This weekend I was able to stop by the Renegade Craft Fair here in Chicago and ran into a number of artists I’m going to share with you over the course of this week. The first was Chicago-based artist Dolan Geiman who aside from having a number of lovely paintings, silkscreens, and wooden constructions on display, also had a wonderful map of the United States inlaid with all matter of objects including bedposts and saw blades. Geiman said he travels quite a bit around the U.S. and picks up objects wherever he goes and uses them in his work. Although I love the style of these inlaid sculptures, you have to check out his site to see his full range of work.
Monthly Measure is a brilliant new desktop calendar by Sebastian Bergne (previously here and here) made from a metal gear etched with days of the week that rolls along a slotted piece of wood imprinted with numbers of the month. If that’s not enough awesome for you, the numbers are placed a centimeter apart so it also functions as a metric ruler. The calendar is being released this weekend at Maison&Objet and will hopefully be available in his shop soon. (via mocoloco)
A number of new works by Deborah Butterfield who assembles these striking horse sculptures using tree branches made from bronze.
I can’t imagine the process involved in finding the perfect piece of wood for each delicate line. Her upcoming show at Danese in NYC runs September 9 through October 8, 2011. (via ex-chamber)
While in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, artist Michael Beitz (previously) built this 10-foot-long outdoor picnic table that seemingly overflows its space on a gallery terrace and drips down a railing to a level below. The table was built from laminated poplar and marine epoxy and a video about its development and construction can be seen here. Special thanks to the Bemis Center for providing imagery for this post.