November 01, 2008

Pumpkin Art

For those of you who celebrated Halloween yesterday, here is a selection of amazing pumpkin art, from The Artful Pumpkin Pool at Flickr.

October 09, 2008

Curvy wood sculptures

Sculptor Robert Long says:

"Achieving beauty is my foremost goal."

And oh boy does he reach that goal!

"The inspiration for nearly all of my work has its origins in the natural environment. Dried, curling, twisted leaves in the fall, elegant snow drifts of the winter and rock formations sculpted by the elements are just a few references."

"Curved lines have always held a fascination for me over straight lines. I enjoy working a material to its maximum physical and visual potential."

"The aesthetics of both form and material should complement one another and not rely on or compete with one another."

October 01, 2008

Paper Color Bursts

By now I'm sure you can tell I like paper, right? Yes, guilty as charged. I love paper because of its versatility and strength. Yes, paper might not look strong, but it is. You can do a whole lot of different things with it.
Seen by many as the dumb little brother of "better" materials (such as metal, wood, etc.), I think paper has absolutely nothing to envy any of those. But don't worry, I'll make sure you all see for yourselves in our forthcoming paper posts.

This time we present Jen Stark. An artist that simply cut through paper stacks... Simply? Take a look.

Click here to visit her site.

September 08, 2008

Pencil Carving

We've enjoyed the great work of Jennifer Maestre not long ago, showing examples of her great pencil sculpture. But how about pencil carving? Oh, my! Take a look at these:

Mizuta Tasogare and Kato Jado carve these with amazing patience and delicacy, for if they are not very careful the whole piece can be ruined.

"To take carving in the wood of a pencil, is certainly what pencil carving is all about. But we are required to be skilled enough for delicate woodwork in carving out a pattern like some kind of a tracery without making any miscut on the naked lead inside."

This is just too much for my brain! What you see above is carved from one single pencil!

Visit the site for more.

June 28, 2008

3D street art for the people

Julian Beever is an English Chalk artist who has been creating trompe-l'œil chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s.

His works are created using a projection called anamorphosis, which create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.

Besides this pavement art, Beever also paints murals with acrylic paints and replicas of the works of masters and oil paintings, and creates collages.

He works as a freelance performance artist and creates murals for companies. He has worked in the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Spain, the U.S., Australia, Brazil and Argentina.


June 11, 2008

Pencil Sculpture

"My sculptures were originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin. The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences. The tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion. The sections of pencils present aspects of sharp and smooth for two very different textural and aesthetic experiences. Paradox and surprise are integral in my choice of materials. Quantities of industrially manufactured objects are used to create flexible forms reminiscent of the organic shapes of animals and nature. Pencils are common objects, here, these anonymous objects become the structure. There is true a fragility to the sometimes brutal aspect of the sculptures, vulnerability that is belied by the fearsome texture."
"To make the pencil sculptures, I take hundreds of pencils, cut them into 1-inch sections, drill a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpen them all and sew them together. The beading technique I rely on most is peyote stitch."
"I’m inspired by animals, plants, other art, Ernst Haeckel, Odilon Redon, mythology. In fact, it isn’t easy to specify particular sources of inspiration. Sometimes one sculpture will inspire the next, or maybe I’ll make a mistake, and that will send me off in a new direction."

May 21, 2008

Book Autopsies

"Brian Dettmer cuts up books, Carefully slicing away big parts of the pages and covers, he leaves the binding intact and an image or key words on each page. Displayed behind glass in wood-en cases, the layered leaves resemble archaeological strata. Usually he chooses old, unused books. "How often do you use an old atlas compared to the Internet?" he asks. "Nobody's going to learn from a 1940s eye-surgery book." In many of the pieces at Aron Packer, the forms he's chosen highlight the book's content, causing the viewer to reflect on the subject in a new way. The Way Things Work, made from a book of the same title, interweaves machines and gears from various pages into one huge mechanism, with only some of the parts visible. Eye Surgery combines eyes, diagrams of optic nerves, and surgical instruments."
Fred Camper in the Chicago Reader

I recommend reading an interview here.

Because Brian doesn't have a website of his own, I'll link to the Wikipedia page about him, where you'll find most of his work. Link

May 09, 2008

Wood that works

"Each of my kinetic sculptures is a wooden machine powered by a constant force spring which must be wound. While visually interesting sculptures when still, they become truly fascinating when in motion. After a simple winding they entertain with motion and soft sounds for varying lengths of time."

That's right. With no batteries and no electricity, David C. Roy creates these incredible moving sculptures made out of wood. The intricacy and visual appeal of his beautiful sculptures is unparalleled.Be sure to read the history of his work and how he started making these amazing creations.

If you're curious (and who isn't!), here is a page describing his techniques.

I strongly recommend you visit the site and see each sculpture page for yourself. Most have an animation showing how the motion looks. You won't regret.

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