Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’

Gabi Kricheli

Published May 28, 2010 by Molly

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Gabi Kricheli’s sculptures and paintings are occasionally gruesome, occasionally pastoral and always intricate. We love the colors and the shapes and the abstractions and the crazy nuanced details. It’s not easy to describe, Kricheli’s work, but it is always worthwhile to spend time studying it.

Seth Papac

Published May 10, 2010 by Molly

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Seth Papac makes jewelry that looks like sculpture. Or jewelry that looks like a miniature primitive drawing rendered in 3D. Or jewelry that looks like an alien artifact. In short, he makes jewelry that looks like no other jewelry you’ve seen. These are more like talismans than, say, necklaces or bracelets— objects the would seem to bestow superhuman powers on their wearer.

Dispersive Hymns

Published April 30, 2010 by Molly

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Laurence Punshon’s sculptural set-ups remind us of hotel lobbies, alien invasions, blue seas and nameless horror. The still-lifes are sort of an artistic Rorschach blot test: a viewer will look at them and see the contents of his own consciousness reflected back at him——or that’s how we’re calling it, anyhow.

However you interpret the pieces, they’re certainly compelling and more than a little weird. But understated-weird, like dreams that border on scary but don’t quite cross that border. Tell us, what do you see?

Allison Schulnik

Published April 28, 2010 by Molly

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Painter, filmmaker and sculptress Allison Schulnik has complex conceptions of doom and gloom. She’s a natural creator with a formidable intellect and a far-reaching curiosity— someone who can talk about art as well as she produces it. Schulnik’s oneiric paintings of long-haired hobos, Klaus Kinski, monkey heads, clowns, skeletons, black cats transmute the strange subjects into striking totems; the results are not what you’d expect.

“I seem to be drawn to sad characters,” the artist explains in a Fecal Face interview. “The forlorn reject. Something about being on the outside. The outcast… I’m not really interested in what’s accepted by people. I like the things, places and characters that have been forsaken. On both sides of the field. The happy genius fool and the pathetic misfit. I guess I like drama.”

Check out more of the interview here. We also love that Schulnik fills her non-art-making time with making music, eating cheeseburgers and dancing. Whatta life!

Shaun O’Dell

Published April 6, 2010 by Molly

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Shaun O’Dell makes videos, music, drawings and sculpture with crazy-skilled draughtsmanship and a body of references that ranges from Moby Dick to Gulliver’s Travels. He’s a smart and spare artist, with works that invite exegesis the way that, well, Herman Melville and Jonathan Swift do. You could spend a long time with O’Dell’s work and find something new every time.

Nicole Cherubini

Published March 26, 2010 by Molly

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Nicole Cherubini’s sculptures are made of terracotta, porcelain, earthenware and other surfaces resulting from hand-built, thrown and molded processes. It looks old-school when viewed from afar, in other words, and totally (unexpectedly) contemporary when examined at close range. The artist started as a photographer but moved on to clay and has been working in the medium for years. “Clay and the vessel came to me as a complete conceptual tool for a discussion of lack and for an exploration of the decorative,” she’s said. Cherubini has also spoken about her interest in exploring the boundaries between two and three dimensions. (Cool.)

The artist draws on a wide-ringing but specific body of references in her work: the history of ceramics, Greek storage vessels, the artist’s Italian grandmother, the theorist Jacques Lacan, Hittite pots in Turkey, conceptual art of the 1970s and artists like Cindy Sherman, Robert Morris and Donald Judd. If you’re into abstractions and beautiful, complicated objects, she’s one to follow closely.

Shary Boyle

Published March 17, 2010 by Graham

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Discovering Shary Boyle’s work is like biting into a pretty little pastry, only to realize, as your taste buds tingle and your mouth starts to water, that what you’ve actually sunk your teeth into is a sumptuous three-layer cake.

Maybe you’re been beckoned by her vibrant yet vexing illustrations. You surf to her website and take them all in, reveling in these seemingly sacrosanct tragicomic scenes from some distant galaxy’s breathtaking fluorescent apocalypse. An instinct in the back of your mind warns you to run, RUN– but it’s too late: you’re been ensnared in Boyle’s wild world. Next it’s her sculptures that catch your eye, those oddly silent, secret-filled sculptures, and before you know it you’ve discovered her creeping, carefully understated paintings. And what’s this– she does live projection? Yes, you discover, she tours with Toronto musician Doug Paisley in a group called Dark Hand and Lamplight, accompanying folk singing stallion Will Oldham to taverns in Big Sur where she lights up an overhead projector and makes magic with entrancing illustrations.

Once you’ve digested all the sickly sweetness and savory sensations of Shary Boyle’s work, a deep satisfaction settles in your belly– followed swiftly by an insatiable craving for more.

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Clarina Bezzola

Published March 16, 2010 by Molly

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Swiss-born artist Clarina Bezzola mainly wears the hats of sculptor and performance artist, but lately we’ve become fixated on her psyched-out kooky drawings and gouache paintings. These portray a world of trash heaps and severed fingers, multi-armed women and anonymous human bodies into abstraction. Bezzola is a pro at painting the most grotesque elements in a light hand that renders them deeply engrossing, if not exactly pretty.

The artist opened her most recent show of sculpture with an Albert Einstein quotation: Every Belief in Separateness is an Illusion! and proceeded to explore that liminal space between interior and exterior worlds with gnarled tree stems and more severed fingers. It is teh radness.

Matthieu Lavanchy

Published February 9, 2010 by Graham

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Do you find your world bland and uninspiring? Is there a widespread dearth of eye-catching subjects to photograph in your normal, everyday life? Matthieu Lavanchy’s work reminds us that you can always just make something up. You can literally make something beautiful to take a picture of, right now, and all you need is some cardboard and soiled mattresses and wood scraps and moldy carpet.

Lavanchy, who is only 23 and already amassing accolades galore, is a New Yorker by way of Switzerland and a pal of Tiny Vices superstar Tim Barber. He photographs meticulously crafted sculptural installations and otherworldly interiors that exist in no other world than the image itself. These are magical nowhere places that seem to spring straight from Lavanchy’s sneaky subconscious to remind us of life’s terrifyingly endless possibilities.

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Kate Clark

Published January 19, 2010 by Graham

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Kate Clark’s mutant taxidermies are galloping into your nightmares from the comfortable nook they call home, nestled within that creepy crevice of dissonance– the uncanny valley. Clark contends that we’ve forgotten our animal natures. Hence: a deliberate confrontation. What witchcraft has allowed her to conjure the wilderness from which humanity foolishly fancies itself a castaway? What acrimonious Animorph technology galvanized these therianthropic transformations, and will it come for us next? Mystery hangs heavy in the air around Clark’s bewitching sculptures. Heed these words of advice: If a wild primordial memory embedded in an ancient strand of your genetic code beckons you to approach these gorgeous frozen freakshows, proceed with caution.

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