December 12, 2012

Design concepts and museum visits are always nice, but there’s something about visiting an artist’s instillation that subconsciously makes you feel like you’re interacting with art in a more meaningful way. In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with marketing messages, art instillations have become an increasingly popular medium for artists and brands with a message to use a unique way to make a bold statement and engage consumers and art savvy enthusiasts. Get inspired and indulge in these five mind-blowing instillations from around the globe:

5. DECEPTIVE OUTWARD APPEARANCE BY OLE MARTIN LUND BO

Oslo based artist Ole Martin Lund Bo used just two simple items to create this brilliant anaphoric piece of art with a huge and very thought-provoking message. Using just a pile of wood and black paint, Lund Bo created an instillation piece that at first glance looks like a shopped image of the words “DECEPTIVE OUTWARD APPEARANCE” pasted on-top of a pile of sticks, but at side glance you actually see that the three words have actually been carefully pained onto the white walls and wood sticks, becoming what seems like random black marks when viewed from different angles. This installation piece was meant to serve as a commentary on how we as humans view things at first glance, never truly realizing that things aren’t always as they seem.

4. CLOUD BY CAITLIND BROWN

How fun is this? Designed by Calgary based artist Caitlind Brown, CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation created specifically for the arts festival Nuit Blanche in Calgary. Created out of 6,000 donated burnt out light bulbs, CLOUD invites the viewer to wander through a rain of pull strings switching lights on and off. By manipulating the sculpture, audiences activate CLOUD’s inner sphere animating light bulbs which in turn creates the illusion of lightning on the cloud’s surface.

3. THE PLATE BY LUCILE SOUFFLET & BERNARD GIGOUNON


Located in a small Belgian town, “The Plate” by Lucile Soufflet and Bernard Gigounon, is a collaborative public art project that addresses themes of fragility, impermanence and the passage of time. Speaking about the project Bernard says, “As soon as a plate is broken, an entire mechanism comes into play, with the broken plate being replaced by another one. This is subsequently also broken and replaced, etc.etc. And the dance begins, thereby giving life to the plate. As a direct reference to the town’s ceramics manufacturing heritage, the huge broken plate can be seen as both an archeological artifact -an expression of the industry’s decline-, and as an incongruous surreal object.”

2.  THE SPRAY PAINTING SPRINKLER BY EDWIN DEEN

Dutch artist, Edwin Deen, has created a device that can turn a completely white room into a Willy Wonka vomit factory within a matter of seconds. Most of Deen’s work revolves around the color spectrum, with this installation being no exception. Previously shown at the W139 gallery in Amsterdamn, Deen designed a variation of a basic water sprinkler that can, should you wish it to, paint your white room in a beautiful variety of rainbow-like colors. The sprinkler uses water-based paint to leave stripes and streaks down the wall as the liquid accumulates. The effect is quite wonderful.

1. HUG’S + KISSES BY JULIA CHIANG

We take a look back at a sweet and fun instillation by Brooklyn-based artist, Julia Chiang, who presented at Miami Art Basel a few years back. Chiang showcased three installations during the event: “Sincerely Yours,” “Hugs + Kisses,” and “Love Always” and they were all entirely created using Ring Pops. The visual display of melting candy on a white wall is dizzying up close and romantic and cute from afar. This was meant to serve as a commentary about how messy such seemingly lovely and emotionally charged relationships can turn in just a matter of time.

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