Friday, February 19, 2010

Mimi Gross Artist

Mimi Gross is an artist who defies conventional categorization. She's a painter, sculptor, installation artist, public artist, set and costume designer, book-artist, and a collaborator. She's a life-long student of anatomy and has a close relationship with art history, in particular, the Renaissance masters. Mimi Gross, daughter of modernist sculptor Chaim Gross, has been actively engaged in the New York and international art world since she was a child. Her forceful creative drive and active studio process has generated innumerable works across all disciplines. The themes and imagery in her work range from Circus-spectacle to intimate portraiture to pressing current events.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Roden Crater Gear

The awesome things you find here at the Mattress Factory. This is a Roden Crater sweatshirt that James Turrell gave to Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk during a site visit.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

James Turrell: Skyspace Piz Uter, Zuoz, Switzerland

Framing the Image of the Mountains we enter the

James Turrell: Skyspace Piz Uter

In Zuoz, Switzerland, James Turrell has realized a new skyspaces, a room that is conceived to enable viewers to view the sky.

Skyspace Piz Uter was set up on the initiative of the Walter A. Bechtler foundation and specifically developed for Hotel Castell in Zuoz. Häusler Contemporary negotiated and managed the project.
In this video, Gianfranco Schiavano of Häusler Contemporary talks about the characteristics of the project (in German language). James Turrell’s works for the “Skyspace” focus on the interaction between architectural internal space and natural external space by bringing the sky into the opening in the ceiling. In principle, the artist of Skyspace Piz Uter is concerned with “structural cuts” with openings completely above the line of the horizon and cut into the ceiling and roof. The impressive change in the sky and its colors can be appreciated during the transition from day to night.
James Turrell’s Skyspace Piz Uter won an honorary award in the Daylight-Award competition of Velux Stiftung. The “Skyspace Piz Uter” of James Turrell is considered by the jury as the most poetic project. “The artwork shows the essence of light in a building in an unrivalled consequence.” On the 14th January 2010, the Velux Foundation presented the second Daylight-Award in the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel. The presentation was realized in collaboration with the Department of Architecture of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (DARDEN ETH), Zürich and the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum. Winner of the Daylight-Award 2010 is the Therme Vals of Peter Zumthor in Vals, Switzerland. Two honorary awards go to James Turrell for his Skyspace Piz Uter in Zuoz and to Isa Stürm Urs Wolf Architects for the Kunst(Zeug)Haus in Rapperswil, both in Switzerland. An additional honorary award goes to Prof. Anna Wirz-Justice. The Daylight-Award aims to encourage developers, planners and specialists to systematically use daylight in order to increase quality of life and energy efficiency. VernissageTV realized three short documentaries for Velux Stiftung about the awarded works. The videos are already available at the website of Velux Stiftung.
James Turrell: Skyspace Piz Uter, Zuoz, Switzerland.