I read through a lot of blog entries as a many others who surf the Internet but it’s not everyday that you’re awakened by something so different that ignites every sense as Luke Jerram’s artwork does. He is fascinated with perceptual art and has gone to great pains to explore how art can be perceived on different levels. I first learned about his work on Abduzeedo, a very cool blog in itself. There are a lot of fun things to explore here.
I was fascinated by Luke Jerram’s ability to enable the viewer/participant to experience his artwork as their own intensely personal experience. The artwork that he creates is the vehicle that leads them through spontaneous and pure forms of their own expressions. The artwork is a conduit to the end result of the experience, which becomes an integral part of Luke Jerram’s artwork. He uses such out-of-the-box ideas to inspire this expressive experience from sculpture, acoustics, science, the written word — you name it. He combines these forms to give the most pure form or experience — sometimes even waking people from their sleep so their first hand experience with flying musical balloons, as in his Sky Sculpture, is in a surreal but keenly first-wake awareness in “sleep space.” If you listen to some of the audio tracks, you would want to be awakened this way. Truly remarkable. Be sure to listen or read excerpts from his Art in Mind book.
Here’s a tactile one we can all relate to that is quite beautiful even though the sculptural glass microbiology represents something as viral and deadly as the swine flu.
Using acoustic engineering he constructed Aeolius “wind harps” using “light pipes.” It is based on wind towers that inspired him while on a trip to Iran. The pipes hum throughout the day conducted by the wind and light they absorb.
Play me, I’m Yours is another interactive installation where street pianos appear in parks and cities throughout the world and are for any member of the public to play and enjoy the experience as their own.
First Breath is in the development stages for 2010. It celebrates new life with the projection of a searchlight streaming from households with newborn infants. The experience is meant to show that what appears to be mundane is actually what connects us and creates common ground as in life, death and everyday experiences. This is a true definition of Art is Everywhere and in everything.
Two things to tie in with this Kick Start Your Weekend with Robert Randolph Family Band’s Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That is 1) it’s a family band to connect with Thanksgiving and 2) the album is Colorblind, as is the artist in this post.
So even it it may be a stressful family oriented weekend, hopefully not, this song makes you want to dance!