Sunday, August 12, 2007

In New York: rudolf stingel

There is an amazing exhibit by the artist Rudolf Stingel going on right now at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibit is comprised primarily of abstract work that challenges the traditional notion of what materials make up a painting. He uses such items as foil, styrofoam, rubber, and carpet to create vivid and dramatic artworks. At the same time, his show includes a number of outstanding photo realistic self portraits in shades of grey, charcoal, cream, and black. Amongst my favorite pieces is a room-sized installation in which all surfaces are coated in aluminum foil and aglow with the light of a tremendous chandelier. Being an interactice exhibit where the viewer can participate, the foil is carved, etched, scratched, drawn on, taped to, etc, creating an ever changing installation. The following pictures will give you a better sense of his dynamic work.

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