Weightlessness in Nature by Cornelia Konrads
Cornelia’s outdoor installations seem to give Mother Nature the finger with their brazen defiance of gravity. Suspended in time, her works often seem to be in caught in the middle of construction themselves, an act we were never supposed to witness.
Street art in São Paulo, Brazil… It’s impossible not to notice the art which drenches nearly every building and wall within the city. One of Puma’s tour guides (appropriately nabbed from Vice), explained that although tagging remains illegal, public murals (and essentially what one might consider beautified graffiti) is encouraged and often commissioned. Much to our surprise, we also learned that public advertising is forbidden. As a consumer, the lack of forced campaigning was refreshing. However, the graphic designer in me remains stunned that such a huge bracket has been banned.
Cutting the text into the silhouettes—letter-by-letter—came next. There were no overlays or pencil lines to guide me. I simply ‘eyeballed’ the shapes to determine where each of the words should fall. I had a few extra copies of the book on-hand in case I made mistakes and had to start over. Remarkably, that only happened once.
Artist Jason Hackenwerth breathes life into these whimsical imaginary creatures made from ordinary party balloons. Although they begin their installation vibrant and full, they slowly deflate and begin to sag over time. A beautiful reminder of the transience of life.