Home: Ian Kid Zoom Strange

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‘HOME’ an exhibition by Ian ‘Kid Zoom’ Strange

In October 2011, after three years living in New York, artist Ian Strange [Kid Zoom] returned to Australia to create a major new installation work housed in Cockatoo Island’s prestigious Turbine Hall. The exhibition featured a full-scale reproduction of his childhood home and a film documenting the violent destruction of three Holden commodores. This video documents what resulted:


Installation footage of;
KID ZOOM : HOME Exhibition
Turbine Hall, Cockatoo Island
Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 2011

and Excerpts from;
‘Untitled Film (Destruction of Three Holden Commodores)’
Single Take, 10min 15sec Loop
Digital Camera RED Epic
Ratio: 1:2,35


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The Stupid Orchestra

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“Arranged like a symphony orchestra, approximately 200 antique vacuums, mixers and washers are transformed into musical instruments. They form an ensemble that the conductor, harpsichordist and composer Michael Petermann, alias weiserrausch.de, has now completed after eight years of preparation: The Stupid Orchestra.”

This installation is currently on display at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (mkg-hamburg.de).

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Dev Harlan – Pyramid IV

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Dev Harlan uses foam, plaster and video projection mapping to make some strange, wondrous and truly psychedelic art installations. This video is from an ongoing show at the Christopher Henry Gallery, NY, NY.

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The Cosmopolitan: West Lobby

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“The West Lobby is a kinetic space, centered around 8 giant central columns wrapped with mirrors and LCD screens. Rockwell Group’s LAB installed 384 displays on the columns and 26 behind the registration desk to create a platform for a variety of customized immersive digital experiences in the space. Off this lobby is the dream-like Vesper bar with a ceiling covered in metal mesh to look like a cloud, and shimmering silvers and whites throughout the space.”

Beautiful result from this effort.

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Cayetano Ferrer

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Cayetano Ferrer uses existing forms in order to engage in a dialog about the constant flux of the built, contemporary environment. Using inkjet prints on existing objects/architecture that reveal what these objects ultimately obscure, Ferrer exposes the relationship between the built and the rebuilt, surface and hidden, as well the delicate matter of history and memory as the present paves over the recent past in a bid to enrich economies. Ferrer’s work is a gentle push/pull between permanence and obsolescence, inviting consideration of evolution, mutation and modification in our relationship to our immediate environment.” – ThreeWalls Staff

Fascinating project.

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Lernert & Sander Installation

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“The Dutch duo (Lernert & Sander) have taken seven of the most mundane of household domestic appliances and comedically refashioned them into divine creations.”

You can see the result at Blinkart. It’s an excellent installation at Selfridges that challenges the viewers perception of common domestic objects as sexy pieces of art.

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François Wunschel and Fernando Favier produce audio-visual installations, micro-architecture, urban intervention, performances, exhibitions and other strange new forms of art colliding with tech. They labor under the name 1024architecture and focus their efforts on the interaction between body, space, sound, visual, low-tech and hi-tech, art and architecture. Way awesome.

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Twin Portal

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Konx-om-Pax gets totally trippy with this installation for an Optimo curated event at the Tramway with Nurse with Wound. Konx-om-Pax also created the sound as well as the video. Beautifully strange.

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Stas Chepurnov

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Russian artist Stas Chepurnov has a strange cache of work including the above installation that is hypnotic. His work is a mix of pop and reactionary cynicism to popular culture with a particular fascination for HD television. How cool would it be to have the above installation in your home or studio (a good client distraction at least)?

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Tronic: Relaunch

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Design and creative think tank, Tronic has relaunched their website with several new projects.

Here is what they have to say of themselves:
“Tronic was founded by Jesse Seppi and Vivian Rosenthal, graduates of Columbia University’s School of Architecture. Our work moves between – and marks a convergence of – animation, architecture, and experiential and interactive design. Our goal is to explore the overlapping conditions of these fields through creativity and technology.”

I wondered about the background in architecture because to be absolutely frank, I was totally blown away by their installation designs. Every project is breathtaking in it’s result. But then again, that is only one subsection of a truly amazing body of work. Tronic is so much more than the regular design or ad firm. I can only imagine how far they will go in the future and how hard they will push the future.

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The Practice of Everyday Design

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There is some interesting installation work coming out of The Practice of Everyday Design. Tigers and geometry seem to partner up quite nicely.

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Chrissie Macdonald

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A vividly colorful and fascinating blend of sculpture, installation and photography await your inspired-viewing within the portfolio of imaginative artisan, Chrissie Macdonald.

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Claire Morgan

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“Claire Morgan was born in Belfast. She attended University of Ulster and Northumbria University where she achieved a first class degree in Sculpture. She is now based in London.

Since graduating she has pursued a career solely as a visual artist. She has exhibited internationally, with solo shows, residencies and commissions across the UK, as well as group exhibitions in Europe. At an early stage she developed a strong interest in the organic, in natural processes, and in the bodily connotations of natural materials. This formed the basis for her practice as an artist creating sculptural installations and continues to influence her work at present.”
More about Claire Morgan and her unbelievably complex and amazing installation work here.

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Simon Schubert

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I can’t tell you much about artist Simon Schubert because his website is in German. What I can tell you however, is that his work is some of the more interesting artwork I have come across in some time. Looking through it is a brain-melting experience. I only wish I could see it in person to obtain the full effect.

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David Spriggs

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David Spriggs’s artwork is just flat out amazing. It’s beautifully complex yet stunning in simplicity without ignoring concept. The end result is what I am sure must be an experience to behold in person. The above piece was made using sprayed acrylic paint on multiple sheets of transparent film inside a display case.

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Alex McLeod

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Alex McLeod is responsible for some highly unusual art installations*.

*Correction: I received a little comment from Alex stating that these are in fact CGI prints, not actual photos of installations. Still interesting and exceptional work nonetheless.

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Kay Rosen

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Kay Rosen is an artist whose work is comprised of typographic wordplay, and what I guess I would describe as experiments with word structure and language interpretation. She exhibits this work through installations and produces paintings utilizing color and letterforms that explore word usage and character combinations. Its interesting to see typography used purely as an artform unto itself and see it within the context of high-end contemporary art.

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“The Victoria & Albert Museum presents Forever. Floating above the pond within the John Madejski Garden, a large videowall installation of endless animations responding to an ever changing soundtrack. The bespoke generative design system at the heart of Forever will spawn unique audio-visual films everyday, forever.

Pretty damn cool from the brilliant minds behind Universal Everything.

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