The last thing you’d want to do it give one of these cute little creatures a hug. Artist Marta Klonowska juxtaposes the idea of a fuzzy, soft animal with the cruel texture of broken glass. Each animal is carefully constructed from glass fragments which allows light to pass through and light them. They are both [...]
Jeremiah Johnson had a crazy idea to get back at all the credit card companies that began flooding his mailbox with applications. He’d just finished college, had no money, and no inclination to sign up for a dozen credit cards. Originally, he planned to make a statement against it all by signing up for every [...]
Beijing-based artist Cao Hui has spilt the guts out from a sofa, opened up a suitcase to reveal even more gory offal… and now he’s constructed what looks like ancient classical art (you know, these life-like busts that stare bleakly into nothing) and sliced them up into multiple slabs to reveal what looks like raw [...]
In French artist Bruno Catalano’s recent sculpture series Les Voyageurs, life-sized travelers carry luggages, bags and a serene expression on their face, seemingly oblivious to the fact that a huge part of their torso is missing. I saw the actual works at a gallery recently. It’s amazing how all the upper parts of the sculptures [...]
Venetian artist Livio De Marchi sculpts fascinating and extremely realistic replicas of daily objects, turning them from ordinary to extraordinary. His pieces look so life-like that you’d mistake them for the real thing, like his sculpture of a hanging leather jacket. De Marchi earned instant fame after the completion of his House of Books, which [...]
Are you a compulsive organizer? If so, you’ve probably never taken that characteristic to the height that Michael Johansson has. And I mean literal ‘height’. The Swedish artist’s sculptures make quite a spectacle out of organizing, categorizing, and color coating miscellaneous objects. He’s organized everything from huge shipping container structures to small, kitchen utensils. Each [...]
A life-sized aircraft made out of sand is currently being built in Sydney’s Circular Quay to celebrate Qantas’ flights to Gold Coast. The airline is flying to Gold Coast for the first time in four years. The sand sculpture incorporates the interior of the Qantas B737-800, complete with flight deck, six rows of seats, pilots [...]
We don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads, we don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads, we don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads… oh, maybe we do. We’ll have to give it to Marc Quinn for making this massive supersized white-painted bronze [...]
‘For most people, seeing rocks precariously balanced is completely out of the ordinary. the eyes will often argue with the mind over how such a structure can remain in equilibrium…’ So says rock balance artist Michael Grab about his stone installations. His creations tiptoe precariously and impossibly at their edges, often sitting narrowly atop one another, and it’s hard to believe gravity is the only glue keeping them still.
Air-like fragility, that just about describes the intricate sculpture creations made out of thin mechanical pencil leads by artist Peter Trevelyan. Whichever way you look at them, they look like line drawings that shift a little every time depending on where you’re viewing them from. The guy has a serious interest in the history of mathematics — and oddly, it shows.
An incredible discovery on my recent European trip was in Paris, where chocolate becomes art sculptures at Maison Georges Larnicol. You’ll find a wide variety of art forms on a chocolate: from ladybirds and spiderwebs, to stilettos, fish, cars, musical instruments, frogs, and even an NBA basketball. All edible, of course. You can also try a delicious macaroon at his latest store at 132 Blvd. Saint-Germain, or at his first location, at 14 Rue de Rivoli.
What a lovely painting, right? Ehhh, not quite. Artist Shintaro Ohata combines painting on canvas and sculpture in his amazing mixed-media work. When viewing his art straight on, the viewer sees a dynamic one-dimensional image. But at any other angle, you can see the piece for what it really is: a sculpture in front of a painting. Amazingly innovative.
I found out about Nick Van Woert about two years ago and was immediately intrigued by his work. As happens, time, work, and other distractions interrupted my curiosity and I fell off of following Van Woert’s art and progress. Recently, his name popped in my head and I revisited his website and was amazed by what I saw. I can safely say this is some of the most thoughtful, beautiful and inspiring work I’ve seen in some time. He seems to have an abundance of ideas, so clever and so well executed, I could look his sculptures for days and still find something new to be excited about.
At first view, it looks like a normal marble sculpture. However, Long-Bin Chen uses books, newspapers, magazines, and other material that have been discarded as the medium for creating his sculptures. This act of recycling paper-based material informs Chen’s work and the figures he creates are of an odd and extraordinary beauty. Buddha faces, Aztec and Chinese warriors, the human figure, land maps, and entire rooms are magically created out of discards from our ‘paper society’. One of the most interesting sights during Art Basel Week.
Self-proclaimed junk artist Gabriel Dishaw has an upcycled range of skull likenesses created with recycled bits and pieces. Darth Vader’s right there, made out of parts from adding machines, computers and typewriters. So’s Mickey Mouse, with his ears made of airplane cargo ramp wheels. There’s even an unnamed Decepticon with eyes that light up.