Egyptian Desert Sand Spiral Spans Distance And Time
In the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea stands Desert Breath a stunning land-art project comprised of perfectly-formed cones and a glistening pool of water. Nestled between the hills on the Egyptian desert floor, this site-specific installation was the work of D.A.ST. Arteam, made up of Danae Stratou (installation artist), Alexandra Stratou (industrial designer and architect), and Stella Constantindies (architect). They spent from 1995 to 1997 working on Desert Breath, relocating 8,000 square meters of sand to create what we see here. The curves of the two interlocking spirals are dotted with cones that create both positive and negative shapes, as some point up towards the sky while others extend below the surface. Everything radiates from its center, a vessel of water filled rim to rim. All told, this massive and impressive project covers 100,000 square meters (about 1 million square feet).
Naz Shahrokh creates, Colorful installations made from spices
I first came into contact with the conceptual art of Naz Shahrokh at a group exhibition at Ghaf Gallery in Abu Dhabi. The vibrant colour, careful structure and contemplative quality of her work appeals to the senses. On a long, white gallery wall hung three rows of white boxes each containing a silver maple leaf on which was painted a desert landscape in miniature. I was impressed by the precision of the paintings and the harmony created by the intense colour of the simple leaf shape in its pure white box. The jewel-like painting on each leaf, recalled Persian miniature painting. Naz admitted that this was a subconscious influence. She always insists that the emphasis should lie on the use of natural recycled materials. She finds new uses for used or lost objects and recycles materials to form the basis of her installations.
Meticulously Crafted Lattice Cubes Made of Pennies by Robert Wechsler
“The Mendicant” by Robert Wechsler, is a series of sculptures made of 26,982 pennies notched and joined into a lattice. On view at NADA in Miami and International Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles…
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'Eight Emperors' by Matthew Shlian and Thea Augustina Eck
Husband and wife artists, Matthew Shlian and Thea Augustina Eck, teamed up to create their recently launched collection called Eight Emperors. The collection is a series of handheld heirloom objects that are meant to “instill a sense of wonder” and they do just that.
Jan Fabre: Superb Reinterpretation of Michelangelo’s Pietà
Venice Biennale, the Nuova Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia will host the latest exhibition of the works of Jan Fabre (Antwerp, 1958), entitled PIETAS.
Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo.
Fabre’s unprecedented reinterpretation of Michelangelo’s Pietà, entitled Merciful Dream (Pietà V), in which he has given his own face to Christ, while Mary has the face of a skull, the symbol of death.