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Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Cheetah, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Wasteland, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Gaze, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Hawk, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food Hunting, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Lotus Pond, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo silhouettes sculpture knives food
Bones of a Snake, Metal, 200 x 38 x 9 cm, 2014

Artist Li Hongbo, whose flexible paper sculptures we’ve admired many times here on Colossal, recently created a new series of silhouette artworks as part of a solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Each piece is delicately cut from the knife leaving a complementary negative space from which it appears to rise. Hongbo says the pieces are meant as a warning, that “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.” You can see more from the series here. If you liked this technique, also check out paper sculptures by Peter Callesen. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

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Heirloom: A Tablecloth Created with Lace-like Patterns of Collected Seeds by Rena Detrixhe

Heirloom: A Tablecloth Created with Lace like Patterns of Collected Seeds by Rena Detrixhe table seeds sculpture multiples lace furniture

Heirloom: A Tablecloth Created with Lace like Patterns of Collected Seeds by Rena Detrixhe table seeds sculpture multiples lace furniture

Heirloom: A Tablecloth Created with Lace like Patterns of Collected Seeds by Rena Detrixhe table seeds sculpture multiples lace furniture

Heirloom is a 2013 installation by artist Rena Detrixhe created from thousands of collected seeds that were applied in lace-like patterns to a large piece of sheer fabric. The resulting tablecloth makes it appear as if the seeds are hovering just above the surface. You can see much more of her environmental and textile-based artwork here.

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Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto

Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto sculpture paint

“2 1/2″ (2010). Oil on Carved Paintbrush.

Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto sculpture paint

“The World Is Your Oyster” (2013). Oil on Carved Paintbrush

Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto sculpture paint

“Reflections on Beauty” (2010). Mirror, Oil on Carved Paintbrush (Installation).

Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto sculpture paint

Geisha (2010). Oil on Carved Paintbrush.

Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto sculpture paint

“Doña Hongari (after Velazquez)” (2011). Oil on carved paintbrush.

Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto sculpture paint

“Untitled (Blue)” (2013). Oil, Acrylic on Carved Paintbrush.

In a poetic twist of fate, end-of-life paintbrushes are whittled down and sculpted into artwork by San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Szeto. Tools that were once used to create artwork, now bear the face of female portraits largely inspired by women of the Renaissance period and other female figures of art history. Szeto, who previously worked as a faux finisher, uses her skill and background to create playful objects that question our notions of beauty and value; trash and treasure. “The slow and repetitive nature of whittling becomes a meditative activity,” says Szeto, referring to her ongoing series of Paintbrush Portraits. For Szeto, the build-up of paint layers helps define their ultimate form as she reflects “on the idiosyncrasies of each individual brush.” (Via Lustik)

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Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures by Bob Potts Mimic Motions of Flight and Fish

Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures by Bob Potts Mimic Motions of Flight and Fish sculpture kinetic sculpture
Bot Potts, via M.A.D.Gallery

Working out of his one-man workshop inside a mid-19th century barn, artist Bob Potts (previously) builds wonderous kinetic sculptures that replicate the motions of birds, fish, or other natural motions. The 72-year-old artist utilizes hand-crafted gears, levers, cranks, and chains to create these minimalist pieces that are focused solely on motion rather than ornamentation. Each piece can consume nearly a year’s worth of labor in his upstate New York shop where he works without the aid of computer, instead relying on decades of carpentry and skills learned while collaborating with painter and sculptor George Rhoads.

You can learn much more about his work over at M.A.D.Gallery. The videos above were shot and edited by Bryan Root from Motherlode Pictures.

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Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

From heaps of scrap metal, old bike chains, and silverware, sculptor Igor Verniy creates birds, butterflies, and other unusual creations. Many of his steampunk and cyberpunk sculptures are made to be fully articulated, with dozens of moving or adjustable parts enabling each piece to be posed in several lifelike positions. These are some of my favorite pieces but you can see more over on his VK and Facebook pages.

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals

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Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Brussels-based sculptor Xavier Puente Vilardell turns blocks of wood into twisting, curled objects that look more like scrolls of paper or pieces of fabric than lumber. You can see a bit more of his pine wood sculptures over on Behance and on his website.

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Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary O’Malley

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

New York-based artist Mary O’Malley (previously) continues her fantastic amalgamations of porcelain dishware encrusted with ocean life titled Bottom Feeders. Like any object resting on the ocean floor, her sculptures have become increasingly swarmed by flora and fauna over the years, with some of her most recent pieces appearing wholly consumed by coral, seaweed, crustaceans, and tentacles. O’Malley creates everything you see by hand, the teapots and other dishes are thrown and hand-built porcelain, to which she adds sculpted wildlife coated with red iron oxide. You can see more of her recent work on Facebook and Instagram.

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