Well why don’t you get blown away by installation art?

I went to several shows and fairs in 2013, and I think the work that resonated with me the most was installation art.  Kader Attia, Ghost for Saatchi Gallery comes to mind (see below).   Installation art is an artistic genre that incorporates a three dimensional structure into a specific space.  This is usually inside but is often a gray area with installations taking place in nature as well, sometimes know as Land Art.  The way an artist is able to manipulate materials and space to create some of the most adventurous works always has my jaw to the floor.  The pieces are truly inspiring and thought provoking…

Ghost
Ghost
Kader Attia, Ghost, 2011, Aluminum foil
“In Ghost, a large installation of a group of Muslim women in prayer, Attia renders their bodies as vacant shells, empty hoods devoid of personhood or spirit. Made from tin foil – a domestic, throw away material – Attia’s figures become alien and futuristic, synthesising the abject and divine. Bowing in shimmering meditation, their ritual is equally seductive and hollow, questioning modern ideologies – from religion to nationalism and consumerism – in relation to individual identity, social perception, devotion and exclusion. Attia’s Ghost evokes contemplation of the human condition as vulnerable and mortal; his impoverished materials suggest alternative histories or understandings of the world, manifest in individual and temporal experience.”
wursa • daniel firman • palais de tokyo
wursa, daniel firman, palais de tokyo
Take a Vertigo Inducing Walk into the Infinite Inside Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms at David Zwirner in New York installation
Take a Vertigo Inducing Walk into the Infinite Inside, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms at David Zwirner in New York installation
Desnatureza | 2011 | Galerie Vallois, Paris-France  plywood | 3,1 x 3,8 x 3,6m | photo: Aurélien Mole
Henrique Oliveira, Desnatureza,  2011, Galerie Vallois, Paris-France, plywood
Jane Frere Installation art: RETURN of the souls: the Nakbah Project
Jane Frere Installation art: RETURN of the souls: the Nakbah Project 2009
The installation by Studio Glithero is reflected in a pool of water
Lost Time is ultimately about reflection and the wonder it creates. Studio Glithero has built 11 chandelier-like structures of looped stainless steel strings and suspended them from the cave-like ceiling, over a shallow pool of water. Cellars of Perrier-Jouët’s Maison Belle Epoque in Épernay, Champagne
Doris Salcedo // Istanbul
Doris Salcedo, Istanbul
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