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LOS ANGELES — I’ve never thrown a beer bottle across a room but I’ve definitely seen one break. The pieces shatter and scatter, and like a laundry detergent commercial, I wish I could just hit the rewind button and see it all come back together.
Brooklyn-based artist Jonathan Schipper taps into this desire with a slow-moving installation called Measuring Angst, which he says was inspired by watching a beer bottle thrown across a room. Over the course of 12 minutes, a series of rotating robotic arms break and then reassemble a single beer bottle in a samsaric cycle of birth and rebirth.
In an interview with Co.Design, he described three iterative designs, starting with a spring and pulley that soon evolved into a brake system powered by Microsoft’s Visual Basic and a motion programming set developed by Peter Norton (yes, that Norton).
The work continues Schipper’s fascination with visualizing entropy, from Slow Inevitable Death of America Muscle, a mesmerizing slow motion car crash, to Slow Room, a living room ever so slowly pulled into a hole over the course of a month. But what gives the beer bottle piece an additional oomph is the idea that maybe things could go back to the way they were … until they’re broken into pieces once more.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
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Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
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51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
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