Friday Finds 10.11.13
Artist Molly McGrath began her career as an architect, then translated her love of clean lines and crisp geometry to her laser cut paper prints and wooden jewelry. Pentahedron 3 comes in three different sizes (4x6", 12x16", 16x20"), and the rest of the collection includes a series of shapes inspired by nature and optical illusions.
- "Reinvention; Writing History in Aluminum" showcases a collaborative exhibition of New York's AM with Neal Feay Studio of Santa Barbara, Calif.
- Visual illusions in design can bring a bit of magic to your modern space. From floating lamps to two-legged tables, we've gathered a few products to deceive your eyes and heighten your curiosity.
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957 in Beijing) participated in the Louisiana’s exhibition Made in China in 2008. In the autumn of 2011, however, he will be back, this time in the leading role in the exhibition series "Louisiana Contemporary" with works created for the occasion. Ai Weiwei was one of the central figures in the early Chinese avant-garde movement, among other things founding the artist’s group “Stars” in 1978. Today he is the Chinese artist who has achieved the greatest international recognition. He participated for example in Dokumenta 12 Kassel in 2007, and up to 2008, with the architects Herzog & Meuron, he planned the 2008 Olympic Stadium “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing.
Most recently he has aroused attention with an installation at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. The project involves millions of individually designed sunflower seeds in porcelain. Together they form what is almost a sea or a garden spread over a large area, thematizing the idea of the individual in relation to the incalculably many.
- He’s been jailed, beaten, and most recently, had his design firm, Fake Cultural Development, shut down by Chinese authorities.
- Southern African designers showcase their wares at Cape Town's annual Design Indaba Expo.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will display the first major public sculpture by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, titled "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads." The installation is comprised of twelve monumental bronze animal heads that are re-creations of the famous traditional zodiac sculptures that once adorned the fountain clock of Yuan Ming Yuan, the Old Summer Palace, located just outside Beijing.
For LACMA’s presentation, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads will be on view outdoors just east of the museum’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion.
- In Philadelphia, a competition challenges designers to rethink the bicycle rack.