Oakland-based sculptor and illustrator, Jeremy Mayer, collects old typewriters, disassembles them, just to reassemble them in the shapes of birds, animals, humanoids.
"The first few pieces I created were very crude, but I loved the idea of making something from an archaic relic and from only one other object. Reactions to my work are mostly positive. A few typewriter collectors bemoan the destruction of the machines. The ones I use are in pretty rough shape, so I feel no guilt about taking them apart.”
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Architecture and design studio Hello Wood collaborated with the Palace of Arts (MÜPA) in Budapest to create this towering Christmas Tree made of 365 wooden sleds. After Christmas, the it will be dismantled and the sleds will be donated to kids living in the SOS Children’s Village homes in Hungary.
A traditional Chinese papercraft is to make these toys, flowers and dragons and whatnot out of honeycomb latticed layers of delicate colored paper. Pull them apart and the form appears.
Li Hongbo, a Beijing book editor and designer, has worked almost in reverse. The flattened shape IS the form, often an entirely believable facsimile of an object that suddenly and inexplicably folds and extends. It is quite uncanny, especially when human forms are the ones the open and unfold.
Artist Georgia Russell slices and shreds books to create these otherworldly sculptures, and placing them in bell jars make them seem like some the preserved specimens of some alien fauna.
From her bio:
"The atmosphere of the original material she uses is extremely important to her, and her use of either new, or of older papers or images redolent of past lives, is dependent on the mood or idea that she wants to communicate."
Jennifer McCurdy on her work:
"Emotion fills me when I see perfect forms in nature, from the cracked conch shell on the beach revealing its perfect spiral, to the milkweed pod burst in the field, its brilliant airborne seeds streaming into the sunlight. The ordered symmetry and asymmetry of nature’s forms reveal the growth of life, the movement of life.
Living on Martha’s Vineyard, island time, especially in the winter, seems to conform to nature’s cycles. As a potter, I strive to make my work reflect the balance of life around me. It is important that the patterns I see around me are integrated into my forms."
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Artist Joseph Marr has created this series of preserved sugar sculptures called Laura, each one flavored with cherry, apple, Fanta, or licorice.
"Any desire at all is the reason why our soul is trapped in the karmic lessons of our Ego. Sexual desire is the most accessible concept for people in general to understand 'desire.' Candy is a wonderful medium to show two things...how we are trapped in the sticky situation and how attractive the tasty desire really is."
After developing his skills with painting and video, Marr began exploring unusual mediums like food. Many of his works include liquids like cola as well as flavorings like apple, lemon, and raspberry. The series here includes four versions of Laura, each one flavored with cherry, apple, Fanta, or licorice.
UK-based sculptor Celia Smith makes these subtle and nuanced bird sculptures with telephone wires.
Birds are my main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is my primary concern. I find that wire has a spontaneity that can give my sculptures a feeling of life and energy.with the wires representing a quality of line.
We saw a number of Chen Long-Bin's book carvings last week in the REBOUND DISSECTIONS AND EXCAVATIONS IN BOOK ART. I can't really get enough of them.
“In my artwork I always use printed matter – discarded books, magazines, and computer printouts; the cultural debris of our information society. The sculptures I create reference Eastern and Western icons and intellectual figures, thereby exploring cultural meanings and concepts. I always use text in my work and the content of the texts are relevant to my sculptures. My finished sculptures often seem to be wood or marble, though they consist of paper. They are constructed in such a way that the various parts fit together in a seamless manner.”
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Japanese skateboarder and self-taught sculptor Haroshi uses recycled Skateboard decks as the raw material for his sculptures.
In Colorado, Utah, and New Hampshire, Brent Christensen and team of sculptors make 5,000+ icicles and then arrange them as the bones of the castles. They spray the ice bones with water twice a day to create these massive and intricate structures they call Ice Castles.