PLASTIC ISLAND @ FIGMENT

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PLASTIC ISLAND is an interactive sculpture for Figment NYC's summer long sculpture festival. It is made from recycled durable materials that are braided and woven together into rope:








August 16, 2014

SEA CHANGE

Kinetic sculpture at the Storm King Art Center


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September 29, 2013

FUN WITH CLAY

alexandra engelfriet, ceramic sculpture, design squish blog

alexandra engelfriet, ceramic sculpture, skin of the earth, design squish blog

alexandra engelfriet, ceramic sculpture, skin of the earth, design squish blog

Alexandra Engelfriet - Skin of the Earth

alexandra engelfriet, ceramic sculpture, design squish blog

Unknown Artist - BOS

not  vital, contemporary ceramic sculpture, hanging and waiting, design squish blog

Not Vital - Hanging and Waiting


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June 27, 2013

STARROSPHERE

starrosphere, anastasia ugorskaya, drawing, watercolor, design squish blog

starrosphere, pores, anastasia ugorskaya, drawing, watercolor, design squish blog

Starrosphere drawings by Anastasia Ugorskaya.  See drawings in person @ DYNAMO ARTS ASSOCIATION Project Space DRAWING EXPO 13 July 5th 30 East 6th Ave Vancouver, BC

starrosphere, anastasia ugorskaya, drawing, watercolor, design squish blog

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ARTIFACT

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Reclaimed wood sculptures by Aaron S Moran, design squish blog

Reclaimed wood sculptures by Aaron S Moran, design squish blog

Reclaimed wood sculptures by Vancouver based artist Aaron S Moran.

- http://aaronsmoran.com/Artifact


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May 30, 2013

MIDWAY

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway is a photography project by Chris Jordan

“On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.
For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.
- Chris Jordan, Seattle, February 2011”


May 15, 2013

WILLIAM MILLER:  THE QUIET BEAUTY OF AMERICA’S MOST POLLUTED WATERWAY

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William Miller: “To look into the Gowanus canal is to gaze into the eyes of a corpse. It is murky and clouded over but if you look closely you can see life and light reflected in the mercury, feces and coal tar that drift in the canal like malevolent clouds. This uncomfortable cohabitation is the foundation of a photographic study of the strangely beautiful horror that the canal hosts”

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EYES AS BIG AS PLATES BY RIITTA IKONEN

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

riitta ikonen, contemporary photography, art, design squish blog

“Eyes as Big as Plates started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore with the Norwegian photographer Karoline Hjorth. The series has since moved on to exploring the mental landscape of the neighborly and pragmatic Finns. In June 2012 Finnish senior citizens modelled in the wilderness of south and eastern Finland”

- http://riittaikonen.com


March 05, 2013

CAPTURING CLOUDS

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Nimbus II by Berndnaut Smilde.  Berndnaut Smilde creates clouds using a smoke machine, combined with indoor moisture and dramatic lighting to create an indoor cloud effect.


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October 30, 2012

SCANNING THE EARTH / PALISADE HEAD BY SCOTT NEDRELOW

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scanning the earth, scott nedrelow, design squish blog

Palisade Head is an immersive 65 x 74-inch print by Minneapolis-based artist Scott Nedrelow. “It’s more like a an actual-size map, but it’s not a useful map — it doesn’t show a large area like satellite maps or blow up a view that could be examined at more of a “honey, I shrunk the kids” level of fascination. it’s just a segment of ground presented actual size on a wall, something that can be ordinarily observed. so there’s a deadpan poetic element, it becomes significant because it doesn’t show anything that can’t already be easily seen”

piece of dirt, contemporary photography, scott nedrelow, design squish blog


September 03, 2012

ANARCHITECTURE

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“I don’t like concrete. A tree moves and also I’m silent. With a nail or a saw. you’d know I was there. I am like a raccoon” - Richard Greaves

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Home of artist and architect, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.

miracle on the mountain, house by clarence schmidt, design squish blog

“Miracle on the Mountain” by Clarence Schmidt. Clarence Schmidt was locally and nationally renowned outsider artist -  an iconic pioneer of monumental environmental sculpture. His ongoing life’s work, the “Miracle on the Mountain,” was constructed of found objects and recycled materials between the years 1940-1972, which evolved on the back slope of Ohayo Mountain, in Woodstock NY.

grimes house boat, design squish blog

In 2009, Grimes (Canadian singer-songwriter Claire Boucher) and her then-boyfriend from Tennessee constructed a 20-foot houseboat, named the “Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” with the intention to sail it down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. The cargo included chickens, a typewriter, 20 pounds of potatoes and a gifted copy of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Due to engine trouble and subsequent harassment from the Minnesota police, the journey was cut short and the houseboat and chickens were impounded. Above: Grimes.

mississippi house boat, design squish blog

Mississippi house boat.


BROKEN LANDSCAPE / SCULPTURES BY BLANE DE ST. CROIX

contemporary art, blane de st croix, sculpture, design squish blog

contemporary art, blane de st croix, sculpture, design squish blog

contemporary art, blane de st croix, sculpture, design squish blog

“Employing a combination of natural and industrial materials, my interest lies in articulating humankind’s desire to take command over the earth, revealing distinct conflicts with ecology, politics and ourselves in large-scale installations that utilize architectural space in a distinct, powerful and imposing manner”

contemporary sculpture, blane de st. croix, design squish blog

-http://blanedestcroix.blogspot.com/


August 07, 2012

FOR CLOSURE

for closure, sculpture, found doors, design squish blog

For Closure (Outdoors Providence), found local doors, 2009. By Gabriela Salazar.


June 16, 2012

SCUPTURES BY ANNE PERCOCO

reused plastic bottles, cloud, sculpture, design squish blog

Cloud made of plastic bottles which brought to life a local myth in Vrindavan, India.

garbage tent, design squish blog

“The Life Instinct” solo show by Anne Percoco celebrates makeshift solutions, survival instincts, and reuse of discarded material. The centerpiece is a scrappy yet intricate hut assembled from scavenged materials and textural handmade elements, which visitors could enter and sit inside.

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CLOUDS

clouds by georgia o'keeffe, design squish blog

sky above clouds, georgia o'keeffe, design squish blog

Sky Above Clouds by Georgia O’Keeffe


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May 31, 2012

WORMS

worms, drawing by irina makarova, design squish blog


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May 28, 2012

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