Archive of ‘Sculpture’ category

Broken: Sandra Shashou

I’ve always been drawn to the imperfect.. the broken shell on the beach, the scratched and worn kitchen table.  There is something poetic in the brokenness.  In her sculptural series Broken, London artist Sandra Shashou intentionally breaks beautiful pieces of fine china, the broken pieces becoming a part of a new whole.

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It must be at once heartbreaking and cathartic to smash these lovely things to pieces!  But perfection isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be ( pun intended, ha! ).  Instead of collecting dust in a china cabinet or waiting for a buyer in an antique shop, these pieces are given not just a second chance, but are transformed into a completely new object.  May we all be so lucky!

To see more of Sandra Shashou‘s work, please visit her website.

Images via the artist’s website and Saatchi Online portfolio.

Sucre Doux! Osamu Watanabe

Mr. Forager and I have begun a little tradition while here in Eureka.  Each Tuesday and Thursday evening, we take a very long walk up a few steep hills to a local bakery where we reward ourselves with a sweet treat.  We realize we’re probably undoing some of the good we’ve just done, but without the reward, the journey isn’t nearly as pleasant.  What is it about sweets that make them seem such thrill?  Japanese artist Osamu Watanabe plays with my sweet tooth with his delectable dessert inspired sculptures.

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Watanabe’s mum was a confectionary school teacher, so it’s only natural he would find his muse among the memories of his childhood.  His sculptures are created from modeling paste and wax, shaped into familiar confectionary forms.  He gives us an array of visual treats to rival any bakery case and even better, these delights are calorie free!

To see more of Osamu Watanabe‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Detritus Reformed: Aurora Robson

Whenever we’re out hiking, one of our pet peeves is spotting trash and debris in wild places.  We inevitably come across a bit of litter no matter where we happen to be exploring and always try to do our best to pick up what we can.  Yet we all consume and discard so much every day without even thinking.  Multi-media artist Aurora Robson transforms plastic debris into beautiful, life-like structures.
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To see more of Aurora Robson‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.

 

Unfolding Ourselves: Marcelo Daldoce

Two artist posts in one day?!  I know I don’t usually do this, but when I saw this artist’s work on Booooooom! I just couldn’t wait until next week to share it with you.  Mostly self-taught New York artist Marcelo Daldoce creates these absolutely incredible folded watercolor paintings in which the figure hides and reveals itself through the artist’s manipulation of his surface.

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From his artist statement, “My work focuses on the terrain beyond the conventional two-dimensional landscape of paper and canvas. In bringing to life a flat surface, I strive to create a puzzle between what is real and what is illusion..”  Isn’t it interesting how we tend to do this for ourselves, folding in and hiding the parts of us we don’t what others to see, manipulating our own surface so that we only reveal a studied portrait of the person we’d like everyone else to assume we are.  I’d like to be more transparent, to unfold my own portrait so that I’m no longer hiding any part of me.  So that what you see is what is me.

To see more of Marcelo Daldoce‘s work, please visit his website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Booooooom.

Captured Elixir: Jamie Harris

Have you ever watched a sunset, watching the sun melt into the landscape and wished there was a way to capture other than on your iPhone?  New York artist Jamie Harris seems to ensnare the elemental liquidity of nature in infused glass.

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These encapsulations of color seem to magically suspend the elements forever in animation– a sun that never quite sets, water that freezes mid-flow.  Bright, saturated color hangs in translucent waves that seem like they could crash into each other any second.  Completely enchanting.

To see more of the work of Jamie Harris, check out his website.  He also creates gorgeous tabletop pieces and custom lighting!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Hidden Treasures: Elyse Graham

I remember being fascinated by a pair of geodes that were one of my grandmother’s travel souvenirs.  The ugly, nondescript rocky surface hiding inside it a magical, sparkly surprise.  Los Angeles artist Elyse Graham shares my childhood fascination, creating her own sculptural geodes from layers of latex and urethane.

