Blue is my favourite colour and today I'll cover three artworks at the Venice Biennale 2015 that I was drawn to initially because of blue. Above is Turkish artist, Kutlug Ataman's piece titled "Portrait of Sakip Sabanci", 2011. There is a 12 x 12 grid of video screens hanging from the ceiling in a fashion that emulates a single piece of paper that is fluttering in the wind. Each screen is divided into a 12 x 12 grid of passport size photographs of people's faces. The whole piece comprises 20,736 photos, but as you gaze up at it from the floor,
Shiota's sculpture comprises thousands of tiny, rusty antique keys that are suspended from a complex array of red strings. They dangle above, droop down and almost consume old wooden fish boats that are mounted to appear lurching in rough seas. Thousands more keys spill out on the floor from under
Michelle and I visited the Venice Biennale 2015 on May 26th and 27th. I won't review all the pieces we saw, but the next few posts will be about ones that I liked most. Above and below is "Night Blooming Genera," 2015, by Helen Marten of Great Britain. The 8 foot long sculpture looked to me like a suspended giant shrimp or krill. Each element of the mixed media sculpture is a delightful art work in itself - fish net floats, detailed sea shells, fish hooks made from metal, glass, steel, ceramic, plastic... This artwork engaged me to want
Michelle and I have just returned from a wonderful vacation in Italy. We began our trip in Venice, and we took in the 2015 Venice Biennale - arguably the most prestigious fine art exhibition in the world.
Over the course of two days, we visited the Arsenale and il Giardini exhibition spaces and for the remainder of our stay, we were able to visit a few of the satellite spaces dotted around the city.
The exhibition is enormous, to put it mildly. This year, there are 136 artist's work displayed in several venues. The Arsenale venue is the former military grounds of Venice, and the lengthy main hall is eight consecutive rooms under an ancient wood beamed roof. Modern lighting has been added to this and the other buildings of