Sunny Meadow Fun Park. Edition of 50, 590 x 590mm.
Skhayascraper. Edition of 20, 590 x 840mm.
Langa Longer Shopping Mall. Edition of 50, 590 x 630mm.
Bridge Below Starry Skies. Editions of 50, 590 x 490mm.
Gugulethu Gables. Edition of 50, 590 x 590mm.
Glory to Gold. Edition of 10, 940 x 770mm.
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.
Technological mandala 30. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, 122 cm x 122 cm, 2013.
Technological mandala 30, detail
Technological mandala 27. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, 150cm x 150 cm, 2013.
Technological mandala 15. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, wood frame, 80 cm x 80 cm, 2014.
Technological mandala 34. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, wood frame, 76 cm x 76 cm x 7 cm, 2014.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
Robin, 12cm tall. Copper wire and telephone cabling.
Egret, 48cm tall. Steel wire and telephone cabling. / Peacock, 110cm Tall. Steel bar, copper wires and telephone cabling
Mumeration of Starlings. Installation of 60 wire birds dimensions variable. Paper coated telephone wires and steel wire.
Lapwings. 30cm high. Copper wire and telephone cabling.
Swirling Lapwings. 1.5m X 1.5m steel wire and telephone cabling.
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.