Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’


Certainly very appealing 🙂 . Federico Solmi‘s crucifix related to his 2008 hand-drawn animation video, “The Evil Empire”, according to a satirical look at the outrageous exploits of a fictive pope, and a part of his “ongoing desire to satirize tyrants”. The crucifix caused a bit of furor while recently being shown at Bologna’s Arte Fiera. One could guess that it was the prominent red and white sub-object that aroused local judge Bruno Giangiacomo – even though he apparently had only heard about it second hand. He sent in the equally local Carabinieri who seized the crucifix from its display booth and charged the arist with blasphemy and obscenity. Problem though was that it had already been sold to a collector and that the statute had been allowing the blasphemy charge had been rendered null by a constitutional court in 2000 – the judge hadn’t kept up his frequent reading of legal literature one could guess. So the whole thing was a bit of a storm in a teacup, although it might have been a good marketing campaign for Solmi, as these backfiring conservative censorship attempts often are (not sure what happened to the obscenity charge).

Interesting that the whole event took place in Bologna, which always was a centre of the political left. jameswagner pointed out that the city “has the reputation here of being Italy’s most politically and socially radical. The artist’s own home town and the capital of Emilia-Romagna, Bologna led the country’s socialist movement early in the twentieth century, was extremely active in the revolt against the fascists in 1944, and after the war, until the last decade, the city consistently voted for communist governments”. But then, the socialists probably have become social democrats and the communists socialists; therefore with the whole spectrum maybe having moved to the right, conservative attacks on artistic freedom might not be unusual anymore. And: Italy for a long time now has always had strong politcal extremes.

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Daniel Wurtzel – Garbage

Posted: March 15, 2009 in creativity
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Daniel Wurtzel – Garbage. I don’t really know anything about the work; I found it on myartspace and simply like it. Wurtzel is a sculptor, and Garbage is linked by him to Air, which means the ‘garbage’ is probably very light material, like feathers or flower petals, both of which he is using in other works of his in the Air series. And I guess the figure is a sculpture of some kind, which complements the lightness and creates the tension out of which a certain darkness, chaos, desolation emerge. Quite intriguing 🙂 .

Ryan Johnson

Posted: April 26, 2008 in creativity

Ryan Johnson
Pedestrian 2007
Wood, paint, 6 1/2′ x 4′

Ryan Johnson
Cart 2006
Mixed media

Ryan Johnson
Ramblin’ Man 2006
Mixed media

Guild & Greyshkul

David Mach

Posted: April 10, 2008 in creativity

David Mach is a sculptor and installation artist who puts wire hangers to use in his pieces of art. Mach first creates a plastic base of the figure he then wraps in coathangers. Hundreds of basic hangers are welded together and then the plastic base is removed, leaving the hanger sculpture ready for silver nickel plating. Mach has also used match heads for other sculpture work.

[via Art MoCo]

Kris Kuksi

Posted: March 26, 2008 in creativity

Kris Kuksi

Kris Kuksi was born March 2, 1973, in Springfield Missouri and growing up in neighbouring Kansas, he spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar, working mother, two much-older brothers and an absent father. According the the Kris Kuksi website, open country, sparse trees, and alcoholic stepfather, perhaps paved the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. His fascination with the unusual led to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him, as it seemed, was beautiful.

Skullwhip Scorpion (because Kris Kuksi’s work is best viewed in its detail, click on the hyperlink)

Reaching adulthood his art blossomed and created a breakthrough of personal freedom from the negative environment experienced during his youth. He soon discovered his distaste for the typical American life and pop culture, feeling that he has always belonged to the ‘Old World’. Yet, Kris’ work as a painter and sculptor is about a new wilderness, refined and elevated, visualised as a cultivation emerging from the corrupt and demoralized fall of modern-day society. He feels that in the world today, much of mankind is oftentimes a frivolous and fragile being driven primarily by greed and materialism, and he with his art he wants to expose the fallacies of man and womankind, unveiling a new level of awareness to the viewer of politics, war, famine, and discrimination.

