art: January 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg A pair of US artists have recreated a series of classic artworks using nothing more than the ingredients for their lunch.

Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata -- who plan to create a new art project every Monday in 2012 -- came up with the idea of replicating the works on a slice of bread.

As such the pair spent a morning turning toast into works inspired by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Damien Hirst, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

The Mondrian-esque grid system lunch used rectangles of cheese and a leaf of basil while the spotty Hirst one consists of blobs of mustard and ketchup.

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An artist yesterday installed a giant fake sun in London's Trafalgar Square -- in a bid to beat the morning blues for commuters.

The Trafalgar Sun is a giant luminous ball (slightly smaller than the real sun) which was raised in Trafalgar Square at 6.51am by art collective Greyworld.

Said to be 30,000 times bigger than a football and as bright as 60,000 light bulbs, the work was commissioned by Tropicana fruit juice and stayed illuminated until 7.33pm.

Some hardy Londoners and tourists even took time out of their day to sit in the provided deck-chairs and sunbathe… though it still looks a bit chilly to us.

275x250.jpg A selection of odd and bizarre coffins, including those in the shape of a car, ballet shoe and a lion, have gone of show at the Southbank Centre in London.

Bringing together designs from famous Pa Joe workshop in Ghana and Crazy Coffins in Nottingham the coffins are part of Death: Festival for the Living exhibition.

They are said to tell the story of the growing number of individuals around the world who choose to celebrate their life and death in the form of a uniquely designed coffin.

Other coffins on show include a skip, a giant cocoa bean and a flying kite. The exhibition runs from January 20 – 29. Check out some more crazy coffins here.

275x250.jpg Five times British rhythmic gymnastics champion Frankie Jones recently performed at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, confusing travelers.

Jones performed as a sculpture was unveiled there in her honour and to celebrate gymnastics at the official Host Airport of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old, who earned a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games 2010, is hotly tipped for London 2012 and has spent the week competing in her test event.

The three metre high carbon fibre resin sculpture by artist Eleanor Cardozo has taken centre stage in Terminal 5 Departures.


A street artist who creates amazing landscape pictures in just three minutes despite using nothing but his fingers, has become an online hit.

As this video shows, Fabian Gaete Maureira, from Chile, paints 'fingerscape' images containing mountains, waterfalls, trees and sunsets without picking up a paint brush.

Instead he simply dips his fingers in paint and then applies it directly to sheets of glass rather than canvas.

275x250.jpg A dotty 82-year-old Japanese artist has created an artwork by getting children to decorate a totally white room with thousands of colourful spots.

Yayoi Kusama says she created her 'Obliteration Room' work as a way of getting visiting children to engage with an art gallery space.

As part of 'Look Now, See Forever' at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art a large room has been decorated like an apartment, but one which was entirely painted white.

But it didn't stay that way for long, because the kids were handed brighlty coloured stickers and told to redecorate as they saw fit.

Woman rubbed her bottom on $30m painting

275x250.jpg A US woman has been charged with attacking an $30 million artwork by punching, scratching and sliding her buttocks against it.

36-year-old Carmen Tisch is said to have assaulted the work "1957-J no.2", by abstract expressionist Clyfford Still.

Tisch had been visiting the recently opened Clyfford Still museum in Denver when shepulled her trousers in front of the oil-on-canvas.

She reportedly then proceeded to rub up against the work and attack it before urinating on herself -- causing $10,000 worth of damage.

A spokesperson for the museum said: "On December 29, 2011, an incident of criminal mischief took place at the Clyfford Still Museum.




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