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/
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”.
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.”
Maskull Lasserre was born 1978 in Calgary, Alberta. He spent his early childhood in South Africa and
later returned to Canada. He studied visual art and philosophy at Mount Allision University (Sackville, NB), and sculpture at Concordia University (Montreal, QC). He now lives and works in Montreal,QC.
Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday and its associated structures of authority, class, and value. Elements of nostalgia, allegory, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected. Lasserre has been awarded several public sculpture commissions and has exhibited work across Canada and in the USA. He is represented in the collections of the Musée Des Beaux Arts (Montreal), the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Ottawa. MASKULL LASSERRE
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
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
BERNDNAUT SMILDE is a prolific young Dutch artist from Amsterdam who deals with transitional spaces, corridors, staircases and well, clouds. Beautifully momentary clouds that are created through the alchemy of smoke, moisture, and spot lighting. As Smilde himself says of his installations, which were developed for the online gallery probe, give form to “physical presence found within transitional space.”
The performance artist/sculptor continues his odyssey with this 5 year project that has been unveiled at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
The work looks at our future cities in an innovative kinetic sculpture that, truth be told, brings out the little boy in me…the mesmerizing “METROPOLIS ll”
Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. The loud racket produced is meant to simulate the stress of living in the 21st Century. Love.
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