Art Buzz: Cow tongue sculptures and an alien obelisk in the Tuileries gardens
No time to scan all the blogs in your Google Reader? Never fear! We’ve rounded up the four art world happenings that have bloggers and gallery-goers buzzing this week.
Adrián Villar Rojas 300-foot Alien Obelisk
Buzz has been building around 31-year- old Argentinean sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas ever since he was chosen to represent his country at this year’s Venice Biennale. Known for his giant sculptures and installations, Rojas was recently commissioned by Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, to create something spectacular in Paris’ Tuileries Garden. The fruit of his efforts, dubbed “Poetry for Earthlings,” is a 300-foot obelisk laying smack in the middle of the garden walkway, intended to look like an alien object. Unlike the monolith marble and stone sculptures that surround it, Rojas’ sculpture is crafted from clay, and “Poetry” will be smashed to smithereens upon the exhibit’s conclusion on October 24th. Bummer, non?
Mike Doyle builds decrepit Victorian homes…out of Legos
Call me low-brow, but I totally dig any artist that can turn his childhood play toys into practicable art materials. For his latest project, artist Mike Doyle assembled three “haunted” Victorian homes – complete with smashed-in windows, doors hanging off hinges and wild bramble bushes – entirely from Legos. The level of detail in each piece is mind blowing, from the discolored shingles to the elaborate lattice patterns along the windows. Somehow, he even managed to give the roof tile a kind of ruffled, caved-in look. My inner 5-year-old is way ashamed of the (comparatively pitiful) Star Wars rocket bases I once made. Each house in the series required over 100,000 legos and 600 hours of labor.
Rare Roy Lichtenstein Video Installation, now at the Whitney
Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is best remembered for his paintings of melodramatic comic book cells, but the artist also dabbled in video and tech installations during the mid-70s. Starting this week, a triple screen installation – unseen since its debut at the LA County Museum’s groundbreaking “Art and Technology” exhibition in 1971 – will open at the Whitney Museum. Dubbed “Three Landscapes,” the work was filmed during the Lichtenstein’s brief residency at Universal Studios, and is said to reflect his well known fascination with Hollywood and the moving image. For New Yorkers, this is definitely one to add to your cultural calendar.
“Tongue” Sculpture from Not Vital
Swiss artist Not Vital (real name, yes, and pronounced more like “Noht-Veedal”) is a pretty unusual dude. Having once performed in his own Roman circus and known to make prints of dead lambs dipped in ink, his eccentricity is the kind of thing that tends to yield truly memorable exhibitions. One such installation is now on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, which features a number of Vital’s tongue-inspired sculptures. Apparently, tongues have fascinated Vital ever since 1985, when he found a few severed cow tongues at an Italian butcher shop and decided to cast them in bronze. I guess if you think about it tongues are pretty cool, if also way gross and weird.