Category Archives: Art

Metropolis II by Chris Burden

Metropolis II / Chris Burden, 2011

Car-obsessed, LA-based artist Chris Burden has recently finished work on this awesome installation, entitled Metropolis II. It took him 4 years to build and is currently on show in LA. I really hope it comes to the UK at some point!

There’s a really nice film about it here, and loads more photos on Flickr, here.

Joel Sternfeld

Images by Joel Sternfeld

Photographer Joel Sternfeld, born in New York in 1944, has a truly outstanding portfolio. Rivalling the legendary William Egglestone, he pioneered colour photography as an art form in the US, in the second half of the twentieth century.

See a selection of images from the 70s through to the present at the Luhring Augustine website.

Amongst my favourites has to be the landing of Space Shuttle Columbia atop a 747 in 1979, and his haunting coverage of the High Line – before it was transformed into a park – in the early 2000s.

William Eggleston — Chromes

Chromes / William Eggleston & Steidl, 2011

Oh. My. Goodness.

This has flown right to the top of my wish list. An absolutely stunning publication by legendary publishers Steidl – these 3 cloth-covered hardbacks reveal some of Eggleston’s most awe-inspiring shots of the USA from the 60s and 70s.

Don’t waste your time here – a full gallery and write-up is on the Wallpaper* site.

I witnessed the thing up-close in the office last week, and rest assured, the quality of Steidl’s printing and finishing is unbelievable. I want need a copy.

Edgar Martins – The Time Machine

The Time Machine / Edgar Martins, 2011

For photographer Edgar Martins’ latest project, he was commissioned to photograph several hydro-electric power stations in his native Portugal. Using a 10×8 camera, he has captured some truly stunning imagery of these Modern monuments.

The prints are currently on show at the Wapping Project Bankside, although the show is about to finish, so this is somewhat of a badly-timed post. But a book is on the way, and the exhibition will tour. I strongly urge you to see these beautiful pieces up close; the detail Martins captures is astonishing.

It’s always strange when you discover a stunning body of work that’s somehow eluded your cultural radar up to this point. I cannot believe I was not aware of Martins’ work before — I simply love it. His images are so captivating and surreal. A few highlights from his back catalogue of work are shown below. Several books have been published from these incredible projects — I want them all.

01. A Metaphysival Survey of British Dwellings, 2010

02. This Is Not A House, 2008

03. When Light Casts No Shadow, 2008

Mike Bayne

Yellow and Brown / Mike Bayne, 2010

Mike Bayne is an artist from Canada who creates stunning, hyper-real paintings of North-American banality. The images captivated me at first sight; then when I discovered they were paintings and not photographs, I was doubly intrigued. I could spend hours gazing at these peaceful, mundane settings.

First seen on ISO50.

Max Bill – Five Decades

Untitled / Max Bill, 1970

I’m hugely looking forward to this retrospective of Max Bill’s work, coming up at Annely Juda Fine Art later this month. The first solo show of his work in the UK for 30 years, on display will be sixty works spanning drawing, painting and sculpture from the 1930s – 80s. Can’t wait.

Panton / 50

Customised Panton chair / Jump Studios, 2010

This post is a little belated but people keep asking me about it so here are some images and info on the project. To celebrate the Panton chair’s 50th anniversary, Vitra asked several architecture & interiors studios to customise a chair of their own – with no restrictions. We at Jump took up the challenge and really wanted to do something to celebrate the iconic form of the chair, to emphasise its distinct shape and outline. We didn’t want to just draw on it or treat the surface in some clichéd way.

So with help from Millenium Models, we cut away about 95% of the body of the chair, and then drilled a series of holes around the outside. 300m of fishing wire was then threaded between the holes, creating a really delicate structure in the centre, reminiscent of a Hepworth sculpture.

Anyway, out of the 31 entries, Jump were awarded first prize from a judging panel of Charles Saatchi, Terence Conran and Kevin McCloud. Nice.

The chair, along with all the other entries, was then auctioned to raise money for Shelter.

Photography by me. No you can’t sit on it.