Door, window, table, basket, mirror, rug. These six simple elements—found in many a living room and throughout the glossy pages of any home furnishing catalogue—are the components of a series that Richard Artschwager began creating in 1974. Artschwager repeated these same elements over and over to explore a variety of artistic approaches across media, but particularly in works on paper. In some of these compositions, the six shapes are arranged in a space that utilizes perspective, as if the artist were depicting an actual or imagined interior. In others, the forms are stacked one atop another, or arranged in a ring; occasionally the components are stretched or bloated to form near abstractions.
"To understand what a true original Mollino was, you should make an advance reservation to see the apartment that the architect created for himself in the 1960s–not as a place to live, but as a work of art that would express his varied passions. The Museo Casa Mollino is preserved by family members who offer intimate tours by advance reservation. Eclectically furnished rooms look out to the river, but the view is a distraction from the Surrealist ambience of the interior."
The big things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures or sculptures. There are estimated to be over 150 such objects around the country, the first being the Big Scotsman in Medindie, Adelaide, which was built in 1963. Most big things began as tourist traps found along major roads between destinations.
The big things have become something of a cult phenomenon, and are sometimes used as an excuse for a road trip, where many or all big things are visited and used as a backdrop to a group photograph. Many of the big things are considered works of folk art and have been heritage-listed.
On the occasion of Passagen 2013, Milan-based photographer Hugh Findletar presented his exhibition “Flower Heads“ curated by Michelle Elie. At Heimat store Cologne the artist presented his poetic portraits out of glass to numerous art and design enthusiasts. The series of pieces was created in close collaboration with Oscar Zanetti, a Master glass blower from Murano, Venezia, Italy.
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Martin Roth, "Untitled", (Mexican) Rug and grass, variable dimensions, 2012