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‘dymaxion car #4’ at ‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

bucky fuller & spaceship earth is the title of a new exhibition looking at the work of buckminster fuller being held at
ivorypress art + books in madrid. the show is running from september 1 to october 30 and is curated by norman foster
and luis fernández-galiano. the exhibition features drawings and models including the recently completed recreation
of the dymaxion car. foster worked with fuller for the last 12 years of his life and explains that fuller  ‘had a profound
influence on my own work and thinking’. the new dymaxion car was commissioned by foster based on fuller’s own
drawings and prototypes. the prototype was built in east sussex by the car restoration company crosthwaite & gardiner.

‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

‘wichita house model’ at ‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

dymaxion car #4
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dymaxion car #4
©gregory gibbons

dymaxion car #4


Michael Joo
Secondary Structure (Undifferentiated),2005
Hand-built epoxy, bamboo, cast plastic, Styrofoam
Variable dimensions
Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, NY

Michael Joo
The Pack,2002
Plasticine, medex, polyurethane foam, wire
34 x 20 1/4 x 32 approx inches each
Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, NY

Michael Joo
Tree, detail, 2001
Oak, stainless steel pipe, steel plate
63′ x 63′ x 513′
Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, NY

Haunch of Venison – Berlin

Have You Ever Really Looked At The Sun? 1 May – 14 August 2010

Damien Hirst and Michael Joo

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Mikrokosmos by Bigert & Bergström are Molecular structures lit from inside of spherical photographs documenting space from a new perspective. I love it! Would love to see that kind of exhibition more often…

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The Kinetic Sculpture is a metaphorical translation of the from-finding process in design.

The installation consists of 714 metal spheres hanging from thin steel wires attached to individually controlled stepper motors. Covering a six-square-metre area, the spheres enact a seven-minute long mechatronic narrative, creating a representation of the form-finding process in different variations. Moving chaotically at first, the sculpture evolves into several competing forms and eventually resolves as a final shape, which hints at the outlines of well-known BMW automobiles such as the 327, the 1500, the Z4 coupé and the Mille Miglia 2006. The cycle is synchronised with a graphic light strip running around the walls and texts and audio quotes from senior BMW figures on the company’s values and design aims.

Shortly after the opening of the BMW Museum the “Kinetic Sculpture” became the most watched video worldwide in the category “Automotive” on YouTube for a week.

This project is one that is hard to name so I am calling it the “Mini Egg House”. The project scope was to create a mobile office unit for Xfactoragencies. The architectural design firm behind the project was dmvA of Belgium. I cannot be certain how an egg was chosen as the inspiration, but I am sure there is a great story behind that. Despite its small size, the house has a kitchen, bathroom, a bed and a lot of shelving for storage. It is interesting the way that the nose can open to provide a way to open the house to the outdoors. The photographs can be credited to Mick Couwenbergh, Rini Van Beek and Vercruysse Frederik. Via – DesignBoom.

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amazing egg house
unusual houses
Belgium Design
mobile home interiors
mobile office
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large egg

Gao Brothers continue to rile art world with Lenin-Mao sculpture

December 28, 2009 |  3:22 pm
GaoVladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong are long dead and buried. But like Jesus Christ, they are continually resurrected by artists looking to get a rise out of curators, collectors, journalists and government censors.

One of the latest incarnations of communism’s most recognizable faces is a large-scale sculpture titled “Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head,” on display as part of the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale. The artwork, created by the brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, features a giant bust of Lenin’s head with a small figure of Mao on top performing a balancing act.

As was reported Sunday by the Vancouver Sun, the stainless steel sculpture has been attracting a great deal of attention since it went on display in public in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. “It certainly generates debate,” said one city official. “It is art, and art generates conversation, and remember it’s not going to be there forever.”

The Gao Brothers, as they are often referred to in the art world, have created something like a brand name in repurposing the images of communism’s most prominent historical figures.

Their specialty, however, is Mao. The Beijing artists have created works including a sculpture of the former chairman kneeling on the ground (and with a removable head), a series of torso sculptures of Mao sporting large female breasts, and another sculpture depicting Mao in a submissive sexual position.

One of their best-known works is a sculptural installation called “The Execution of Christ,” featuring the Messiah in front of a firing squad. One member of the firing squad is Mao.

Their work also verges into performance art. On their website, the artists report on one such performance in which they smashed one of their big-breasted Mao sculptures while wearing Mao masks.

— David Ng

Lisa Katayama

POSTED AT 8:00 AM January 5, 2010

• Japan • medicine • Mori Art Museum • science

da vinci mori.jpgThere’s a fascinating exhibit at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo right now called Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love. It showcases 150 works of art that represent our fascination with the human body, both as a living machine that we’re constantly trying to understand and as an artistic medium. The iconic example of this is Leonardo Da Vinci’s cranium drawings from the 15th century (pictured right), part of the Royal Collection belonging to Queen Elizabeth II.But there’s a lot more than that. Let’s just say this was the first time I’d seen a 1650 amputation saw, George Washington’s dentures, and a 19th century English male anti-masturbatory apparatus all in one place. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to explain it in words, so I’ll show you some images after the jump.

Warning: some of these images are graphic, possibly NSFW, and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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This Tibetan ink drawing shows three bodies and what is believed to be the wiring behind the five senses and the consciousness — including the vertebrae and the solar plexus. Tibetan medicine, which is over two thousand years old, aims to free individuals from both physical disease and ignorance. Watercolor drawings of the twelve great teachers of Tibetan medicine, robed and seated, sit atop the main illustration.
Three Tibetan Anatomical Figures; c. 1800; watercolour and black ink on white linen; Wellcome Library

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It was quite amazing to see these aged superheroes in Gilles Barbier’s L’Hospice (2002) — including Captain America on an IV and Wonder Woman with sagging breasts — in person.
Gilles Barbier; L’Hospice / The Nursing Home; 2002; six wax figures, television, various elements dimension variable; Courtesy: Galerie G.-P. & N. Vallois, Paris

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Glass eyeballs like you’ve probably never seen before. There are fifty in this wood-and-velvet case from early 20th century Liverpool.
E. Muller; Set of 50 Artificial Glass Eyes; 1900-1940 / Liverpool, England; glass, wood, velvet, leatherette; Science Museum, London

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The wooden cage on the far left is a shock therapy machine from the turn of the 20th century. At the time, the tech was super revolutionary and hospitals were desperately trying to get their hands on one.
Photo: Osamu Watanabe courtesy of the Mori Art Museum.

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The most provocative display in the exhibit was a series of before-and-after photographs showing people on the brink of death and again immediately after their passing. Most of the portraits were of adults, but there was this one of a 17 month old baby girl who was born with a tumor.
Walter Schels; Life before Death – Elmira Sang Bastian, 14th January 2004/23rd March 2004; photography

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This crazy-looking chair contraption is actually an early 1900s X-ray machine created by German Ernest Pohl.
Pohl Omniskop X-ray apparatus; 1910; German Science Museum, London

The exhibit runs through February 28.