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It’s every so often that I come across a sculptor whose work gives me a guteral reaction. I have to wonder why it is that I’m somewhat uncomfortable visualizing myself in some of Henrique Oliveira’s spaces. Is it that the space itself looks like it’s going to swallow me up or that it resembles subject matter that I’m not comfortable walking into to begin with. Whatever the reason, I’m still thinking about it and wishing I could experience it in person, for I’m sure that the mere experience is much more intense than a picture.

"Henrique Oliveria"

"Henrique Oliveria"
Liquid Reality // 2012 // Galerie Millan, Sao Paulo-Brazil

"Henrique Oliveria"
Desnatureza // 2011 // Galerie Vallois, Paris-France

"Henrique Oliveria"
Ursulinens Prolapse // 2012 // Austria

"Henrique Oliveria"
Ursulinens Prolapse // 2012 // Austria

"Henrique Oliveria"
Untitled // 2011 // Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Photos // Henrique Oliveira website

Posted by on December 11th, 2012 at 9:34 PM | Comments (0)

VIRGINE. was a new innovative high fashion, art and music magazine set to revolutionize the way people interact with the fashion industry. I’m not quite sure if they are still around, but I found some really great imagery from a shoot for their magazine. This bridge (photos below) of current fashion trends with sculpture has such cross-over of platforms, that they have succeeded in my mind. They certainly aren’t afraid to push the envelope.

Virgine, coke bottles, fashion, art

“VIRGINE is about what people want, not just what the fashion industry thinks people want.” “Truth be told, the equation of fashion is not as one-sided as it seems. Just as fashion works from the top down, so too does it work from the bottom up. In other words, trends are created in both directions. Acknowledging that truth is at the top of VIRGINE’s list. The bigger picture for the VIRGINE brand is to inspire change.”

Virgine, m&m's, fashion, sculpture

tide, fashion, virgine, sculpture

Images and excerpts // VIRGINE.
Photography // Ryan Yoon
Styling // Hissa Igarashi

Posted by on December 4th, 2012 at 8:19 PM | Comments (0)

From found objects to kinetic structures, from monuments to installation and land art, from pop assemblages to ritual objects, ‘Sculpture is Everything’ which just opened at the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia, explores the extraordinarily diverse and surprising field of contemporary sculpture. Form, material and three-dimensional space have been considered to define the medium of sculpture. Below are some of the works featured in the show.

"Michael Sailstorfer"

The show runs 18 August – 28 October 2012 at The Fairfax Gallery (Gallery 1.1), Galleries 1.2 & 1.3, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Lara Favaretto Italy b.1973 | Gummo IV 2012
Lara Favaretto

lara favaretto

Michael Sailstorfer Germany b. 1979 | ‘Wolken (Clouds)’ 2010
"Michael Sailstorfer"

"Michael Sailstorfer"

Zilvinas Kempinas Lithuania/United States b.1969 | ‘Columns’ 2006
"Zilvinas Kempinas"

Photos // via QAGOMA on flickr

Posted by on August 30th, 2012 at 6:12 PM | Comments (0)

This week marks the 22nd year of Burning Man as we know it (a massive arts festival on the Black Rock dessert of Nevada). By this time most of us have either been or heard of it (usually references in movies describing laid back types who escape reality to party for a week straight), so I will spare you the details. Whatever your impression is, you can’t deny that some of the art that graces the playa is sensational and worth the hefty price. Although it will not be there, I ran across this amazing kinetic sculpture that I thought was so engaging, I almost hitchhiked a ride with my friends to the playa! Unfortunately for me, I will not be going this year:( However, I guess having a one-year old son is worth it. I’ll see you next year playa! Check out the way it moves below!

"Kinetic Sculpture"

Theo Jansen‘s art has not been to the playa before, but it belongs there. This Dutch kinetic artist creates moving sculptures he’s aptly named Strandbeest’s. In Dutch, the word means beach animal. As if an actual evolution of animal survival skills, Jansen continues to explore ways for his “creatures” to adapt to the landscape and environment. Some animals can detect water and turn around when they encounter it. One animal can even anchor itself to the earth if it senses a storm approaching.

Check back in the weeks to come for more amazing art straight from the playa 2012.

Posted by on August 25th, 2012 at 5:38 PM | Comments (0)

Korean artist Yun-Woo Choi creates sculptures from resin and rolled up paper. His work is inspired by the unanswered questions of space and time. The physical vrs the intangible.

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

He says this about his work (via the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Blog)

Yun-Woo: My big subject matter is the concept of something beyond languages and something beyond images. That’s why I use magazines or text. Languages and images are all symbolic things, it points at something, but language itself is not the thing. Many people just think the symbol is real, but I’m looking beyond that. I want to somehow point myself at the real, but still use those symbols and images to create it. All the text and image in my work is kind of denied the ability to use those symbols.

