Several amazing sculptures from Chihyun Shin’s recent exhibition at Gaain Gallery in Seoul. Shin’s objects are created from a delicate layer of interwoven patterns, the shark appears to be embedded with a tightly-knit school of fish, while the chicken, rabbit and person seem to be made of flowers and other plants. I was unable to reliably translate much more from the Korean sites I found these on, so head over to Art Hub and Dinonabi to see more.
Japanese artist Kohei Nawa (previously) just unveiled his latest creation, a small rabbit taxidermy covered in hundreds of translucent glass beads. Nawa refers to this sculpture series as pixel cell animals, and explains that “by covering the surface of an object with transparent glass beads, the existence of the object itself is replaced by ‘a husk of light’, and the new vision ‘the cell of an image’ is shown.” This appears to be his first new pixel cell animal in nearly two years. (via mu-um)
Chicago artist Debbie Carlos is printing these epic black and white prints on a large format plotter printer meant for architectural and engineering prints. The pitch-perfect selection of imagery and the lower resolution printing result in some stunning wall decor. Get yours now! (via design work life)
The education section of Helsinki-based sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä’s CV is very telling, it reads: 1965-1966 Equine College Ypäjä; 1967-1968 Dairy Farming School of North-Savo; 1969-1973 The School of the Fine Arts of Finland. Meaning that for the better part of nearly 50 years Äkkijyrkkä has been working with cows, both in their care and using them as a muse in her lengthy career as an artist. Indeed, a section of her website reads “Models” and links to a gallery of nothing but cows. Her sculptures are immense. She purchases dozens of used vehicles from dealers around Finland and uses the colorful scraps to form these towering bovines that at times look coincidentally like an At At from Star Wars. Although a completely different artform, this symbiosis of cow and human reminded me of Miru Kim (nsfw) who famously photographs herself nude with pigs; the photos are really quite stunning. (via illusion, photos by juha metso)
Shrimp. Thorax and head: car mascot and tongs; antennae: radio antennae; abdomen: Solex fenders and hair pins; tail: electrical fans; legs: bike brakes and snail forks. Click for detail.
Grasshopper. Wings: Moped chain guards; abdomen: bike fender, dolex fender and old toys; rear legs: bike forks; forelegs: bike brakes; ends of legs: plugs for plaster walls; thorax and head: pieces of cars and bikes; antennae: bike spokes. Click for detail.
Dublin Bay Prawn. Thorax and head: car mascot, old car wing covers (aluminium); antennae: bike brake cables; abdomen: Solex fender, hair pins; tail: electrical fans; legs: bike brakes and snail forks; claws: poultry scissors, chromium-plated covers on 50’s moped tanks, slicers; eyes: inside handles of 40s Peugeot. Click for detail.
French sculptor Edouard Martinet uses myriad discarded parts from old bicycles, cars, and mopeds to create these astonishingly anatomically correct representations of sea life, birds, amphibians, and insects.
I’ve been wanting to do a post about Martinet for months after first discovering his work on My Modern Met, however it appeared the sculptures had spread like wildfire and were covered pretty thoroughly there and elsewhere. So I bookmarked his website and visited it occasionally hoping for an update (this is basically all I do anymore, hit refresh on artists portfolios until something new pops up. Thanks college education!). Then I grew impatient. So I shot an email to Edouard and after a quick exchange he pointed me in the direction of Sladmore Gallery in London where he’s represented and sure enough with the kind help of Gerry Farrell I was able to piece together some of these lovely images of his more recent work. The bonus photo at the bottom is a peek inside the artist’s workshop where old bicycles go to die and new creatures are given life.
A number of new works by Deborah Butterfield who assembles these striking horse sculptures using tree branches made from bronze. I can’t imagine the process involved in finding the perfect piece of wood for each delicate line. Her upcoming show at Danese in NYC runs September 9 through October 8, 2011. (via ex-chamber)