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Artist Research
Mona Hatoum
1- Grate Divide
Hard St eel
In this artwork Mona intended to grab the viewer’s attention through representing normal non-harmful objects from our everyday life in a larger scale which totally changes the way we perceive the work. As we first see the sculpture it looks like a room divider but staring at it shows us more than that, it is a giant cheese grater.

2- Hot spot
This is the sculpture of earth in a size and weight of a human being. Using neon wires to separate continents, Hatoum represents the conflicts and unrest situation that we suffer from in this world.

Mona Hatoum is a Lebanese born child to a Palestinian family who were obliged to leave their country in order to stay alive in 1948. In an early age she visited London and was obliged to stay there after the civil war took place in Lebanon. So she lived the exile for the second time in her life. As a young kid, her parents did not support her art but she kept drawing until her art work had some success. In London she went to several art schools until she became a creative multimedia artist whose art has always some thoughts to say about either culture, racism, or politics.
Coming out of such a background, she has always intended to shock the viewer with her work that illustrates the contradictions and conflicts of a world who ignored her people’s suffering. Her art work has always been described as being rebellious and intelligent for the way she turns it from a small local/personal issue to a global one that forces the viewer to interact with it. And honestly that is what made me want to research her. Not only that she is Arabic and we share the same causes and thoughts and pain, but also the way she turns that pain into a beautiful artwork that puts the problem or the cause she is defending under the spotlight in the very best modern way.
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Andrea Zittel, throughout her career has continually questioned how people use space. Her art/architecture examines, studies, plays with minimalism, and the question "What are the bare essentials a human can survive with?" After getting her MFA in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design, she began these studies of spaces, with humble chicken pens. It might seem hard to understand Zittel's reasoning, but it is now evident many years later to see how the use of chicken pens evolved into human environments. She has democratized the everyday living environment. She has minimalized and minimalized spaces over the years from sleeping areas, to doubling room spaces by cutting the height in half, to living out of a box like apparatuses, and in her most recent work, into just a pure abstraction of planes.

Andrea Zittel has continually questioned "how much does one need, and how much can we do without and how can we live better, in order to be more free?" Currently she lives in Joshua National Tree monument, where she does workshops exploring all these ideas.

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7. INDY ISLAND, 2009

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Livia Marin is a Chilean artist based in London. Marin's work is obviously sculptural and focuses on everyday mass produced objects. Her art is well known throughout the world and tends to exist primarily in large scale installations. Her most notable works are her "Nomad Patterns" and her "Broken Things" pieces from 2012 and 2009 respectively. They are broken, mostly ceramic objects that have patterns overlayed onto them and they look like they are melting or spilling something. This is done with screen printing and plaster. She works quite a bit with plaster actually, as the other two pieces included are made with that material as well. Her work displays everyday mundane objects in a new and interesting way that makes the viewer think about them and view them differently than they normally would. By coating things in plaster, or printing an odd pattern on them, or just displaying the same (or slightly different) item over and over again, they lose their identity and become something new, and Livia Marin uses that to her advantage. Her art is interesting because it seems like anyone could make it, the materials are all very common and pretty inexpensive, but she creates a whole environment and feeling with her work that most people wouldn't be able to conceive initially. It is really quite wonderful and beautiful and inspiring how she makes people think and reevaluate their surroundings and belongings.
Photo 1: Nomad Patterns
Photo 2: Broken Things
Photo 3: Broken Things
Photo 4: Soft Toys (2012)
Photo 5: The Object and Its Manifestation I (2002)
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Yayoi Kusama

After studying very traditional Japanese painting in her youth, Yayoi Kusama grew up and into the avant-garde artist scene after moving from her native Japan to the U.S. The outdoor 'installations' she created featured nude models in public as a symbol to protest the Vietnam War. During that time in her career, her pieces mostly centered on her opposition to the war in Vietnam. Later, Kusama's fixation with polka dots became more evident with her pieces notably filled with them. For instance, she took the time to create a blinding pattern of dots on enormous canvases; although painstaking, repetitively creating these 'infinity nets' soothed her. This is further reflected through her incorporation of light with dots of brilliant colors glistening through a dark room with mirrors in her infinity mirror installations. She has one of her many variations of this in the Phoenix Art Museum in which children and adults alike are mesmerized by the illusion of multicolored fireflies in what seems like a maze of unending lights. Other noteworthy installations by Kusama also feature amorphous plush blobs adorned in polka dots. Kusama claims that her obsession with polka dots alludes to her hallucinations, which are likely the most compelling reason she has chosen to institutionalize herself in a Tokyo hospital since 1977.

