Fusing the art of sculpture and fleshy painting creates hyper-realistic forms that remain surreal in their context. Flesh for thought.
With our respect and remembrance…
The TED conference happening this week in Vancouver has not only notable speakers but innovative artwork like that of Janet Echelman. Her”Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is monumental in size and claims to be one of the biggest sculptures ever. It spans 227 x 145 x 53 m, suspended between a 24-story skyscraper and the Convention Center. Made from Honeywell Spectra fibre, it is a massive, billowing Google Chrome Eye floating high above the city with stunning light show at night.
Working in a particularly unusual void between sculpture and millinery, Maiko Takeda explores new volumes and innovative, spontaneous spins on everyday inspirations.
With a BA honours in jewellry from St. Martins and a masters in millinery from the Royal College of Art, she has also worked with the phenomenal Stephen Jones, Phillip Treacy, Erickson Beamon and Issey Miyake no less. It certainly shows.
Using the fluctuations of musical vibrations from pieces like ‘Swan Lake’ to alter the form of crystals blends two disparate elements into one uniquely special event. The work of Yoshioka can be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. An innovative process that documentsts the relation between nature, science and human sensitivity.
See more: http://www.tokujin.com/en/
I’ve always been one for all things entomology, or rather, Ethnoentomology (the study of the relationship between insects and people). So it’s natural that this new collaboration between Damien Hirst and Prada should catch my eye. With only 20 bags made, they are in tandem with Hirst’s first exhibit in Qatar called, “RELICS”. Most beasties are encased while others are encrusted with gems on the outside. Not for the squeamish…
Showing us new aspects of light by displaying it via surfaces and space that reflect it, Soo Sunny Park’s abstract work is based on an interwoven series of 37 metal and glass sculptures in one gently twisting movement of ephemeral beauty. Watch some of the process below. For more, check out: Soo Sunny Park.
The artist says it best:
“Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction”.
Soaking up the atmosphere of San Francisco and infusing his paintings with the city’s energy, Jeremy Mann manages to distill all of this and more with style.
Graduating Cum Laude in fine art painting from Ohio University, he then earned Valedictorian honours from the Academy of Art Uni in San Francisco where he has been based ever since. Working on wood panels, the pieces are large scale and use a myriad of clever painting techniques and a moody yet vivid colour palette.
My love for realist painting has no bounds and one of my favorites is Christopher Stott, whose 12 works are showing at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles till tomorrow…CHRISTOPHER STOTT
A master of colour and craft.
Born in Seoul,Korea,Lee graduated with a BFA in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Hannam University and an MFA in painting from Hong-Ik University. He has held two solo shows in Seoul and participated in a variety of group exhibitions in Seoul,Toyko and Beijing. He was awarded the Second Award for the 2006 Seoul Fine Art Award and the Third Award for the Korean Fine Ar t Award in both 2005 and 2006.
Lee Horyon uses overlapping and interlocking images to weave a voyeuristic allure into his oil paintings. Always maintaining a fixed distance from the model, Lee’s work separates the relationship between image and desire. Though the subject itself is revealing and seducing, the intimately intertwined images weave the viewpoint and gaze in an elegant manner.
This californian artist has just received a grant from the Long Beach Arts Council to create a piece of public art in downtown Long Beach. The piece will be part of the Mobile Arts Program, and will be a piece of installation art created to be viewed through large windows in a downtown space.
The artist: “My work has always focused on abstraction, initially with non-objective imagery, and later by examining the concept of abstract art in various ways, questioning its conventions and traditions. These works took the form of painting, painted relief sculpture, drawing and installation.”
Remarkable wire sculptures from the winner of Worldwide alternative/innovative art award and many others just too numerous to mention. See more at: WIRELADY.COM
Taking the craft corner aesthetic to paramount heights, Mexico born artist, Gabriel Dawe explores the boundaries between fashion and architecture and also reinterprets the role of machismo within fabric arts in his new series, PLEXIS. After living in Montreal, Canada for 7 years, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his MFA at the University of Texas at Dallas and has exhibited in the US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK. See: GABRIEL DAWE
There is fresh fury over revered artist, Banksy and his take on the colossal 2012 Olympics. You be the judge. As the Guardian paper recently posted:
“This attack on one of contemporary London’s most renowned traditions reveals how deeply uncomfortable the cultural relationship between this city and the Olympics really is,” writes Jonathan Jones in The Guardian. “An event that is all about massive finance, colossal scale, hyper-organisation and culture delivered from above is being superimposed on a capital that happens to be best at improvisation, dirty realism, punk aesthetics and low art. It’s like Versailles versus the sans-culottes. And this time Versailles is determined to win.”
Like a blind spot, I have overlooked one of my favorite artists, Grayson Perry (or more affectionately, Clare). His is a world of wild artistic syntax and blindingly good art. In London he transforms the craft of ceramics, sculpture and tapestry into otherworldly dialogues with himself and the modern consumer world.
He’s so good, I just want to keep him for myself…oh well, here you are, one of Britain’s national treasures. I’ve included an intimate moment in the kiln studio rather than the glam potter we’ve all come to love. Sorry, he doesn’t do websites.
Gregory Euclide is an American contemporary artist and teacher who currently lives and works outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has recently collaborated with Bon Iver for album and singles covers and possesses a distinct gallery of work. I find his sculpture (or relief work as he calls it) particularly unique.
See plenty more at: Gregory Euclide
Yago Hortal, born 1983 in Barcelona, continues to live and work there and in Berlin.
Taking a more fluid approach to acrylic, he creates dynamic images that exist in a space between abstraction and representation, exploiting this material beautifully. More at: Yago Hortal