Thursday, June 28, 2012

Art in America online/Paola Pivi

Paola Pivi's Wild Ride

Italian-born, Alaska-based artist Paola Pivi's large-scale sculptures, complex kinetic miracles of engineering, often have a simple conceit and witty titles, which Pivi farms out to a reliable source.

"My titles don't originate from me. They come from my husband, Karma Lama, a Tibetan composer and poet," Pivi told A.i.A. "Sometimes I describe the piece. Sometimes I show him a picture, and he comes up with a title, or a few options." Pivi premiered her first U.S.  public work, How I Roll, at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park on June 20.
VIEW SLIDESHOW Paola Pivi, How I Roll, 2012. Photo: Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy Public Art Fund  ; Paola Pivi, How I Roll, 2012. Photo: Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy Public Art Fund  ;

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Art in America online/Kristina Buch

Kristina Buch's Constant Garden

As part of The Lover (2012), her contribution to dOCUMENTA13, German artist Kristina Buch will remain in Kassel for the duration of the show, caring for her installation. Essentially a low hanging garden, the piece consists of a total of 3,000 plants (180 separate species) and 3,000 butterflies (40 separate species), which are hatched and brought to the site daily by Buch herself. The piece is quietly durational, and built into its conceptual agenda is the necessity for nature to remain uncontrolled. The plants, which nourish and shelter the butterflies, will grow throughout the summer, and Buch's butterfly emigrants often get carried away in the wind.