to the artists, designers and craftspeople who think I call their work kitsch... this is NOT the case, it refers to my own work

Jun 18, 2009

Jean Tinguely & Niki de Saint Phalle - part 2

Niki de Saint-Phalle and partner Tinguely worked together on many projects. Here are a few of them on display at the Tinguely museum in Basel.

great inspiration for a chair project

The Cyclop

This sculpture is actually the model of the 22 meters high sculpture Le Cyclop in Milly-la-Forêt in France, build together with befriended artists.

It started as an illegal constuction, now it is open to the public.

We got there on a bright sunny morning, when we left it was pouring.

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Jun 15, 2009

Jean Tinguely - kinetic art - part 1

museum Tinguely in Basel is a must for lovers of the unusual and of kinetic art. The place is stacked with moving sculptures that rattle, shake, blink, move, squeak, ....
Most of the sculptures are on hold until a red button is pushed to start the movement ... and the noises.
For those who can't stand squeaking sounds I recommend to turn the volume down.

click on arrows to start videos
in the last video I focused on the shadow play, just as interesting as the work itself.
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Jun 12, 2009

Daniel Schwarz - Fire & Iron

On the Autobahn from Zürich to Basel we suddenly decide to leave the highway and take the smaller roads in the countryside. It seemed more than just coincidence that we decided to do so just at that point.
The first village we reach has large steel sculptures alongside the road, we definitely had to stop to see where these came from.

Signs lead towards a house and large studio hidden in the green hills.

We go and see where the loud noise of working tools come from.

The artist and artisan at work is Daniel Schwarz

- explaining how he shapes the iron on a beautiful worn out log -

- showing us his impressive works made in various techniques in the studio, garden and exhibition area.

He makes custom build works together with garden designers

Gets inspiration from various artists like Giacometti ...

... Dali ... and others

- work in progress, the painting is the first part of a triptych -

Currently participating in Skulptura 2009 - Kunstort Glarnerland - Switserland

Jun 10, 2009

Valay Shende - sculptures and installations

sculptures by Mumbai based artist Valay Shende
profile HERE
more works HERE

pictures taken at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand in Zürich during the exhibition Indian Encounters

Jun 7, 2009

Jean Pirnay - sculptures and installations

Impertinences au Monastère
exhibition at Espace Mon'Art
ancien monastère - Malmedy - Belgium
6th of June - 30th of August

detail of The hold-up of the century - le holdup du siècle - Der Raubüberfall des Jahrhunderts
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the US (1801-1809) declared, "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

details of The Sorrow of Belgians - Le Chagrin des belges - Der Kummer der Belgier
the theme of the first work is continued in this work, a big Belgian bank and the lost savings of thousands of people

details of Malmedair

on the left Motherhood - Maternité - Die Mutterschaft

detail of Motherhood
would families break up less easily if men and women would carry the pregnancy together?

detail of For Having Loved Too Much - Pour avoir trop aimé - Um zu viel geliebt zu haben
only half of the installation

detail of The Inaccessible Leg Of Lamb - L'inaccessible gigot - Unerreichbare Keule

detail of Terrestrial Suffering - Souffrance terrestre - Irdischer Schmerz

detail of Without Words - Sans Paroles - Ohne Worte

The Family - La Famille - Die Familie
The artist uses stones and rocks in almost every work. He fell in love with them as a child when his mother in the cold days of winter would wrap heated stones to keep him warm in bed.


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