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Sarah DiNardo: Tape Artist

April 6, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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At a young age artist Sarah DiNardo became fascinated by the tactile sensation of Chiquita banana stickers. Over time the obsession with stickiness translated into one of her greatest passions: creating art by rolling endless lengths of brown masking tape into different sized rolls which she then places into found boxes. The folks over at Gnarly Bay shot this intimate portrait with the artist as she describes how her art creates calm and balance in her daily life. Loved this: “Everyone has their vice and I guess my vice just happens to be rolling tape.”

 

 

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An Alphabet of Animals Carved from Crayons and Other Miniature Pencil Works by Diem Chau

April 3, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Armadillo, Boy, Cat, Dove, Elephant, Frog

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Girl, Handstand, Iguana, Jellyfish, Koala, Ladybug

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Manatee, Nautilus, Owl, Penguin, Quail, Rabbit, Seahorse

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Tiger, Urchin, Viper, Wolf, Xiphosura (Horseshoecrab), Yoga, Zebra

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An artist’s medium is as varied as imagination allows and you’ll find hundreds, maybe even thousands of them here on Colossal. But occasionally a medium itself is altered to create an artwork, as is the case with Seattle artist Diem Chau (previously here and here) who works within the narrow confines of graphite pencil leads and colored crayons to carve her delicate sculptures of animals and people. A native of Vietnam, Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986 and would later receive a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts after which she began exhibiting her works in New York, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Luckily we’ll finally get a glimpse of Chau’s miniature carvings here in Chicago at Packer Schopf Gallery opening this Friday. Almost everything you see here will be on view and the artist will be giving a talk at 1pm the following day on April 6th, 2013. See more of her new A-Z series on Flickr and on her blog.

 

 



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New Bicycle Chain Sculptures by Young-Deok Seo

April 1, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Korean sculptor Young-Deok Seo has been busy since first appearing here back in 2011. The artist has continued working almost exclusively with welded chains reclaimed from bicycles and elsewhere. Seo most recently exhibited at SODA Gallery in Istanbul. A statement from that show:

Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society, he hopes to reveal the amount of suffering it places on the modern-day human. To express this, he utilized metal chains to create the modern man. Chains were made by our civilization and created through mass production, yet it is also just one accessory, one part in a massive piece of machinery. He considered each part of the chain a human cell and used the chains to create a human figure. Thus, this being’s form has been created in contamination by materials in our current world.

You can follow more of his work over on Facebook. (via my modern met)

 

 



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Artist Jason Hackenwerth Unveils Massive New Balloon Sculpture at Edinburgh International Science Festival

March 29, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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New York artist Jason Hackenwerth, known for his organic and biological forms made from latex balloons, just unveiled his latest work at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland. Titled Pisces the sculpture is the artist’s interpretation of the legend of Aphrodite and Eros: in Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and her son, Eros, escaped the fearsome monster Typhon by transforming into a tightly woven spiral of two fish, a figure which later became a constellation called Pisces. The spiraling form is made from 10,000 balloons which took three staff members nearly six days to blow up, after which Hackenwerth and his assistant Leah Blair wove carefully into this three dimensional structure. Pisces will be up through April 14th, 2013 and you can see much more of it on Flickr.

 

 



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Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures

March 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Remember those wild flexible paper sculptures from last month by artist Li Hongbo? This new video from Crane.tv shows the artist in his Beijing studio where we learn much more about how he makes each artwork.

 

 



Art Design

Irving Harper: Works in Paper

March 24, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Irving Harper: Works In Paper is a new book from Skira Rizzoli that collects the paper works of industrial designer Irving Harper. Harper worked as the director of design at George Nelson Associates during the 1960s and is known for designing the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller (as well as the firms’ iconic logo) and the ball and sunburst clocks for Howard Miller. Privately the designer was also an artist and created numerous paper sculptures depicting animals, masks, and other figures. Via Rizzoli:

Encompassing influences as diverse as Picasso, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the art of Oceana and Africa, the architecture of Paris, and the American beech tree that shades the Rye, New York home he has lived in for over 50 years, the artist’s private meditations reveal an informed aesthetic consciousness expressing itself as pure joy. Harper’s private work delivers on the promise of modernism: humble materials elevated by brilliant design and craftsmanship, and integrating the natural world to create objects in a universally understood language.

You can pick up the book directly from Rizzoli. All images courtesy Skira Rizzoli. (via grain edit)