Monumental land artwork by Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember. ‘As close as you can for as long as it lasts’ uses fire, smoke and sound — a call and response between two artists — as a reference to the well-known history of yodeling in this particular area.
The large-scale, site-specific sculpture has been created in response to the landscape of Gstaad. Upon visiting the beautiful but terrifying mountain site, Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember found beauty, fear, loneliness and a particular sense of melancholy. With these emotions in mind, the artists explored the idea of a lonely traveler who might seek companionship with another person in such a place, questioning whether this relationship is based on desire, fear or excitement of the unknown.
The fiery land art is on view as a part of Elevation 1049 through March 19, 2017.
All photos by Stefan Altenburger / courtesy of the artist and LUMA Foundation
Sculptor, painter and stage designer, Edoardo Tresoldi is known for crafting stunning sculptures with sheets of wire mesh. Incipit, an architecturally-inspired work, features gigantic arched passageways and a series of floating birds which are affixed within the piece. The towering installation appeared at the Meeting del Mare 2015 in Camerota, Italy.
Titled Wake the installation was originally installed back in 2006 at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota. McGillis lined 95-foot long trench of cut trees, with the ends painted purple and facing inwards to the visitors, to create this striking pubic piece of art.
Windspiral II, sculpture in the landscape, by Bronwyn Berman.
Stainless steel frame, aluminium, timber support. Sculpture by the Sea 2006.
The inspiration for this work came from living high on a cliff in the Australian bush. It was a very wild and windy place. I made the prototype with a friend of mine who was visiting from America, we were experimenting with things we found around the place. It was one of the most windy days and we were having fun, we laughed and laughed all day. I think the work has that gesture, a certain freedom that comes from being with a good friend and being happy.
The shape is that of the wind, the colour and texture are of the Australian bush where things are silvery and scratchy.
A Part at the Seam – taxidermy Jackdaw, thistle seeds, torn black polythene, lead, nylon, acrylic
Visual artist Claire Morgan, has a strong interest in the organic, in natural processes, and in the bodily connotations of natural materials. Morgan uses common materials like lead, nylon, acrylic, she also spends countless hours arranging thousands of pieces of everything from dandelion seeds, leaves and fruits to organic materials including animal taxidermy and fruit flies.
“My work is about change and the passing of time, and the transience of everything around us,” “For me, creating seemingly solid structures or forms from thousands of individually suspended elements has a direct relation with my experience of these forces. There is a sense of fragility and a lack of solidity that carries through all the sculptures. I feel as if they are somewhere between movement and stillness, and thus in possession of a certain energy.”
Oscar Oiwa is globally recognized for his large-scale installations. “Oiwa Island 2” depicts a detailed island landscape created completely with a black marker. An air dome with a radius of approximately six meters, looking much like a spaceship, has been installed in a former soy sauce storehouse. A painting of a door on the side of the dome turns out to be the actual door through which visitors can enter the dome. The dome interior depicts the Setouchi landscape, unfolding in a 360 degree panorama.
The installation was created for the 2016 Setouchi Triennale, which begins on March 20, 2016.
The Beach is an interactive architectural installation designed by Snarkitecture for the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Taking cues from the familiar experience of a summer day at the beach, Snarkitecture has abstracted both the natural and cultural elements of the beach to create a monochromatic environment inside the museum’s Great Hall. Standard construction materials like scaffolding, drywall, and mirrors are utilized to create the enclosure that leads to an ocean of 750,000 recyclable plastic balls. Visitors were welcomed to ‘swim’ in the ocean, or spend an afternoon at the ‘shore’s’ edge reading a good book, play beach-related activities such as paddleball, grab a refreshing drink at the snack bar, or dangle their feet in the ocean off the pier.