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Banksy’s infamous stunt, in which he deployed the self-destruction of his painting “Girl With a Balloon” (2006) just as the gavel banged down on its $1.3 million sale at Sotheby’s, has gripped art world insiders and beyond. Sotheby’s later called it “the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction.”
Now, Fab Lab Irbid, a workshop for personal digital fabrication “with the aim to make almost anything,” has published a how-to so artists and engineers can create a personal shredder frame in the comfort of their home.
“When the Balloon Girl self-shredded itself after hitting a 1.4 million dollars, our inner makers started analyzing how it’s done,” Fab Lab Irbid said in its Instructables guide. Their theory behind the mechanism? “ … that blades were fixed on the base of the frame and two wheels held the painting in place and when they turned the painting would move over the blades and shred itself.” And so they set off to try the infamous stunt for themselves.
Here We Are! is an expansive exhibition exploring the role of women in furniture design, fashion design, industrial design, and interior design.
The photograph of Mahal, taken in 1872 while she was interned and dispossessed, raises questions of consent.
Large-scale installations by artist and adobera Joanna Keane Lopez and olfactory-acoustic sculptures by Oswaldo Maciá will be on view starting October 1.
Weems’s essay is excerpted from Ways of Hearing: Reflections on Music in 26 Pieces.
Freelance writer Rona Akbari partnered with artist Aishwarya Srivastava for a print sale fundraiser to support Afghan nationals who are facing illness and starvation.
Over 125 artist studios, galleries, and exhibition spaces open their doors to the public for this year’s Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, taking place from September 30 through October 3.