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Concrete Jungle produce ‘Ice and Light’ a show on a Frozen Lake in Vladivostok

A frozen lake in the Russian city of Vladivostok. A circle of 18 LED’s hammered into the thick winter ice with the use of drills and chainsaws. Lights flashing to the intense electronic rhythm of music from Denis Kazakov. The stage set for a show of ice and light.

Created by Concrete Jungle. They describe themselves as working at the “borderline of street art, architecture and engineering.” According to Feliks Mashkov, the co-founder. The project wanted to take advantage of the opportunity presented by producing art in an area with extremely long and cold winters. “Ice is the only translucent solid material that can be found in abundance in nature” says Feliks. Vladivostok is known for it. “Five months of winter allow for experiments with negative temperatures.”

Tales of Our Time

Exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The artists in this exhibition challenge the conventional understanding of place. By portraying often-overlooked cultural and historical narratives, Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao explore concepts of geography and nation-state. Their artworks address specific locations, such as their hometowns, remote borderlands, or a group of uninhabited islands, as well as abstract ideas, such as territory, boundaries, or even utopia. China, too, is presented here, not only as a country but also as a notion that is open for questioning and reinvention.

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Tales of Our Time, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, November 4, 2016–March 10, 2017. Photo: David Heald

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