UK artist Kaylee Hibbert creates three dimensional and illusional textiles using carefully stitched thread. She cites the work of Gabriel Dawe (previously here and here) as an inspiration, and is exploring the idea of turning many of her designs into a collection of hand-stitched wallpapers. (via lustik)
I stumbled onto the online portfolio of Melbourne-based artist and designer Thomas Pavitte and immediately planned on writing a post about his insanely flammable 10,000 matchstick tribute to John Walker, the inventor of matches. But then decided his Blu Tack typography was pretty awesome as well, not to mention this dead sexy laser-cut wooden contour bowl. Is there anything this guy can’t do? Well apparently in his spare time he searched around online for the world’s largest connect the dots puzzle, and, finding nothing, created a variation of Mona Lisa using 6,239 dots, then spent a grueling 9.5 hours of his life solving the damn thing. I could really use a puzzle like this for my son on his next flight.
Artist Fred Laforge has an impressive body of work that spans several mediums including resin and wood sculptures, graphite drawings, as well as printmaking. Via his artist statement:
My practice focuses primarily on the concept of the atypical body. Within my work, therefore, there is a fascination with non-standard morphologies. I am interested in a particular body type that has been subjected to the judgment of value throughout Western culture. In these works, the bodies that are old, disabled or obese are represented for their aesthetic qualities and the visual poetry they emit. I present these bodies in a new light, flushing out the a priori of the real (is a fat body an ugly body?).
New work from Cleveland-based artist Amy Casey who paints delicate networks of roped and towering cityscapes. Casey currently has a show at Zg Gallery in Chicago through August 6. I definitely intend on stopping by. You can see much larger and detailed versions of these paintings here. (via new american paintings)
When I first saw this collection of paintings by Korean artist Kim Hyo-Suk on the Yuaenssi Gallery blog, I was certain they must actually be digital illustrations. After reading a bit it’s clear they’re truly enormous acrylic paintings, each roughly 6×7 feet in scale. The series, entitled My Floating City, was painted in 2009-2010 and features human figures encumbered by (or perhaps morphing into) impossibly complex architectural figures and textures. I am by no means an expert in painting, or certainly art of any kind, I just find things that I believe are exceptional or interesting and delight in sharing them with you, however I have never encountered anything like these before and regret that after over an hour of searching I can find very little additional information about the artist other than a few additional pieces posted on Neolook. If anyone knows more about Kim Hyo-Suk I would love to hear it!
Simply exquisite paintings by Canadian artist Jen Mann as part of her Fera series. I’m especially struck by the convergence of forms, animal and human. Via her web site:
She attended OCAD U from 2005-2009, receiving her BFA in printmaking. Since then she has focused on painting and developed a large body of work, which explores the subconscious, and focuses on ideas of freedom, perceived beauty, identity and home.