Monthly Archives: May 2011

curtis to la coruña…

Back in Spain…again…back to almost no internet…coin operated PCs in local bars…it’s always a challenge…

…the train from the small village of Curtis (see previous post) to the port of La Coruña, immaculately clean and just like Galicia, full of old people… Galicia (region just above Portugal in the north west corner of Spain) is full of fjords or rias in gallego, the indigenous galician language (i guess in Scots it’s a firth), and on this 1 hour journey you go past the Ria of Betanzos as well as that of La Coruña…

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the revealing walls of milan…

Came across treasures revealed by demolition works on via Silio Italico in Milan. Side by side sit two very different ways to adorn the walls of a building. At first i was struck by the ornate plaster wall painting exposed on the lower right – very typical in fancy Milano Palazzos of a hundred years ago.

But the more i looked at it the more i was taken by the huge fading mural on the giant facade. I took pictures as usual but the more i looked at them the more i wondered how the work must have looked when it was freshly executed. I wondered how those bold seventies colours and graphics must have sat amongst the chi-chi palaces of via Silio Italico. Anyway i thought i would try to reproduce it. You can see the results below. May not look like it but it took me bloody ages! My colours are pretty garish but am guessing the original ones were too…Of course the original untouched version is more beautiful, all decayed and fading…tasteful if you like…

Can’t find any info about this rather nifty piece of public art other that what is written on the building itself; Mural design by architect and caricaturist Luciano Consigli, executed by Luigi Raimondi-Airaghi Mario. Will try to find out more when am back in Milan.

3D photocopied people…

So in a temporary pod like structure in Milan’s Piazzo Duomo i found a few things, i already blogged about the robot who draws portraits from life, see here. Also there were these strange little figures, at first i walked right past them, then i realised how freakishly real they seemed:

Personal Factory Room by Karin Sander

A person is scanned with a 3D whitelight scanner and built in plaster with a 3D printer in grey tones. The colour data as well as the colour of the form of the scan are transformed into SDL files for an inkjet printer, which 3 dimensionally builds the figure in colour, according to the whitelight scan like a black and white photograph. The colour of the figure is not applied to the body surface afterwards; the colour info is part of the data of the bodyscan and therefore par of the building process. One could call it 3D black and white photography or 3D colour printing…

Also at the same location in the Second Nature Room – works that through bio and biotech principles propose other natures: Shroud, 2010 sculpture in grass, jute and wood made by Ackroyd & Harvey.

Its huge actually, at least four metres high, and its kind of repellent in the way it drapes, like animal fur…i guess that’s the point, nature, manipulation, inappropriateness…anyway it caught my attention.

Other posts from this and previous Salones

les danseuses

burning down the house

reflections

top notch people watching

bring on the dancing horses

salone spaces

japanese

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past

les danseuses…

Les Danseuses – an installation by Atelier Oï

Who could have thought that lampshades could be so hypnotic. These were installed at the Swiss Embassy in Milan. A whole room of them that spin round and rustle slightly creating a breeze and movement like the skirts of a flamenco dancer or a whirling dervish…all the time accompanied by a fairytale-sugarplum fairy soundtrack.

…but they are much more fun in motion, see short film below:

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Other posts from this and previous Salones

burning down the house

reflections

top notch people watching

bring on the dancing horses

salone spaces

japanese

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past

burning down the house…

I found this in a courtyard in Milan’s Università Statale. The work is called Ablaze – Sentimento (S)travolgente by Ingo Maurer with Axel Schmid

For an exterior shot you have to make do with my drawing as i was so hypnotised by that bloody pendulum inside (see film below) that i forgot to take exterior shots!. Apparently its a metaphor for a burning house just a the point of collapse…If you look closely at the reflections in the film, you can see the courtyard designed by renaissance-architect-genius (phew!) Bramante…

no tampering with colour in editing, you see it as it was…

other red things…

Tom Dixon’s car

Spritz!

Other posts from this and previous Salones

les danseuses

reflections

top notch people watching

bring on the dancing horses

salone spaces

japanese

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past