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Photography

Beautiful Abstract Bird Plumage Photographs by Thomas Lohr

May 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Photographer Thomas Lohr is known mostly for his high-profile fashion shoots for clients like Vogue, Le Monde d’Hermès, and i-D, but somewhere in his grueling shooting schedule he still finds time for personal projects, the most recent of which is a collection of bird plumage photos gathered into a limited edition book titled Birds. Lohr wanted to take a slightly different approach with the project and instead of capturing the animals in their entirety, he decided to focus on what intrigued him the most: the color, texture, and form of their feathers.

The abstract photos of wings, bellies, and other near unrecognizable parts of each bird are accompanied by each species scientific name like “Anodorhynchus Hyacinthinus” or “Geronticus Eremita,” creating yet another unfamiliar layer of abstraction. You can take a peek inside the book on Lohr’s website, and read an interview over on AnOther. (via AnOther, This Isn’t Happiness)

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Art

Feathers, Form and Function: New Cut Feather Artwork by Chris Maynard

December 4, 2014

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Using a small scalpel as his primary tool, artist Chris Maynard (previously) carves artwork out of feathers giving them new life on a canvas. “Each feather, though dead and discarded, keeps something of the bird’s essence,” Maynard tells us. Indeed, the colorful and sometimes humorous creations highlight the feather’s beauty but also encourages us to ponder the life of its previous owner. “Since I work mostly with shed feathers, some of the birds that grew them are likely still living,” adds Maynard. If you’d like to learn more about Maynard and his work he has a new book out titled Feathers, Form, and Function. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



Art

Cut Feather Shadowboxes by Chris Maynard

October 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Using feathers acquired from zoos and private aviaries, artist Chris Maynard creates delicately constructed shadowboxes that play with aspects of light and negative space. The artist admits to being “feather obsessed” and is fascinated not only with birds and flight, but with the color and texture of their plumage which he explores through his small dioramas. You can see much more on his website and Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe will soon be showing some of Maynard’s larger work. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



Art

Feather Sculptures by Kate MccGwire

October 16, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Schema / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Schema, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Sepal Speculum II / Photo by Ian Stuart courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Flail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Flail, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Shroud / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Shroud, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Coalesce / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Coalesce, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Orchis / Photo by Tesa Angus courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Cusp / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Cusp, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Smother / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

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Smother, detail / Photo by JP Bland courtesy Kate MccGwire

British sculptor Kate MccGwire (previously) creates uncanny organic sculptures from layers of bird feathers. The objects she creates are so precisely assembled that they seem to form hybrid creatures with tentacles or limbs that twist and curve into unexpected forms.

MccGwire grew up on the Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and lakes in eastern England where her connection with nature and fascination with birds was nurtured from an early age. Today the artist patiently collects pigeon and mallard feathers which are carefully washed and sorted in preparation for each new sculpture.

If you want to see her work first-hand this month you’re in luck, as she currently has pieces and installations in no less than four five ongoing exhibitions. You can stop by Le Royal Monceau in Paris through November 3rd, Gaasbeek Castle in Belgium, the Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2013 in South Korea, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, and the Viewing Room exhibition at the Marylebone Church Crypt in London.

 

 



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)