Because they are creative, artists are always coming up with new ways to create art. One example is Joshua Harris' inflatable garbage bag sculptures. He pieces garbage bags together and then places them over street air vents. When a subway train rushes by below, the gust of air inflates the plastic sculptures.
Artist Joshua Allen Harris has been creating inflatable garbage bag sculptures only since earlier this year. He had no idea his art would get so much attention. After someone posted images of one of his inflatable sculptures on the Wooster Collective, images of is inflatable bear began appearing all over the internet. Soon the media became interested and he was featured on New York Magazine. [See video at bottom]
Joshua calls it Inflatable Street Art. Says Joshua of his craft, "It looks like trash on the street and then it becomes animated... It was something I wasn't even into or doing anymore. The response I got to it was amazing. It got me interested again..."
His "Air Bears" are what put his name on the map. One night someone filmed his sculpture inflating and posted the video on YouTube. You can see his Air Bears below.
Update (7/2/2013): Joshua has branched out and now has several new websites that feature his other art that isn't related to inflatable art. You can see his drawings on this website and his photographs on this site.
Another favorite is his Loch Ness Monster. As his other street art, at first it appears as a few trash bags littering the sidewalk. It then comes to life and attracts bystanders. Below you can see a video of his sculpture coming to life.
His website has his e-mail address and one of his sculptures. Unfortunately, we may not see any new garbage bag sculptures from him. He recently sent me an e-mail that said simply, "I am no longer interested in promoting this work. I appreciate your inquiry." We wait with baited breath to see what new things he comes up with.
Art Attack with Lee Sandstead
Lee Sandstead talks about his new art show on the Travel Channel
Update (7/2/2013) - The show now has a Facebook page. The show is no longer appearing on the Travel Channel.
Art historian Lee Sandstead reports that he is hosting a new show on the Travel Channel called Art Attack with Lee Sandstead. The show will cover popular art museums and their collections. The pilot did well earlier this year and they will be hosting the first season beginning November 30, 2008. The schedule for that year has been removed because it is five years later. However, you can view his series online on the web.
Beijing Art Museum Has Exhibit
This photograph by Jin Jiangbo is currently on display at the Shanghai Gallery of Art
The Shanghai Gallery of Art is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Jin Jiangbo (Shanghai/Beijing) and Zeng Li (Beijing). Using photography as the primary medium to reveal the intense environmental changes resulting from modernization, Zeng Li and Jin Jiangbo capture a unique spatial history that is specific to our times. Whereas Zeng documents the daily changes of Beijing 's Tiananmen Square as a festive public space, Jin conducts a social investigation on the sudden departure of a factory based in Dongguan, in Southern China.
Says Zeng Li, "My impetus is to capture what I see objectively with photography. Now in retrospect, I find many scenes I took have already disappeared. We are now living in an era of alarming changes. I begin to realize the significance of photography. The accumulation of photographs may provoke people to reflect on their living environments, and thus become an integral part of historical memory. My wish is to photograph one year after another, and to use the work to found a museum for images of present history."
Update (7/2/2013) - Although the exhibit is now over, you can see a beautiful presentation by artist Jin Jiangbo on the Chinese equivalent of YouTube called YouKu below:
Nov 7, 2008 to Dec 8, 2008
Artists: Jin Jiangbo (Shanghai/Beijing); Zeng Li ( Beijing )
Biography of Jing Jiangbo
1972 Born in Zhejiang Province, China
1995 Graduated from Academy of Fine Arts of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
2002 Achieved master's degree in Digital Art from Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University , Shanghai, China
2002-2007 Digital Art Center Studio Director, Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University
2007 Doctoral candidate of Informative Art of Tsinghua University
Currently lives and works in Beijing and Shanghai
2008 "Booming" Jin Jiangbo Solo Exhibition, Wall Art Museum, Beijing, China
2007 "Memory Share" Qui Zhijie and Jin Jiangbo new media art exhibition, Shengzheng Museum and Book Town, China
Biography of Zeng Li
1961 Born in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China
1988 Graduated from Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China
Currently works and lives in Beijing, China
2008 Tale of Two Cities - Zeng Li Photography Exhibition, Epson Imaging Gallery, Shanghai, China
2006 Took exhibition of Zeng Li's works - The era of Yugong, Hushen Gallery, Shanghai, China
1995 Zeng Li Solo Exhibition, Legacy, Beijing, China
1994 Chair and Landscape, Ming Dynasty Thirteen Mausoleum, Beijing, China
Montréal, October 20, 2008 – The exhibition-event Warhol Live, was presented until January 18, 2009, at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (www.mmfa.qc.ca). The exhibit explored - for the first time in the historiography of the works of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), the fundamental and ever-present role of music and dance in the work and life of the artist.
The exhibition was designed and produced by the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.
Viewers were treated to a chronological and thematic reading, from the film music Warhol discovered in his youth to the disco scene at Studio 54, the legendary nightclub that opened in 1977, where he was one of its most famous regulars.
The exhibition brought together some 640 works and objects, paintings, silk-screens, photographs, works on paper, installations, films, videos, album covers, as well as objects and document’s from the artist’s personal archives.
The exhibit juxtaposed Warhol’s major emblematic works (Elvis, Marilyn, Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, the Self-portraits and the Campbell’s Soup Cans) with other, lesser-known works (album covers, illustrations, photos and Polaroids). Also shown were the artist’s films, including Sleep and Empire, as well as the Screen Tests of the musicians of the famous Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol’s TV and video clips produced for groups like the Cars and Curiosity Killed the Cat. The works come from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and from leading public and private collections in Europe and North America. Montréal collector Paul Maréchal’s collection of some fifty album covers by Warhol were presented for the first time.
The exhibition design evoked some of the highlights in this relationship between art and music through the reconstitutions that, while not exact re-creations, or "period rooms," provided a closer look at the Silver Factory, with a mise en scène by photographer Billy Name, the multimedia show Exploding Plastic Inevitable to music by the Velvet Underground, Silver Clouds created for Merce Cunningham’s choreography Rain Forest to music by David Tudor, and the musical ambiance of Studio 54, a veritable extension of Warhol’s studio from the 1970s to the end of his life.
The exhibition was curated by Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; Emma Lavigne, curator at the Musée national d’art moderne/CCI, Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Matt Wrbican, archivist at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Greg Pierce, assistant curator, The Andy Warhol Museum, put together the exhibition’s film and video programming.
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