medium /// sculpture




chiaozza

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I’ve written about CHIAOZZA {aka Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao} before, but that post was about a bunch of crazy paper plants. Today is all about these gorgeous, angular, colorful, wooden sculptures! These pieces were hanging at Vox Populi, an artist run space in Philadelphia, last fall. Here’s the description of this work:

“In this series of large-scale wooden sculptures, the visual language of CHIAOZZA is brought to the scale of the human body. Designed as open-ended experiments, the hanging objects skirt between furniture, sculpture, and painting.”

Yep, that’s the kind of furniture, sculpture, painting I want on my wall … hm, I might even be tempted to place one or two of their crazy paper plants on those neon pinewood planks! #bestofboth





anne ten donkelaar

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I just spent the better part of my weekend obsessed with cutting things out of old books, and the always stunning work of Utrecht based artist Anne Ten Donkelaar makes me want to put Monday on hold so that I can just keep cutting! Perfectly snipped flowers, leaves, and cacti delicately pinned into position creating the most magical gardens EVER. Sigh. Happy Monday.





#creative UNblock no.4

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April! That means it’s time for #creativeUNblock project no.4! {If you missed the first three projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} The next unblocking project from Creative Block is by American mixed media artist Cassandra Smith, and instead of being paper based like the first three projects, this one is all about altering objects:

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“Make a little sculpture using a found object. Find something around your house, at a thrift store, a wacky junk store, anywhere! An object that is about as big as your hand or smaller is probably the best size to start with, so it’s not overwhelming. And make sure it’s something you don’t mind ruining. This is just suppose to be fun after all! And then transform the heck out of it! Paint on it, glue things to it, cut it in half and glue it back to itself, or glue it to something else. Use the objects color and shape to inspire you.”

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Ok, I’m going to the thrift shop immediately {any excuse}. I’m excited/nervous for this one, as I’ve never really worked in “sculpture” before. Should be interesting! If you want to share your weird little sculpture(s), just upload them to instagram or twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. Relax, like Cassandra said, do NOT worry about “ruining” anything. Forget “perfection” and just have fun … I’m thinking glitter and macaroni, who’s with me?!

 





cybèle young

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I want to see these amazing little things up close, and hold them in my hands… very carefully. Perfect, delicate, tiny sculptures made with Japanese paper by Toronto based artist Cybèle Young

“Cybèle spends her days creating miniature worlds from fine Japanese papers. Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, she juxtaposes sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. Her intricate sculptural artworks are inspired by seemingly insignificant day-to-day experiences, where objects imply human interactions and small observations become fantastic.”

Fantastic, indeed.





philippa beveridge

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Gasp! Glass change purses, filled with quiet traces of mystery contents. They are part of an ongoing series by British artist Philippa Beveridge, titled Lost & Found. Here, in her words, is how this work came to be:

“[These] works deal with the concept of collective and individual identity through the everyday form of a purse: a belonging which is often lost, stolen or mislaid, full of sentimental value and charged with personal memories. I began to make this work during a three-month long artist’s residency in Northern France. I invited local residents to visit me at the studio and show me the contents of their purses.  Building on the theme of traces, I highlighted the objects and details found in the purses to forge histories and construct identities. The resulting imagery, trapped in the material, expresses notions of time, memories and sentiments which lean towards metaphorical interpretations in relation to one’s own past.”

Sigh… lovely.





christiane löhr

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Gasp! Can you tell how badly I want spring to be here? These delicate, organic sculptures and striking pastel drawings/ink paintings are the work of German artist Christiane Löhr. Seeds, grasses, and tiny blossoms arranged into perfect little piles of promise – promise that winter will soon be over. Sigh… if you need me before then, my plan is to hide out in Christiane’s lovely, blossom filled, light-drenched studio:

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Lovely.

{via Little Paper Planes / final gallery installation view found on protothema}





Ignacio Canales Aracil

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Pressed flowers. Just flowers. Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil collects flowers from the private gardens of the most renowned landscape designers in Europe and then presses them into large molds. He gets no help from adhesives… just a month long drying process and the loving, miraculous touch of mother nature. When they’re complete he adds a spray of light varnish to protect them from moisture. So amazing… delicate and stunningly beautiful.

{via Colossal}





nicole crock

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Gasp! Vintage images that have been found, copied, mirrored, and folded into beautiful installations by American artist Nicole Crock. Both of these stunning pieces are from her series titled Tessellate… I think my heart might be tessellating a little bit.





recheng tsang

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Oh. How amazing would it be to have an elegant porcelain installation by California based artist ReCheng Tsang in your home?! Usually I post images of gallery exhibits, but I love that these gorgeous pieces are shown in dining rooms and hallways. She specializes in site specific work… aaaand now I’m imagining those white and gold ovals in a specific site… my living room. Love.





tiffanie turner & simone truong

I cannot even express how much I love this. I wrote about both of these artists during 2014… the first is the paper-sculpture work of San Francisco based artist Tiffanie Turner, and the second is the manipulated photographic work of UK based artist Simone Truong. Have a look:

Gorgeous, right? Well they thought so too! Tiffanie saw Simone’s work when I wrote about it, and reached out to see if Simone would be up for doing a collaboration… she said YES! Amazing! Here’s the result:

Gasp! Tiffanie’s paper flowers melting like birthday cake icing in July! Here is their joint statement about this project:

“Although working in different mediums, different scales and even different countries, artists Simone Truong and Tiffanie Turner both have one element in common; their subject matter. Flora are at the center of both of their works, inevitably forging an exploration into the difference in scale and mediums. In this new work, Truong strays away from exploring the transitionary states that occur in natural phenomena to embrace the delicate and still beauty of Turner’s giant, intricate paper flowers. By scaling these large, explosive blooms back down to a size manageable on the printed page, Truong captures their solitary beauty in a way their original capacity never would have granted. Truong and Turner worked together to find the tension and balance in these compositions, which were executed by Truong in her UK studio.”

Love. You can find & buy these lovely pieces right here.