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The U.K.’s Iconic Red Post Box Gets a Twisted Makeover in Alex Chinneck’s Surreal Urban Interventions

 Art #humor #mail #sculpture #surreal #urban intervention September 30, 2019 Laura Staugaitis Master of distortion Alex Chinneck flips parking lots upside down, unzips buildings, and most recently has tied post boxes in knots. Chinneck traffics in everyday structures that are universally recognizable, which serves to unite passersby in reacting to the bizarre interventions. The …

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Multiple Exposure Photographs by Ellen Cantor Evoke the Pleasure of Childhood Reading

 Art Photography #books #memory #multiple exposures September 30, 2019 Laura Staugaitis Still life photographer Ellen Cantor meditates on memories imbued in familiar objects. In her series ‘Prior Pleasures’, Cantor uses her childhood book collection to create multiple exposure images documenting the literary loves of her youth. Each image features a single book on a …

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Watch Art Conservator Diana Hartman Painstakingly Re-Weave and Patch a Century-Old Canvas

 Documentary History #art history #fabric #restoration September 30, 2019 Laura Staugaitis [embedded content] Step into the conservation and restoration studios at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in this short documentary following the restoration of a 1907 painting. Featuring conservator Diana Hartman, the video follows Hartman’s problem-solving, tool acquisition, and hands-on work. The hundred …

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African Fabrics Connect to Form Quilted Portraits of Black Figures by Bisa Butler

 Art #fabric #patterns #portraits #quilts #textiles September 28, 2019 Andrew LaSane Broom Jumpers. Credits: Ian Rubinstein / Claire Oliver Gallery Brooklyn-based artist Bisa Butler (previously) uses brightly colored cotton, wool, and chiffon fabrics with bold patterns to piece together quilts featuring detailed portraits of Black people. The materials and themes connect American subjects with …

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Unfolding: A Monograph Cataloging a Decade of Matthew Shlian’s Sculptural Paper Artworks

 Art #books #paper September 27, 2019 Laura Staugaitis Over the last several years, we’ve been endlessly fascinated by the artistic practice of Matthew Shlian (previously). The Michigan-based artist uses paper as his medium of choice, transforming the seemingly ordinary material into large-scale sculptural installations. Dizzying tessellations, dramatic textures, and vibrant colors are hardly recognizable …