  If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself.”

I think this is a hilarious concept for a work of art.  It really is an ephemeral piece, almost more of a game than something to display.  The funniest part is that it sells.  There’s a permalink to the current eBay auction, where you can see it’s current “value.”  It just sold for $6,858.

This is clearly another commentary on art commerce, but it also adds a completely unique property to the artwork itself.  It fundamentally alters what it means to own the work of art.  The plain, geometric physical component also emphasizes the overwhelming conceptual nature of A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter.  I wouldn’t buy it, but I’m glad that Larsen produced such an interesting, provocative work.

Sources: Gizmodo, CalebLarsen.com

Her Morning Elegance

Chalk Superhero

This video is even older, but it’s one of the best music videos ever.  Coldplay has come out with a few cool music videos – like their video for the Scientist, where Chris Martin learned the words to the song backwards, so that he could sing it forward as the video played in reverse – but this video for Strawberry Swing is even better.  It’s just a guy standing/sitting/lying on a street, as a team of chalk artists animate an unbelievable stop-motion world around him.  Absolutely worth watching.