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Figurative ceramic sculptures of humans encased in animals by Crystal Morey

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Oakland, California based artist Crystal Morey uses clay to build figurative sculptures of humans encased in animals. Using animals which are either extinct or endangered, Morey’s work makes a statement about the effects of human civilization on animals, as well as the dependencies between different species.

In her artist’s statement, Morey writes: “I am interested in . . . → Read More: Figurative ceramic sculptures of humans encased in animals by Crystal Morey

Owls in Chinese style paintings by Huang Yongyu

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Suspicious. Insolent. Wistful. Chinese artist Huang Yongyu captures all these varied stances of owls in his ink paintings. I like Huang’s bold take on traditional Chinese painting.

See more of the artist’s work here.

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Mixed-media works by Harold Hollingsworth

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I like the way Seattle-based artist Harold Hollingsworth juxtaposes different stylistic elements: thick with thin lines, typographic forms with organic shapes, black/white with color.

About his process, Hollingsworth writes: “I’ve been focusing on being loose with some sketchbook activities to start each day here in the studio, and as simple as that has been, like . . . → Read More: Mixed-media works by Harold Hollingsworth

Crochet figures by Yulia Ustinova

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Moscow, Russia based artist Yulia Ustinova is captivated by the roundness of the female figure. Hips, buttocks, tummy and breasts. Armed with a crochet hook and variegated yarn, Ustinova renders the curves, twists and turns, covering the underlying metal armature with a skin of tightly wound fabric.

From an interview with ZoneArts, the artist says . . . → Read More: Crochet figures by Yulia Ustinova

Abstract collage by Aaron Wexler

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I like the abstract collage work of the Brooklyn based artist Aaron Wexler. Inspired by nature, Wexler collects source materials from prints, books, photographs and more. After making drawings and collages from these source materials, the artist cuts his . . . → Read More: Abstract collage by Aaron Wexler

Installation of vintage photographs shown at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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I like this installation of hanging photographic portraits. It is currently on display at the opening of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately, I can’t find any mention of the artist who created the installation or a description of it.

I imagine it might have been inspired by . . . → Read More: Installation of vintage photographs shown at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Tara Donovan creates two new large-scale installations from index cards and acrylic rods

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Artist Tara Donovan is currently showing two new large-scale sculptures at the Pace Gallery in New York City. Donovan is known for taking massive quantities of a single everyday object – like toothpicks, drinking straws, paper plates, or styrofoam cups – and clustering these items in a repetitive . . . → Read More: Tara Donovan creates two new large-scale installations from index cards and acrylic rods

Lucas Simões cuts and layers digital images into portraits

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In the series “Desmemórias,” São Paulo, Brazil based artist/architect Lucas Simões cuts out geometrical shapes from digitally-produced copies of portraits, and then layers them on top of more portraits of the same person.

Simões writes that he photographs “old childhood friends with whom I no longer maintain contact and also individuals I have just met. The portraits . . . → Read More: Lucas Simões cuts and layers digital images into portraits

A herd of knitted animals by Hannah Haworth

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Dogs? Ant-eaters? Whatever the species, this pack of magical creatures has captured my fancy. Constructed by Brooklyn-based artist Hannah Haworth, each animal was made with material hand-knitted by the artist herself. I love the way Haworth uses the fair-isle patterns to denote the animals’ legs, body and facial features, emphasizing their ambling motion.

About her work, Haworth says, . . . → Read More: A herd of knitted animals by Hannah Haworth

Wooden sculptures of haunted children by Gehard Demetz

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More haunting pieces by Gehard Demetz. The Italy based artist is known for creating sculptures by stacking small wooden blocks in a rough form and then precisely carving out the figure’s shape on some of the blocks, while leaving others only partially completed. By not placing the wooden blocks flush together with one another, Demetz creates empty rectangles . . . → Read More: Wooden sculptures of haunted children by Gehard Demetz