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Final Act

In November 2013, Ian Strange (previously) in collaboration with cinematographer Alun ‚Albol‘ Bollinger (Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners) created three new film and photography based artworks incorporating four suburban homes in Christchurch, New Zealand. These homes were located in Christchurch’s residential »Red Zone«, an area containing over 16,000 houses slated for demolition after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Final Act is in part an emotive archive of these Christchurch homes and a continuation of the artist’s ongoing exploration of the social and emotional icon of the home. Watch the video.

Ian Strange - Final Act

Ian Strange - Final Act

Ian Strange - Final Act

All images © Ian Strange.

Getty Station

A really exceptional art space has opened in the middle of Chelsea on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan a while ago. Gallerist and art collector Michael Shvo bought an abandoned gas station where he has installed a temporary art exhibition. »Kids don’t really see sheep in the middle of New York at a gas station,« Shvo said and picked up Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s sheep sculptures. The installation is one of many planned artworks that will appear in the location before Shvo finishes constructing a luxury building in place of the former gas station. Business as usual what we might call.

Getty Station

Getty Station

Getty Station

Getty Station

Getty Station

All images © collabcubed.

Art is Trash

The legendary Berlin-based Sechsenmaler has successfully demonstrated how to leave marks on trash, discarded objects and materials. Now, a suitable successor was just found. The following pictures are part of the London’13 series made by Francisco de Pájaro aka Art is Trash. The artist turned London’s garbage piles into bizarre monsters

Trash Is Art: London'13

Trash Is Art: London'13

Trash Is Art: London'13

Trash Is Art: London'13

Trash Is Art: London'13

Public Art Horsens

Once again, Brad Downey transformed »un-used« public space in a sliding and swinging playground for urban explorers. Horsens, an old, Danish city of about 55.000 inhabitants, is once a year the center of a unique festival focused on urban art. A selected group of contemporary artists took over the port and city center with public art works. See more at Fecal Face.

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images © Brad Downey.

r1

Johannesburg based artist r1 reduces his work to the most simple material transforming them and placing them back where they came from, to become a part of the city’s journey. His »short-time-based installations« likely cause confusion among viewers. »Like the street, the work finds its meaning once an interaction with the passer-by takes place«, he says on his homepage.

»blue blow«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)

»blue blow«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)

»The tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»the tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»The tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»the tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»city cage«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)

»city cage«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)

CityLeaks 2013

The CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2013 has just started. From 2nd to 22nd September 2013 national and international artists will design public spaces and facades and turn the city of Cologne into a large stage for contemporary urban art. In the run-up of the festival four big murals by Maya Hayuk (USA), Gais ama (BR), Stohead (GER) and Aryz (ES) have already been painted. Apart from artistic interventions the festival offers many opportunities for participation. A wide communications programme for visitors and a multifaceted supporting programme is also offered. Among them several cologne galleries, off loctions and theatres crucially contribute to CityLeak 2013 with their most diverse programme and help to establish the festival’s intention. You will find more informations from the link above.