Balloon Blocking

Balloon Blocking
Photo by Nicolas Guevara

I’ve always admired true color blockers in their fearless cobalt blue pants, red jackets, yellow shirts and green shoes. I, myself, have never been successful in my attempts but these J.W.Anderson sweaters – previously featured HERE – are the perfect introduction into a life of color blocking. I decided to give the fall trend a go on a breezy day in NYC.

The balloons in the photo above came about thanks to one of my favorite works by British filmmaker, Runa Islam. Islam was nominated for the 2008 Turner Prize for her style of short films that are often displayed in overlapping layers and on multiple screens. My favorite of her works is a two screen projection titled What Is A Thought Experiment, Anyhow? (stills displayed below). In it, Islam uses the sporadic nature of balloons as a means of exhibiting time and space. In the latter portion of the film, their simplicity and colors contrast all of her attention to formal detail in the museum backdrop. Either that, or… Islam captured a surprise birthday party the surrounding sculptures threw for their buddy the Winged Victory.

Runa Islam. What Is A Thought Experiment, Anyhow? 2005-2006.
Runa Islam. What Is A Thought Experiment, Anyhow? 2005-2006.

Runa Islam. What Is A Thought Experiment, Anyhow? 2005-2006.
Runa Islam. What Is A Thought Experiment, Anyhow? 2005-2006.

Runa Islam. What Is A Thought Experiment, Anyhow? 2005-2006.
Runa Islam. What Is A Thought Experiment, Anyhow? 2005-2006.

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