Tag: Sculpture

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Matthew J. Levin’s fantastical and eerie sculptures that will hunt your dreams

Matthew J. Levin is a sculptor and concept designer based in Los Angeles, California. To quote the Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist Guillermo del Toro: “Mr. Levin’s portraiture is both quirky and mesmerizing. Each of his little sculptural sketches becomes a three-dimensional snapshot of the bizarre. Just as the eyes in a classical portrait are meant to “follow” you through the room, so will these disquieting Homunculi.” His love for this art started when he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to work as a digital sculptor. A year later, he chanced upon a box of Super Sculpey, a unique polymer clay, and that's when the affair began. Since then, his work has been shown on TV, displayed in different galleries, and commissioned by film directors like del Toro, among others. To know more about this artist and to see more of his sculptures, visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
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Becoming the truest form of yourself is the best way to express and create art, a young man realizes

As a third-year student, Matthew Bateson never thought that the time would come when his life would revolve around art. When he was younger, all he ever cared about was "guy" stuff, like sports and skateboards. Of course, these activities led to more than a few physical injuries. He reached a certain point where he realized that he was mortal - and he cared enough to preserve his health and life. Unknown to him, then, was the opening of another opportunity: the window of art expression. “I want my art to be the truest manifestation of myself,” according to him, “It’s hard to verbalize the style or feeling behind my work so I would say that I have a loose style. My sculptures, my prints, they all have this fluid quality. I’m inspired a lot by spontaneity and whatever feels right. The most important thing is to just work really hard at what you’re doing and not care what other people think of you.” You can find more of Bateson’s work on Instagram. ...
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Get your daily dose of beautifully felted birds by Australian artist

Australian artist Jill Ffrench handcrafts beautifully felted birds composed of wire, wax, and a range of colorful felt. The birds are elegantly handmade which is visible by fuzzy felt und traditional stitches. “Like most creative people, my imagination keeps me awake at night”, says Jill in her testimonial. This handmade job asks for full-time engagement, patience and most of all, love. Jill French has it all. Take a look at her colorful Etsy shop and pick your favorite felted bird. ...
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Meticulously arranged dandelions form imaginative sculptures

Patience is key when creating something really unique like these dandelion sculptures by Duy Anh Nhan Duc. The self-taught botanical artist meticulously arranged hundreds of dandelions taking cues from our common urge to blow away a dandelion’s seedlings just to watch them fly away. After dissecting each dandelion's fluff, Duc placed seeds in concentric patterns. For added precision, a piece of gold leaf is used to draw out the smaller parts. The sculptures are part of Duc's The Imaginary Herbarium on display at the Galerie Bettina in Paris. Check out some of the dandelion works below and find more on on his Instagram and website. ...
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Artist uses fastfood paper bags to send a message to viewers

Don't we all like it when artists are witty enough to use their craft to send a message? In his project Notice-Forest (What Victory Tastes Like) in 2012, Okinawa-born artist Yuken Teruya sent quite a message using mainly fast-food paper bags. This New York-based artist started this Notice-Forest movement in 2005. On his website, he explained: "In my Notice-Forest series, a tree stands inside either paper bags or shopping bags. While it seems like the bag is holding the fragile tree inside, the bag actually combines with the tension of the tree to hold the bag up. It is a microcosm of the initial tree’s strength. The trees are “portraits,” with each referencing a specific, existing tree from a photograph." It's noticeable how Teruya uses commonplace materials to make his art relatable. His intention is to remind his viewers to slow down from their busy lives to experience and appreciate even the little things. This artist has a lot of other interesting works on his...
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Contemporary sculptures by today’s most important and talented artists on exhibit this year

