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Art Design

Green Pedestrian Crossing in China Creates Leaves from Footprints

August 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Jody Xiong of DDB China in conjunction with the China Environmental Protection Foundation created this wonderful outdoor campaign to create a subtle visual reminder of the environmental benefits of walking versus driving. Enormous white canvases with a bare tree were placed across 132 crosswalks in 15 Chinese cities. As pedestrians crossed their shoe soles were imprinted with a small amount of green paint, leaving behind a trail of leaf-like footprints. BBD estimated that nearly 3,920,000 people passed through the installations, and the final posters were eventually hung has billboards in several urban locations. Awesome! (via moeity)

 

 



Art

Collapsible Leaves: Plant Sculptures by Azuma Makoto

July 30, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Artist and designer Azuma Makoto (previously here and here) was born in 1976 and runs a haute couture flower shop called JARDINS des FLEURS in Moto-Azabu, Tokyo. His work with plants and flowers also extends into personal artistic practice and client work where he creates a wide variety of sculptures, installations and objects using tress, leaves, moss, and other plants both organic and artificial. One of his most recent exhibitions, Collapsible Leaves at Eye of Gyre Gallery involved a remarkable collection of suspended and mounted sculptures made of tightly folded and layered leaves. The pieces are unique in that I imagine they must have required rapid assembly a single leaf at a time, and yet look as if they are naturally occurring objects. If you’re just learning about Makoto’s work for the first time, be sure to also check out his suspended trees and other private works.

 

 



Art

Leaf Paintings by Brad Kunkle

July 9, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Artist Brad Kunkle lives and works in New York where he paints these extraordinary, dreamlike scenes of women swathed and shrouded in layers of leaves. The leaves often form the backdrop of his images functioning as water, wind, blankets, earth or perhaps all of the above. Via Arcadia Fine Art:

Brad was searching for an unnatural quality in his paintings, and it was ironically discovered by reducing his processes to the elements of painting he felt came most natural to him. His minimal palette is inspired by the grisailles of early European masters and the haunting quality of antique photographs and daguerreotypes. “Grisaille has a mysterious quality to it, and that mysterious quality is also at times carried into the way I will treat an object or a dress. Sometimes I like to give just enough information for the viewer to finish the details of what they are seeing.”

Brad had his most recent solo show at Arcadia Fine Art back in April, and is currently working on a new body of work that will be shown at the LA Fine Art Show in 2013.

 

 



Illustration

Drawing with Leaves

April 17, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’m loving these figurative sketchbook illustrations created around the forms of pressed leaves. They showed up in the Tumblr of the Sketching Backpacker who has some serious chops when it comes to documenting their travels using paint, collage, pencil, or anything else available, I definitely recommend getting lost for a moment. (via fuck yeah book arts!)

 

 



Art

Tree Leaves Made of Stitched and Knotted Human Hair

February 1, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Here’s one of the more unconventional use of materials you’ll ever see. Sculptor and installation artist Jenine Shereos creates these delicate, near weightless tree leaves by tying together individual strands of human hair. Via her website:

In this series, the intricacies of a leaf’s veining are recreated by wrapping, stitching, and knotting together strands of human hair. Inspired by the delicate and detailed venation of a leaf, I began stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water- soluble backing material. At each point where one strand of hair intersected another, I stitched a tiny knot, so that when the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form. Creating this work was a very meditative process for me, as I found myself lost in the detail of the small, organic microcosms that began taking shape.

You can see much more of her sculptural and installation work in her portfolio. Photos above courtesy Robert Diamante.

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