The highlights of from the 120+ galleries at ArtChicago 2011 are: 708 Rubik’s Cubes, 950 candy wrapper goblets, sea anemones, a Transformer face, and one massive inspiring bridge.
“Cube Works” by Sophie, 768 Rubik’s cubes (ArtChicago 2011)
This piece was selling for $11,000 by London’s Woolf Gallery at ArtChicago; which seems a lot for a bunch of Rubik’s cubes, but think about it. If a Rubik’s cube sells for $11, then it would cost $8,448 to buy 768 of them. However, I’m assuming if you are buying 768 Rubik’s cubes, then you’ll get a massive discount. But even then, let’s say you get them for half off, then that’s $4,224.
And then all the time spent getting each cube to have the right color. But that shouldn’t be too hard, because you only have to get the right color combination on one face.
I’d like to see what the back of the sculpture looks like. It’s nice that the artist and gallery offers us a view of the side. Actually, that’s what made me realize they are rubik’s cubes. Which having the side of the artwork reveal the medium is interesting. But then that’s what people often do when looking at a painting or a uniquely created photo. You look at the edge to see what it’s on.
One other thing. The number of Rubik’s cubes are incorrect in the label. There are 22 cubes wide. 32 cubes high. That makes for 704 cubes, not 768.
“A new beginning” by Petr Weigl, Bone china & black glass (ArtChicago 2011)
Sea anemones at ArtChicago! These china tubes were positioned on a large reflective black glass being sold for $22,500 by London’s Woolf Gallery at ArtChicago.
Someone better have a super fancy aquarium.
“Black goblets 950” by Joanne Tinker, Candy wrappers (ArtChicago 2011)
Little miniature goblets made from candy wrappers. Selling for $8000. That’s $8.42 per goblet. How much liquid can each goblet hold? They are little micro shot glasses. Although I suppose that’s part of their artisticness is that they are so thin and fragile. And they did at one point hold something consumable–a piece of candy.
“Mask of Beethoven” by William Wauer (ArtChicago 2011)
More like Transformer face. This was totally an Autobot’s face. In fact, I bet the artist made it as one of the faces of a Transformer, but then someone else came along and said it’s Beethoven’s mask.
There was a long three paragraph description on the caption, but I didn’t bother reading it. This is a transformer face if I ever saw one.
This transformer face was being sold at ArtChicago 2011 by the Martin du Louvre gallery of Paris.
“Bridge #1” by Alexey Alpatov, acrylic painting (ArtChicago 2011)
The most inspiring artwork at ArtChicago this year. This 8-foot wide canvas is massive with an equally massive subject. I’ve been thinking about going back to making paintings, but I didn’t know what to paint. Now I know. Not just bridges, but massive architecture.
I really like all the methods of painting Alexey uses. The scraping, patching, swipes, splatters, washes. All done to give solid volume. A solid mass. I really like the strength of this painting.
Many people walked by and commented on how they liked the painting. They would look for 5 seconds and then walk on. Which is fine. But when you investigate this painting and all the techniques used, this painting becomes captivating. One of the things about artwork is the empathy the artist can envoke through the evidence of creation. That is, the signs of how the work is created. That’s why Pollock’s work is so captivating.
With this painting Alexey is definitely in the same class with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Gerhard Richter, and Anselm Kiefer.
This painting is being sold at ArtChicago 2011 by the Art-Kvartal Gallery, Moscow
More of Alapatov’s bridges can be seen on his website http://www.alpatov.su/m04_en.html.
I might be adding more to this list as I’m going back on Sunday.