Portland artist Jo Hamilton (previously) has a number of new crocheted portraits up on her website including a recently shot stop-motion video detailing the progress of a piece that’s one party freaky and two parts amazing. Hamilton was interviewed earlier this month in Vogue.
Pamela Campagna of L-able (previously) just sent me some fantastic new portraits using her painstaking method of drawing with carefully placed nails and wrapped thread. I love this series just as much as the last. (thanks, pamela!)
Palimpsest. Aluminum. 27 x 18 x 9 inches
Redacted 1/1. Aluminum. 27 x 18 x 9 inches.
Soritical Maze 1/1. Steel. 28 x 17 x 11 inches.
Constellation 1/1. Steel. 26 x 28 x 18 inches.
Just last week Colossal featured the work of Hong Seong Jang who used the long aluminum sticks of moveable type to create miniature cities. Now we have the figurative sculptures of artist Dale Dunning who welds together lead type and other hardware to create intricate masks and heads. Of his work Dunning says:
The head that has been featured in my work for the last 13 years is a generic, simplified form not specific to gender, devoid of detail, resembling an egg. The head is universally recognized, easy to identify with. We live in our heads, see, feel, and experience the world in our head. It serves as the foundation upon which I can develop various paths to explore.
Though I’m struck by the the final shape of his figures, I find myself almost more intrigued by the processes Dunning must utilize to create them. I’m told that the last piece above, Constellation 1/1, is made from 900 welded bolts and washers and I can’t even imagine how one would embark on such a time-consuming process. You can see much more of his work here. All images courtesy Oeno Gallery. (via my amp goes to 11)
Lithuanian photographer and artist Tadao Cern has been working on a series of hilarious portraits entitled, ahem, Blow Job, that depicts individuals enduring gale-force winds directly to the face. Say goodbye to the next 15 minutes, he’s taken 100 portraits so far. And if you liked these, here’s a similar series by Jonathan Robert Willis from last year. (via behance)
Master of embroidery Evelin Kasikov recently began a new project involving cross stitched portraits. Using an identical grid, each image is created using a mix of geometric stitching styles and thread of varying color and thickness that results in these beautifully pixelated faces. See the before photos and other process shots over on her Portrait Project page where she’s posting a new work each week. (via the jealous curator)
If you had to think of a word to describe the portraits of classical musicians and their instruments, what would it be? The one I thought of is: extremely boring. OK that’s two words. But really, when is the last time you saw an exciting photograph of a trombonist? Award-winning photographer (and cellist!) Nikolaj Lund has clearly identified the problem and solved it. His fun and often aggressive portraits take classical musicians out of the orchestra pit and off the stage and literally hurls them in the ocean, makes them tumble on the streets, and stagger through the desert. If I was a musician I would be calling this guy immediately (fyi, he’s based in Denmark). You can see much more of his work on Flickr, and his website. (via reddit)
This recent portrait by Cape Town-based artist Pierre Fouché was made over a four year period using bobbin lace in polyester thread. I’ve never seen anyone work with lace and can only imagine the immeasurable skill and patience needed to create something this intricate. The portrait will be part of an upcoming solo show at Whatiftheworld Gallery later this year. (via lustik)
Three incredibly gorgeous portraits shot in an underwater environment by
set designer Hana Al-Sayed Jacob Sutton. (via designspiration)
Update: An early version of this post misattributed these photos as the work of Hana Al-Sayed. They are actually the work of Jacob Sutton (previously).