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Ed and Nancy Kienholz The Hoerengracht (Whore’s Canal) (1983-88) Installation, mixed media. 


Keeping with the theme of the weird and the wacky, another installation piece by the husband and wife team, Ed and Nancy Kienholz. 

This was in the National Gallery in 2009, taking up the entire Sunley Room, where I first saw it. You want to walk up and down the constructed rooms over and over again like a real street. 

Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy Piccadilly Circus (2003) Performance, video, installation, photographs
Photo: Ann-Marie Rounkle

Reminiscent of Hans Bellmer’s erotic broken dolls. 

Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy Piccadilly Circus (2003) Performance, video, installation, photographs

Photo: Ann-Marie Rounkle

Reminiscent of Hans Bellmer’s erotic broken dolls. 

Paul McCarthy Basement Bunker (2003) Performance, video, installation, photographs
Photo: Ann-Marie Rounkle

Now here’s one of those really creepy-fantabulous examples I was referring to where sound, light and video contribute to the overall effect of the piece. Truly terrifying at some points. 

Paul McCarthy Basement Bunker (2003) Performance, video, installation, photographs

Photo: Ann-Marie Rounkle

Now here’s one of those really creepy-fantabulous examples I was referring to where sound, light and video contribute to the overall effect of the piece. Truly terrifying at some points. 

Paul McCarthy Flowers (2005) Inflatable sculpture. Installation view, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
Photo: A. Burger

Paul McCarthy Flowers (2005) Inflatable sculpture. Installation view, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.

Photo: A. Burger

Paul McCarthy Complicated Pile (2007) Inflatable sculpture Installation view, Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium.

Along with this installation comes with a pretty fantastic piece of artistic folklore: 
Up in the Sky: Is it a Turd, Is it a Plane?

August 13, 2008

A GIANT inflatable dog turd by the American artist Paul McCarthy has blown away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before landing again.
The art work, Complex Shit, is the size of a house.
The wind carried it 200 metres from the Paul Klee Centre in Bern before it fell back to earth in the grounds of a children’s home, said the museum’s director, Dr Juri Steiner.
The inflatable turd broke the window at the children’s home when it blew away on the night of July 31, Steiner said.
The art work has a safety system that normally makes it deflate when there is a storm, but this did not work when it blew away.
Steiner said McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was not sure if the artwork would displayed again.
The artist first became known in the 1970s for his visceral performances and film works. During the 1990s he extended his practice to stand-alone sculptural figures and installations. Most recently, he has made a series of large inflatable sculptures.
He is known for tackling taboo subjects in ambitious installations that often turn fairytales into messy nightmares.
The escape of the inflatable turd is reminiscent of another event involving the rock group Pink Floyd.
In December 1976 a giant inflatable pig was tethered to one of the chimneys of the Battersea power station for a photographic shoot for the album Animals. Unfortunately, the pig broke free and was spotted by aircraft approaching Heathrow Airport.
The former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters lost another inflatable pig at the Coachella festival in April.
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Paul McCarthy Complicated Pile (2007) Inflatable sculpture Installation view, Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium.

Along with this installation comes with a pretty fantastic piece of artistic folklore: 

Up in the Sky: Is it a Turd, Is it a Plane?

August 13, 2008

A GIANT inflatable dog turd by the American artist Paul McCarthy has blown away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before landing again.

The art work, Complex Shit, is the size of a house.

The wind carried it 200 metres from the Paul Klee Centre in Bern before it fell back to earth in the grounds of a children’s home, said the museum’s director, Dr Juri Steiner.

The inflatable turd broke the window at the children’s home when it blew away on the night of July 31, Steiner said.

The art work has a safety system that normally makes it deflate when there is a storm, but this did not work when it blew away.

Steiner said McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was not sure if the artwork would displayed again.

The artist first became known in the 1970s for his visceral performances and film works. During the 1990s he extended his practice to stand-alone sculptural figures and installations. Most recently, he has made a series of large inflatable sculptures.

He is known for tackling taboo subjects in ambitious installations that often turn fairytales into messy nightmares.

The escape of the inflatable turd is reminiscent of another event involving the rock group Pink Floyd.

In December 1976 a giant inflatable pig was tethered to one of the chimneys of the Battersea power station for a photographic shoot for the album Animals. Unfortunately, the pig broke free and was spotted by aircraft approaching Heathrow Airport.

The former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters lost another inflatable pig at the Coachella festival in April.

Agence France-Presse

Paul McCarthy Installation view, 'Pig Island' (2010) Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy.
Photo: Marco De Scalzi

The fucked up depravity of the world magnified and put in pink plaster by contemporary American sculptor, Paul McCarthy.

I’ve been lucky enough to his stuff up close, the detail is incredible. He also likes to include sound and a certain amount of robotics to his pieces which end up creating this horrible Disney fantasy gone wrong.

Paul McCarthy Installation view, 'Pig Island' (2010) Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy.

Photo: Marco De Scalzi

The fucked up depravity of the world magnified and put in pink plaster by contemporary American sculptor, Paul McCarthy.

I’ve been lucky enough to his stuff up close, the detail is incredible. He also likes to include sound and a certain amount of robotics to his pieces which end up creating this horrible Disney fantasy gone wrong.