Mike and Doug Starn have re-conceived their ongoing Big Bambú project for Houston, filling the Museum’s austerely graceful Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–designed galleries with a monumental wave of bamboo. An installation of some 3,000 poles lashed together, This Thing Called Life rises 30 feet from the floor of Cullinan Hall, cresting onto the balcony of Upper Brown Pavilion. Visitors are invited to cross a bridge of bamboo that winds from the balcony into the wave’s curl, then continue on the path deep into the sea of Big Bambú. The path extends to the floor, where you can explore the bamboo eddies and currents at ground level.
The sea has long been a part of the Starns’ lexicon: an emblem of great age, yet continually new and changing. Taking inspiration from the architecture of nature, the Starn brothers began to use bamboo in their studio in 2008. Their first public installation—on the roof of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2010—was experienced by more than 600,000 visitors, making it the ninth most-attended exhibition in that museum’s history. They have since created other iterations of Big Bambú around the world, but This Thing Called Life is the first public staging indoors, in active dialogue with an existing structure.
The artists have been widely recognised for more than three decades for their conceptual photographic work, and this installation features three gigantic photographs of previous Big Bambú incarnations. Folding and draping off the wall and ceiling, these huge prints attest to the ongoing nature of Big Bambú, a process that never comes to rest, akin to life itself.
Visit the museum website for tickets and visiting details www.mfah.org
New publication coming very soon, preview copies available for purchase at Augusta Edwards Fine Art, Booth #D37, Paris Photo. 8-11 November 2018
Mauricio Valenzuela was born in Chile in 1951. His photography is rooted in the social documentary genre and stands amongst the most original of the 1980s ‘golden period’ of Chilean photography.
New publication coming very soon, preview copies available for purchase at Michael Hoppen Gallery, Booth #C10, Paris Photo 2018
In making his Diorama maps, Nishino combines photography, collage, cartography and psycho-geography to create large prints of urban landscapes.
Sohei Nishino has recently completed a new diorama of the Po River valley in Northern Italy. This work was the winning commission for the Foto/Industria award which was announced in February 2018 and was displayed at MAST Museum in Bologna until May 2018. This new multi-part work consists of eight panels which span the course of the River Po, from its source in Western Italy to its mouth, where it flows into the Adriatic sea near Venice. Nishino travelled and walked along the river for 2 months, documenting the life and landscape that meander though the industrial and rural heartland of this important part of Northern Italy.
From 2 November 2018 to 20 January 2019
Saul Leiter 'In Search of Beauty' transfers from Foto Colectania in Barcelona to the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art in Valladolid.
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