Category: Art

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett architecture
Sunny Meadow Fun Park. Edition of 50, 590 x 590mm.

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett architecture
Skhayascraper. Edition of 20, 590 x 840mm.

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett architecture
Langa Longer Shopping Mall. Edition of 50, 590 x 630mm.

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett architecture
Bridge Below Starry Skies. Editions of 50, 590 x 490mm.

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett architecture
Gugulethu Gables. Edition of 50, 590 x 590mm.

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett architecture
Glory to Gold. Edition of 10, 940 x 770mm.

Con/struct: The Fictional Urban Architecture of Justin Plunkett architecture
Diepsloot dignity tower. Edition of 50, 590 x 590mm.

Con/struct is the latest body of work from Cape Town-based artist, designer, and photographer Justin Plunkett who uses his own original photography to digitally construct fictional landscapes and structures. He shares via an artist statement:

Con/Struct is an exploration into the themes of empowerment and imagination. Plunkett, using his own photography, has created new juxtaposed environments that encourage questioning and exploration: inviting the debate around how marketing- induced aspiration and perceived value can empower but can also corrupt, how it can be both perverse and create beauty. At the same time, at the core of his work, he honours and applauds ingenuity and the creative spirit.

The new works were recently on view at the Cabinet, and you can see more on his website. (via Designboom)

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New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components technology sculpture mandala
Technological mandala 30. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, 122 cm x 122 cm, 2013.

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components technology sculpture mandala
Technological mandala 30, detail

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components technology sculpture mandala
Technological mandala 27. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, 150cm x 150 cm, 2013.

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components technology sculpture mandala
Technological mandala 15. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, wood frame, 80 cm x 80 cm, 2014.

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components technology sculpture mandala
Technological mandala 34. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, wood frame, 76 cm x 76 cm x 7 cm, 2014.

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components technology sculpture mandala

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components technology sculpture mandala

Multimedia artist Leonard Ulian (previously here and here) has a number of new mandalas and wrapped books created using a variety of soldered radio and computer components. The mandala is traditionally known as a spiritual and ritual symbol in both Hinduism and Buddhism meant to represent the universe, but through his deep interest in how systems can be applied to the process of art making, Ulian has adopted mandala patterns to create symmetrical networks. The artist most recently had work on view at The Flat, and you can see much more on Ulian’s website and at Beers Contemporary. (via Beautiful Decay)

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The Sketchbook Project Introduces the ‘Pen Pal Painting Exchange’

The Sketchbook Project Introduces the Pen Pal Painting Exchange sketchbook project painting

Our friends over at the Sketchbook Project recently launched their latest global art endeavor, the Pen Pal Painting Exchange. Based on criteria you provide, the project pairs you with a like-minded artist and you’re both provided with a pre-gessoed 4″ x 4″ canvas, a custom canvas bag, and loose guidelines. After finishing the artwork, the paintings are then swapped in the mail. The first theme, “flight,” proved wildly successful, and the next theme, “classic,” is up for registration through September 1st.

Colossal teamed up with the Sketchbook Project for their 2014 Tour which has upcoming stops in Oakland, San Francisco, and Portland. If you want to participate in the 2015 tour, you can signup here for a sketchbook.

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Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Within the vast arena of Japanese sculpture there’s a small niche category known as jizai okimono. The craft involves carving realistic animals whose bodies and limbs are all animated through joints just like the real living thing. Some common subjects are birds, fishes, snakes and insects. It’s a craft that originated in the late-Edo period (late 1700s) when metalsmiths and armor makers, faced with a decline in demand for armor, found themselves with plenty of time on their hands. But ever since it’s modest beginnings, the lobster, with its numerous joints and undulating back, has been considered to be the most difficult and challenging subject.

Ryosuke Ohtake, a young 25-year old sculptor, caused quite a stir recently when he boldly took on the challenge and created an immaculate and animated lobster from wood. What stunned many was that not only was the piece carved from wood (which is considered far more difficult than using copper) but the fact that this was Ohtake’s first official jizai okimono. The lobster was part of a wooden sculpture exhibition at Tokyu Department Store in Tokyo this April. Watch the video to see exactly how realistic this lobster moves. And you can see more of his work over on his Facebook page.

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New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
Oh Diamond Sea Shore Drive Me From The Yard, Cape Town

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
Oh Diamond Sea Shore Drive Me From The Yard, detail, Cape Town

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
Cape Town

Artist Faith47 (previously) has been busy the last few months with new works popping up in her native South Africa and in locations around London. The artist is known for her use of existential symbolism to comment on nature and the human condition, specifically the struggle of many South Africans who grapple with injustice, poverty, and inequality. If you want to learn more check out this 2013 interview over on CIMA where she discusses the inspiration behind much of her work, and you can also follow her on Facebook. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Born and raised in the Philippines, New Jersey-based artist Gregory Halili is deeply influenced by the vegetation and wildlife he experienced as a child. His latest series of work involves a fusion of the human form with the natural world in these amazing bas-relief shell skulls. Halili carves and then paints with oil on raw, gold-lip and black-lip mother of pearl found in shells collected from the Philippines. The pieces will soon be exhibited at Silverlens Galleries in Manila and Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC, but for now you can see much more in this Facebook gallery. (via Junk Culture, Skullspiration)

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Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches wire sculpture birds
Robin, 12cm tall. Copper wire and telephone cabling.

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches wire sculpture birds
Swallow study.

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches wire sculpture birds
Egret, 48cm tall. Steel wire and telephone cabling. / Peacock, 110cm Tall. Steel bar, copper wires and telephone cabling

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches wire sculpture birds
Mumeration of Starlings. Installation of 60 wire birds dimensions variable. Paper coated telephone wires and steel wire.

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches wire sculpture birds
Lapwings. 30cm high. Copper wire and telephone cabling.

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches wire sculpture birds
Swirling Lapwings. 1.5m X 1.5m steel wire and telephone cabling.

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches wire sculpture birds
Starling Wreath. 100cm diameter. Paper coated telephone wires and steel wire.

UK artist Celia Smith works with various forms of wire to create delicate bird sculptures and installations. While somewhat abstract in appearance, the pieces are almost lifelike in form and scale as if drawn with a pen. You can see over 50 different pieces by the artist on her website, and catch an interview over on Ideas in the Making. Not shy about her process or methods, she also offers wire sculpting workshops.

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