Pushing the boundaries of 3-D printing, MIT and Stratasys have teamed up to create fibrous masks for Bjork. Yes, she’s at it again. Using material ecology (the fusion of science, design and biology) to produce materials of collogen fibres emulating bone, muscle and hair in various opacities. Molded precisely to Bjork’s head, it moves in perfect syncronicity.
photos: Santiago Felipe
Fusing the art of sculpture and fleshy painting creates hyper-realistic forms that remain surreal in their context. Flesh for thought.
via Hyperrealistic Sculptures Blur the Line Between Clay and Flesh | The Creators Project.
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/
Collaborative Plexi bags
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.
Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light from Walley Films on Vimeo.
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”.
Stars came out to see the unveiling of the world’s first 3D printed dress (well, Deborah Harry anyhow…) Designed by Michael Schmidt of Lady Gaga/Cher fame (ok?) in collaboration with SHAPEWAYS, the resulting linked nylon was sprayed black, sprinkled with Swarovski and poured over the VERY beautiful Dita Von Teese. Oolala!
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
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
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.”
Somewhere between Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons lies the dark humour and intriguing sculptural approach to Trong G. Nguyen’s work. Think outside the box.
LOL (Lady of the Lake)
2011, silicone, toy lightsaber, acrylic paint
24 inches tall (puddles variable)
2007-Present, Rice kernels, ink, gold paint, gold leaf, clear mylar.
Each grain of rice contains a single word written in ink – with the book titles written on grains painted gold. The complete text or individual chapters written word for word on rice kernels.
5 x 3-1/2 x 1/4 inches each
By Dan Gould
Derick Melander creates meticulous sculptures out of carefully folded second hand clothes. His work brings attention to the large amount of textile waste that is generated daily, and the clothing used in his pieces are usually donated after the fact.
He explains his work:
I create large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. These structures take the form of wedges, columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons. Smaller pieces directly interact with the surrounding architecture. Larger works create discrete environments.
As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence. It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the individual and the outside world.