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Lee Boroson, based in Brooklyn, has been creating these fun large inflatable installations since the 90s. Huge nylon structures filled with air and, for the most part, suspended from the ceiling, Boroson’s skills in engineering as well as his playfulness come together resulting in these very appealing dreamlike works.
From top to bottom:
Canopy, based on images of volcanic eruptions; Pleasure Grounds; Lake Effect; Giant’s Way; Graft; Integument, based on a 3d medical illustration of a cross section of human skin and depicts hair, follicles, pores, veins, arteries and dermis; and Liquid Sunshine.
Boroson currently has an installation titled Lunar Bower at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and will have a large solo project at Mass MoCA in December 2013.
Sculptural Poems by Ragnhildur Johanns:
Icelandic artist Ragnhildur Jóhanns that is based in Reykyavik. This young visual and performance artist works books and poetry into most of her work. From text collages to sculptural pieces and performance works that include readings, Jóhanns takes the already beautiful books and makes interesting and beautiful artworks by painstakingly cutting strips of text and extending them past the book pages, or conversely, creating gaps and indents in the pages with the cutouts. The names of two of these series of works are Sculptural Poems and Visual Poetry.
AND if these artworks aren’t quirky enough for you, she’s also one of the Weird Girls from The Weird Girls Project!
Nicole Dextras is an environmental artist from Vancouver who works in a multitude of media including sculpture, interactive public art and photography. Her Ice Typography series consists of three-dimensional words fabricated in ice ranging in size from 8-foot high letters to 18-inch high. Apart from the striking aspect of these frozen letters standing tall in the outdoors, whether in a rural or urban landscape, is their shifting and transient quality.
From the artist’s statement:
The visual poetry in this series aims to subvert the authority of the English language and the commerce of signage by representing words as vulnerable and shifting. Ice Typography absorbs light, melts and eventually leaves no trace; these words have more in common with dreams and oral stories than linear language. Words cast in ice interrupt our literal narratives, allowing a more integrated reading of the land we inhabit, as opposed to the past and current commodification of land as limitless resource. This fundamental split in perception lies at the crux of our environmental crisis. I therefore choose to create within an ephemeral vernacular to accentuate the collective physical and psychological experience of flux and change.
There are many more of these installations on Nicole Dextras’ site here, and you can see time lapse videos of her Signs of Change series as they melt here.
“Photographer Alan Sailer works out of his garage shooting things with a high-speed pellet rifle and photographing the results using a homemade flash unit. An interesting series of photographs he has, titled ‘The War Against Christmas’, involves filling Christmas tree ornaments with various things and shooting them for unique explosions of texture and color.”