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

Posted by on August 6th, 2012 at 6:02 PM | Comments (0)

On my trip down to LA I passed by a beautiful wall piece on Abbot Kinney. This wasn’t your average wall graffiti. The design looked like someone had plastered the wall and carved out a sketch back to the brick that lay beneath. I quickly ran home to figure out who was behind this. The person was Portuguese street artist VHILS (Alexandre Farto). Using construction tools, VHILS exposes and confronts architectural surfaces. He etches with acid and bleach to de-construct the walls and finishes with the use of hammers, chisels and drills sculpting the stenciled pieces to create texture, dimension and layers. This type of subtractive work is only a piece of the talented pool of techniques he uses to create breathtaking visuals. He’s one artist to keep watching. Watch the video on the making of this work via Arrested Motion filmmaker, Carlos Gonzalez!

VHILS "Abbot Kinney" Venice wall art

VHILS "Abbot Kinney" venice art wall

LS artist VHILS Portugal "Abbot Kinney" Venice

Photos and Video // Carlos Gonzalez with Arrested Motion

Posted by on June 29th, 2012 at 4:22 PM | Comments (0)

If you ever went to art school or taken a drawing class, there is a technique that you practice called continual line drawing. These gestural pieces by David Oliveira may remind you of this. But what’s incredible is how he’s taken an inspiration from a drawing technique and translated it to a sculptural piece of art with wire instead of pen. The pieces hang in the sky as if someone sketched the subject into thin air.

"David Oliveira", wire, sculpture, "continuous line drawing"

"David Oliveira", wire, sculpture, "continuous line drawing"

"David Oliveira", wire, sculpture, "continuous line drawing"

"David Oliveira", wire, sculpture, "continuous line drawing"

Posted by on June 18th, 2012 at 8:06 PM | Comments (0)

Stuart Williams’ first widely published site-specific installation, “Five Orange Spheres,” was a traveling series of 16 installations and spanned a time period of over 2.5 years. Some of the locations included Central Park, New York; Château d’Azay-Le-Rideau, France; Filisur, Switzerland; and San Francisco. Since then the artist has continued to create surreal and transitory site installations on both sides of the Atlantic. How simple of a thought and he turned it into a monumentally bold statement.

"Stuart Williams", orange, colors, installation, art, sculpture, public
At Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau, France, the five orbs floated on the moat.

"Stuart Williams", orange, colors, installation, art, sculpture, public
Mill Valley, California

"Stuart Williams", orange, colors, installation, art, sculpture, public
Cannon Beach, Oregon.

"Stuart Williams", orange, colors, installation, art, sculpture, public
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, California

"Stuart Williams", orange, colors, installation, art, sculpture, public
Sheep’s Meadow of Central Park in New York City.

"Stuart Williams", orange, colors, installation, art, sculpture, public
Los Angeles, California. Photo © Craig Collins.

"Stuart Williams", orange, colors, installation, art, sculpture, public
The quintet in the small Alpine village of Filisur, Switzerland.

All photos © Stuart Williams unless otherwise noted.

Posted by on June 8th, 2012 at 6:00 AM | Comments (0)

Waste Landscape was a project conceived by artists Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard. It reminds me of something right out of Tron. What happens when part of what our generation leaves behind are immense piles of petroleum laced toxic waste? Elise and Clémence have decided to sew over 65,000 cds into a tapestry of undulating hills, turning the old into something beautiful. Maybe it’s time to lay to rest our Will Smith and Def Leppard disks for MP3′s if it’s going to result in something so lovely. (Already done.)

via Supersonic Electronic

"Waste Landscape" "elise Morin" cds

"Waste Landscape" "elise Morin" cds

Posted by on May 18th, 2012 at 3:58 PM | Comments (0)

I stumbled across the work of Charles Clary via Share Some Candy this past week. His colorful paper sculptures remind me of curving land formations. It’s almost as if I’m looking onto a 3D topographical map. The pieces are so fun and playful.

"Charles Clary" color sculpture paper
Flameobic Opulation detail, acrylic, hand-cut paper on panel

"Charles Clary" color sculpture paper
Radimafungle Gestation

"Charles Clary" color sculpture paper
Flambiotic Pandemic, acrylic, hand-cut paper on panel

His most recent exhibit is about to close at View Arts in Old Forge, New York (if you happen to be passing through). On exhibit from March 10 – May 6, 2012

Posted by on May 4th, 2012 at 4:16 PM | Comments (0)