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DEAD OR ALIVE

STUDLEY PRESS

DEAD OR ALIVE

"Dead or Alive", presented by the Museum of Arts and Design from April 27 - October 24, 2010, showcased the work of over 30 international artists who transform organic materials and objects that were once produced by or part of living organisms-insects, feathers, bones, silkworm cocoons, plant materials, and hair-to create intricately crafted and designed installations and sculptures.

In "Dead or Alive", the materials transformed by each of the artists are entirely natural. Once-living parts of flora and fauna are recombined and rearranged into works of art that address the transience of life, and all that is elegant and alarming about the natural world. Dead or Alive featured new site-specific installations and recent work by contemporary artists from around the world, including Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn, Ralph Nauta, Tanja Smeets, and Levi van Veluw; others whose work was presented include Jennifer Angus, Nick Cave, Tessa Farmer, Tim Hawkinson, Jochem Hendricks, Damien Hirst, Alastair Mackie, Kate MccGwire, Susie MacMurray, Shen Shaomin, among others.

New commissions included works by Costa Rican artist Lucia Madriz, who created a massive, politically charged floor installation made from black beans and rice; German artist Christiane Löhr, who fabricates fragile nests of thistle and dandelion silk suspended in the air; American artist Jennifer Angus, known for her architectural interiors covered with thousands of dried insects that are pinned to mimic vintage wallpaper; and Kate MccGwire's large cascade of 1000s of pigeon feathers emanating from one of MAD’s signature glass bands that cut across the gallery ceilings. Chinese artist Shen Shaomin created an imaginary animal skeleton made from pulverized bones; and internationally renowned installation artist Xu Bing exhibited a shadow version of a 24-foot Song Dynasty painting using only vegetable detritus, weeds, leaves, and roots.

 

 

By: Museum Of Arts and Design

Published In:  January 2010

Materials: Hardcover

Pages:  133

Size: 9" x 10.5"