The abundance of book sculpture I’ve seen online lately is staggering, however it was refreshing to discover the work of UK-based Bronia Sawyer who colors, folds, and rolls the pages of books to create these bird and flower-like plumes of color. Via her site:
I love to take something like a book and turning it in to something visually pleasing. With book sculpture I like the fact that books are flat and square they have order but by cutting them and folding them you can create organice and random shapes. I also like to add colours but mainly for the way it looks in photographs.
See lots more work via her Flickr and website.
(via illusion and all things paper)
A really wonderful set of four ornithology letterpress coasters, each with a fun visual twist by London-based Ryan Todd. Lots more beautifully designed prints and shirts in his shop. (via notcot)
Exquisite bird photographs by Canadian photographer Troy Moth. His series of ocean photos, In These Waters, is also incredible. (via the best part)
From Here to Ear (v. 13) is the thirteenth iteration of an installation by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Primarily a sensory experience, the exhibit is meant to engage both visually and audibly as 40 finches hop delicately through a dense matrix created from hundreds of metal hangers causing vibrations and clinks that mix with the birds natural songs. Boursier-Mougenot made the rounds on several blogs last year for his audio work with finches and electric guitars. The exhibit is up through April 26. (via lost in e minor)
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.
New York artist Paul Villinski is seemingly obsessed with flight. It has driven him to personally man the cockpits of paragliders and sailplanes and it permeates his artwork which ranges from elegant installations of butterflies made from recycled beer cans and wheelchairs converted to airplanes. The above images are from a 2010 installation called Diaspora in which he crafted dozens of vinyl LP records into a flock of dispersing birds. (via domestica)
New work from Christina Empedocles who was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Empedocle eventually graduated from Oberlin College to become a geologist in San Francisco and then got an MFA in painting from California College of the Arts in 2008.
By folding and cutting images, using sculpture, painting and collage, she records personal moments and impressions, enhanced by the ephemera of everyday. Her work is the result of hours of looking – contrasting the nostalgic fantasy of idealized memory and the intense focus of the realistic image.
See more of her work at David B. Smith Gallery.
Wonderfully crafted paper birds by artist and illustrator Andy Singleton as part of a commission from the Crafts Council that will be unveiled March 10. (via quipsologies)
Update: See the completed project here.