(Click for larger view.) Spotted down at LACMA. It is huge, maybe 15 feet in height? Here’s a closer view:
(Click for larger view.) I did not find the name of the artist/designer, unfortunately. (If you know, please comment.)
I am also still trying to figure out who the artist is who did this great installation (there seems to be no mention on LACMA’s site nor did I notice a title tag there- perhaps Jorge Pardo???). In the past in the same plaza was a sculpture like a tied balloon piece by Jeff Koons and a fire truck by Charles Ray. This installation made of hundreds of plastic and colorful kitchen and domestic containers is so easy for the public to engage with. You get to walk through it pushing through many columns of colorful containers. I first saw it in the evening and to be immersed in it where all you see is columns of colorful containers, forces you to begin to look not only at the designs, but to read each column as a character (poem). As ordinary as it might seem to a pedestrian, it is so well designed and once you are inside of it all, the thoughts that come one after the other as you push through another column and see through a laundry basket, the tilt of one container in a straight vertical line, you realize it really is art.
Check it out.
Get in it.
The thing about art is that after you have experienced it,
the visual memory remains
Yes, I agree that it is quite wonderful to play in and around the piece. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Let us know if you find out more!
The site-specific piece is fittingly called “Happy, Happy” and is by the South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa. It is part of the current exhibition “Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea.”
June 28–September 20, 2009
Born 1961, Choi received his BFA at Hong Ik University, Seoul. Choi’s solo exhibition Believe it or Not was recently presented at Ilmin Museum, Seoul. His work has been included in the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005; the 2004 Liverpool Biennial; the 2002 and 2006 Gwangju Biennales; and the 1998 São Paulo Bienal. Choi’s work has also been exhibited at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He lives and works in Seoul.
“Happy, Happy” is also a really nice complement to the adjacent installation of the old light posts in Los Angeles by Chris Burden.
Before learning that the artist is South Korean I thought about it on my run this morning and assumed it was a Chinese artist and began to think about the piece more in a political and historical way. Pillars of plastic, ruins, what is everlasting, consumption and what remains, etc.
It is really a lot of fun!
So little art is physically interactive and this piece really entertains the senses.
You must not only just see it but get inside of it!
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