Korean artist Jihyun Park, uses lit incense sticks to burn thousands of tiny holes in rice paper, creating meticulously detailed artworks ranging from images of clouds to mountains and trees. In the aptly named "Incense Series", the burning of the incense sticks creates emptiness where there once was substance, both in the stick itself and the paper used. At the same time, the emptiness creates space in the paper and empty spaces show new image. Speaking about his work, Jihyun Park says: "It is my hope that the 'moments' I capture of my subjects are ones that are at their most ideal– true utopias. While drawing them with the incense, I am “holding” a split moment of harmony in my hands."
St+art Delhi street art festival. Olek chose a night shelter for homeless women and with the help of a full team of volunteers and organizers she transformed the corrugated metal structure into a colorful crochet installation inspired by basic Indian Iconography such as the elephant, the butterfly and flowers. Speaking about the project Olek said: "It felt like I gave birth to an oversize baby without any pain killers. I had to pull the black magic to make it happen. Physically and emotionally drained. Was it worth it? Absolutely YES."
Memorie Urbane street art festival in Gaeta, Italy, Milan-based street artist Fra.Biancoshock, created a new installation titled "24/7", that ironically distorts the concept of "artist-in-residence" and highlights an "intimate" aspect of the urban artist’s life, an apparently fascinating, itinerant and exciting life that involves sacrifices in relationships, friendships and private spaces. The scaffolding, faithful companion of the urban artist, becomes a real home with all the essential necessities required to live in it. The so-called "artist residency" consists in whole days spent on a scaffold, in the rain or under the blazing sun, to leave an artistic contribution to a city and its community.
Ian Trask’s newest installation, "Blister Pact" opening this March 7th at the Invisible Dog Art Centre is an examination of the materialistic culture in which we live. Thousands of plastic packages were sourced from consumers and producers in the artist’s community and woven together into a a translucent structure inspired by the architecture and glyphic writing systems of ancient burial memorials. “What I really wanted to show was a huge spectrum of shapes, because part of my goal was to demonstrate the overwhelming use of this type of packaging across a range of commercial industries.” Trask told Hyperallergic.