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When we first arrived here in Eureka, we experienced our very first California earthquake.  It reminded me, as do the geysers and mud pots of Yellowstone, that this planet we live on is a living, moving, breathing entity.  So it seems only fitting that Graham creates her geodes around the void left by her own exhaled breath.  She adds each layer, one on top of the other,  the resulting effect unknown until the geode is finally split.

How often do we, too, work blindly only to discover something amazing when all is revealed?

To see more of Elyse Graham‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via isavirtue.

Yada Yada, Art: Ben Skinner

I have a special place in my artsy heart for artists who are inspired by language.  Maybe it comes from my love of writing and reading– my college major came down to a decision between Art History and Literature.  Or perhaps I just love the contemporary cheekiness.  This newest series by Vancouver artist Ben Skinner  is an artistic and linguistical win-win for me!

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The series of reduplications ( exact words used in succession ) cast in plaster makes us think twice about these commonly used phrases and their origin.  Skinner’s work often deals with language and meaning, usually finding their power in simplicity, as in the case of the Same, Same series.

You can see more of Ben Skinner‘s work on his website.  If you happen to be in Vancouver, be sure to check out his recently opened show at Back Gallery Project.

 

 

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All images are via the artist’s website.

Ceremonial Garb: Amy Boone McCreesh

When it comes to ceremonies and celebrating, it seems like here in the US, our traditions are pretty mundane.  Where are all the costumes and displays?  For many other cultures, milestones are met with ritual and fanfare. Baltimore artist Amy Boone McCreesh explores that relationship between exhibition and ephemera in her sculptural work.

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Crafted from cut paper, ribbons, sequins, found objects, you name it– these sculptures are teeming with texture, color, and movement.  Reminding us of maypoles, leis, and exploded pinatas, they are contemporary interpretations of ancient traditions.

To see more of the work of Amy Boone McCreesh, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

 

Artsy Lately: Margie Livingston

As artists, we are pretty obsessed with our materials and mediums.  Photographers baby their cameras and lenses, sculptors take precious care of their tools.  And painters, well, we love paint– the way it smells, the way it looks, the way it behaves.  Seattle artist Margie Livingston, whom we last heard from in October 2012 during her run as Featured Artist, has been continuing her own wild love affair with the properties of paint.

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Stretching, pulling, carving, slicing, dicing, Livingston pushes paint to its ever expanding limits.  This latest group of work seems to have an elegant electricity about it, in the juxtapositions of graphic black & white against super charged neon purples and pinks.  Then she spins that on its head with her gloriously shroud-like draped paint sculptures.

Poured, Sliced, and Drapeda show of Margie Livingston’s latest work, opens at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle today, with the opening reception taking place during First Thursday on June 5th.  If you’re in Seattle, don’t miss her Artist Talk this Saturday, at 11:30am, see the Greg Kucera site for details!  Aaaah, some days I really miss Seattle.

And of course, be sure to check out Margie Livingston’s website for more of her work.

Top, second & fifth image via the artist’s website.  Other images via the Greg Kucera website.

Puffball Bonsai: Alexandra Gjurasic

I am loving these little Puffball Bonsai sculptures by Alexandra Gjurasic.  They make me happy with their colorful stripes and cotton candy poufs.  I could just leave it at that.  But I like to take things a little deeper.  They’re fun and completely awesome, but what are they saying to me, besides let’s play?

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The high level of artificiality mixed with the traditional china pot speaks to me of the pet-like nature of Bonsai’s.  They are high maintenance mini-trees cultivated mainly as a form of meditation and expression of creativity on the part of the caregiver.  They seem, to me, to be like pet trees.  Gjurasic is taking that idea even further by “dressing them up” in colorful stripes and glittery flowers.  It’s interesting to think about flowers and houseplants in this way– these living things, which thrive in their own natural environment, cut down or cultivated in order to give us pleasure.

Oh and Gjurasic’s trees also spun off paintings, which are almost as enchanting!  To see more of Alexandra Gjurasic‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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