Milena Naef – Fleeting Parts

Wow I’ve heard of exploring the body through sculpture but this is next level, verging on performance art.

“Due to the inevitable presence of our bodies… a reflection on ourselves as a material.”

This work is visceral and arresting and I can’t get enough.

Pilvi Takala

I’m not familiar with her work but after reading this new yorker profile I knew I had to post about her.  At the very least she is an interesting live performance artist and I am a sucker for those.

In some ways she does what every artist does or at least I would hope does, which is examine, subvert, hold a mirror up to society, question assumptions, question everything.

But she does it in an impossible to ignore, live way. It’s one of the things I love about live arts, it’s thereness, that is hard not to engage with. Sometimes if only to get away from it.

There’s also something to admire in her quiet braveness, ability to commit to the inevitable extremes of simple starting assumptions, and simply the variety of subversions and situations she engages.

New Yorker

portfolio website

Xu Bing

I love an artist who loves to subvert expectations. Background Story series looks like a traditional chinese ink paintings but they are actually shadow play paintings.

I love that you can go and look behind the scenes. The detail on these is amazing.

He also has done a series resembling traditional Chinese characters – Book from the Sky, more subversion and also aesthetically pleasing.

Except that every single character, even in the books is not actually chinese characters at all, mind blowing.

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