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Art musts of the week: 22 - 28 June 2015

MUST KNOW: Erwin Wurm's Car Installation Gets Parking Ticket in Karlsruhe

A pedantic German police officer in the city of Karlsruhe has given a parking ticket to an Erwin Wurm installation.

The Austrian artist's humorous mobile artwork consists of a red Mercedes MB100D truck which curves up the wall of Karlsruhe's Weinbrenner Haus, adjacent to the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in the city center.

Unfortunately for Wurm, the artwork was “parked" in a restricted parking zone leading an overzealous and humorless German traffic warden to leave behind a €30 fine.

According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, the artist's sculpture—which was installed in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe—is distorted to show the “mundane from a different perspective."

As most drivers know, negotiating with traffic wardens is hopelessly futile. Arguing that the vehicle in question is in fact an immobile artwork that can't be moved because the rear wheels are attached to a building, probably wouldn't have made a difference.

In a Facebook post, the museum confirmed that "it's a real ticket which would have to be paid by the ZKM."

Thankfully, the mayor of Karlsruhe came to the rescue and announced that he would formally appeal against the ticket on behalf of the institution. Considering the budget constraints museums are under, Wurm can count himself lucky. The ZKM already jokingly asked the artist to stump up the cash himself in the tongue-in-cheek Facebook post.

MUST SEE: New Time-lapse Videos of Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

Joe Mangrum Sand Painting #1 Doe Museum, Zuidlaren, Netherlands from Joe Mangrum on Vimeo.


Artist Joe Mangrum was just in Zuidlaren, Netherlands, where he was commissioned by the Doe Museum to create 8 temporary sand paintings over a period of 11 days. All of Mangrum’s paintings are spontaneous and evolve as he works, a grueling physical process that involves dozens of revolutions around the artwork as he adds new details and flourishes by pouring brightly colored sand. He said "Each painting  is spontaneously improvised, using colorful sand, poured directly from my hand. In the process of creation, I whisk a mash-up of visual cues, inspired by ancient traditions synced up with a rhythm of animation. In addition, these forms are mixed with an urban free-style and combined with bright “Pop Art” colors, fractal variations and circuitry. My paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, a living mathematical amalgam and botanical geometry stemming cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world.  Visually, I combine elements from contemporary art, culture and technology to find the common ground from which to communicate our collective interdependence, as we are moving into the 21st century." All eight artworks were photographed as he worked and turned into time-lapse videos, three of which are included here. The sand paintings will remain on view through October 30, 2015. You can follow more of Mangrum’s work on Facebook.



Cubist-influenced shapes and contrasting colours pattern the garments in this collection by London fashion brand Roksanda. Known for its bold use of colour and geometric shapes, the brand led by Serbia-born designer Roksanda Ilincic has continued this approach for its Resort 2016 collection. The outfits were unveiled earlier this week at Roksanda's flagship store on London's Mount Street, which opened last summer with an interior by architect David Adjaye that references elements of the brand's fashion designs.

The blocky, geometric patterns are based on deconstructed shapes similar to those found in the early 20th-century Cubist art movement, made popular by artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Pink, turquoise, coral and red are the predominant hues, used in blocks and mixed with black, white and beige.

"Whether through objects like musical instruments or the urban landscapes, the Cubist total abstraction is elevated to new levels of graphic interpretation of real life," said a statement from the brand. "Versatile fabrics including linen, crepe, and the continuation of tapestry are worked together to create standout patchwork dresses," said Roksanda.

Thin outlines around some of the shapes are formed by raised piping, while striped waistbands, collars, cuffs and hems help to accentuate the silhouettes.

So, why don't you wear these dresses like a real Art Masterpiece?

Have a look her website for more pictures about her works:

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