Archive for the 'Sculpture' Category

Joshua Hershman

I ran across this  today while looking up some other glass artists and was totally blown away by Josh Hershman’s work! Hershman creates cast glass replicas of many types of cameras and embeds photographic images in some of them by sandblasting the images onto the object and then applying enamels into the recessed areas. He then adds more layers of glass and then refires the entire form. The cast cameras are then perched atop tripods and in some instances the image that is in the camera has been printed and hung on the wall behind the piece.

Jersey Glass Art has a great write up of his work and I think they say it best:

“By taking photographs and joining them together with glass, he is able to link two diverse vocabularies into a unique sculptural vernacular. As these ideas and images connect, the natural play of light and optics inherently found in glass imitates the actual process of taking pictures and exposing negatives. Using the camera as a starting point for his creative process, he attempts to emphasize the beauty of its design and function by focusing on how images shape our memories, dreams and consciousness.”

As a glass worker myself who is interested in the interplay of using glass and photography together I think this is an amazing execution on the marriage of the two ideas. He is currently showing at PISMO Gallery in Denver Colorado and the images shown below are from his current show, Day Residue.  It runs from November 6-25th 2009 and I encourage you to check it out if your in the Denver area!

More of Hershman’s work and experience can be found on his website, http://www.hershmanglass.com/

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Georgia Russell

Sorry we’ve been so absent from posting lately! I (Kristen) am getting married this Saturday and its been keeping all of us pretty busy. For the exciting things that are happening over at {fill in the blank} check out our website: www.fillintheblankgallery.com.

For my wedding I’ve been making dozens of what I like to call book lanterns. The idea was taken from the resale shop Haystack, and we later found out they adopted it from Anthropologie, which always has FANTASTIC recycled paper art on display. They’re really easy to make, just take an old book and remove the cover. Start folding each individual page in whatever pattern you would like. It works best if you fold into the spine. As you fold the spine will start to curl around and by the time you get to the end you’ll have a fantastic sculpture!

Anthropologie Book Lanters

Because I’ve spent so much time on these I’m totally crazy about recycled book art right now. I did a search and found a fantastic artist from Scotland named Georgia Russell. She “slashes, cuts, and dissects printed matter, which she then manipulates and re-constructs into extravagant, ornamental, sculptural paper-works” according to England & Co, a gallery in London that represents both emerging and established artists. “The decorative qualities and inherent potential of her found ephemera are fully exploited as she transforms books, music scores, prints, newspapers, maps or photographs – sometimes with flamboyants colour and wild cutting, or with discreet play on the subject or title of her printed matter. Her works over between object and image.”

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New Artist Interview :: Mara Baker

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“In my Installations I purposefully choose to use fragile materials and form tenuous relationships between them. These relationships often have the outcome of perceived failure. The water can’t fight the twenty feet of gravity; the tubing system can’t sustain the pressure and leaks, or the sponges are unable to absorb enough moisture. Yet in this failure, I am forced to accept the ambiguity of an unknown outcome and revel in the complexity which foretells this assured failure.”

-Mara Baker

Read the Interview >>>

Girl With a Hook Sculptural Crochet

Heather Lightbody (Girl With a Hook) is completely and totally obsessed with yarn. She loves all the textures and colors…sometimes she finds herself thinking about yarn all day long. She is also obsessed with handspun yarn. All of her creations are made with handspun yarn, much of which she spins herself.

Heather has been crocheting hats for 7 years now.  She also crochets headbands, shrugs and scarves. “It’s become my life and my art. My ideas start as one thing and always seem to morph into something else by the time the end is near. That’s just how i work…the yarn and my mood show me where the hat should go,” she says.

To check out more of her amazing creations, you can go to her etsy page or to see even more examples of her work check out her flickr.

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Five Etsy Artists on Anthropomorphism

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MATTY8080 www.MATTY8080.etsy.com

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Frankenkitty www.Frankenkitty.etsy.com

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Sarah Ogren www.sarahogren.etsy.com

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Berkley Illustration www.berkleyillustration.etsy.com

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Skelatal Dropkick www.skeletaldropkick.etsy.com

Tara Donovan

Okay, so Tara Donovan is not exactly an emerging artist… In fact she is quite established, but her work is amazing. And having recently revisited some of her sculptures I decided to share her anyway for those of you who may not know about her. I first found out about Donovan in Sculpture Magazine {the Dec. 05 issue}. Sculpture is a great publication put out by the International Sculpture Center, and if you become a member you get discounts on their periodicals, tools, supplies and services {which can include foundries, sculpting tool suppliers and more!}

So as an excited undergrad I first found her work in this magazine and was totally entranced by how stunning it was. {I’m sure you’ll agree…} Donovan uses everyday manufactured materials in her work like drinking straws, styrofoam cups and scotch tape, to create her large scale biomorphic sculptures.

She is represented by Pace Wildenstein, New York and by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Donovan is the recipient of the first Calder prize in 2005 and was a MacArthur Fellow in 2008.

Enjoy!

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