Portikus Printing Plant and Portikus Sound / Available at / Nora Schultz’s work explores questions of the emergence of pictures and production as an artistic dynamic. She is more interested in the genesis of images and objects and its material traces than in the completed work. That is why the manufacturing process plays a central part in her prints, printing machines, installations, and performances and always remains recognizable as such. The book figures as a sort of retelling in which manhole cover stamp, die-stamping drum, paper, plastic, and aluminum sheet, camping mat, microphone sculpture, dictaphone, sound funnel, and print worm blithely continue their cycles of production. Designed by Studio Manuel Raeder #Portikus #Printing #graphicdesign #typography #book #NoraSchultz #process #printingmachines #installations #performances #microphonesculpture #cyclesofproduction

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The Dance by Benjamin Shine

Artist Benjamin Shine’s latest project beautifully plays with illusion and the power of creative energy with the use of translucent tulle. What emerges from the fiber are female and male faces, which quickly dissolve into the abyss and fluidity of the highly malleable tool. Titled, The Dance, the piece is suspended from ceiling and back-lit. 

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A 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pit Located Within Museum Allows Visitors to Experience the Beach Indoors

Brooklyn-based experimental studio Snarkitecture uses almost one million recyclable translucent plastic balls to bring the ocean and beach fun indoors at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.. Titled, “The BEACH,” the interactive installation includes white beach chairs and umbrellas to set the ultimate seaside milieu. 

The purpose of Snarkitecture’s project is to focus “on the viewer’s experience and memory, creating moments of wonder and interaction that allow people to engage directly with their surrounding environment.”  The installation will be open through September 7, 2015 to the public, where they can grab drinks and snacks.


The Sculptures of  Jamie North

Jamie North is a Sydney based artist working across the mediums of sculpture and photography. Artist creates magnificent sculptures made out of cement, stone, marble, plants and moss. Evoking the feeling of remaining monuments of a long forgotten civilization.

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Twisted Tree Branch Installation by Henrique Oliveira

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s installations often feature a spectacular presence of tree branches overpowering artifice. Titled Baitogogo, the sculpture  seems to be growing organically from white beams of  Paris’ Palais de Tokyo museum. Composed from popular reclaimed Brazilian plywood material, tapumes, the entangled tree branches are desperately reclaiming their space. Both an aesthetically and conceptually beautiful project, Oliveira’s intentional contrast between nature and the manmade construction begin an environmental conscious dialogue we often ignore. 


Iced Flowers by Makoto Azuma

Self-professed “botanic artist” Makoto Azuma’s exhibition Iced Flowers features a stunning arrangement of exotic flowers trapped in large blocks of ice. By displaying the floral bouquets in an unconventional way, Azuma hopes to change our perspective on how we preserve and showcase the beauty of flowers. Although the installation was a temporary design, the artist made sure to capture images of its surreal and obscure beauty. View the assembling of Iced Flowers here.

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Damien Hirst (b. 1965; UK, Artist).
Love Lost (Large River Fish), 2000.
Aquatic tank and filtration unit, couch, table, stool, surgical instruments, computer ring, cup, watch and fish. 274.3 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm (9 ft x 7 ft x 7ftl. Courtesy: Damien Hirst/Science Ltd. and Gagosian Gallery, New York.

A Library That Plummets into the Abyss

Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg constructed an ingenious installation which is composed of an ominous library in the ground, which plummets into underground of the Earth, similar like a mining shaft. The visual results are alarming and spark great curiosity. Titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,”Hesselberg submitted this piece into the biannual Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark. 


Suspended Sculptures Create Artistic Shadow Illusions 

Graphic designer Shigeo Fukuda’s iconic 1987 piece “Lunch with a Helmet On” is composed of hundreds of suspended forks, knives, and spoons in the light, which reveal shadow sculpture. By carefully placing the obsolete items at the ideal angle,  Fukuda has managed to create a surreal optical illusion, inspired by M.C. Escher’s 3D illustrations.


Tapes Installations by Monika Grzymala

Poland-born, German artist Monika Grzymala describes her work as three-dimensional drawings. She studied sculpture, shifted to drawing and found her place somewhere in between. Rolls of tape are her “pen” of choice and she allows them to dive and ripple in all directions.

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Peter Erskine (American, b. 1941, New Haven, CT, USA) - 1: Spectrum of Time, Rainbow Sundial calendar, 1999 Permanent Installations.  2,3,4,5: New Light On Rome, 2000 Spectrum Sunlight on Aula Stairs.Trajan’s Markets, Rome 112 AD. 21.6.2000-1.1.2001. Materials: Sunlight, Laser Cut Prisms  6,7: Peter Erskine (American, b. 1941, New Haven, CT, USA) - Secrets Of The Sun (SOS), Photovoltaic Solar Electric Panels, 1991  8: Meridian Solar Spectrum Calendar. Porter Ranch Public Library Los Angeles, California, 1998


Controversial and Bizzare Sculptures by David Cerny

David Cerny - one of the leading and internationally famous, Czech contemporary artists. Born in 1967 in Prague. In 1996, he graduated from the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. In his works blends humor, provocation and satire. His works can be seen in many locations in Prague.

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