The new playgrounds decorated by Gummy Gue

The new playgrounds decorated by Gummy Gue

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

The dynamic shapes and bright colours that have always characterised Gummy Gue‘s work have invaded not one, but two basketball and volleyball courts in Buccinasco. 
A few weeks ago Gummy Gue, the duo formed by Marco and Andrea Mangione, two Italian brothers and street artists, began working on two palygrounds in Buccinasco, a municipality southwest of Milan that falls within the city’s metropolitan area. 

This is not the first time the two artists have worked on flooring or playgrounds, and they commented on Instagram: “Painting a playground offers the possibility to cross the field area, to move on the surface of composition to perceive the evolution of shapes in harmony with game’s dynamics. A variable vision that is continuously regenerated, as in a virtual simulation experienced in real space.” 

One in Robarello Park and the other in Via Marsala, the two artistic interventions are part of a broader urban regeneration plan, called Piano Quartieri (Neighbourhood Plan), implemented by the municipality of Buccinasco. 

Both courts have already been inaugurated with events involving the local basketball team, the Bionics Buccinasco, as well as the youth team of Olimpia Milano. The lines and shapes drawn by Gummy Gue seem to follow the movements of the players and the ball. 

Follow Gummy Gue on Instagram to don’t miss all the upcoming works. 

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Photo by: Ugo Galassi 

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Sands of Time, Daniel Arsham’s solo exhibition between sand and caves

Sands of Time, Daniel Arsham’s solo exhibition between sand and caves

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Visionary artist Daniel Arsham has just opened his first solo exhibition at the UCCA Dune Art Museum. Sands of Time, is the title of the exhibition that will remain open to the public until 10 October 2021 and offers a journey of discovery into the imagination and art of one of the most renowned and appreciated contemporary artists. 

Born in 1980, Daniel Arsham was born in Cleveland and now lives and works in New York. His aesthetics and his entire artistic production is rooted in the concept of fictitious archaeology: the artist stages what he himself calls “future archaeology” through the representation and reinterpretation of works from the past.

The same philosophy returns in Sands of Time, which presents a series of 12 sculptures and some drawings reproducing classical sculptures: the care and attention to detail was made possible thanks to the opportunity the artist was given to access the moulds present at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, which include masterpieces from the collections of the Louvre and the Vatican Museums. Thus we find a statue of Lorenzo de Medici, the Roman God of war Ares Borghese, the Greek God Apollo Belvedere and the Roman Goddess of wild animals and the hunt Diana. 

As always, however, the works are represented as if they were found in the distant future, with some parts deteriorated and crystals having formed all over the surface. 
With this futuristic representation, Daniel Arsham invites the viewer to change his point of view and to reflect on how important it is today to dig for treasures that we do not yet know exist. 

To showcase this there could be no better place than the UCCA Dune Art Museum. Opened in 2018 some 300 kilometres east of Beijing, overlooking the Bohai Sea in Beidaihe, the museum was designed by Open Architecture and is almost entirely buried under a sand dune. The rooms look like caves where light enters through skylights in the ceiling or through huge openings overlooking the beach, and where visitors can walk on floors covered with coloured sand ranging from white to blue. 

Unearthed Bronze Eroded Melpomene“, the artist’s largest bronze work, rests on the same sand. It is an enormous head that could simply be resting on the sand or it could be an entire body yet to be discovered. 

Check out some photos of the works on display below, visit the UCCA Dune Art Museum website for all the info and follow Daniel Arsham on Instagram not to miss his upcoming creations. 

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Doug Aitken’s mirror installation for the Saint Laurent fashion show

Doug Aitken’s mirror installation for the Saint Laurent fashion show

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

On Wednesday evening Venice, and in particular the Isola della Certosa, became the backdrop for Saint Laurent‘s Men’s Spring Summer 22 fashion show. For the occasion, the brand’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, commissioned American artist Doug Aitken to create an installation that would act as a catwalk and create a futuristic yet natural setting. 

The American artist immediately thought of creating a reflective structure, using panels of Alucobond, a composite material consisting of two aluminium sheets and a plastic core. This is not the first time Doug Aitken has dealt with mirrored materials: his Mirage Detroit is iconic, a completely mirrored house built inside the former Michigan Savings Bank, an installation that has since been re-presented in various sites, such as in the desert outside Palm Spring or in the Swiss Alps. 

The work for the Saint Laurent fashion show is called Green Lens and is presented as a decagonal structure that can be crossed in any direction. In addition to the reflective surfaces, however, another central element of the installation are the plants: rich vegetation covers a large part of the structure, infinitely reflected in it. 

The natural element was also present during the fashion show: while the models presented their new creations, it was possible to hear natural sounds in the background, previously recorded on Certosa Island. 

Such a work could not be used just once, so Green Lens will remain on the island until the end of July as a public artwork, but Saint Laurent’s commitment does not end there. The plants used for the installation will be donated to the island and the brand has declared its commitment to restoring the ruins of the Charterhouse cloister. 

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Ian Berry’s secret garden made of jeans

Ian Berry’s secret garden made of jeans

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

Ian Berry is back to make us dream with his works of art made of jeans. The British artist, about whom we have spoken on several occasions, will be present until mid-August at the Rijswijk Museum in The Hague with his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands. 

The exhibition “Splendid Isolation” will include some of the artist’s most famous works and will tell the story of his career, from the jeans paintings of The American Jean series that tell glimpses of American reality to those of Hotel California in which denim is used to reproduce the water of crystal-clear swimming pools. 

Visitors will also be confronted with more complex works, such as Lockdown Living Room, a living room entirely lined with jeans in different colours and washes, or his Secret Garden

This installation looks like thick vegetation growing from the ceiling and under which you can stop to take a photo and admire the almost maniacal work of the artist who has handmade thousands of jeans flowers by cutting, folding and gluing the different pieces of fabric to create all kinds of flowers. 

As always, in addition to being aesthetically beautiful and satisfying, Ian Berry’s works invite the viewer to reflect on the waste of textile materials and want to raise awareness of the fact that the textile industry is one of the most polluting. It is for these reasons that the artist uses only discarded or donated materials and never new fabrics. 

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300 metres of murals on the Naples promenade

300 metres of murals on the Naples promenade

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

Over the past few days, as we walked along the Naples seafront, we could see a lot of activity surrounded by clouds of colour coming out of spray cans.
It was ART&more, a project for which nine Neapolitan street artists were called in to create an equal number of works covering an area of 3300 square metres on the Caracciolo promenade.

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Jorit, Shaone, Iabo, Zeus, Tres, Yele, El Nigro, Cref and Alessandro Cocchia are the artists involved, who for three days worked incessantly to create floor murals, which, so as not to damage the asphalt, were created on a PVC sheet 300 metres long and 11 metres wide.

The official inauguration took place today at 12 noon in the presence of the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris, and the huge monumental work will remain visible until 21 July.

Follow the artists’ Instagram profiles to discover the details of each work and how they were made, and take a look at the gallery below for a small taste of the artwork.

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