Since the 1970s, Alice Aycock has been erecting incredible, monumental sculptures. Most of them are made of natural materials and seem to be built right into an outdoor landscape as an almost natural cathedral. Her art is calming and worshipful, seemingly there to remind us all just how small we really are.
Reading between the lines, artist Long Bin Chen has found new meaning in these old books, constructing intricate sculptures from classic texts. A heads up for students at College of Charleston: if you’re going to bring in your signed copy of Lord of the Rings for some light reading, guard it with your life or it’ll be carved into a pair of lips before you can say You Shall Not Pass.
Haha, this is brilliant. Paris-based photographer Léo Caillard cast classical stone sculptures in hipster wear, and we must say these are totally not out of place. Art direction was provided by Raphael Federici.
This is a really illuminated approach to art, a brilliantly novel idea created by South Korean artist, Airan Kang. Bright Books are ‘electronically luminescent sculptures cast from transparent synthetic resin’ and were made for her Luminous Words series. To realize this work, Kang traveled around the world to visit and photograph numerous bookstores and libraries in order to then recreate each environment in digitized versions.
Korean artist Bahk Seon Ghi has an eye for the sublime. His suspended sculptures hoist charcoal pieces up by thin nylon threads to form shapes that suggest they are more solid than they appear to be. While charcoal is seen in many cultures as being symbolic of purity and cleansing, Bahk apparently specifically chose it […]
Tom Eckert creates these unbelievable hyperrealistic sculptures out of, you guessed it, wood. He makes his art using traditional wood carving methods, and then he paints them to ensure maximum realism. Eckert’s wood sculptures take hyperrealism to a whole new level.
Well, we aren’t sure how to begin with these sculptures by Takahiro Komuro. Essentially human-like — with human limbs, feet and hands — they are decidedly alien all the same, whether with their possessed stares with dilated pupils, or, you know, monstrous heads or bulbous substances overtaking the rest of their bodies. So much poetic elegance about them, though.
Sure, knitting often gets pooh-poohed as a granny pursuit all the time. Which probably makes Canada-based visual artist Candace Couse’s knitted corpses — with innards, organs and guts spilling out and loose red vein-like threads crawling out of them — all the more sweeter. She uses the idea of personal geographies to approach issues like orientation and identity that are profoundly detached from collective knowledge and public geographies.
French artist Jérémy Laffon wants to stick gum to your new shoes. So he built a gallery floor made of gum. And he wants to build insanely huge gum towers. So he put thousands of sticks of gum together then applied heat. These fragile leaning towers of distaster are structurally unsound due to Laffon’s carefully chosen heat gun […]
Calvin Seibert, who we spotted via This Is Colossal, built these perfectly sculpted sandcastle creations that are anything but amateurish. This is how he sums up his building process: “In my mind they are always mash-ups of influences and ideas. I see a castle, a fishing village, a modernist sculpture, a stage set for the […]
Now this is truly Lego for adults. The arched backs and suggestive poses of these pixelated Lego sculptures of realistic female forms — virtually all nude except for stilettos and g-strings — give the innocuous building blocks a decidedly adult spin. Fun. Photographer Jean-Yves Lemoigne teamed up with 3D artist Pierrick from Spark for a […]
Combining objects in unexpected ways challenges us to rethink our understanding of the common world. The unique way artist Myeongbeom Kim merges objects from nature with those that are man-made absolutely blows me away. Personally, I would have never though to plant a tree in a urinal. But I guess that way it gets watered.
One of the downsides of modern performance oriented societies surely is a concerning increase of burnout syndrome cases. Wolfgang Stiller from Germany has come up with a sculpture series that illustrates the impact of the disease on the human soul quite literally. His burnt down matchstickmen communicate the exhaustion and desperation like no other series […]
How does anyone look at electrical tape and think ‘I want to carve topographical landscapes out of it‘? It blows our mind. Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki is this mindblower who has also crafted elaborate architectural sculptures out of thin thread. It looks as crazy as it sounds.
Peter Gentenaar, who was originally a printmaker, only started dabbling with papermaking when the commercial paper he used wasn’t good enough for his engraved works. It’s taken his work in a whole new direction as he is now known for his massive paper sculptures. These take on a life-like quality during the pulp drying and […]