Archive for the ‘Installation Art’ Category

TV Cello, 1971. Nam June Paik (1932-2006). Video tubes, TV chassis, plexiglass boxes, electronics, wiring, wood base, fan, stool, photograph. Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

A broad term that emerged in the 1960s and exploded onto the art scene in the 1980s, New Media ecompasses the fusion of traditional media such as film, images, painting, sculpture, music, and the written and spoken word with the interactive power of computer and communications technology, computer-enabled consumer devices, and the Internet. This new category of art includes digital art, animation, interactive and installation art, and computer graphics, among others. New media artists such as Nam June Paik (1932-2006) and Wolf Vostell (1932-1998) first experimented with video and sound art in the 1960s and many artists have since followed in their footsteps with further experimentation. A key concept of New Media is that the artworks produced are available to anyone at any time through the Internet and other digital frameworks. This digitization creates a universal forum for artists to share ideas with each other, and communicate with viewers directly. (more…)

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World Skin, 1997. Maurice Benayoun. Virtual Reality Installation.

As we become a society increasingly engulfed in computer technology, there seem to be changes in the art world, specifically in regards to digitalization.  Since the 1970s, art produced digitally has risen into the fine arts realm.  For example, as opposed to manual photography which catches chemical changes on film, digital photography uses electronic sensors that record the desired image as electronic data.  A major advantage of digital photography is the ability to manipulate the image using computer programs and software.  many different effects can be utilized, increasing the tools the artist has to express their vision.  Aside from digital photography, digital art contains multiple other forms, such as photopainting, digital collage, integrated digital art, virtual reality, hollogram, fractals, and more. (more…)

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Lego Sculpture, Nathan Sawaya, example of commodity sculpture

Yellow, 2006. Nathan Sawaya (b. 1973). 35″ x 13″ x 28″, Legos.

In 2008, artist Lisa Hoke created a new installation for the NBMAA on the landing of the LeWitt Staircase.  The Gravity of Color, New Britain  consists of thousands of plastic cups coated with various paints and then attached to the Museum’s walls adjacent to the stairs.  The vibrant colors create breathtaking gradations of colors and textures.  The individual cups do not appear as mere plastic cups when put together.  Instead, they ooze in a spiraling manner from their intersecting center around the windows, as if they are growing.  If you haven’t seen this in person, it is an installation that should not be missed!  (more…)

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Horizontal Brushstrokes, 2003. Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). Gouache on paper, 60½ x 60½ in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Gift of the Artist, 2003.14.

Sol LeWitt, the internationally renowned conceptual and minimalist artist, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but lived and was  educated in New Britain. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1949. Before settling in New York, LeWitt served in the Korean War. He attended the School of Visual Arts and worked as a graphic designer at the firm of architect I.M. Pei (b. 1917). His artistic inspiration was also enhanced by the entry-level job that he held at the Museum of Modern Art. Over his lifetime, he was given three exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art to which he donated 1,800 examples of his work. (more…)

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The Elephant in the Room, 2010. Elana Herzog (b. 1954) Pencil, textile, metal staples, pushpins, etc. Collection of the artist

The current NEW/NOW exhibition features the unique installations and works on paper of Elana Herzog, a New York based installation artist. By attaching found textiles—often shredded bedspreads and other fabrics—to walls using thousands of judiciously placed metal staples, Elana Herzog creates patterns of color and form directly on the wall. She further dramatizes this process by ripping away some parts of the stapled textiles and leaving evidence of where the fasteners once were. Her work is part performance because the creative phase is punctuated by the ebb and flow of application and removal, addition and subtraction, creation and destruction. (more…)

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Roxy Paine on the Roof: Malestrom, 2009. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Installation art can be defined as an artistic genre of site-specific, three-dimensional works designed to transform the perception of a space. Since the 1960s and 70s, this medium of artwork has evolved and manifested itself in museums and galleries as well as public and private spaces across the globe. While installation art was born out of more traditional practices of artwork, it has a completely different approach. Most paintings are presented as snapshots of life or a specific vision and are hung on a neutral wall. Conversely, installations take into account the viewer’s entire sensory experience and seek to create a complete environment that the viewer becomes a part of. (more…)

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Following a national competition for the honor, artist Lisa Hoke of New York City was commissioned to create a new installation for the NBMAA at the top of the LeWitt Staircase leading from the first to second floor of the Museum.

The Gravity of Color, New Britain, 2008. Lisa Hoke. Plastic and Paper cups, paint and hardware. Stephen B. Lawrence Fund and the Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fund of the National Academy of Design.


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