New Museum’s 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience

Our highlights in the evocative young designer's showcase across all artistic mediums

They say that three is a magic number, and wandering through the New Museum of Contemporary Art for its third triennial, “Surround Audience,” visitors feel the indescribable energy of sparks in the air—discussions (or heated debates) to be had, comfort zones to be trampled and smartphone pics to be snapped. The latter is most relevant to this year’s theme: art in our hyper-aware culture where …

Seal Chen’s Mixed Media Art

Found materials become creative and often creepy worlds of intricate sculpture

Mixing medias and construction methods with varying themes of religious, historical and moral matter, the work of Shanghai’s self-made artist Seal Chen conjures up images of Hieronymus Bosch’s darkest symbolic creatures with a wave of steam-punk and a touch of irony. Metal hardware parts, antiques, toys, animal bones and all sorts of unexpected objects are part of the creative process, some sourced from Taobao (China’s …

Studio Visit: Aakash Nihalani

A look inside the Brooklyn artist's studio, where two-dimensional shapes come alive through tape and a unique perspective

Passing by one of Brooklyn artist Aakash Nihalani‘s fluorescent installations, it’s hard to not take a second look. Then a third, and likely after that, a few photos. Nihalani uses simple materials like tape, plastics, magnets and wood to create geometric shapes that appear to be Photoshopped into the real world. Playing with dimension and manipulating the visual language of space in both gallery and …