rebel rugs (inspiration)

I had the pleasure of viewing the Magritte show at the Art Institute of Chicago this weekend, which I highly recommend. Now, the works below are not surrealism, but I like viewing them with this 1938 quote from Rene Magritte in mind.

To show everyday objects in situations in which we never encounter them…to disrupt the order in which one habitually sees objects…to make them shriek aloud.

It's been a while since a piece of art made with everyday objects felt this fresh. I've seen a lot of everyday object art. Made a lot of it myself in both undergrad and graduate school. These rugs made up of everything from cocktail umbrellas to fireworks are totally dreamy. In addition to this work by "We make Carpets", there's been a lot of inspirational work with rugs. I've included some favorites below.

Installation view of a 5 year review of Dutch trio, We Make Carpets. From a distance, you see traditional pattern making, up close you'll be confronted by a critical view of consumer society. It's pretty great to be allured by the beauty and then quietly chastised by the message. 

Installation view of a 5 year review of Dutch trio, We Make Carpets. From a distance, you see traditional pattern making, up close you'll be confronted by a critical view of consumer society. It's pretty great to be allured by the beauty and then quietly chastised by the message. 

cocktail umbrellas

cocktail umbrellas

fireworks, spoons, styrofoam containers, clothes pins...

fireworks, spoons, styrofoam containers, clothes pins...

crayons

crayons

I've written about Faig Ahmed once before here. This piece is my favorite of his so far. 

I've written about Faig Ahmed once before here. This piece is my favorite of his so far. 

Sand. It's SAND. The artist,  Daniëlle van Ark, spent 5 weeks in residency creating these intricate sand patterns on the floor and when the exhibition was over - poof - is if they were never there. The subdued color palette lends to the ghostly effect. Good stuff. 

Sand. It's SAND. The artist,  Daniëlle van Ark, spent 5 weeks in residency creating these intricate sand patterns on the floor and when the exhibition was over - poof - is if they were never there. The subdued color palette lends to the ghostly effect. Good stuff. 

i just love this image from this ad campaign for Swedish Design Studio Oyyo. I think Magritte would like it too. 

i just love this image from this ad campaign for Swedish Design Studio Oyyo. I think Magritte would like it too. 

bubbles and balloons (inspiration)

I keep coming across playful works featuring balloons and bubbles. I think I'm attracted to the idea that they appear to be ephemeral, but, have been fabricated to last *forever*. 

The Big Bubble by Alex de Witte, is an extra large bubble of blown glass functioning as a pendant lamp. Each piece is slightly different from the next in exact size and shape. The design won first place for best new product at Design District Amsterdam 2013 and is now available for purchase at Dark.

The Big Bubble by Alex de Witte, is an extra large bubble of blown glass functioning as a pendant lamp. Each piece is slightly different from the next in exact size and shape. The design won first place for best new product at Design District Amsterdam 2013 and is now available for purchase at Dark.

This installation is a bit meditative to watch, waiting for them to pop. These large plastic bubbles are made by Luka Fineisen. Thanks Luka.

This installation is a bit meditative to watch, waiting for them to pop. These large plastic bubbles are made by Luka Fineisen. Thanks Luka.

This bubble tent is ingenious. Or is it... Would you camp in this? The lake tells me, yes. The scary campfire stories burned in my memory tell me no. 

This bubble tent is ingenious. Or is it... Would you camp in this? The lake tells me, yes. The scary campfire stories burned in my memory tell me no. 

Sydney based artist, Todd Robinson, created a few different works featuring these lazy balloons. I love the ones that drape and balance on the edges of the playground he's provided for them in this exhibition at Pompom Gallery in Sydney. 

Sydney based artist, Todd Robinson, created a few different works featuring these lazy balloons. I love the ones that drape and balance on the edges of the playground he's provided for them in this exhibition at Pompom Gallery in Sydney. 

POP by Gemma Tickle. "Playing with the expectation of how objects behave, you can create new versions of the everyday. 'POP' is a celebration of this, taking the essence of an object and reforming it to an impossibility" Gemma says of her POP series.

POP by Gemma Tickle"Playing with the expectation of how objects behave, you can create new versions of the everyday. 'POP' is a celebration of this, taking the essence of an object and reforming it to an impossibility" Gemma says of her POP series.

Claire Zeisler (and the now)

The first time I saw a piece from Claire Zeisler in person, it was part of an impressive private collection in Chicago. I was a guest in the home of the collector while working as an assistant to an artist who was about to be added to the collection. It was all very exciting. I was sitting on a couch listening to the couple tell stories about how they acquired the paintings covering every inch of wall. But, I was distracted the entire time by the amazing waterfall of red ropes gracefully falling from the ceiling and pooling onto the floor. The puddle of fibers was liquid and solid at the same time. The red and orange color was vibrating. Fiber arts were FAR from en vogue at the time, yet this was something I couldn't look away from. I hope you all get to experience something like this with Zeisler's work someday. You won't soon forget it.

Claire Zeisler, A Private Affair II, 1986

Claire Zeisler, A Private Affair II, 1986

Claire Zeisler, A Private Affair, 1986. (collection of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Claire Zeisler, A Private Affair, 1986. (collection of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Claire Zeisler, Coil Series I, 1979.

Claire Zeisler, Coil Series I, 1979.

Claire Zeisler, Coil III - A Celebration, 1977.

Claire Zeisler, Coil III - A Celebration, 1977.

Claire Zeisler, Floor Slinky, 1971.. (collection of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Claire Zeisler, Floor Slinky, 1971.. (collection of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Below are a few images of new fibers artworks. In the 70s, Zeisler paved the way and these fiber works today to continue to explore scale, texture and context. Fun stuff.

An homage to Claire Zeisler. Appropriately titled:  I Heart CZ, 2012 by Susie Brandt

An homage to Claire Zeisler.

Appropriately titled:  I Heart CZ, 2012 by Susie Brandt

Faig Ahmed is an artist based in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. He's exploring the Azerbaijani traditional rug he grew up with and plays with ways to decontextualize the patterns and materials and puts them back together in surprising ways. His artist statement here lends more insight into his work. I think it's both beautiful and fascinating. 

Faig Ahmed is an artist based in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. He's exploring the Azerbaijani traditional rug he grew up with and plays with ways to decontextualize the patterns and materials and puts them back together in surprising ways. His artist statement here lends more insight into his work. I think it's both beautiful and fascinating. 

Ashley V Blalock, Keeping Up Appearances Series, 2011 - Present.

Ashley V Blalock, Keeping Up Appearances Series, 2011 - Present.

Emily Nachison, White Room, c 2013

Emily Nachison, White Room, c 2013

This is my internet peeve and I'm committing it.  Images of this installation originate from a flickr account but I can not track down the artist or more information.  Tell me if you find it. I would love to properly attiribute this super cool work.

This is my internet peeve and I'm committing it.  Images of this installation originate from a flickr account but I can not track down the artist or more information.  Tell me if you find it. I would love to properly attiribute this super cool work.

Dana Barnes, Tangled Ceiling Installation, 2011.

Dana Barnes, Tangled Ceiling Installation, 2011.