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Installation Art 101

The Weather Project by Olafur Eliasson
The Nook at PAR-Projects is an installation art gallery.
But what does this mean?

Installation art is a medium within the field of visual art that relies on the concept of site-specificity. Essentially, each creation is designed to transform the perception of the space.  For perspective, other mediums that also rely on the concept of site-specificity including  public art, land art and intervention art.  While the boundaries of all these overlap, installation art is usually applied to indoor spaces.

Site-specific installations can incorporate a range of new and old media to transform an interior space.  Often sculpture is used within installations.  And with the advent of new technologies like video, sound, virtual reality, etc., artists have more resources than ever before to transform spaces for an interactive art experience. 

As Wikipedia defines it, "Installation art operates fully within the realm of sensory perception, in a sense 'installing' the viewer into an artificial system with an appeal to his subjective perception as its ultimate goal."

 The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago
This LINK will give you a sense of scale.

This post features some of our favorite installation art exhibitions including The Weather Project by Olafur Eliasson, The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago and Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room.  While still images, each photo demonstrates the magnitude of these projects and gives the viewer a sense of how these installations transformed the spaces in which they were housed. And if looking for a little more, each photo caption contains a quick video link.

Much like other installation specific galleries, artists exhibiting in The Nook at PAR-Projects are asked to consider and utilize the uniqueness of the space to create specialized sensory experiences that go far beyond displaying art against the neutral wall or on a pedestal.

Hopefully this quick bite will give you a bit of perspective and a new form of artwork to seek-out and discover.

Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama
LINK HERE for a viewer's perspective 

Live long and prosper,


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