The Deadly Sins (because Kris Kuksi’s work is best viewed in its detail, click on the hyperlink)

In he says: “My art represents the aggression that I have within me. My feelings about society, relationships, religion, politics, etc”. At the same time he does not only see and bring to to life the inappropriate and fragile but also the unnoticed beauty, his “the love for those things of beauty and harmony.” In fact, nature is his biggest inspiration, “the symmetry, anatomy and designs of living and non-living forms”. At the same time though he is “also inspired by the visual interest in architecture, such as Baroque and Gothic structures, and industrial buildings such as refineries”. And as far as subjects are concerned, it is “mankind and the human experience” that move him to create.

Reclining Nude (because Kris Kuksi’s work is best viewed in its detail, click on the hyperlink)

In his biography, Kris is quoted as saying that he believes “not in the Devil but in demons in the mind that create the real Hell of mental anguish, suffering, and guilt which inevitably manifests the turmoil of humanity”, which confirms that he has no religious beliefs but is a very spiritual person. Again, in he says: “Hell as described in the bible is just like what exists in the world today, the human mind creates this world and humans are what keep it a reality. If we could see that all suffering is because of the bad beliefs and prejudices in our minds, the world would be different. Maybe I am here in this world to depict these feelings through my art.”

Expecting to Fly (because Kris Kuksi’s work is best viewed in its detail, click on the hyperlink)

Here are some more quotes from in which he describes his work: “… Painting is a struggle for me which is good, we all need that. But intuitively I’m a builder and the sculptures satisfy that need.”

“I’m very self-critical and never pat myself on the back, never. I accomplish things very well but I never spend too much time enjoying it. I have to do more, I think that it must be for a grand pinnacle somewhere that I will be at. Maybe it is only to inspire people to change things in this world. Money is nice and it helps to do the next big thing, but I do this out of selfless motives. I’m proud of the work but I know that I always have to continue making it and getting better. I’m in a prison so to speak, I am one who won’t enjoy a nice married life with children. I won’t enjoy a relaxing vacation in the Bahamas. I have to be getting this stuff out. I’d say I’m like the old cliché of walking the fine line of madness.”

Lust and Self Abuse (because Kris Kuksi’s work is best viewed in its detail, click on the hyperlink)

“Yes, I’ve gotten a lot more political since Bush has been in office. I’m concerned about it because of what the rest of the world thinks about Americans. I guess I want to let people of other cultures that not all Americans follow Bush’s foot steps so blindly. War is something I am always fascinated with, and it has been a part of human history from early man. I like to probe into this aspect of psychology, and the irrational motives we have that create it. Aggression is something that isn’t exactly inborn in us, but learned. We teach our children to hate and have biases towards other humans of differing beliefs and religions. In turn, it is loyalty that drives one to fight a war.”

Church Tank Type 5A (because Kris Kuksi’s work is best viewed in its detail, click on the hyperlink)

“So here is the future upon us, war is present more than ever. The climate is fragile and changing rapidly. What happens in say 50 years? Scary to think about.

“Yes, dark satire is a perfect way to describe it. I tend to have a dark sense of humour when it comes to life. So many things are dark in our times, it is no wonder so much art is reflecting this. In fact we tend to make fun of how awful things are. But humour is a great way to expose something without coming across as crass.” 

Psychotropic Comparative Anatomy (because Kris Kuksi’s work is best viewed in its detail, click on the hyperlink)

For more of his work, especially his amazing intricate sculpture, go to his website.

… some more Marie Gibbons

Posted: March 20, 2008 in creativity



After importing the previous post I had a look at Marie Gibbon’s website and found some wonderful current work. Below I copied her introduction to it and added some examples.

wabi-sabi • 2008
Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Things wabi-sabi are usually small and compact, quiet and inward-oriented. They beckon: get close, touch, relate. They inspire a connection between one thing and another; between people and things.