Many colleges and universities give importance to art. All over the country, you'll find amazing appreciation for various art forms, some even putting into place extensive programs to nurture talent. One of these is Jesus College, which houses a grand permanent collection. You can find impeccable sculptures on their grounds, created by artists such as John Bellany, Stephen Chambers, Barry Flanagan, John Gibbons, Antony Gormley, Albert Irvin, Richard Long, David Mach, Sarah Morris, Humphrey Ocean, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, and Alison Wilding. In addition, they also hold an event called "Sculpture in the Close" every year. Since 1988, this has been an annual tradition. The college has historic courts and properly maintained lawns, which make for perfect backdrops to the artworks. Of course, the sculptures themselves are the highlight of the event. Check out some of the astonishing sculptures found on the Jesus College grounds, photographed below:...
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Los Angeles-based artist creates inspiring and chic art from nothing but rope and metal fragments

For most of us, art requires a lot of fancy materials and resources. If we were given nothing more than rope, pieces of tiny metal fragments, and some watercolor, we'll probably stare at it and do nothing much. But for L.A.-based artist Cindy Zell, this is not the case. Given these items, she is able to create not just art, but magic in its rarest form. Zell is gaining a nice following because of her sophisticated taste and hands-down raw talent. Her sculptures are "material-driven" and have been decorating Los Angeles recently. She tends to lean towards pastel-washed and light-hued pieces, which reminds us that delicate isn't always weak. It can give us the balance that we all need, especially is such a fast-paced and competitive world. Minimalists and art lovers, in general, will love her work. Find out more about her by following her on Instagram. Her current exhibition is entitled "ROPETITION" and is on display in San Francisco, CA right now until March 7th.  ...
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Artist duo creates majestic paper installation at the Hermès store in Dubai

Hermès visitors in Dubai were welcomed by a wonderful paper sculpture installation by Zim & Zou. The duo specializes in making some of the most intricate and beautiful paper sculptures ever and this series really shows off their collective talents of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. Each piece is essentially a village with its own tiny characters out and about. The set-up is incredibly eye-catching in comparison to everything else in the mall it's situated in. Check it out below and find more of their latest work on Instagram and Behance. ...
Architecture

Artists come together in clever and touching fundraising effort to help restore the burned-down Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building

From Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor to Antony Gormley and several other artists (including Simon Starling, Cornelia Parker, the Chapman brothers and Sir Peter Blake) - there has been an immense number of individuals who stepped up in the Ash to Art project to restore the historic Mackintosh building, which has been gutted by the May 2014 fire. The artworks cleverly use the actual ashes and debris that were left in the wake of the burned-down portions of  Glasgow School of Art. Perry says, “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy. I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obvious thing to do. The idea of memorializing or celebrating the difficulty – honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.” Each artist was...
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Large-scale street sculptures hit the limelight in ‘Sculpture Walk Peoria’

Years ago, Joe Richey wanted to put large-scale sculptures on the streets of his hometown: Peoria, Illinois. The visionary owns a business, Tri-City Machine Products, located in the heart of the Warehouse District of Peoria. Because the arts had always been a big part of his passion, Richey later on modified a portion of his own facilities to create the Prairie Center of the Arts, as well as an artists' residence space. It didn't take long for him to return to his first love: large-scale street art. Suffice to say, after years of hard work and collaboration with other like-minded individuals, Richey has made his dream into a reality. This is his brainchild: Sculpture Walk Peoria, an annual exhibit that features different artists and sculptures in his hometown. This year, 16 artists will represent 9 U.S. states and one other country with their installations, which will be on display until May 2017. Check out some of the sculptures involved in the showcase below. ...
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New yarn installation by Chiharu Shiota features 150 boats in French store

Chiharu Shiota is back (previously here) with another fabulous yarn-filled installation. Composed of nearly 300,000 yards of white yarn, Shiota's new installation takes up the center, ground floor, and ten windows of Le Bon Marché as part of the exhibition, Where are we going? With over 150 boats, the French department store encourages visitors to walk through the giant threaded waves. In an interview with Le Bon Marché, Shiota said, "I am struck by the multiplicity of interactions that we experience every day, by their connections with the past and the future." Check out some images of the installation below! ...
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‘Non-conformist’ artist adorns home, studio and car with fantastical art pieces found from junkyards and antique shops

