March 27, 2015
Desserts 14: Photos by Ciuco Gutiérrez
Photos of landscapes with opulent chandeliers by Spanish artist Ciuco Gutiérrez that creates the impression of wide open rooms that look out into nature. The series creates a dialogue between reality and fiction and whether the chandeliers are hanging above the ocean or a desert, they appear to be in harmony with the landscape.
Prints of these images are available to purchase at Lumas.
The Leucistic Prairie Dogs: Mixed Media by Laura Kennedy
A series of mixed media works by Tasmania-based artist Laura Kennedy combining drawings of canines and lasercut designs inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie style light screens. The artworks are "intended as a satire of the dispassionate and objective nature of scientific classification and illustration."
Despite the more common awareness of the pigment disorder Albinism, all dogs that convey an absence of colour and pigment are in fact Leucistic, which is a similar but slightly different condition. Kennedy is endlessly fascinated with the visual influence colour has on the appearance of animals who are well known for their markings and it is a reoccurring theme in her work.On view at Penny Contemporary Apr. 17 – May 13 as part of the The Pretty Ugly Project to raise money for the Dogs' Homes of Tasmania.
March 26, 2015
Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture
A a pair of modern holiday homes designed by architect Peter Pichler located just outside the city of Bolzano, Italy. The houses are set in the beautiful surroundings of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, amidst a scenery of apple trees, and is split in two units with a different height and length to differentiate the structure.
The volume opens towards east with a big glass facade that fades with curvilinear lines into the black aluminum shell. Mirrored glass on the west facade borders the garden of the client with the units and catches the surrounding panorama with pool while making the units almost invisible.
March 25, 2015
Paintings by Hannah Yata
Surreal paintings merging female bodies with fish heads, ornate masks, and animals by New York-based painter Hannah Yata. The paintings explore the feminine form in terms of imagery and symbolism bringing along her own experiences growing up as a woman and the difficulties and struggles that she has fought.
The pictures forming in my head are ones of domination over nature, the struggle of animals in a changing world, and the effects of a changing world on the animals and humans. Women became the metaphor for mother nature as wild and sexual thing exploited and explored in my work, and animals became the subjects of examining abnormalities and evolution. Taking ideas that I had learned from ideas on feminism, I began to draw parallels in our ways of controlling and objectifying women to how we also think about the earth and its resources therein.
Simulacra: Video by Theo Tagholm
Mind-bending video by London-based motion graphics designer and art director Theo Tagholm using After Effects to create a reflection or a reproduction of reality, which looks normal when viewed from a certain angle but then breaks apart into individual frames and becomes distorted as the camera moves.
March 24, 2015
Floating Flower Garden: Installation by teamLab
An installation at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation consisting of 2,300 suspended flowers that rise upwards when a viewer moves closer to them, creating a constantly evolving hemispherical space with the viewer at its center. If many people move closer together, the spaces link up to form one massive, single dome.
teamLab is an ultra-technologists group based in Tokyo, Japan.
Invasive Species: Drawings by Chris Otley
Drawings combining specimen studies of invasive species found in and around London such as the Yellow-Tailed Scorpion, Grey Squirrel, Harlequin Ladybird, Signal Crayfish, Red-Eared Terrapin, and Great White Pelican with historic maps of the capital.
Chris Otley is an artist based in Oxford, England. He produces crisp and meticulous highly detailed works on paper in graphite, often on a large scale, with a focus on natural history.
San Francisco: Photos by Vincent Laforet
Spectacular aerial photographs of San Francisco by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet captured from 7,200 feet. Part of his AIR series of nighttime aerial photos of iconic cities around the world, Laforet became mesmerized by San Francisco's densely packed metropolis, it's clashing downtown grid system, and it's stunning bridges which serve as a gateway to the incredible nature that surrounds the city.
You can see the full set of photos on Storehouse.