Installation Art

The Uncanny Personal Universe of 10 Artists

On the East Coast, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is hosting David Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. David Lynch: The Unified Field explores the director’s personal iconography from his beginnings as a painter in the ‘60s to the present. … Read More

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Cosmic Art Installations Inspired by Space

Science has become “mainstream,” according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — the host of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, a newly resurrected version of Carl Sagan’s 1980’s PBS series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. “It’s with us and around us,” he stated in a January interview, citing the popularity of space thriller Gravity. He’s right, of course. Our fascination with the cosmos has grown exponentially, and artists are exploring concepts of space that are bringing us closer to the solar system more than ever. Inspired by Jeff Talman’s new installation, Rhythms of Stars, at St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University, which continues the artist’s fascinating work with the sounds of stars (Talman is also set to release a CD that presents the sounds of the sun), we searched for other installations that use the galaxy as their guide. … Read More

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10 Contemporary Artworks That Confront Mortality

“Have you ever heard a death rattle before?” the neurotic Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) asks Edward Norton’s character in David Fincher’s Fight Club. It’s a morbid, but amusing moment in the film that we thought of when looking at the work of Saskia Moore this week. Reality Sandwich featured the artist’s sound piece Dead Symphony, which we discuss past the break. It explores the sounds of near-death experiences. Artists have pondered mortality for centuries, and we’ve singled out ten contemporary artworks that confront the subject head-on. … Read More

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10 Guerrilla Poetry Projects

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word,” Emily Dickinson once wrote. It’s with that notion in mind that writers have assembled as guerrilla poets, leaving their words on billboards, street corners, and inside books. We discovered a guerrilla poetry project earlier this week on Booooooom, featured below, and wanted to share other unexpected and unconventional poems that have popped up around the world. … Read More

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10 Artists Who Destroyed Their Own Work

Remember that life-size dollhouse that Canadian artist Heather Benning created that we fell in love with? Well, it was recently burned to the ground — by the artist. We feature a photo of the abandoned barn turned candy-colored dream home in flames after the jump. Historically, there are many reasons why artists have destroyed their own work. For some, it’s a way to keep a tight leash on their public image and bury the embarrassing early creations they’d like to forget about. Others incorporate the remains into new pieces, and several see the act of destruction as the work itself. Here’s a brief survey of artists who ruined their own creations and wreaked havoc on the art world. … Read More

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A Brief Survey of Naughty Public Art

Artist Paul McCarthy is at it again. We spotted his newest inflatable sculpture, a massive pile of feces, on Booooooom. You can see it after the jump, along with other public artworks that display a naughty, irreverent, and pervy side. It’s fascinating to observe the public’s reactions to subjects normally kept hush-hush in polite company. These installations, performances, and sculptures have nothing to hide, though. See how potty humor, private sex acts, and other naughty themes have entered the public sphere, framed by the fine art world. … Read More

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Bizarre 3D Installations Made from Found Objects

French artist Bernard Pras creates enormous installations made from found objects, building incredibly dynamic and complex three-dimensional artworks. The pieces, which we first spotted over at My Modern Met, are often odes to famous artists or figures from pop culture, and, perhaps as a nod to their wide cultural subject matter, incorporate everything from food to toys to rolls of toilet paper to the actual architecture of the installation space. Indeed, the works often inhabit enormous spaces, their subjects only coming into view when you stand in the right place. Talk about art you can get lost in. Click through to see some of our favorites of Pras’ enormous collection, and then be sure to head over to his website to check out even more of his work. … Read More

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Abandoned Spaces Reclaimed by Art

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of repurposed spaces around here. From bookstores, to libraries, and more, we’re fascinated and enamored with the creative and ingenious ways people have transformed abandoned buildings. We felt compelled to continue our journey through dilapidated houses and deserted structures by exploring the works of artists who have reclaimed crumbling architecture for the sake of social messages, to inspire collective wonder, and to simply give new life to the neglected, decaying spaces. These artists went big and took over entire buildings. Visit abandoned spaces reclaimed by art past the break, and feel free to share your favorites below. … Read More

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10 Playful Public Works of Art

If you prefer to actively engage with art without a “do not touch” sign plastered on the wall next to it, interactive, public artworks can make you feel like a kid in a candyland. We spotted a playful installation on Colossal that transforms a swing set into a whimsical musical instrument when people take it for a ride. We featured it past the break, along with other playful public works of art that inspire viewers to channel the fun-filled days of their youth. Each installation requires spirited and carefree participation to bring it to life. See what we mean in our gallery of playful public artworks, below. … Read More

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Amazing Shredded Book Installations by Jukhee Kwon

Here at Flavorpill, we’re confirmed fans of book art in all of its forms — particularly the bombastic and unexpected, which is why we’re so in love with these book sculptures by Jukhee Kwon, which we recently spotted over at My Modern Met. The Korean-born, London-based artist creates installations that look like waterfalls (or trees, or spiderwebs) made of language, as the shredded pages pour out from their covers into whatever space they’re in. Forgive us for saying so, but we totally want to go splash around in and lean our heads back under these book sculptures. Click through to see some amazing shots of Kwon’s work, and then head on over to her website for even more. … Read More

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