This is a body of work that embraces my interests in the imperfect, the damaged, the destroyed, that we each witness, experience and endure in our own lives as human beings. These works are created through slip casting doll parts, then altering and assembling the pieces in contrary constructions to the original intent of the mold. It is my intention to show the soulful beauty found in any situation should one risk the moment to stop and connect. The work is not intended to be dark or macabre, but rather representative of a moment in time and personal experience; each speaking of the simple beauty available in any object or experience. 


Marie Gibbons

Posted: March 20, 2008 in creativity


i discovered marie gibbon’s work in august last year and i’m importing it here from my old blog. i find her small sculptures quite moving. there is a certain darkness in some of her creations, but rather than being disturbed by it, i feel an immense sense of beauty arising from it – and i agree with much marie is saying about ‘darkness’ further down. darkness is the journey where the soul comes face to face with itself, with its terror as well as with its beauty. for me, much of this journey is reflected in marie gibbons’ work … something that probably also can be found in her own words below, embedded between the images of her creation … 



“I work figuratively, in a narrative nature, using clay and mixed media. My pieces are informed through my experiences in life, and the experiences of those around me. Metaphor is important to me, in Art as well as in everyday living. The comparisons of one situation to another offers varied view points and outcomes that help me to disect a situation and evaluate it from several angles. I try not to see the world in black and white, but in the multitude of color, depth and value that is present at any given moment. 

When I begin a new body of work it most often roots in a particular situation. My own experiences as a woman, artist and mother, my take on the world around me and my speculations of cultural status quos and what brought us to that point, the trials and tribulations I witness as my children grow up, and my input through clay to prove or disprove that I understand what they are going through. I often start new works from key words and their deffinitions, cliches, lines in a song, poetry.” 



“My work is hand-built using a variety of methods: Slab, coil and pinch techniques, forming the total structure of a piece. 

Press molds that are assembled and altered to create unique repetitions of a form in size and general appearance.
Slip-cast pieces from commercial molds that are then released from their molds and dissected, altered, and assembled in new arrangements to create completely different forms and imagery than the original intent of the mold. 

The finishing of my work is not done in a traditional manner to the medium of clay. I use little or no fired glazes on my work. Typically my work is finished using Post-fired finishes: acrylic paints and washes, metallic surfacers and patina solutions, wax pigments, to name a few. It is my belief that “The ends justify the means”, and it is my duty to use the mediums that will best accomplish the end result I see in my mind’s eye.” 



 A word about “THE DARK SIDE” 

“Some of my work has been viewed as being “dark, macabre, depressing”. This ‘darker’ work is what I view as my most soulful work. These are the pieces through which I explore my deepest emotions, opinions, and experiences. There is a comfort in darkness. It is a blanket–it envelops us, nurtures us, allows us to close our eyes and rest. It also gives us the time to dream. If you picture yourself standing outside in the night air of a full moon and imagine the quiet comfort of darkness and silence, the calmness and solitude that night sky provides–this is the feeling that is in that black wash I gently coat these works with. The flip side of this comforting dark sky is that of our own imagination, and our lack of total control with our interpretations. That same beautiful moonlit evening can twist in a moment when we hear a twig snap and cannot see the cause of the noise. At that moment the hair stands up on the back of our necks, and the plight of the unknown runs fear through our minds. Now that once comforting blanket of night sky presents a looming fear of the unknown. This unknown is the element that often labels a work as dark, seeing emotional content and not knowing or wanting to address it’s origin. Sometimes it is easier to just look at it as darkness and dismiss, rather than connect to the emotional charge that it emits. This very situation is one of the reasons I love this ‘dark’ work–it allows me to have this conversation, to remind people of the comfort found under a full moon blanketed by the night sky.” 




check out marie’s website for her latest work!

Frank Plant sculptures

Posted: February 17, 2008 in creativity


Frank Plant is an American sculptor living in Barcelona, Spain. What makes his work interesting is his use of materials and media as well as his artistic explorations though collaboration. His two-dimensional sculptures are basically drawings in welded steel, while both his two and three-dimensional work incorporates stuff like photos, painted wooden backgrounds, fabric, light boxes, motors and sensors, sound and music. Some of his sculptures are not only visually interesting but also contain an overtly political message (like “Sequestrados/ Hostages” or “Last Supper (Liberty’s Consumptions)”). For more information visit his Hierroglyphic blog.