Clarke Bedford comes from Hyattsville, Maryland. As a professional, he spent his career in the Smithsonian, where he worked as a conservator of art. However, he also enjoys exploring different materials to create his own art. These materials, for most of us, can be defined as "eccentric" - to be put bluntly. He admits that he finds art in thrift shops and junkyards, and uses various pieces to decorate his home, his studio, and even his car (which actually runs on the street). Bedford says, “It’s making a whole thing that has a whole feeling out of individual parts and allowing the individual parts to still show their individuality and their histories and their feel and all that. So you get the overall and then you can start to look through it and see the things. I think that’s a modernist notion.” Peter O’Day, a neighbor of Bedford, says, "People stop all the time and they stop in the middle of the road and take pictures all the time. It’s curious, it's quite curious....
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Annual ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibit takes place in Cottesloe Beach, features awe-inspiring works by different artists

Sculpture by the Sea is one of the most famous events in Sydney, Australia. It all began with Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, where over half a million people come in to see the work of various artists. It has been a resounding success since 1997 and continues as an annual tradition to this day. Because of its success, the organizers have expanded to a second location: Cottesloe, Perth. Now, we are looking forward to this year's Sculpture by the Sea: Cottesloe, which will take place on March 2017. Cottesloe has staged the event since 2005, amassing over a quarter of a million visitors each year, thanks to the many sculptures on display. But this isn't just about art - because Sculpture by the Sea has become an inspiring moment for all of us. For some reason, during these events, every person who participates or even just visits spreads goodwill in a way or two. You can experience this, too. The 2017 event will take place on March 3 to 20 at the Cottesloe Beach in Perth. For...
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Beasts hide within these wire-infused human busts

Claude-Olivier Guay infused human facial forms with wires to create these wonderful dynamic sculptures. With a pair of pliers, Guay twisted and bent wires and feathers to create the inner mesh of what at first appear to be human faces. A little bit of manipulation and each piece transforms into bird-like creatures. In one of the pieces called "La Tanière," a female bust turns into an angry wolf. Or in another piece a man's head unleashes an army of 40 locusts. Check out some of the sculptures below and find more on his website.    ...
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Paper engineer Matthew Shlian is back with amazing new art and promising solo exhibition

We have previously posted a story about Matthew Shlian's amazing paper art a few years ago. But if you're thinking that's all we'll be seeing from the unique sculptor, you couldn't be more wrong. He is back with new artwork that will amaze any audience. On his website, Shlian says, "Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio, I am a collaborator, explorer, and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.” And we can definitely see what he means through his new pieces. You can catch more of Shlian's breathtaking paper art at his solo exhibition, titled "Telemetry". The exhibit will be an exploration of the relationship of science and art. It will run until March 2nd, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Or you can check out more of his work on his official website, on Instagram, or on Facebook ...
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Crystallized book sculptures discuss growing connection between humans and machines

Books in their physical nature are disappearing from our lives each day. Alexis Arnold discusses that and more through her crystallized book sculptures. The San Francisco-based artist uses borax crystals to create turn publishings into iridescent forms of themselves. Appearing to be frozen in time, each piece is chosen based on weight in the sense that they center around advances in technology and explore the deepening connection between humans and machine. Check out some of her crystallized works below and find more on her website and Instagram. ...
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Olga Diego brings an exhibition for all the senses in her exhibition for UC Merced Arts

As part of the UC Merced Arts Presents Artist-in-Residence Spring 2017, Olga Diego will fly in from Spain to showcase some of her best artwork. Her show will take audiences into an exhibition designed for a complete sensory experience. The art will stimulate the sight, touch, and hearing of its audiences. New technologies will also be an important part of the show. UCM Arts has been featuring artists and performers from all over the world, sharing their work with the Merced community. Diego's showcase will take place on February 10. She says that her inspirations are life and people. She claims that public participation is a huge and vital element in her art. Diego is a graduate of Fine Arts and has undergone other art-related courses, such as technology and strategy for artistic creativity and theory and practice of art performance. Find out more about her art on her blog. See the details of her UCM event on Facebook. ...
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See Bouchardon’s works in the ‘Royal Artist of the Enlightenment’ on exhibit in the Getty Museum

