Nathalie Boutté creates paper collages using thousands of strips of recycled tissue paper, pages from discarded novels, and most recently translucent tracing paper. The strips are densely layered like thatch on a roof, exposing just the tips that act like pixels to form larger images. Born in 1967 Nathalie lives and works in Montreuil, France. (via journal du design)
Incredible currency works by tattoo artist Scott Campbell as part of his latest show Noblesse Oblige that opened yesterday at OHWOW in LA. The top piece, a three dimensional skull, is comprised of a stack of $11,000 in cut, un-cut currency sheets.
Campbell expands his use of cut currency, sourcing uncut sheets of dollars directly from the United States Mint, to create large, intricate work with a sunken relief effect. One piece uses $11,000 worth of currency sheets to create an over two-foot cube, into which a three dimensional skull is carved-out. These works employ the familiar blue-collar vernacular of tattoo flash-boards – a skull smoking a cigarette, a skeleton’s hand in a provocative gesture, a single eye emitting a penetrating ray – and highlight the irony that exists within that imagery.
Japanese artist Tomoko Shioyasu was born in Osaka in 1981 and majored in sculpture at the Kyoto City University of Arts. Her immense floor-to-ceiling tapestries are meticulously cut by hand from enormous sheets of paper using utility knives and soldering irons. Her work evokes some of nature’s most complex creations: the organic patterns of cells, the flow of water, and the forces of wind. How these are hung without tearing seems nearly impossible.
Her latest work, “Vortex” (first two images) is currently on display as part of the show Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Japanese Art at Japan Society in New York which opened today and runs through June 12. 50% of all proceeds from ticket sales to Japan Society programming including this show are being donated to relief efforts in Japan right now. Here’s a quick video about it:
New work from Kate MccGwire (previously) who uses thousands of meticulously placed feathers to create sweeping, undulating sculptures that spill from pipes, fireplaces, and the cracks in walls like great avian oil spills. See this latest work at Soho gallery Pertwee Anderson & Gold through March 24. Don’t Panic has a great interview.
Do not adjust this blog post, and no I didn’t have an accident in Photoshop. This is the recent work of Canadian artist Evan Penny who creates stretched and skewed sculptural portraits that tower over 9 feet tall. Some of his other work is actually hyper-realistic, in that he uses silicone and other materials to mimic the texture of skin and hair down to the detail of every last follicle on a large scale. In 2007 Penny began working with an advanced 3D scanning process that allows him to skew objects virtually and then print them in foam using a rapid prototyping method, using the resulting framework as a base for the rest of the sculpture. Awesome stuff.