Headlines: Wigs, Christmas Trees and Slides
1) V&A Museum Releases Online Wig-Making Simulator
The UK’s Victoria and Albert museum has released this addictive online game that allows players to create their own Marie Antoinette-style wigs. The interactive game offers a few interesting facts about the art of wig-making in 17th century France. Drag your mouse across the screen to sculpt your own creation atop the classical-style drawing of Antoinette.
2) Queens Artist Reinvigorates Discarded Christmas Trees
Queens artist Michael Neff has created an exhibition using a large collection of discarded Christmas trees left over from the holiday season. On display all this month at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York, Suspended Forest consists of a room filled with found Christmas trees suspended from the ceiling. Neff originally installed the trees without the city’s permission under the Brooklyn-Queens expressway. The exhibition is similar in concept to Klara Liden’s 2012 exhibition Pretty Vacant, which packed Reena Spaulings to bursting with found pines.
3) Saatchi Gallery Announces First Ever All-Female Show
Champagne Life by Julia Watchels, the inspiration for the show
The Saatchi Gallery in London is set to hold its first ever all-female group show, according to the Guardian and ArtNews. The exhibition, entitled "Champagne Life", features 14 emerging female artists and is set to open on January 13, 2016. The content of the show does not feature any female-specific themes, and intends to focus on work by artists all around the world, with less of an emphasis on gender – something like what you’d see if this were an all-male exhibition, perhaps.
4) Glasgow Artist Causes Social Media Firestorm
Scottish artist Ellie Harrison is under fire on social media after being awarded a £15,000 grant for her conceptual art project The Glasgow Effect – a performance piece which will see her staying within Glasgow’s city limits for a full year. The artist has been living in Glasgow since 2008, and intended the piece as a way of studying and commenting on “the Glasgow effect” – a colloquial term sometimes used to comment on the statistically poorer health and lower life expectancy of Glasgow residents. Critics on social media are calling Harrison’s project a “poverty safari,” some noting that they have stayed within Glasgow for years and have not been awarded grants.
5) The Newest Art Trend: Slides
The Dolni Moravia Skywalk slide on the Králický Sněžnik mountain in the Czech Republic
This article in the Guardian explores the recent art trend of slides - of the playground variety. The article speculates that the new trend for interactivity in high art points to a move away from the introspective nature of looking at a painting or reading a book. A looping orbit slide installation in London and a new project in the Czech wilderness allow fine art to become a shared experience, more engaging, for some, than simply gazing at a work on a wall – some, though, are put off by the change.