I will end my posts on Michelle and my visits to the Venice Biennale 2015 with the exhibit by Spanish artist, Albert Serra's films, titled "Singularity," 2015. This exhibit was in a warehouse on Isola di San Pietro, one of the many satellite venues for the Biennale. The building was marked by a giant map marker and the doorway was a giant curtain of gold beads, al la 1970's. Within was a vestibule with explanation and deeper inside was blackness with four film screens that was
British artist Sarah Lucas is the sole exhibitor in the Great Britain pavilion in il Giardino at the Venice Biennale 2015. Other than her three small scale balloon-animal cat sculptures, the rest of her work is very sexual in content. There are two monumental bright yellow resin sculptures, one in the portico entrance and one in an interior room. These are made like giant balloon sculptures and are male supine nudes each with a monstrous
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,
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
Michelle and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary in Venice, Italy at the end of the hot summer of 2008. While we were sipping cool drinks in a small piazza one afternoon, I watched two gondoliers as they waited for