Juxtapoz // Monday, August 04, 2014
There are primitive animal instincts lurking in our own depths, waiting for the chance to slide past a conscious moment. The sculptures I create focus on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms. On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Olafur Eliasson's "The New Planet" is constructed in the shape of an oloid, a geometric form discovered in 1924 by scientist Paul Schatz; the shape’s form is conceived around two congruent circles, placed perpendicular to one another with the centre of each lying on the circumference of the other. Very cool.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cai Guo Qiang is opening a show through The Power Station of Art in Shanghai, titled The Ninth Wave from August 8th to October 26th. A monumental and impactful installation of a fishing boat from the artist’s hometown of Quanzhou carrying 99 fabricated animals down the Huangpu River. Tigers, pandas, camels and apes cover the tiers of the worn ship, appearing weathered and dreary as hunched figures in fatigue. Guo Qiang took visual inspiration from Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky’s 1850 painting, which illustrates survivors of a terrible shipwreck, hanging on for dear life with overt expressions of weary souls who battled the woes of nature and its unforgiveable forces, blatantly communicating human helplessness in the wake of mother earth’s blows.
Juxtapoz // Friday, July 25, 2014
Horrific, eerie, frightening, and strange Takayuki Ogawa freezes the alphabet in time with oral expressions as three dimensional clay moldings. Oral:phabet is grotesquely and disturbingly realistic displaying mouths, teeth, lips, and tongues but revolving around the portrayal of each letter uniquely. Ogawa designed the English alphabet with inspiration from emotions, as was the motivation for his graduating thesis from Tama Art University.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 23, 2014
One of the most magical elements to the creative process is being able to conceptualize your imagination. Robin Wight does a spectacular job capturing this in his Fantasy Wire sculptures. Depicting a struggle between fairy and dandelion, the ironic scenario of such a delicate and fragile plant against a magical creature is beautiful to behold. Done with superb craftsmanship and displayed in its rightful natural environment, Wight creates dazzling masterpieces that are blissful to enjoy.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa explores diverse notions related to space and perspective in VOID and SOLID, a new way of world making, his first solo exhibition in Spain. Hayakawa’s architectural sculptures, made out of varying paper densities, represent the human-made structures covering earth's surface. His attention to detail is apparent in the cuts and folds.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Ai Weiwei just opened a sculpture exhibition at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. The work, entitled Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, was seen in the past in front of the Plaza Hotel by Cenral Park in NYC. The twelve bronze sculptures have been around the world, but for the first time they have made their in Mexico.
Design // Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user's presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 08, 2014
These meticulously woven sculptures of wire depict a frozen moment in time. Edoardo Tresoldi returns us to emotional moments almost like referencing a photograph, but with life-sized and larger meshed figures. So ephemeral they place a ghostly stamp on the places we’ve been and the situations we’ve experienced.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 08, 2014
At the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 2014 Annual Student Exhibition in Beijing is this hand-painted larger-than-life plaster sculpture. A graduate student of CAFA, studying figurative sculpture, created this piece in reference to the notable painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by French painter Eugene Delacriox commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. Relative to history, this pop art and kitschy piece heightens our awareness as consumers of the media in any society. This is a universal problem so…July Revolution of 2014?