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Asinas II: A Dizzying New Kinetic Sculpture by Jennifer Townley 

Asinas II is the latest kinetic work by Dutch artist Jennifer Townley who is intrigued by how machines can create complicated nonlinear movements from a circular motion found in rotary engines. The work is a successor to a piece from 2015 that similarly relies on sequential geometric forms that rotate to create seemingly chaotic movements. From her statement about Asinas II:

The various angles and curves of the individual parts create an elaborated unity when joined together on the shaft. The two “wings” formed by these seventy-seven parts are able to slide through each other and rotate in opposite direction at a slightly different speed. This results in a movement that appears to be far more complex, existing of multiple layers, where repetitive shapes seem to be moving within one another.

Townley most recently exhibited work with the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and you can follow her on Facebook. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

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A Towering 4-Story Organic Structure Built From Material as Thin as a Coin 

All photographs © NAARO

Minima | Maxima is the latest creation from Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, known for their innovative fusion of computational design and architecture to build organic self-supporting structures. This new piece was commissioned by World Expo 2017 and now stands as a permanent structure on the grounds in Astana, Kazakhstan. Despite its impressive height of 43′ feet (13.1 meters), the core material used to build Minima | Maxima are 2mm strips of aluminum. From their project statement:

Minima | Maxima evolves the studio’s invention of ‘Structural Stripes’ — a signature material system for building self-supporting curvilinear structures — with a step in a direction that offers even more structural potential: multi-ply composite. Three layers of flat stripes — white and white sandwiching pink — are constructed in tandem, supporting one another as they assume curvature and gain height. One layer never exists independently, but contributes to and benefits from the unified whole as it is built.

The system warrants comparison to fiber technology — such as carbon or glass fiber — yet is unique in that unlike fibers, each individual component does not need to be in tension (a straight line), and/or their processing does not require any mold or temporary scaffolding. Also such a composite system is mechanically bonded, allowing for recomposition and corrections during construction.

You can see how the structure was assembled in the video below, and explore more work by THEVERYMANY on Instagram.

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Surreal Book and Lamp Installations by Rune Guneriussen Illuminate Norway’s Forests 

At no time defeat sunrise, 2014

At no time defeat sunrise, 2014

Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen (previously here and here) moves elements of domestic life into the outdoors, producing large installations built from books, lamps, and other displaced objects. His works are placed in remote areas of Norway’s forest, and either balance precariously in a selected location or illuminate a particular patch of the surrounding wooded environment.

“It is not as much photography as it is about sculpture and installation,” says Guneriussen in an artist statement. “…This process involves the object, story, space and most important the time it is made within. It is an approach to the balance between nature and human culture, and all the sublevels of our own existence.”

You can see more images from the conceptual artist’s outdoor installation series, which date back to 2005, on his website and Facebook. (via Ignant)

Protest art on separation, 2014

Protest art on separation, 2014

A plague on my stem, 2013

A plague on my stem, 2013

Discipline considered an option, 2012

Discipline considered an option, 2012

Globe clustered confluence, 2013

Globe clustered confluence, 2013

When man leaves men behind, 2013

When man leaves men behind, 2013

A 15-minute title, 2013

A 15-minute title, 2013

The heirs motivational speech, 2013

The heirs motivational speech, 2013

The beauty of the elderly, 2013

The beauty of the elderly, 2013

 

Acknowledge a new found grace, 2013

Acknowledge a new found grace, 2013

Accurate elliptical discourse, 2013

Accurate elliptical discourse, 2013

A finalized independent time, 2013

A finalized independent time, 2013

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The Uncomfortable: A Series of Inconvenient Household Items Designed by Katerina Kamprani 

The Uncomfortable is a series of impractical household objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani. The infuriating works play off of common dishware, cutlery, and watering cans, making the task each is typically assigned either impossible or extremely difficult. Every object is created from the material it would be constructed from normally, making siamese wine glasses and linked ceramic mugs all the more humorous.

Often before Kamprani creates the physical object, she will create a 3D model to test its shape. Two of my favorite hypothetical pieces are her toeless rainboots and concrete umbrella, neither of which have been physically produced.

To see more of her works from The Uncomfortable check out the architect’s Tumblr and Facebook.

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New Unexpected Miniature Scenes Staged Inside Jewelry Boxes by Curtis Talwst Santiago 

Christmas in Durban, 2017

Christmas in Durban, 2017

Canadian-Trinidadian artist Curtis Talwst Santiago (previously) imbues vintage jewelry boxes with both bucolic moments and scenes of societal disaster in a collection of work titled Infinity Series. For many, the lid of the box serves as a backdrop for the particular environment, while the bottom serves as a stage filled with miniature figurines and elements of water presented as beach scenes and oceanic voyages.

In his work Deluge Santiago displays a cramped boat transporting dozens of refugees, while in another titled Por que?, he presents a scene of police brutality in a purple velvet-lined box. Each of the small works capture a narrative moment of enormous magnitude, encasing the story in a protected vessel meant to be passed on and displayed.

Santiago’s work is part of the group exhibition Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon opening September 27 at the New Museum in New York City and running through January 21, 2018.

Gaia III, 2017

Gaia III, 2017

Deluge, 2015

Deluge, 2015

Nanganesey Creek With Deer, 2016

Nanganesey Creek With Deer, 2016

After Tom After Kim After Acid, 2013

After Tom After Kim After Acid, 2013

Por que? * With light on, 2015

Por que? * With light on, 2015

Olukun (Venus), 2017

Olukun (Venus), 2017

 

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Humorous Sculptures Twisted Into Unconventional Forms by Sergio Garcia 

Dallas-based artist Sergio Garcia creates simple, yet surreal moments within his sculptures, often incorporating realistic hands that are paused in the act of forming a bubble, or spray painting a wall. In one sculpture in particular, By Any Means, a miniature hand reaches out from a pencil’s eraser as it is being sharpened, almost as if to stop the mechanism in which the utensil is trapped.

“I have always enjoyed the use of the unconventional as a base for my artwork,” says Garcia in an artist statement. “I enjoy creating art that people can relate to and that stimulates the creative subconscious. Not only to create an emotional relationship between art and viewer, but to conjure up questions of how and why. It is this desire to create a connection with the viewer that fuels my creativity.”

Another subject matter Garcia focuses on is tricycles, creating sculptural versions of the childhood toy with loops, hearts, and figure eights in place of the traditional frame. The bright red and pink works range from life-size to palm-size, yet when photographed each appear incredibly realistic.

You can see more work form the Cuban-American artist on his Instagram and website.


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