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Cut Plywood Relief Sculptures Embedded with Mandalas and Geometric Patterns by Gabriel Schama

Cut Plywood Relief Sculptures Embedded with Mandalas and Geometric Patterns by Gabriel Schama

August 18, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

Here’s a few recent works by Oakland artist Gabriel Schama (previously here and here) who designs elaborately layered wood relief sculptures with the help of a laser cutter. The pieces are cut from a variety of different plywoods which he layers to create varying images of the human form, architectural studies, and mandala-like patterns. More



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Intricate Mandalas Gilded with Gold by Artist Asmahan A. Mosleh

Intricate Mandalas Gilded with Gold by Artist Asmahan A. Mosleh

Nov.1.16

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Kate

UK-based artist Asmahan A. Mosleh spends 8 to 54 hours on a single mandala, publishing photos of her intricate works on her Instagram, @murderandrose. The pieces, often gilded with gold paint, begin with a pencil outline which she then traces in pen, and finally pigment. Pearls of paint are added as final details that give the circular paintings a bit of texture, adding bright pops to the already dense designs. Mosleh also works straight from inception to completion, absorbing herself in the pattern of one artwork before deciding which to begin next. More



Art Design

Mandalas Formed From Foraged Wood and River Stones Designed by Matt W. Moore

Mandalas Formed From Foraged Wood and River Stones Designed by Matt W. Moore

Jul.27.16

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Kate

Graphic designer Matt W. Moore has always been attracted to the infinite possibilities of mandalas, spending a great deal of time producing graphically-oriented grids on both canvases on walls. When Moore had the chance to take an artist residency in Eden, Utah he decided that he would like to reconsider the motif, gathering elements found scattered on the mountains and nearby valley. The result of his foraging is a series of neatly organized designs, concentric elements composed of bark, cattails, shale, and river stones. More



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Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures by Gabriel Schama

Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures by Gabriel Schama

Jul.27.16

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Christopher

Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama (previously) continues to produce intricate relief sculptures by layering pieces of laser-cut mahogany plywood. Some of his most impressive new works see mandala-like shapes contained within the silhouettes of people’s faces, a striking idea that imbues each portrait with an unusual sense of motion and personality. Other pieces seem to utilize religious iconography or patterns from nature like reptile scales or leaves. Schama is soon to release a new collection of work for sale and you can learn more via his website. More



Art Crafts

Hand-Cut Mandalas and Other Intricate Paper Works by Mr. Riu

Hand-Cut Mandalas and Other Intricate Paper Works by Mr. Riu

Jun.27.16

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Kate

Japanese artist Mr. Riu takes paper cutting to an intricate extreme, crafting mandalas and elaborate figures with a precision work tool called the swivel knife. This tool allows him to cut curves more fluidly, as the head of the knife can turn 360 degrees. With this movement, Riu produces asymmetrical imagery that is often filled with hidden details—winged horses that sprout from points in a star and snakes that wrap themselves around the eyes of his figural works. More



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Jay Mohler Updates the Traditional Craft of Homespun God’s Eyes to Create Elaborate Masterpieces up to 48 Inches Wide

Jay Mohler Updates the Traditional Craft of Homespun God’s Eyes to Create Elaborate Masterpieces up to 48 Inches Wide

Jul.23.15

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Kate

Far more than just popsicle sticks and yarn, Jay Mohler‘s Ojos de Dios or “God’s Eye” mandalas update the craft often seen at sleepaway camps and elementary classrooms. Upwards of 15 colors of yarn are included in his elaborate mandalas, producing pieces that span up to 48 inches in diameter.
Mohler has been crafting Ojos de Dios since 1966, inspired by both Huichol natives of Mexico, and monks from Tibet. More



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New Time-lapse Videos of Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

New Time-lapse Videos of Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

Jun.24.15

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Christopher

Artist Joe Mangrum (previously) was just in Zuidlaren, Netherlands, where he was commissioned by the Doe Museum to create 8 temporary sand paintings over a period of 11 days. All of Mangrum’s paintings are spontaneous and evolve as he works, a grueling physical process that involves dozens of revolutions around the artwork as he adds new details and flourishes by pouring brightly colored sand. All eight artworks were photographed as he worked and turned into time-lapse videos, three of which are included here. More



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Geometric Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures by Gabriel Schama

Geometric Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures by Gabriel Schama

Apr.1.15

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Christopher

Working with precisely cut 1/8″ pieces of laser-cut mahogany plywood, Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates densely layered wood relief sculptures that twist, intersect, and overlap to create various mandala-like forms. Each piece begins as a vector illustration which is fed into his laser cutter (which he named Elsie), and is then glued and finished by hand. Collected here are a number of recent sculptures produced after a successful Kickstarter project, and he has several new pieces in his shop. More



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New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components

New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components

Jun.4.14

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Christopher

Technological mandala 30. Electronic components, copper wire, paper, 122 cm x 122 cm, 2013.
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. More



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New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein

Feb.17.14

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Christopher

Using the flower petals of carnations, daisies, mums and other wildflowers Arizona-based artist Kathy Klein (previously) creates temporary mandalas in outdoor locations near her home. She calls the pieces danmalas (‘the giver of garlands’ in Sanskrit), and each piece is photographed and then left to be discovered by others. If you’re desperate for any hint of spring in your space, Klein now offers prints and has a 2014 calendar of her best works. More



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Sacred Space: New Technological Mandalas by Leonardo Ulian

Sacred Space: New Technological Mandalas by Leonardo Ulian

Sep.26.13

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Christopher

London-based artist Leonardo Ulian (previously) has completed a new body of work titled Sacred Space. Inspired by Hindu and Buddhist symbolism, Ulian continues his exploration of technology and spiritualism with these carefully sculpted mandalas created with soldered computer and radio components. Via Beers.Lambert:

Ulian’s reflexive use of the geometrical mandala can also be seen as a nod to his ‘past-life’ as an technican, but through his application, Ulian divorces the electronic components from their origins, giving new life to these (now defunct) technological bits, creating a new type of hybridization that is equal parts spiritualization and contemporary critique: “We live in a society that worships electronic technology,” he states “both for necessity but also because it makes us feel better, not unlike its own new form of fashionable spirituality.”

Of particular note in this solo show is an amazing little three-dimensial bonsai tree titled Centrica Bonsai. More