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I really enjoy artwork that involves the viewer. These two works by Leandro Erlich employ optical illusions and have caught my fancy today. The first, titled “Swimming Pool,” is an installation that puts gallery goers underwater. Check out the video here:

 

The next uses mirrors to give viewers superhuman spider-like abilities:

Erlich has some other interesting work too. Check it out.

Return (with heart beat sounds), by Yuriko Yamaguchi, 8′ x 12′ x 12′

Resin, stainless steel, wire, 4 speakers, 4 sensors

I’m a recent fan of the work of Yuriko Yamaguchi, but I’m a big one. When I first came across her sculptures and installations, I was simply in awe.

Return (detail)

I cannot imagine what it would be like to witness these in person.

Senility
23″ x 37″ x 9″ Resin, wire

Bubble #1
Vinyl tube and resin

Web #8, 5’x7’x3′
Resin and wire

I love her use of wire armatures to suspend various resin shapes. This is the kind of work I aspire to make one day! Until then, I will continue to be inspired by Yuriko Yamaguchi’s amazing talent. See much more here.

I have been working nonstop on my circles installation, and today, I finally finished it. This shot is of me hanging the piece after finally stitching the last stitch. Here it is!

After working on this piece meticulously for days, I can’t even explain the feelings I had when I was finally able to see it hung.

See? I am pretty pleased. It is very satisfying to see something that has been in my brain for weeks finally appear in real life.

I spent the rest of Thursday working on something new that I will share soon!

I am a little behind on documenting progress on the many colored circles piece. I have been working night and day on it, and I am getting close to finishing it. Monday I spent the day sewing the circles in each vertical line together. That’s eighteen rows of thirty circles, each painstakingly aligned to create the correct spacing. At this stage they had lovely movement and caught the light in the window.

See the reflection of the circles on the window?

Although the piece is pretty like this, the work is not over. The next step was to sew them all together horizontally as well. More updates to come soon!

I am back from vacation, and today I am being floored by the power of simple materials. Now, it’s pretty obvious I have a thing for string. And these installation by Sébastien Preschoux are no exception. It’s so simple in concept, yet so stunning in execution. I am itching to try something like this.

9 Colors

Cellar

Cocoon

See more of Sébastien Preschoux’s work here.

I want to be an artist when I grow up. I quit my job to try it. I will chronicle the results here.

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