CHERNOBYL

I just read an amazing account of an author’s [Henry Shukman] exploration of ‘Europe’s strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted postapocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge.’

For anyone interested in Chernobyl, wildlife, subversive spaces, architecture, or even psycho-geography and art, this is a must read.

I saw the link on Twitter thanks to bldgblog << who you should follow if you're not already.

Find the text HERE, and let me know what your thoughts on it are.

flats at Chernobyl exclusion zone

Photo thanks to Pedro Moura Pinheiro.

THOMAS DEMAND

In an effort to garner some inspiration for a series of prints (that will also be transferred onto t-shirts) I’ve been mooching through one of my favourite books; Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art.

Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art

It’s a great book for anyone interested in Contemporary Art and Collage, so check it out if you can.

It’s got plenty of artists and examples of their work, but I’d totally forgotten about an artist who was a massive inspiration for my practice when I was at uni. THOMAS DEMAND creates highly technical and elaborate architectural locations and interior structures – using just paper and card. Often creating the illusion of reality, (since his work is made, photographed and then destroyed) meaning the viewer can only see each piece as a photograph.

There is a juxtaposition of mundanity and the uncanny which creates an unsettled reading of the image. The 3D model/structure becomes flat, a plane, an image of a place that was built intentionally to be seen in 2D. It is this denial that makes the viewer aware of a ‘set’; the photograph offers the viewer an answer to what they see as an ‘uncertain reality’, allowing them into the image and a chance to pull apart the illusion.

Simulator by Thomas Demand

Jacob De Graaf

Enjoying the work of Jacob De Graf at the minute. I saw his work in issue 10 of ArtBox.

Particularly his older pieces – architectural paintings of small homes in mostly nocturnal landscapes. His more recent work is concentrated on form and composition rather than feelings/mood.

I love that De Graaf explores the idea of psychogeography of the home in a 2D format rather than 3D/installation.

JENNY HOLZER

Can’t believe I’ve had my blog going for so long and not posted anything by Jenny Holzer. ‘Overdue’ is most definitely the word.

Whilst on the subject of words – I have a list of my favourites up at WORDNIK. ‘Overdue’ has just been added. You can follow them on Twitter too for daily words and the like. AND whilst now on the subject of Twitter, you can also follow HOLZER. Excellent!

jenny holzer image