Gunilla Klingberg's installation at Rice University Art Gallery | urdesign magazine

Gunilla Klingberg’s installation at Rice University Art Gallery

Category: Art Published on 21 Feb, 2013 Tags: , , ,
Gunilla Klingberg's installation at Rice University Art Gallery

Rice University Art Gallery has commissioned Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg to create a site-specific installation. Drawing from a background in graphic design and sculpture, Klingberg creates her own three-dimensional, graphic worlds, covering floors, walls, and windows in ornate, repetitive patterns. For her Rice Gallery installation, Klingberg will continue her series, Brand New View (2002-present) in which she reconfigures supermarket, fast food, and big box store logos into large-scale patterns associated with sacred Buddhist mandalas and cosmological diagrams used for meditation.

Gunilla Klingberg’s installations bring together her interests in everyday consumerism and forms of Eastern spirituality. While in college, Klingberg traveled to India and saw how the spiritual world of yoga retreats and meditation courses were commercially packaged to Westerners. She returned to her native Sweden to see local corner stores being replaced by 7-Elevens, as chain stores and corporate franchising spread. With both experiences in mind, she continues to wonder how the spiritual extends into our everyday world of logotypes and icons, as the spiritual is commercialized and the commercial spiritualized. Faced with the ubiquity of grocery bags, burger wrappers, and coffee cups, Klingberg explores this tension in dazzling, overwhelming installations of these logos repeated, recombined, and reconfigured.

Klingberg explains, My intention is to make a work that invades the space in an almost viral way. The symbols and patterns in this mandala transforms into an image of how our daily rhythm of commonplace doings blends with advertising and enters deep into our lives, homes, and minds. They are a link between our public and private spheres, maybe even to the collective unconscious.”

(Click images for full size photos)

2 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 3 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 4 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 5 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 6 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 7 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 8 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 9 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery 10 gunilla klingbergs installation at rice university art gallery Gunilla Klingbergs installation at Rice University Art Gallery

Gunilla Klingberg,
Wheel of Everyday Life
until 17 March 2013
Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas
Photo: Nash Baker © nashbaker.com

Recommended:

Flux Cocoon in Lausanne by Allegory
Garden Fresh by Agan Harahap
Lullaby Factory by Studio Weave
Corrugated Cardboard Pavilion in Valencia by Miguel Arraiz + David Moreno
Mirare Maze Folly by Mobile Studio Architects at Clerkenwell Design Week 2013
WaterDream by Nendo for Axor
Qin, the Eternal Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors at Bernisches Historisches Museum by Holzer Kob...
Mirror Tapestry by Lee Borthwick
Tomás Saraceno's Solar Bell
Fabian Oefner: Orchid - Paint Modeled by Gravity
Epiphyte Chamber installation by Philip Beesley at MMCA
Midday Traffic in San Diego Collapsed and Reorganized by Color
43 prepared dc-motors, 31.5kg packing paper - Sound Installation by Zimoun
'This Land Is Your Land' installation by Iván Navarro at Madison Square Park NYC
Luxo, Robotic Light Sculpture by Everyware
BIG Architects designs a large-scale Maze for the National Building Museum
William Forsythe's Swinging Pendulum Installation at Brighton Festival
Tile Mile installation by Russ + Henshaw
ARCHIZOOM by Federico Babina
Kiddie Arts: Telmo Pieper transformed his childhood drawings into digital illustrations

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Submit Your Work