Very few people know the name Edmé Bouchardon. This isn't surprising, given the artist's history. Just as he was getting his name known, the bloody revolution took place, followed by the guillotine deaths of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI. So it's rather reasonable for people to pay less attention to sculptors. Bouchardon was the royal sculptor to Louis XV and his successor, the then-beheaded royal. His works will be featured in the Getty Museum, and the show is entitled “Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment”. The biggest show-stealer has to be his carving, “Cupid Carving a Bow From Hercules’s Club" - which he was able to finish just 12 years before his own death. His works have revolutionized how sculptures were seen and has garnered a lot of criticism - even from Voltaire himself. You can catch the show now until April 2, at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. For more information, contact (310) 440-7300 or visit the Getty...
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‘The Art of the Brick’ is on a global tour, rated by CNN as one of the world’s ‘Must-See Exhibitions’

THE ART OF THE BRICK is redefining what it means to create art using Lego bricks. Artist Nathan Sawaya is making sure that the audiences are given an art experience unlike any other. Sawaya has won a lot of awards in the past, and this time, he is offering several exhibitions - each unique and made from nothing bu Legos. There are usually new sculptures that are crafted for the sole purpose of the exhibition. Each exhibition in the tour is different from the next. It doesn't matter which show you see - because every one of them features thousands of colorful Lego bricks, transformed into inspiring, breathtaking, and inconceivably surreal creations. Sawaya is one of the few, if not the only, people who can make a common child's toy into an art form of its own: a meaningful piece of work that exhibits perfect space - the ideal embodiment of contemporary art. For more information about Nathan Sawaya, please visit NathanSawaya.com.  ...
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Art exhibition to feature Hillary Clinton’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a pantsuit (sculpture)

Hillary Clinton is one of the biggest female icons in politics. Aside from her long list of accomplishments, previous posts in the U.S. government, charitable deeds, and years of public service, she is also popular because of a recent comment she gave back in 1992 during the Democratic presidential primary: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”  Jennifer Rubell's new show, "Housewife", is partly inspired by this comment. The artist has already made herself known in the art world as an expert in making installations and pieces that involve food in witty and interactive ways. Her new show includes a five-foot tall orange pantsuit with an orange cookie jar on top. Entitled "Vessel", the piece is an homage to Clinton's famous orange pantsuit and features Rubell's own attempt at replicating Clinton's cookie recipe. Jennifer Rubell:...
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A new era of feminist art emerges as a response to Trump’s electoral win

Last January 12, 2017, the first of the thirty Nasty Women art exhibits was opened in Knockdown Center, in Queens, NY. More than 700 female artists hung their work on walls. The show was spearheaded by a 12-foot-tall series of block letters that spelled out N-A-S-T-Y W-O-M-E-N, clearly playing on a Trump reference from the previous presidential debates. There are many pieces of art included in the show, such as a Trump voodoo doll by artist Sandra Koponen, a portrait of well-manicured middle fingers, a bracelet that is etched with the word UNGRABBABLE, a painting of flaming high heels, and more. All of the pieces were on display and for sale for $100 or less. Over 2200 people attended the event on its opening night. The show was able to achieve $34,950 from art sales, and all of these proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. Angel Bellaran, the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, has been an active protester in many political issues in the past but says that...
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Multicolored beeswax sculptures inspired by geological processes

These alien-looking sculptural forms by Laura Moriarty are downright mystifying. The self-taught artist created a series of asymmetrical pieces by heating and cooling pigmented beeswax to mimic geological processes such as erosion and weathering. Some of the brain-like formations have been cut in half to reveal multicolored rings within. The patterns are reminiscent of microbial life as seen under a microscope. Moriarty writes in her artist statement, "Layers of color form the strata of a methodology in which the immediacy of the hand can translate a sense of deep time." Check out some of the sculptures below and find more of her work on Artspace and Instagram. ...
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Neo-origami sculptures to be displayed at the artist’s alma mater