This is one of Plant’s interactive sculptures: when the viewer pulls the handle attached to the left side of the steel structure, the newspaper lowers and the upper part of the scowling face of the man is exposed and shouts angrily: “Do you mind?!?!”.

Another interactive work, this time focusing on how certain new technologies impose a new language. With SMS for example, a flood of letters and signs, a hieroglyphic argot at the middle of the road between telegram and stenography dominates the virtual world. The “ :`-( “ (“I am crying and I am sad” ), “atb” (“All the best”), “cu @” (“see you around”), “thx” (“Thanks”) arrive with power. F2T, a creation by artists Thomas Charveriat (France) and Frank Plant(United States), combines sculpture, robotics, hip hop, and SMS messaging to explore the ways technology shapes the development of language, particularly new forms of slang. Viewers interact directly with the artwork by sending it a short text message from their mobile. Once received, the SMS is scanned for frequently used words and, when a match is found, the four elements are activated. The main piece, “Rapper” begins to twist and wave his hand while mouthing a rap based on the message sent, the new lyrics culled from more than 150 different hip hop phrases written by Amsterdam-based lyricist and composer Jim Barnard. The rest of the piece is simultaneously set into motion: “Boom Box” starts flashing and blasting out the song while “Joy Ride” a bouncing low-rider, and “Shake Ass” (looks like it sounds) begins to move, triggered by ambient sound sensors. When the song is finished, a thermal printer spits out a souvenir with the original SMS and the words of the “Rapper” (see video below).

“The Last Supper” (another interactive work) is a contemporary take on the age old Christian iconic image of the last supper of Jesus-Christ involving the controversial icon of the Statue of Liberty. This version though takes more of it’s inspiration from Buñuel’s 1961 film “Viridiana”. The dinner in this case joins an unlikely cast of characters invited primarily for their roles in the erosion of civil liberties, whether it be through outright political or military demagoguery, or cultural, or economic imperialism. The five people involved in the project will be filmed as the twelve guests and shown gorging on what is already the body in repose of Miss Liberty. This installation is a reflection of the precarious state of post-September 11 civil liberties and how world wide events have created an environment where increasingly conservative governments place more restrictions on their civilian populations (see video below).


Scott Radke

Posted: February 14, 2008 in creativity

Scott Radke, Deer #4

Scott Radke is a Cleveland based arist. In NY Arts he writes about himself that he has experimented with various media throughout his life and is currently am focusing “on the creation of sculptural hybrid creatures with an extraordinarily innocent, yet dark twist.” He creates characters that are sometimes haunting, sometimes humorous. In all of them, he tries “to juxtapose innocence and adulthood”. Being innocent for him is not always being naïve. His characters are “weathered, like worn-out old toys, [and he tries] to present contrasting emotions in them”. 

He grew up collecting and studying animals; they were a huge part of his life for a very long time. When he works, he wants “to get that feeling he had as kid when I would find an interesting bug or frog”. “I loved that feeling of investigating it before anyone told me what it was, what it did, or if I was supposed to be afraid of it or not. I don’t try to analyze what my work means. I like the viewer to make his or her own conclusions. I usually start with a set of faces and let the faces dictate where the work will go. I have to work as much as I can. I believe that if I just show up in my studio, and get my hands moving, things will come together eventually. It is a somewhat blind way of working, but just letting it all flow out—good or bad—and discarding what I don’t want to use along the way is an approach that works for me.”

[for more information on his work, visit NY Arts Magazine]

Maurizio Cattelan

Posted: February 4, 2008 in creativity


Maurizio Cattelan is sometimes seen as controversial, and I guess these two images give an idea on why. Nevertheless, I like them (especially the one of the pope being bombed by a meteorite).