Hugh Hayden installs 100 “branching” chairs in New York’s Madison Square Park 

Hugh Hayden installs 100 “branching” chairs in New York’s Madison Square Park 

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Art

A few weeks ago, 100 wooden chairs with desks, typical of American schools, appeared in the centre of Madison Square Park in New York. The installation is called “Brier Patch” by Hugh Hayden.

However, the American artist‘s chairs have a special feature: bare branches grow out of each of them, creating a sort of small forest in the park.

This is not the first time that Hugh Hayden has confronted himself with this type of sculpture and object: during his career he has often presented installations and exhibited works in galleries that started from the classical forms of chairs and tables and then became true sculptures. 

In the case of “Brier Patch” in Madison Square Park, the artist appeals precisely to the concept of the bush, which for some may represent a safe place to hide, while for others it may be a place that inspires fear and dread. This difference in thinking is intended to mirror the inequalities that exist within the American school system. 

The work was commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy and will remain on view until 24 April. 

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Hugh Hayden installs 100 “branching” chairs in New York’s Madison Square Park 
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The sculpture in the metaverse according to Jaewon Kang

The sculpture in the metaverse according to Jaewon Kang

Tommaso Berra · 2 years ago · Art

Can we imagine what art will look like in the Metaverse? What will be the new formats or which of the traditional art formats will be adapted to a new digital version, to be experienced only through visors, changing the feeling of encountering art itself? Experiments are already underway, even for the one of the arts that seems to us to be most closely linked to a materiality and a real spatial presence such as sculpture.
Among the artists who are trying to imagine a “future sculpture” is Jaewon Kang, an artist who uses an approach based on the physical experience of inflatable sculptures, reproposed with 3D modelling tools within rendered landscapes.

Starting from the works of the South Korean sculptor, one can imagine what sculpture will look like in the metaverse. One of the greatest challenges is to design sculptures that fit into unthinkable landscapes, nestled between mountains or frozen lunar plains.
Jaewon Kang’s stylistic approach consists in deliberately forcing the concept of distortion of forms, creating abstract volumes that look like the inflatable models of the artist’s parents’ factory, the place where his interest in those forms began.
Starting from 3D models and distorting them allows Kang not to remain anchored to any form of realism, but to accept the challenge of finding what could be the new aesthetic canon of the metaverse. In this new reality, the surfaces of the sculptures will no longer be the veined marbles of Canova, but rather mirrors that will reflect and multiply reality even more. One of the forms of digital sculpture could be the combination of Jeff Koons and the coldness of Philippe Starck, it is certain to reflect new light.

Jaewon Kang | Collater.al
Jaewon Kang | Collater.al
Jaewon Kang | Collater.al
Jaewon Kang | Collater.al
Jaewon Kang | Collater.al
Jaewon Kang | Collater.al
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All for the Gram – Paper Bag Archive

All for the Gram – Paper Bag Archive

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Art

In the search for serial profiles for All for the Gram we discovered that for every passion there is an Instagram profile. Anything can become the perfect subject for a new account.
This week’s is an item that we’ve all, at one time or another, made use of, and we probably all keep at least one. We’re talking about the small paper bags often used in museum stores or souvenir stores. The Paper Bag Archive profile offers a heterogeneous collection of them. 

Each small paper bag stands out for its graphics, its color and its designs. Born to contain the memory of an experience or a place, they often become themselves the souvenir, which will remain for many years closed in one of the drawers of our desk. 

We have selected our favorites, but follow Paper Bag Archive on Instagram to not miss the next ones. 

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Noodles by John Blond become NFT

Noodles by John Blond become NFT

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Art

The world of NFT is gaining more and more followers and after the internationally renowned Italian photographer Emanuele Ferrari, now it is the turn of the Catanese visual artist and designer John Blond.

Some time ago we talked about his art and two of his patterns made up of black and bold lines on coloured backgrounds, which led to his works being renamed ‘Noodles’.
On Saturday 12 February at 2 p.m., John Blond will present his first collection of Noodles at NFT

This new project involves the creation of 1000 hand-drawn 1:1 NFTs. John Blond said: “For me, this project is primarily a personal challenge. I am thrilled to be designing 1000 noodle compositions and therefore a billion noodles. The collection is based on my art, on what I believe in and what I want to carry on until my noodles are even shakier.

Notably, on Saturday the 12th the artist will release the first NFT drop and then for the weeks to follow five to 25 new pieces will be revealed. 

They are aimed for all those who primarily believe in me and my art. They represent an invitation to participate for all those creative people, luminaries and dreamers. Those who, like me, love connections and generate ideas together, creating new understandings, which between determination and perseverance see projects come to fruition“.

These days on his discord, Twitter and Instagram profiles, John Blond gives his fans all the news about new releases, while creating a community united by a passion for art and creativity. 

Instead, to buy your own Noodles in NFT follow John Blond’s profile on OpenSea.

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Independent Republic, a mash-up of art and pop culture

Independent Republic, a mash-up of art and pop culture

Collater.al Contributors · 2 years ago · Art

Domenico Mazzotta is the inventor and creator of Independent Republic. By experimenting on a creative level, he has created a clothing brand in which graphic design becomes a tool for combining classical art with cinema and prominent personalities.

Indiependent Republic

The prints he creates not only convey important messages such as freedom of expression, diversity, independence, unconditional beauty and freedom from historical and cultural dictates, but are also works of graphic superimposition that shed new light on irreverent characters and revolutionary figures, in a continuous play of similes and metaphors. 

Commingling is the key word of this project: art within art, in a potentially infinite cycle. 

Art is revisited, altered, distorted, but never denigrated. The aim of Independet Republic is to re-propose it, in different forms, to new generations, without ever falling into the obvious or the banal.

Certainly the collage technique carries a specific message, the result of a research for a common denominator between two joined images. The result, provocative, irreverent and cheeky, works when the visual impact on the observer is striking.

Recently, Independent Republic has also opened a new section on their website dedicated to the NFTs they produce, called “Crypto Memento Mori NFT collection”.

NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) are a special type of cryptographic token that represents the deed and certificate of authenticity written on the blockchain of a unique asset.

Read more: “What exactly are “Bored Apes”?

Autore: Francesco Fusi

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