Installation Art is the term forged to refer to three-dimensional artworks located in site-specific spaces. This form of art, whimsical and complex, is flourishing thanks to the commitment of notable contemporary artists.
Diversity in Installation Art
The purpose behind this particular form of artistic expression is to create a deeper involvement experience for the audience. Each installation has a precise message to convey. Like any other form of art, the purpose varies according to the artist’s intention and perspective. In particular, it can relate to social or environmental issues or maybe inspired by conceptual or philosophical theories.
Surely the spatial environment of each work plays an important role in determining the ending result. Actually, there are many artists that approach installation art as something that is added to their general production. That’s also because this kind of artistic expression, as engaging it is, is notably difficult to place in the art market. However, there is a considerable number of creators that dedicate to the genre almost exclusively.
Creating immersive experiences
Compared to other artistic formulas, installation art – even is the quest of creating something that is aesthetically pleasing – is more about creating an immersive experience. For artists, that’s a powerful way to enfold the viewer into their concept.
As well as the concept that stands behind each installation, the tools and materials also are different from artist to artist. Some artists focus on light art installation, creating a kind of art that is peculiar in its modernity. These artists often include in their creations live projections, videos, electronics, and music.
Others, on the other side, use more utilitarian components, such as everyday items and common materials.
Striking Art Installations
These last years saw a great number of striking art installations in the world. Many of them focused on social and climate concerns.
Forest of Resonating Lamps by teamLab
Among the most impressive installations of this year, there is Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Cherry Blossoms by teamLab.
The Japanese tech studio dedicates to Digital Art creating absolutely unforgettable immersive and interactive experiences. teamLab’s works are kept in the teamLab Borderless digital art museum in Tokyo. For example, Forest of Resonating Lamps consists of thousands of Murano glass lamps that follow the movements of visitors. The installation changes seasonally. The spring edition in particular portraits cherry blossoms.
Field of Light by Bruce Munro
Another impressive light art installation is by Bruce Munro. Field of Light is the largest installation by the English artist who has lit up cities and landscapes from Arizona to Scotland.
Field of Light includes 60,000 solar-powered LED lights places across 15 acres in California. The artist revealed its purpose to My Modern Met: “I hope that the experience allows people to relax and enjoy the shared experience and to walk away with a feeling of inner peace and harmony… A gently illuminated landscape that is framed by a star-studded sky”.
Building Bridges by Lorenzo Quinn
Created for the 2019 Venice Art Biennale, Building Bridges by Lorenzo Quinn conveys a touching message of inclusion. The impressive installation consists of six pairs of hands braided together across Venice canals. A powerful message of unity that celebrates human values.
Contaminação by Joana Vasconcelos
As mentioned, there are artists whose work focuses on a subversive usage of materials. That’s the case of Joana Vasconcelos. Vasconcelos uses traditional handicraft techniques such as crocheting, pearl decoration, producing fringes, and tassels. Her installation Contaminação is a monumental and particularly colorful creation consisting of patchworks sprawling and creating exuberant forms.
Long Term Parking by Arman
Digging deeper, we found Arman’s largest creation Long Term Parking. The work is on permanent display at the Château de Montcel in Jouy-en-Josas, France. Completed in 1982, the ambitious sculpture is an 18-meter accumulation of 60 automobiles embedded in over 18,000 kg of concrete.