Shawn Smith (previously) has a number of new pixelated animal sculptures on display at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Smith works primarily with balsa and bass wood that he meticulously cuts, dyes, and assembles to create these beautiful animals. Smith via the gallery:
For the past few years, I have been creating a series of “Re-things.” These whimsical sculptures represent pixelated animals and objects of nature. I am specifically interested in subjects that I have never seen in real life. I find images of my subjects online and then create three-dimensional sculptural representations of these two-dimensional images. I build my “Re-things” pixel by pixel to understand how each pixel plays a crucial role in the identity of an object. Through the process of pixelation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. Making the intangible tangible, I view my building process as an experiment in alchemy, using man-made composite and recycled materials to represent natural forms.
Sculptor Manuel Martí Moreno lives and works in Valencia, Spain and forms these wonderful figurative pieces out of iron nuts. Via email Moreno says that he is most interested in showing the passage of time, the transience of life, and our collective awareness of our own mortality, seemingly evidenced by the spectre of decay at the edges of his works. You can see more images including installation shots on his blog, and also here. If you liked this, also check out the sculptures of Park Chan-Girl. Thanks Manuel for sharing your work with Colossal!
Photographer Thomas Jackson (previously) has been working on a new series of images based on the idea of swarms, shooting large hovering masses of objects in locations around New York. He says the idea is still a work in progress and that some of these photos should just be considered “sketches,” but I think they’re really fantastic already. See them a bit larger on his site.
Measuring Angst is a robotic sculptural installation by artist Jonathan Schipper that simulates the mundane act of throwing a glass bottle across a room into a brick wall. The event happens in slow motion, taking nearly 12 minutes to complete as the bottle rotates slowly through the gallery space and then gradually explodes into smaller fragments before rewinding and starting again. Schipper also famously (and somewhat infamously if you’re a car aficionado) crashed two muscle cars over a period of six days in his pieces entitled The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle.
These whimsical sculptures by Korean artist Kang Duck-Bong are made by adhering myriad cuts of PVC pipe and covering them in a thick shellac of urethane paint. The process creates an uncanny sense of motion, the figures appearing blurred and perpetually in motion. Kang’s work is on display at Gallery 4Walls in Seoul through December 23 as part of his solo show, Disguise. A huge thanks to Cho at Gallery 4Walls for providing the imagery for this post.
Over the past week or so my in-box and feed reader has been suddenly peppered with papercraft. From pop-ups to sculptures, wrapping paper to origami, it seems this paper stuff isn’t just a passing fad. I started writing individual posts for several of these and finally decided to group them together into an epic paper roundup. Enjoy.
Papercraft Pinhole Camera
Although it’s still just a prototype, this folded polaroid camera will eventually be a template for a functional pinhole camera. The handywork of UK-based Matthew Nicholson who made this great paper Leica pinhole earlier this year. (via photojojo)
I just posted about Diana Beltran Herrera’s paper birds last month, but this new parrot was too great to pass up. It seems like each new animal she creates is more complex than the last. Can’t wait to see where this goes.
The Popupology shop has all kinds of crazy cool pop-up-related cards from architectural structures to geometric shapes and folding space invader bookmarks. YES. Get shopping.
Inkjet Print Shoe
That’s right, paper. Artist Julie VonDer Vellen is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and makes these extraordinary shoes out of ink jet prints. Via email she told me her research expands on traditional storytelling and memoir presentation where significant moments such as personal stories as well as those of friends and family are interwoven into handmade paper crafted from recycled cotton clothing. Beautiful work.
A similar variation of this cover for the Annual Chicago Show of Typographic Allstars could have been done digitally, in Photoshop, with an hour or so of work. Instead, Darren McPherson and Will Miller decided to do things right and built the cover entirely by hand before photographing it, giving the book a striking visual appearance that conveys depth and care. More design like this please.
Hamburger Wrapping Paper
And last but not least, head on over to Kickstarter to check out Gift Couture’s Premium Wrapping Paper Sets, guaranteed to turn that boring stack of book presents into a greasy, mouthwatering tower of solid paper junk food.