Claremont McKenna College is home to many talented artists. In the past years, it has been renowned for its alumni's exceptional work, many of which have been displayed in its very halls and exhibits. The latest alumnus to be featured is Lawrence Beall, whose new piece is entitled "Digital Odyssey". The piece uses what the artist calls neo-origami sculpture, and aims to retell the classic tale of Odysseus' twelve-year journey, but in a more contemporary manner. The piece was placed at the Roberts Pavilion and was funded by the Dean of Students Office and the CMC Student Art Council. He wants to create and spread awareness to the students using his work, representing the classic concepts of wandering but interpreted in a digital world. Beall also has upcoming works to be featured at the Riverside Art Museum, where he will participate in the artist residence. While waiting for his future exhibit, take a peek at his Digital Odyssey below. ...
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Naotaka Hiro’s exhibit is filled with revealing artwork, captivates his audience’s minds and eyes alike

The Box in L.A. plays host to Naotaka Hiro's current exhibition of artwork. Hiro's concept is to have one work reveal something about what the other piece of art conceals. It is as if you are watching an essay come to life, filled with contradicting action and constraint - having limited information versus understanding its entirety. And for all of the pieces, the artist's focus is on the human body. Other pieces are works made using bronze, which extends the artistic legacy of Bruce Nauman, Hiro practices precision and elegance, as he realizes the notion of the human body as a way to create representations of itself. Truly, each and every artwork in this show by Naotaka Hiro is able to captivate the mind and the eyes. You won't just appreciate art in its beauty - your mind will also go through a journey of not knowing and then fully understanding. Hiro's show is currently at The Box, 805 Traction Ave., L.A. It will run until January 28, 2017. For more information, visit TheBoxLA.com....
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Veteran sculptor graces the Hessisches Landesmuseum with his ‘Unnatural Selection’ series

In an exhibition entitled Unnatural Selection, 20 of the best sculptures from renowned artist Tony Cragg will be displayed inside the majestic Hessisches Landesmuseum of Darmstadt. Tony Cragg is a British sculptor who comes from Liverpool. Over the years, he has made a big name for himself and his works have been featured in various projects, exhibits, and galleries all around the world. Thanks to the fluidity of his organic sculptures, Dr. Klaus-D. Pohl (curator) has decided to pick his work and showcase them in the grandiose main hall of the museum. Doing this will create a juxtaposition between the venue's religious ambiance and architecture against the more modern and futuristic forms of the artist. His pieces come in wood, glass, marble, and metal - reflecting his impressive mastery of his chosen material and his ability to create stunning impact with his visual work. The show has already begun last December 2 and will continue until March 26, 2017....
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High school students design and create 29 sculptures to adorn their neighborhoods

Students from various public high schools have come together in a nonprofit project to beautify their city. The plan is to plan, design, and put up 29 pieces of sculpture. So far, the group has successfully erected their first installation - entitled Piece 24 ("Let Me Walk in Beauty", as inspired by a native American poem about respecting nature) - in Oak Cliff, just a few steps away from the famous Texas Theatre. The goal of the project is to "uplift and awaken the creative spirit to make genuine social change.” And this is definitely starting to happen. A real estate investor has helped the group in finding the location for their first sculpture. Many other individuals, companies, and philanthropists have helped with the project financially. All of the work is done by the students, as encouraged by their schools and teachers. At the end of the whole initiative, there will be 29 neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas, that will be adorned with beautiful works of art. Each piece...
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Amazingly detailed stamp-inspired sculptures featuring adorable birds

Diana Beltran Herrera is out with a crafty little series combining adorable birds and stamps! The Colombia-based artist has long held a fascination of birds and that has culminated into a creative collection of stamp-inspired sculptures fashioned out of paper. The details in the birds are incredible, to say the least! Just look at the feathers! Herrera says, "I always felt inspired by postage stamps as they are little windows of the world, specifically those that contain birds which are often traveling around the word." Check out some of the works below and find more on her Instagram and Facebook. ...
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