Art

New Distressed Wood Figures by Aron Demetz

March 19, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Italian sculptor Aaron Demetz (previously) will have several new figurative sculptures on view at Gazelli Art House in London starting March 28, 2013 as part of the show The Tainted with Korean sculptor Shan Hur. The new works continue to explore Demetz exploration of the human figure and show his incredible skill in carving wood. Via the gallery:

For The Tainted, renowned Italian artist Aron Demetz will present a new body of sculptures, which are a continuation of his long-standing fascination with the human figure. Working in wood, Demetz uses this material to highlight both the harmony and conflicts that exist between man and nature. These works are not only a reflection of human emotion but hark back to far more primitive origins of the first interactions between people and their surroundings.

The stark contrast between the smoothly carved figures and the eroded wood surfaces is absolutely amazing in these new works. See many more images from the upcoming exhibition at Gazelli Art House.

 

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Art

Intricate Wire Drawings by CW Roelle

March 19, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Artist CW Roelle lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island where he creates dense and detailed illustrations using carefully bent wire. While taking a life drawing course in 1997 Roelle was suddenly overcome with the urge to bend the lines he had already committed to paper. That night, and for many nights after, he began to recreate his line drawings with metal wire. You can see much more of his work over on Facebook, and he has some pieces available at 13FOREST. (via faith is torment)

 

 



Art

Suspended Feather Installations by Isa Barbier

March 18, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I’m really enjoying these suspended installations by French artist Isa Barbier who uses feathers hung on filament to create abstract geometric volumes. These two works above are definitely my favorite but you can head over to Documents d’artistes to see much more. (via jean-louis pitteloud)

 

 



Art

Big Air Package: The Largest Inflated Envelope in History by Christo

March 18, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Big Air Package is the latest project from artist Christo installed at the Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany, a facility that still holds the record as the largest disc-type gas holder in Europe that was converted into an exhibition hall in the 1990s. Big Air Package is the largest ever inflated envelope without aid of a skeleton (Gasometer Oberhausen bills it as “the largest indoor sculpture in history”) and reaches 90 meters high, with a diameter of 50 meters and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters. The work was conceived in 2010 and is Christo’s first major work after the passing of his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude in 2009. Via the official press release:

Big Air Package, Project for Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany was conceived in 2010 by Christo and will be on view from March 16 to December 30, 2013. The sculpture, which is installed inside the former gas tank, was made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope. The inflated envelope is 90 meters high and 50 meters in diameter. It has a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters. […] The “Big Air Package” nearly spans the distance from wall to wall of the Gasomter, leaving only a small passage to walk around the sculpture. Two air fans creating a constant pressure of 27 pascal (0.27 millibar) keep the package upright. Airlocks allow visitors to enter the package. Illuminated through the skylights of the Gasometer and 60 additional projectors, the work of art creates a diffuse light throughout the interior. Inside the sculpture, an extraordinary experience of shape, space and light is provided.

Christo says that “when experienced from the inside, that space is almost like a 90-meter-high cathedral,” which is easy to see just looking at these incredible images. The installation opened this weekend and will remain on view through December 2013. You can see many more photos courtesy Wolfgang Volz here. (via farewell kingdom)

 

 



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Human Faces Emerge from Splashes of Stainless Steel by Johnson Tsang

March 14, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Hong Kong-based artist Johnson Tsang creates fascinating stainless steel sculptures containing the faces of people that seem to peer out from cascades of frozen liquid. If something seems familiar about these, it’s likely that you stumbled onto his 2002 ceramic work of kissing faces made of poured coffee that has been widely shared online. You can see dozens of the artists works over on Facebook—fair warning, some are exceptionally bizarre such as a human dinosaur, and a cup kissing a saucer. (via my modern met)

 

 



Photography

Chicago Lights: Flash Street Photography by Satoki Nagata

March 14, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This winter Chicago-based photographer Satoki Nagata produced a series of abstract, black and white street portraits of people caught in the frigid elements. Nagata says that he lights his figures from behind with a flash using a slow shutter speed and doesn’t rely on double exposures or glass reflections as it may appear. The results are some pretty striking photographs of people that look nearly transparent yet appear to be almost perfectly surrounded by a crisp halo of light. Nagata’s primary work centers around documentary photography which is also well worth a look.