Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Nicolò Degiorgis, Oasis Hotel, Bolzano-Bozen: Rorhof, Italy, 2014, 1st ed. 500

At 36.5 feet in length, this is a massive piece of photographic documentation taken along the length of China's 500km Cross-Desert Highway, that was built in the 1990's to service the transportation of oil from the region. Degiorgis hitchhiked the road and documented all the various peoples and activities he encountered. By turns fascinating, as well as typical of the communities that border such highways, this book is a thorough piece of documentation portraying Chinese roadside culture and the activities that take place in these liminal spaces.

I have posted another of Degiorgis' accordions on this blog, see: La Laguna di Venezia. For further information about Degiorgis' work and activities see: http://www.nicolodegiorgis.com/resume/

Individual pages for this one-sided accordion are 6.25" (h) x 9.5" (w) and when fully extended 36' 5".

Billy Ocallaghan, inverted rainbow: hue variations, inkjet print, improper printing, 2017, open edition

A rather unique and visually delightful accordion that the artist calls a "cascading accordion". Ocallaghan explains below the process involved in creating this work:

in an effort to make a more affordable/accessible cascading accordion (to share the idea with more people and hopefully help propagate this form), i am making a new hue variation cascading accordion. i started with a photo i took of a rainbow (cropped full frame at a point where the rainbow is mostly horizontal), inverted this rainbow, stitched together a series of 30 hue variations of that inverted rainbow (every 12 degrees of the 360 degree hue circle), creating a 3 inch high by 120 inch wide print, which i folded into a 60 page accordion book that animates, when played as a cascading accordion, showing the inverted rainbow bleed into a rainbow and back.

The key element to this work is that it's meant to be animated by the viewer so that one experiences the cascading of colors as it moves between your hands. This is the first time that I have come across an accordion in which this hand-held element is foregrounded in such a fascinating manner.  For more about Ocallaghan's work with this format, and short videos illustrating how to animate this book, see his website at: http://www.billyverse.com/x/accordions.html

Each page of this single-sided 60 page book is 3" (h) x 2" (w) and when extended it's 10' long.