medium /// sculpture




in memory of ruth asawa



I honestly don’t know what I love more… the beautifully complex wire sculptures of Asian American artist Ruth Asawa, or the photographs of Ruth with her beautifully complex wire sculptures. Sigh… it’s all just so stunning. Sadly, Ruth passed away, at the age of 87 in her San Francisco home on Monday night. I found this lovely statement about her, from the curator of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco {Timothy Burgard}:

“Ruth Asawa will be remembered for the extraordinary wire sculptures that so beautifully interweave nature and culture… [she was] a pioneering post-World War II modernist whose works have transcended the multiple barriers she faced as an Asian American woman artist working with traditional ‘craft’ materials and techniques. She lived to see all of these confining categories challenged and redefined.”

Rest in peace, Ruth ♥





i’m jealous of juan & alejandro mingarro

A unicorn covered in cute food? I’m in. This crazy unicorn is the work of Spanish artists {and brothers} Juan and Alejandro Mingarro, aka Brosmind. Their Barcelona based studio is the hub for their very successful illustration company, but it’s their wacky personal projects that got me… like the unicorn, and this completely padded art show viewing wagon, for example:

Watch out for the ice cream on the seat! Ok, so I have no idea what the unicorn is about {except that it’s awesome}, but here’s the scoop on the wagon:

Brosmind WAGON is a hilarious car covered with beanbags and powered by pedals. It was created for the collective exhibition ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds, taking place at the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, Ohio (March-September 2013). All the visitors attending the exhibition are invited to drive it in order to tour the exhibition from a funny point of view. Technical support by Isaac Salom. Pillows manufactured by Woouf.





i’m jealous of lee borthwick


Sigh… I would love to stumble across these mirror-covered chunks of wood while out for a stroll in countryside! London based installation artist Lee Borthwick uses “natural, organic and reclaimed materials, allowing the viewer to recapture the sense of reflection offered by dramatic landscapes.” Yes. Yes she does! Luckily, if you live in the UK, you don’t have to hope for a chance encounter with her work in the woods – she has recently been commissioned by Anthropologie EU to take her gorgeous wood/mirror/wire tapestries {each one is totally unique and hand-made by Lee} from the woods, to your wall:

Oh my.

{ps. if you live anywhere other than the UK, you can try contacting Lee directly if you want to buy one of her tapestries}





i’m jealous of lori larusso

This is the work of American artist Lori Larusso. Prints? No. Paintings? Kinda. They are acrylic paintings, but I might be tempted to call them sculptures. See some of those shadows? Yep, these are actually paintings on intricately cut panels {all around the 4′ mark}. Gorgeous! And besides the beautifully mundane domestic subject matter {which I am obsessed with!}, in perfectly chosen colors, I think what I love most is that fact that they’re a bit of a mind trick… by cutting the panels, Lori gives so much dimension to these totally flat, partially dissected spaces. Ah-mazing.





i’m jealous of john breed

Netherlands based artist John Breed is the man behind this beautifully bizarre installation, titled “Shoe Salon Breuninger”. Yep, you’re looking at 145 fabulous shoes on 145 perfect, rainbow-hued legs. Need I say more? Ok, maybe just one more little thing:

Gah! Golden legs! {“Medusa’s Shoes”, an Installation at Grassi Museum, Leipzig}

{via Colossal}





i’m jealous of todd sanders




So, I was in Austin a few weeks ago, and somehow, found THIS! I’d read about this gallery, Roadhouse Relics, but never thought I’d actually have time during my whirl wind trip to make it over there… and then there it was, right in front of me as I crossed First Street… it was an artsy miracle.

All of these old vintage neon signs, are actually brand new neon signs designed and built to look old, by Austin artist Todd Sanders. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I did my best to document a few of my favorites {some are posted above}, but one was missing. There was a piece that I’d seen/loved online that wasn’t up in the gallery that day. This is it:

A giant mason jar full of neon fireflies? Love.





i’m jealous of janet echelman




Oh my word. American artist Janet Echelman makes huge, sculptural nets that are colorful and billowing during the day, and light up the skyline like beautifully bizarre jellyfish at night. Not that Amsterdam needs any help being beautiful, but yowza, that first piece in the top of the post creates an insanely stunning view of the city! Janet was originally a painter (USA), who studied calligraphy (China), and then dabbled in textiles (Bali), after which she was a teacher at Harvard (USA), and eventually ended up working in sculpture (India)… um, who’s inspired?! Yep, me too.





i’m jealous of aaron moran… again

Oooooh! New work by Vancouver artist Aaron Moran. I wrote about his salvaged-wood sculptures a couple of years ago {which I still love more than I can say!}, but when I saw this series, titled Section 1, I had to share it. Boy oh boy, it’s pretty amazing what he can do with bits of wood and a tiny amount of perfectly chosen house paint. Love.





i’m jealous of luka fineisen

Bubbles!!!! Oh my gosh, I’m trying so hard not to make a joke about ‘pop’ art.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to come around a corner, and find a floor full of giant, delicate, unpoppable plastic bubbles? Well, if you’re lucky enough to see the installation work of German artist Luka Fineisen, that’s exactly what you’ll get! *POP*

{via Fine Line Magazine}





i’m jealous of cecilia levy

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Shall we make a toast… with tea?

Yes! A lovely, papery, tea-cuppy way to ring in 2013! This is the gorgeous work of Swedish artist Cecilia Levy. Delicate, complex, and yet, so simple. Now, this didn’t  really work into the whole ‘new year’ thing, but look at this! Paper eggs, and thistles!!!


Sigh… 2013 is going to be good! Happy happy to you and yours! xo