a tale of a few cities

Peter Combe, (se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2012

Peter Combe(se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2012

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Michael Rakowitz, Climate Control, 2000 – 2001

Michael Rakowitz

Climate Control
2000 – 2001
Galvanized steel ductwork, fans, timers
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
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Most museums and exhibition spaces have a central climate control system for maintaining the standard temperature and relative humidity (r.h.) necessary to preserve art works on exhibit. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center lacks such a mechanism and, during the winter, turns its radiators up to 90˚F, ignoring the institutional standard of 68˚ – 72˚F. The dry heat of the radiators engenders a relative humidity reading of approximately 11%, potentially damaging to objects like paintings or prints, which require stabilized environments of between 40% – 50% r.h.
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In order to lower the temperature of the Special Projects room to which it is confined, Climate Control, an apparatus consisting of ductwork and fans, incorporates the existing radiator system on the interior of the building with the cold winter temperature outside. The resulting maze of ductwork features a central absurd element: the continuous duct which travels outside the windows and then directly back in, visible from the street. An internal humidifier feeds off moisture in the air and maintains a relative humidity of 20%, in keeping with the standard for exhibiting artworks made from galvanized steel. While the system is adjustable and can maintain a stabilized environment for the display of even delicate works on paper, there is no space to exhibit other art: Climate Control completely engulfs the room. The result is an absurd machine built to maintain itself. – Michael Rakowitz
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I first heard of Chicago-based artist Michael Rakowitz through his collaborative project “Spoils,” a culinary/art experience utilizing plates found in Saddam Hussein’s fallen palaces and held at Park Avenue Autumn this past October. After doing a few searches, I discovered his 2001 Climate Control installation at P.S.1 and was really taken by the Rakowitz’s clever use of space.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if Rakowitz’s Climate Control spurred the installation of a climate control system at P.S.1, albeit slowly.
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Kyle Poff / N° Fuck Off

Posted in Art, clever, Conceptual Art, design, Graphic Design, guerilla art, humour by petercombe on June 28, 2011

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My Name in Lights, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, Photography, text by petercombe on June 7, 2011

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Last month I mentioned The Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum’s joint presentation of the interactive artwork Your Name in Lights by John Baldessari. It was the opportunity to have your name screened for a 15 seconds on the marquee atop the museum extension’s construction scaffolding. I entered my name and on June 3, Your Name In Lights messaged me to say my name would appear Monday, 6 June 11:20:00 AM CET. This left me very little time find a photographer based in Amsterdam. After many Google searches I was able to find one willing to trek over to the Stedelijk and record the event. Amazing that he was able to take the 6 photos in all, in so short a timeframe.

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Photos: 31pictures.nl / (c) 2011, www.31pictures.nl

Ai Weiwei’s Guerilla Proclamation at the 54th Venice Biennale

Posted in Conceptual Art, guerilla art, Installation, performance art, Photography, text by petercombe on June 4, 2011

Marc-Antoine Léval‘s latest guerilla stunt outside the entrance to the 54th Venice Biennale. I’ve always liked the humour and brazen nature of (aka “The Immaterial Art Emperor”Léval’s work. This particular performance prompted voices of disapproval from a morally and politically correct crowd, “Ai Weiwei did not authorize this!”  Just the sort of participation the work demands.

Guerillagrams

Peter Combe, MUGLER: UGLIER, 2011


Guerillagrams

Peter Combe, (se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2011

Peter Combe, (slander |ˈslandər|), 2011

PETER COMBE, I DO / SVP

Peter CombeI DO / SVP, 2011

M/M (Paris) is approaching 9,000 Facebook fans…and who wants a free bottle of M/MINK?

I DO, SVP

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Peter Combe, canT afFORD, 2011

Peter Combe, canT afFORD, (TOM FORD), 2011


Peter Combe, Dancing Lady Gif (Digital Monitor)

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, digital Collage, Gif, Peter Combe Art, Peter Combe Gif by petercombe on November 30, 2010

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