New York-based reductive artist Karen Schifano makes some great installations using tape that are both clever and playful. I love the way she deliberately intersects geometric shapes, like squares and rectangles, across monochromatic canvases and in less desirable spots of galleries, like the corners and the floor. There is something so refreshing and minimal about using something so mundane and inexpensive like tape in such an effective way.
France-based artist Julien Mijangos executed the use of elastic straps quite brilliantly in his Elastic Straps and Drawings show at Sebastien Ricou Gallery. Leaving the majority of the gallery empty, Julien used elastic straps sparingly and quite drastically; intersecting and manipulating the architecture of the building. Superb. His drawings are great, too, by the way. Photography by Jacques Theys.
These wall sculptures by Icelandic artist Thor Vigfusson are terrific. He works with mirrors, plastic and glass in a formalist fashion with mainly subdued (but also sometimes bright) colour palettes. Reflectivity and light play an important role in the way they capture and represent the space in which they are installed. i8 (a gallery in Iceland where Thor has exhibited) said this of his work: Deceptively simple, his pieces are constantly changing and engage the viewer in intimate contemplation. I couldn’t agree more.
Room for One Colour by Berlin-based artist Olafur Eliasson is pretty much as minimal as installations get. (Unless you recount Yves Klein’s exhibition called The Void.) In this work, Eliasson is perhaps expressing his dissastisfaction with the materiality of art, and the notion that an exhibition is about putting art into a space. Instead, he seems to be interested in using a space as the actual artwork. In this instance, he reconfigures the space using mono-frequency lights to transform it into a room filled with a single colour. I find this quite a clean, minimal and slick method. Having seen this work in person earlier this year at the MCA, I can say from experience that it has a disorienting affect on people within and outside of the space. In the pictures, you can see how the lighting drains colour out of anything within the space.
Throughout his career, Californian artist Robert Irwin has pondered whether we ever have an absolutely pure or direct moment in front of a work of art. This installation piece, Slant/Light/Volume, represents his effort to foster such an experience. Reader Dan, who submitted this for Minimalissimo, says it is absolutely beautiful and ethereal. He adds: Great manipulation of lighting and scrim fabric produce a work that looks plain, but feels indescribable. With reactions like that, it sounds like Irwin achieved what he aimed for. You can experience Slant/Light/Volume yourself until November 2010 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
New York City based musician and visual artist Tristan Perich has composed an electronic symphony which resides on a single microchip, named 1-Bit Symphony. 1-Bit Symphony has a similar aesthetic and principle as 1-Bit Music, a project Perich worked on 6 years ago. But this time Perich coded a longer piece of music onto the chip and simplified the components housed in the CD case. “I wanted to respond to the symphonic form and think about how simple audio waveforms (1-bit tones) does not necessarily mean that the music itself must be simplistic. That it could be possible to create a long-form rich composition with 1-bit audio.” – Tristan Perich
Sunlight has an important role in sustaining life on earth and has shown a positive affect on the mood. Born in Oslo – Norway and currently based Gothenburg – Sweden designer Daniel Rybakken made an installation – Daylight entrance – to “replicate the positive sensation of sunlight” in both the entrance and staircase of an office building in central Stockholm. Using the technical princples of one of his previous projects Rybakken used over 6000 LED lights over 3 stories to give the visitor or employee the suggestion of multiple windows somewhere in the staircase. Photography by Kalle Sanner.
Ultra-Violet Live is an improvised live audio visual performance with savage, minimalist and low-fi aesthetics. The artists, French musician Jerome Montagne and video artist Philippe Fontes used nothing more that UV tables and a no-input mixing board. Fontes and Montagne belong to the French electronic art collective Plusmoins (translated: Plus Minus). Their work balances on the fine line between ‘very stimulating’ and ‘disturbing’. Can you handle it?