Today I discovered some amazing figurative sculptural work. First a gigantic bust of Confucius rising from a pool of water. Now these life-like wooden sculptures which are striped from being dipped into bright paints.
Italy based artist Willy Verginer carves each person or animal from a single piece of wood. Then he paints stripes . . . → Read More: Wooden sculptures by Willy Verginer
Here’s a new life-sized wax sculptures by Swiss contemporary artist Urs Fischer. Fischer’s sculptures are made of wax pigments molded over a steel structure. They are exquisitely built, with great detail given to realism and expressiveness.
In this live installation, the figure sits on an office-type chair, arms in front, with fingers interleaved like . . . → Read More: A new life-size wax candle sculpture by Urs Fischer
New York artist Paul Villinski scavenges the streets of the city for crushed beer cans. After a few cuts, a butterfly emerges from each discarded tin! Villinski arranges flocks of the butterflies into these installations.
If you like these pieces, check out my earlier post which shows installations of birds and butterflies constructed from old vinyl LPs . . . → Read More: Butterflies cut from recycled beer cans by Paul Villinski
In “Casualties in Form,” Houston based artist Britt Ragsdale layers shirts inside shirts, trousers inside trousers, to create these intriguing pieces. As a person with closets and drawers overflowing with clothing, these pieces strike a nerve.
Ragsdale writes on his website, “I employ recognized consumer materials within sculpture and installation in order to call on . . . → Read More: “Casualties in Form” shirts inside shirts, trousers inside trousers… by Britt Ragsdale
The chairs in this room really look like they are spinning round and round. Entitled ”Right of Return (by Themselves and of Themselves),” this installation by Marc Andre Robinson is composed of discarded furniture. Amazing!
In 2009, Robinson created another furniture installation for the NY Times T Magazine (see the last image in this post)
For another . . . → Read More: A sculptural assemblage built from discarded chairs by Marc Andre Robinson
Another rainy day in San Francisco reminds me of this installation I saw (online) by Hamburg based artist Şakir Gökçebağ.
In “Tocatta and Fugue,” Gökçebağ deconstructs the umbrella, breaking the fabric from its ribs, like often happens when a strong wind hits. Umbrellas (all black) are splayed open at different angles, their fabric ripped, arms . . . → Read More: “Tocatta and Fugue” re-imagining broken umbrellas as calligraphic objects by Şakir Gökçebağ
The “Black Cloud” installation illustrates the fine line between horror and beauty. Using black paper to cut 36 different variations of 30,000 moths, Mexican artist Carlos Amorales creates an area which is deluged with swarms of the winged insects. While each individual moth is beautiful, the hordes of them on all the walls of . . . → Read More: “Black Cloud” an installation where thousands of paper moths fill a building
Halls Without Walls, No.2 Installation Site -responsive, 2012, 7000 paper plates, mixed media20 ft W x 12 ft H x 8 ft D
(detail of) Halls Without Walls
Texas based artist Abhidnya Ghuge uses paper plates as her choice of medium in her installation work. Painting or printing color on each plate, Ghuge . . . → Read More: Installations composed of paper plates by Abhidnya Ghuge
Enormous soft biomorphic structures that you can wander through and swing on. Sounds like a playground. Yes and no. It is an installation by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto which was recently on display at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo. ‘Madness is Part of Life‘ invites viewers to experience its form and material. The suspended nets . . . → Read More: ‘Madness is Part of Life’ installation by Ernesto Neto
“I am Looking at You” 2004; bottle caps, epoxy resin, Acrylic, (installation view at Queens International), dimensions variable
New York City based artist Eung Ho Park reclaims hundreds of bottlecaps to create these wall mounted reliefs. Sometimes he paints irises in the bottlecaps, other times concentric colorful circles. Most recently he placed an actual . . . → Read More: Bottlecap reliefs by Eung Ho Park