barrangal dyara (skin & bones) – Jonathan Jones, the artist as historian

Jonathan Jones Sculpture

Aboriginal agriculture: Bruce Pascoe and Jonathan Jones during the first Symposium Spot Fire 1: Landscape and Language. Photo: Kaldor Public Art Projects

We are the result of our history, there is no doubt about it, but this very fact also raises many questions that don’t meet an easy answer. Should we forget the past to move forward? Or we’d rather keep it present so that it sways our actions? In this context, the idea of art as a way of historical memory has been inarguable during centuries until the irruption of Abstract art deprived critics and public of any reference to past events. At present, artists collaborate with researchers from other disciplines; historians, archaeologists, sociologists -just to mention humanist disciplines- and adopt the role of a project manager who coordinates and merges all this information as part of the final work. Continue reading

Pokemon Go Finds Public Art

Pokemon Go Sculpture

Left: the infographics of the central panel of “Desert Feud” mural by D. Ross “Scribe” located at Foxx Equipment in Kansas City, Missouri. In many cases, the information given to viewers about a Pokestop is missing, incorrect or incomplete. After some simple research more information about the artist was located. Center: View of the area in the Pokemon Go app including “Desert Feud” as a Pokestop. Right: Image of “Desert Feud” by D. Ross “Scribe” in Kansas City.

It’s estimated that Pokemon Go has already peaked in users but some estimates put daily users still around 20 million in the United States alone. At the time of writing this, less than a month has passed since Niantic Labs, Pokemon and Nintendo dropped a bomb on the world in the form of the smartphone app and game. Nintendo’s stock prices have skyrocketed along with news stories involving the app and its users with buzzwords like “augmented reality” – the combination of a virtual world with the physical. Pokemon trainers, the term for people searching for Pokemon to capture and evolve, are easily spotted walking with faces in their cell phones or gathered around physical locations important to the game. The app has already displayed its great potential in exposing millions of new users to public art throughout the country and a possibility for significant cultural mapping systems used by artists, museum and municipalities. Continue reading

Magical Rabbit Sculptures from Down Under Appear in Boston for a fortnight

Amanda Parer Sculpture

Intrude by Amanda Parer Photo courtesy Ness Vanderburgh.

Boston is experiencing a bold moment for public art due to many long term planning projects coming to fruition and a new political climate that favors the arts. One example is the recent installation by the Australian artist, Amanda Parer. Her five monumental inflatable rabbit sculptures titled “Intrude” appeared in late July at the newly minted outdoor space, called the Lawn on D. Located in South Boston, adjacent to the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, this ArtLAB is fast becoming a go to place for pop up cultural life in the heart of the city. Continue reading

Metropolises of LA County

Robert Irwin Sculpture

Robert Irwin – Miracle Mile. Photo by Ian Abbott, Creative Commons Licensed

Somewhere in the labyrinthine center of Los Angeles sits the sprawling facilities of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A gorgeous complex, it is a rare bit of public space in the busy streets and closely spaced neighborhoods. But the LACMA is not a respite from LA. On the contrary, the permanent sculptural works on display represent the metropolis precisely. Continue reading

Looking for answers on public memorials and monuments. Two proposals

Nomanslanding Sculpture

Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin, Nomanslanding, 2015.
Image: Darling Harbour / Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

During this centenary of WWI (2014-2018) a great number of ceremonies and memorials are proliferating in most of Europe in remembrance of the victims of the Great War. Australia, so far away as it is from that battle ground, is not indifferent to this sad anniversary as this year they celebrate the creation, 100 years ago, of the ANZAC, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, that took part, among others, in the tragic battle of Gallipoli in Turkey where 8,000 of them died. Nowadays, Anzac Day (25th April) also remembers to all Australians that lost their lives in WWII and in subsequent military actions up to date. Continue reading

The Sculpture Ranch and Galleries in Johnson City, Texas

 

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About an hour and a half outside of Austin in the small town of Johnson City, TX there is a beautiful ranch nestled in the dramatic Texas hills just a few miles away from the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. The property, owned by LBJ himself in the 1960s, was the home and studio of the artist Benini and his wife Lorraine from 1999 until 2014. In the fall of last year Historian Tracy N. Poe, PhD and Molecular Pharmacologist Greg F. Sullivan II, PhD bought the property and began their transition from Chicago to Texas. They are currently working on their unique vision for this spectacularly beautiful ranch.  Continue reading