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Mixed Media Aquarium Sculptures by Mariele Neudecker Mimic Paintings and Photographs

Mixed Media Aquarium Sculptures by Mariele Neudecker Mimic Paintings and Photographs  sculpture installation aquariums
Things Can Change in a Day, 2001. Mixed media incl. water, acrylic medium, salt, fibreglass. 68 x 56 x 57cm. Photo by Alex Ramsay.

Mixed Media Aquarium Sculptures by Mariele Neudecker Mimic Paintings and Photographs  sculpture installation aquariums
Things Can Change in a Day, 2001. Mixed media incl. water, acrylic medium, salt, fibreglass. 68 x 56 x 57cm. Photo by Alex Ramsay.

Mixed Media Aquarium Sculptures by Mariele Neudecker Mimic Paintings and Photographs  sculpture installation aquariums
Things Can Change in a Day, 2001. Mixed media incl. water, acrylic medium, salt, fibreglass. 68 x 56 x 57cm

Mixed Media Aquarium Sculptures by Mariele Neudecker Mimic Paintings and Photographs  sculpture installation aquariums
I Don’t Know How I Resisted the Urge to Run, 1998. Mixed media incl. water, acrylic medium, salt, fibreglass/ 75 x 90 x 61cm

Mixed Media Aquarium Sculptures by Mariele Neudecker Mimic Paintings and Photographs  sculpture installation aquariums
Stolen Sunsets, 1996

Mixed Media Aquarium Sculptures by Mariele Neudecker Mimic Paintings and Photographs  sculpture installation aquariums
Ship, 1998. Glass tank, water, food dye, salt, fibre-glass, model ship. 64.5cm x 70.5cm x 177cm

In a fascinating blend of chemistry and sculpture, artist Mariele Neudecker builds three dimensional images contained within large aquariums, an ongoing series she refers to as “Tank Works.” Starting with source materials that include romantic paintings and photographs, Neudecker creates environments that attempt to interpret the 2D imagery in three dimensional space. The representational pieces are contained entirely within glass tanks filled to the brim with water that also contain fiberglass mountains, model ships, and other sculptural objects. She also adds chemicals that provide an element of atmosphere while also forming a sort of contained climate that changes gradually over the course of days, weeks, and months.

While primarily a sculptor Neudecker also works with film, video, and installation, much more of which you can see on her website. She discuss her tank works a bit more in this 2009 interview with CAFKATV.

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Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

In an ongoing series titled “Dreams,” Chinese sculptor Wang Ruilin creates surreal animals that don’t act like animals at all. Their backs, and sometimes their antlers, function as arcs that carry monumental elements of nature like lakes and mountain cliffs. It’s like an animal-version of Noah’s Arc without people. “Leaving individuals behind is painful”, admits the 29-year old sculptor, but it allows us to reduce confusion and see the value and force of life.

Ruilin’s copper sculptures are the result of Eastern classical painting and imagery that’s been combined with past experiences. He recalls a life-changing incident when, at the age of 4 or 5, he encountered a painting of a horse by the artist Xu Beihong. He became obsessed with the vigorous animal and has ever since identified with it. The artist describes his creative process as digging deep into his heart and excavating “works that originally exist from various experiences.”

Ruilin’s “Dreams” series was most recently part of ART Beijing earlier this year. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Behance.

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature by Wang Ruilin sculpture copper animals

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Multi-layered Laser-cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky

Multi layered Laser cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky wood sculpture layers

Multi layered Laser cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky wood sculpture layers

Multi layered Laser cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky wood sculpture layers

Multi layered Laser cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky wood sculpture layers

Multi layered Laser cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky wood sculpture layers

Multi layered Laser cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky wood sculpture layers

Freelance illustrator and graphic artist Martin Tomsky is gifted in the art of laser cutting wood. He creates everything from tiny pendants and brooches of small animals to these intricately layered sculptural works depicting entire illustrated scenes. See much more in his Etsy shop. (via Boing Boing, Jessica Olin)

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These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Ballerina, 2011. Grey Bardiglio Marble. 190 x 45 x 52cm

Irish sculptor Kevin Francis Gray works primarily with bronze and marble to create idealized figures draped with fabric in the style of Neoclassical or Baroque figurative sculptures. Though, unlike gods or royalty that one might expect to see rendered in such incredible detail, Gray instead creates anonymous depictions of regular individuals he encounters near his studio in London, often people struggling with addiction or other difficult, real-world issues. From an essay about Gray’s work by Rachel Wilf:

The resulting works portray these subjects—often with personal histories marred by contemporary demons such as addiction—with dignity and importance, yet they also express a somber, contemplative quality emphasized by the artist’s consistent shrouding of his subject’s faces.

