Feb 21, 2013

Patter Hellstrom - Grief Path

I am thrilled to have just come across this stunning piece by Patter Hellstrom whereby she charts four years of significant personal loss and translates her experience into an undulating line of colorful brushstrokes. 

Feb 1, 2013

Mariko Mori, Rebirth

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Mariko Mori's new exhibit at London's Royal Academy is absolutely mesmerizing. Blurring the boundaries between visible and invisible dimensions, she creates a convincing example of a world which might exist just beyond our normal perception. A world that feels just as you might imagine in an afterlife. But enter at your own risk because Mori's high tech dreamscape that pays homage to ancient cultures and a connectedness to the earth can leave you feeling lightheaded and dreamy for the rest of the day.  

Here is a great excerpt from the RA Magazine Winter 2012, written by Rachel Campbell-Johnston:

‘Rebirth’ is timed to coincide with the winter solstice, she says, which this year, according to certain ancient calendars, will either mark the end of our world or the birth of a new era. ‘The exhibition will take the form of a journey,’ says Mori. It will begin with a great glass monolith – ‘like a Celtic standing stone’ – called Tom Na H-iu II (2006), named after a mythical Celtic realm where the souls of the dead linger for a hundred years, awaiting their eventual rebirth. To guide the returning souls back to Earth, the ancient Celts created special monuments and stelae that were intended as places for spiritual transmigration. Mori’s monolith will glow with vaporous pinks and otherworldly yellows, ghostly greens and pastel blues. The colours are constantly changing because the LED lights within them are linked via the internet to a computer at the Kamioka Observatory in Japan, an underground cosmic ray research station which monitors the primal, low-energy electronic particles known as neutrinos that are emitted in vast quantities during the explosive death of a star. The changing light patterns in Mori’s monolith will respond directly to their presence. And since these neutrinos are essential to life, coalescing once again to become a part of anything from new stars to the earth and the water of our planet to our own bodies, our freshly heightened awareness of them will also alert us to the fact that, as Mori puts it, ‘we are part of a whole, part of the life cycle of the entire universe.’