Tour: The SnowCastle in Kemi, Finland

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 06, 2013
Late this past winter, or friend Helen Soteriou headed from her homebase in London to Kemi, Finland to see one of the more awesome, bizarre, and crazy sculptures being made in the world, the SnowCastle. Maybe you need some background: Born in 1996, SnowCastle was a project by UNICEF and the city of Kemi, and has now earned its place in the Guinness Book of Records with its 1 100 meter long walls, and an astonishing number of 273 000 people visited the fascinating world within these world-renowned walls!

King Edison Pendent Lamp by Young & Battaglia

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 06, 2013
The designers Young & Battaglia recently released a glass pendant lamp that houses a tiny chandelier inside of it for the brand Mineheart. The tiny brass chandelier is contained within hand-blown glass shaped like a light bulb but with the bottom open. 

Wire Sculptures by David Oliveira

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
The wire sculptures of Lisbon artist David Oliveira almost appear to be small ink drawings on top of photos of a gallery. But no, these are actual wire sculptures that appear to be floating. Very cool.

James Dive Fits Entire Amusement Park in a Cube

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
James Dive of The Glue Society recently squished, crammed, and compacted an entire amusement park including rides and prizes into a 4-meter cube. Entitled Once, the piece is on show at Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark. Up until July 1st, "The project is about the finality of a missed moment," says Dive. "Creating [it] was undoubtedly the most violent process I've ever embarked upon."

Melting Disco by Rotganzen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The idea of the melting disco ball, or the overall concept of "the last days of disco" is exactly what Netherlands-based collective Rotganzen is going for in this awesome series of sculptures. The work has been in their exhibitions before, but most recently found its way in an exhibition at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. Some of tried to revive disco, a la Daft Punk's new Disco wave album that was just released, but mainly, we like the party melting away. 

Fan Xiaoyan's Flesh and Steel

Erotica // Monday, June 03, 2013
Fan Xiaoyan was born in 1983 in Gaomi, China. In 2008 she graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where she continues to live and work. Through the combination of soft, warm flesh against cold, hard steel, Xiaoyan constructs a jarring contrast that engages her viewers on a visual and psychological level, explaining that her metal-infused figurative sculptures are reflective of a "surrealistic virtual world in which men and women are equal... the arrival of a new era, a new kind of human being, a new power, a sensation..." 

The Work of Gerhard Mayer

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Nuremberg-based artist Gerhard Mayer creates large-scale paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures, and wallpieces. His wallpieces are creating using China ink and his own unique mathematical rules. Having been interested in elementary particles and physics for a long time, his work is made following strict regularities. 

How to Make a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle into a Sphere by Ichwan Noor

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 31, 2013
Art Basel Hong Kong, the inaugural edition of Basel in Asia, had a ton of sculpture and installation works throughout the fair. One of the ones we loved especially was Jakarta-based sculptor Ichwan Noor's transforming, fusing, morphing five vintage 1953 Volkswagen Beetles into these crazy installed spheres. This one was in the Mondecor Jakarta Gallery booth, and on sale for $88k.

Tom Eckert's Wooden Sculptures Don't Look Like Wood

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert begins with basswood, linden, or line wood and patiently carves and paints each piece to resemble realistic looking still lifes. "Forms carved to suggest cloth recur in many of my pieces...Covered forms are often more evocative - with a sense of mystery absent from the uncovered object by itself. We would love to see these in person.

Michael Johansson: "Real Life Tetris" Studio Visit + Exhibition

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This past winter, Michael Johansson, famous for his "real-life Tetris" public and museum installations, opened "Familar Abstractions" at Vigeland Museet in Olso, Norway. During the preparation for that show, our friend and contributor Henrik Haven caught up with Johansson at his studio in Malmø, Sweden. Even in his space, everything has a place, in its right place.

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