Growing Borax crystals
This has been done with borax crystals, it is fascinating to see that it crystallised books and really thickly as well
I was interested by this ice lollies work, It shows the pollution of water and it is "frost". It is inspiring for my work as I talk about everlasting decay, the decay of a soda can takes 500 years, and these lolies frost the decaying time. It is a very powerful art work.
Nancy Rubins Gagosian Gallery
This work by Nancy Rubins, inspired me. I liked how she creates this explosion of animals, music and other elements. And they are all tied up together. The works looks like an explosion coming from a geyser (island), lots of things bursting out of the grounds, or more sinic it reminds me of a bomb. Once the bomb is dropped all the living organisms jumps!
These photographs shows the human impact on nature. Clean minimalistic landscapes, overconsumerism, and urbanism.
This is a press release from the gursky exhibition. I love how he talks about his work the Rhine II.
He offers a neatly controlled version of the natural world. The grass has been "manicured". He clearly conveys his strong opinion here about the impact of our society on environnement.
Much like i'm exploring, gursky talks about the eternal conflict between us and nature. This everlasting battle is a domination conflict. Humans want to dominate the world and nature.
Roger Hiorns, Seizure Press release
n 2008, every surface of an abandoned London council flat was lined with a thick layer of glistening, knife-sharp copper-sulphate crystals – creating an angular cave that was at once alluring, sensuous and needlingly dangerous. This was Seizure, by Roger Hiorns – the British artist (or, you might think, alchemist) who once caused flames to rise from the drains of the Tate, and who is currently showing a granite altarstone, which he has pulverised to a silky dust, at the Venice Biennale.
Seizure became a cult hit. Hiorns recalls with some amazement, even now, that "it became for people a spiritual space – a place that people used to stoke their inner lives".
Seizure was an extraordinary work to make: the abandoned flat having been encased in watertight metal, 90,000 litres of heavily saturated copper sulphate solution were poured into it from an opening in the ceiling and left to react for just over a month. Then the liquid was pumped out and, said Lingwood, they all hoped they hadn't created "a glorious – or inglorious – failure". Going in for the first time, waving torches around that deathly blue, menacing interior, was like "entering Tutankhamun's tomb", he said.
It was an even more extraordinary work to remove from its host building in London and transport to Yorkshire: Caroline Douglas, head of the Arts Council collection of art, to which Hiorns has donated the work, said: "I was beside myself for two and a half years." With enormous delicacy, precision and engineering expertise, the entire flat was slid out of its parent building in tiny increments over the period of a week. "We didn't know how robust it would be," she said. "We were afraid we would end up with, in effect, a box with a heap of crystals at the bottom." The whole 31.2 tonnes of it was craned on to a truck and, after two and a half days of travelling, the wide slow load arrived in Yorkshire. "It was not the sort of truck you wanted to be stuck behind in a car," said Douglas. The removal process, funded by arts charities, cost a little over £40,000.
I looked at another artist exploring decay and crystallisation, two oposites process, Tyler Thrasher. He used dead animals already decaying, and crystallise them partly. It is very interesting to see his work as there is a conflict between these two chemical process, and you do not know what will take over. Is it decaying? or crystallising?
Sigalit Landeau a victorian dress in the dead sea for 2 months and it came out completely solid and crystallised. I was interested by the fact that she used an object that is decaying or will decay metaphorically and physically as victorian dress are no more the fashion of the day, and the material is decaying too.
Analysis of 2050
Here the book 2050 by Jacques Attali, a French philosopher, makes prediction about our future.
Even though our world has the potential for the best, it also has the potential for the worst.
We have a choice, depending on our actions, our children and grand children have the potential to live in a viable word and exciting, or can go through a nightmare and will hate us.
Translation of the highlited bits: In 2050 9,2 billion people will live on earth, so 2 billion more than today. Life expectancy will reach the century. As a result, the age of humanity will be much higher.
Two thirds of the planet will live in cities where the population will have doubled, and Two Thirds of childrens born in 2050 will live in the 20 poorest countries.