Fox/Mouse/Belt by Mark Manders at a Venetian minimart, 2013
To clarify, I am not actually in Venice for the 55th Biennale. I'm scouring the Web. There are always interesting dog artworks there, like Vincent Leow's Andy's Wonder Land in 2007, and Steve McQueen's Giardini in 2009.
So far, the closest I've come to dog artwork is a fox (part of the canine family) in Dutch artist's Mark Manders's Fox/Mouse/Belt. Like me, the piece is not actually at the Biennale. It's on the floor of a mini-mart on the Via Garibaldi near the Giardini. (Via Adrian Searle's Biennale review in the Guardian.)
And here's a Venetian "interacting" with the piece...
Fox/Mouse/Belt by Mark Manders, Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian, 2013
I guess Fox/Mouse/Belt was too literal (and material) for the jury this year. The Golden Lion (best in show) went to Berlin-based, British artist Tino Sehgal's performance piece of two people moving around on the ground humming and beat boxing. I'm still trying to find a photo or video of it. Or even a name for the piece. How provincial of me...
Paul McCarthy's giant Balloon Dog will grace the front lawn at this year's Frieze Art Fair, which opens this weekend in NYC. The Randall's Island event will feature 180 contemporary art galleries from around the world. There's a terrific section on their website where you can view all the works here.
Lazerian is Liam Hopkins' design workshop, founded in 2006, based in a former hat factory in Manchester, England. Gerald is Lazerian's mascot, part of a 2008 rebranding inspired by a Bracco Italiano, a hunting dog known for its devotion to its master, and meant to evoke the qualities of loyalty, heritage, and affection that Lazerian instills in its projects. The new image inspired Hopkins and 3D designer Richard Sweeney create "a blueprint for a free standing paper dog that anyone could make at home with a sharp knife, glue and a healthy degree of patience."
In 2009, the pattern was perfected and launched at the 100% Design event in London. The flat pack Geralds completely sold out. Hopkins and Sweeney then created customized Geralds, Dazzle and Pixel, that were also sensations. In 2011, Hopkins sent Gerald patterns to 100 of his favorite artists, designers, and illustrators around the world and the Gerald Project was born.
Absolutely, I told her. The 2010 feature I wrote about Sally and Joanna's first book, Knit Your Own Dog, is one the the most popular posts I've ever run on Dog Art Today.
Since you loved it so much, I asked Sally's publisher, Black Dog & Leventhal, if they would sponsor a book giveaway. They graciously agreed.
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