JAVIER MARÍN: CORPUS

EN BLANCO - JAVIER MARÍN, 2015

Since the first time I saw the works of the Mexican sculptor Javier Marin in Milan – roughly 10 years ago at the Rotonda of via Besana, in the square of Palazzo Reale and at Piazza della Scala – I have been surprised by the monumentality and expressive power of his work. I have been lucky to see other works of his dotted around the world and despite the use of different materials, dimensions and subjects, each time my attention has been drawn to them like metal to a magnet.…

NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: ARAKI AMORE

In the wake of the tradition of ‘shunga’, a 1600s sexually explicit version of ukiyo-e, the 76 year old photographer has long been recognised for his works exploring the underbelly of Japanese society. His focus is firmly centred on the great fault line between public and private, proper and inappropriate, sleazy and respectable. The blurred distinction between art and porn has caused more than a headache to the artist and various curators and museums whenever his pieces have been exhibited in the West. Whilst in the past he has found himself criticised broadly for…

DALE CHIHULY: GARDEN AND GLASS

We first came across mention of Dale Chihuly‘s work on a visit to glassblowers and their studios on a trip which took us from Helsinki to Nuutajärvi. Between 1995 and 1996, he travelled to glass factories in Finland – and then Mexico, Ireland and Italy – to brainstorm and experiment for his project ‘Chihuly Over Venice’. While in Nuutajärvi, he floated his creations on water and loaded them onto wooden boats so that they could be carried and suspended underneath bridges. This must have been the inspiration for the two large wooden boats brimming…

PUNK IN BRITAIN

TIME FOR MAGIC, LOOK TO THE FUTURE, LESSONS FROM THE PAST - JAMIE REID

’Punk: From Chaos to Couture’ at the Metropolitan Art Museum in 2013 had already driven the message home: punk is dead. I should have kept that in mind before visiting ‘Punk in Britain’ at the Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan. Born as a parallel movement in the USA and Britain around 1976, the punk movement was not just a reaction to the mainstream rock scene which had become tame and unassertive. It also represented a rejection of the nostalgia of the 1970s. The aggressive pursuit of a liberating new identity…

THE FLOATING PIERS – CHRISTO

THE FLOATING PIERS - CHRISTO, 2016

“There were several roads near by, but it did not take Dorothy long to find the one paved with yellow bricks” – Lyman Frank Baum Though installed on Lake Iseo in Italy, Christo’s “The Floating Piers” might well be straight out of Munchkin Country in the Land of Oz since it’s impossible not to marvel at what is a beautiful art installation as much as an incredible feat of engineering. Originally conceived by Christo (the Bulgarian Vladimirov Yavachev) and his late wife Jeanne-Claude in 1970 for the delta of the Rio de la…

HYPERPLANES OF SIMULTANEITY – FABIO GIAMPIETRO

Is the concept of time really like a stream flowing from past through present into future? Despite being more than a century apart, Hyperplanes of Simultaneity has its roots firmly planted in the Italian Futurism of Filippo Tommasi Marinetti. In his 1908 Futurist Manifesto he stated that ‘time and space died yesterday’. This is a slogan born out of a theory by mathematicians of the late 19th century, who speculated that the three spatial dimensions and the concept of time are in fact merged into a fourth dimension. Most people would…