1) Infinity Nets
2013, Acrylic on canvas
130.3 x 97 cm
2) Mirror Room (Pumpkin), 1991
part of her In Infinity installations
featured at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
3) Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli's Field, New York, 1965
Kusama herself is pictured in her installation
4)Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water
113 1/4 x 163 1/2 x 163 1/2 in. (287.66 x 415.29 x 415.29 cm)
5)"Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," 2009
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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American sculptor that made work from her 20’s all the way into her 90’s. Her work is largely inspired by the traumatic events she had to endure as a child. She reflects often on her idealization of her mother and her absolute disdain for her father, who had cheated on her mother during her childhood. Her work of her mother reflects that ideation greatly. She represents her mother as a spider -- one who weaves, and protects. She represents her as her friend (this can be seen in the piece, Maman). On the other hand, the work in which represents her father often reflects a sense of violence and anger. There is a large use of the color red, and directly figurative elements that suggest death and violence (and this can be seen in the piece, The Destruction of the Father). Other elements of her work represent largely feminist ideas. She uses biomorphic form in a means to often represent femininity. She also has a few pieces in which she alters the form of human genitalia, both male and female. In a way I can greatly relate to, her work seems to be a therapy for her, as it’s very apparent that she addresses many of her deepest, inner-most feelings and thoughts regarding herself, her growth, and her childhood. Because I tend to operate in a similar manner when it comes to my work, I was very much drawn to her. She was a phenomenal artist, and would even invite young artists into her home on Sundays in the 70’s in order to hold a bit of a critique. It was noted that she was often terribly harsh, but her influence was immensely important to these artists.

List of works, respectively.

Janus Fleuri
(also shown -- Filette c. 1960’s)
C. 1960’s
Bronze, gold patina.

In and Out
Metal, glass, plaster, fabric, and plastic.

Stainless steel, bronze, marble.

The Blind Leading the Blind
Bronze, paint.

Destruction of the Father
Plaster, latex, wood, fabric, and red light.

Spiral Woman

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Hirotoshi Ito
River Stones with Pouches Unzip to Reveal Hidden Scenes and Objects
The artist's idea is to make surreal objects that do not exist in real life the way he puts them together, but taking it separately they do! It is a stone that has an opened zipper that reveals the surreal a very interesting inside art work!
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Dustin Yellin
Prada Museum Spain
Glass and ripped-up media: encyclopedias, dictionaries, magazines

Dustin Yellin began in resin, for his collages. However he soon realized that it might kill him, even with the precautions he took. So he took to layering glass to make his very weighty sculptures. In the sculptures that resemble human bodies, he creates "archives" of times or a story. They are so visually dynamic, and interesting, I'm sure it would take forever to examine them, and the fact that he did 100 of these is mind boggling. In the second piece he was inspired by the Hieronymous Bosch painting, "The Garden of Earthly Delights." Again, the details are staggering. I've included his ted talk on his process and story because it shows the details that shouldn't be missed :)
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Lei Xue
Drinking Tea

Lei Xue expertly combined modern concepts with traditional Chinese art with his Drinking Tea sculptures. He fashioned porcelain, decorated with traditional Chinese art dating back to the Ming Dynasty into crushed cans that look surprisingly realistic. The comparison of old and new is very well done in this. He also hints at societies' need to drink and consume beverages in this work. He juxtaposed the old fashioned drinking of tea, common in Chinese culture throughout the ages, with the common modern practice of drinking from aluminum cans.
Its really quite amazing and thought provoking.
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Lady and the Bicycle
Derek Kinzett
Galvanised wire mesh dimensions

Derek is an artist that has worked mostly with wire to create sculptures for the last ten years. He has been commissioned by his work several times and his pieces can be found in multiple countries including the U.S. and across Western Europe. By allowing his sculptures to have some gaps between the wires for natural light to seep into the surface of the piece, he is able to create a more realistic appearance for the subject since he often depicts human figures.

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Sorry my post is a bit late!

The sculptor I chose is Lee Ji-Hee. Lee created a set of cameras entirely out of colored paper. I love these especially because of course, I love cameras, and the bright color brings a whole new feel to these objects that usually hold a more metallic or neutral color. Each piece must have to be so carefully thought out and perfectly folded and put together. I can't even imagine the amount of effort it takes. Regardless, it's a wildly amazing sculpture.
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