While some artists now rely on laser cutting or other machines to cut from marble, Gray instead works by hand, from start to finish, chiseling away just like Gian Lorenzo Bernini or Giuseppe Sanmartino might have done in the 17th or 18th century.

Gray studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and received an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmith College in London. He’s now represented by Pace Gallery where he had his first exhibition with them earlier this year. You can see much more work in his online gallery.

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Ballerina, 2011. Grey Bardiglio Marble. 190 x 45 x 52cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Ballerina, 2011. Grey Bardiglio Marble. 190 x 45 x 52cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Ballerina, 2011. Grey Bardiglio Marble. 190 x 45 x 52cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Ballerina Bust, 2012. Black Carrara Marble. 41 x 35 x 35cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Temporal Sitter, 2012. High Polished Bronze, Bardigilio Marble. 89.9 x 89.9 x 169.9cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Temporal Sitter, 2012. High Polished Bronze, Bardigilio Marble. 89.9 x 89.9 x 169.9cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Temporal Sitter, 2012. High Polished Bronze, Bardigilio Marble. 89.9 x 89.9 x 169.9cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Temporal Sitter, 2011. Carrara Marble. 94 x 80 x 80 cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Temporal Sitter, 2011. Carrara Marble. 94 x 80 x 80 cm

These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric sculpture marble bronze
Temporal Sitter, 2011. Carrara Marble. 94 x 80 x 80 cm

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A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise-Julie’s Sculptures and 3D Paintings

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

A Collision of Cultures and Mediums in Paul Louise Julies Sculptures and 3D Paintings sculpture paper origami Africa

New York-based artist Paul Louise-Julie has spent the last 7 years researching African civilizations and art, including a year-long journey to West Africa and the Sahara Desert. These sculptures (and 3D paintings) are part of a resulting body of work Louise-Julie created in response to his discoveries and experiences there. The pieces represent a successful collision of artistic methods and themes from multiple cultures, blending ideas from Western contemporary art, traditional African methods, and even Japanese-influenced origami and paper craft. The artworks you see here are among his first sculptures. Louise-Julie is also working on a companion graphic novel that will be released gradually starting later this year.

You can see more of his work over on Behance and Facebook. (via Feather of Me, Cross Connect)

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Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Geometric Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood sculpture reflection light installation glass geometric

Artist Chris Wood works with colored glass to create colorful, prism-like mazes and mandalas of light installed vertically on walls. Her most common material is dichroic (meaning ‘two color’) glass, a material invented by NASA in the 1950s that has a special optical coating meant to reflect certain wavelengths of light while letting others through. At some angles the glass appears completely reflective, somewhat like a mirror of gold. Wood has constructed a number of different glass, mirror, and other light installations which have been carefully documented on her website. (via My Modern Met)

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New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

As part of a new exhibition at Black Book Gallery in Denver, artists Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker (aka. Hari & Deepti), have created a new body of work titled “Oh, The Places You Will Go!” The artist couple were inspired by recent travels through Moab, Utah and Yellowstone, Wyoming, and transformed elements of their adventures into delicately hand-cut paper sculptures infused with mythology and science fiction. Each piece is lit from behind or below with LED strips and the boxes are exhibited in dark rooms to enhance the effect.

Most recently Hari & Deepti completed a commission for Neil Patrick Harris titled “The Magicians Hat” inspired by the “Rabbit in the Moon” legend, shown below. They will also have work on view at Art Basel Miami 2014 with Scope International Contemporary Art Show.

We’ve been huge fans of Hari & Deepti here on Colossal since first encountering their work early this year. It’s with great honor that we currently have a few of their sculptures gracing the masthead of this very website. You can see several more of their recent light box sculptures at Black Book Gallery and follow their ongoing work on Instagram.

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti sculpture paper light

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