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Imagine a gigantic caterpillar processing tons of wooden waste as it slithers through the streets of the big apple. A bug as ravenous as the imagination of Mikhail Gubin, the artist behind a collection of visionary sculptures. That’s right, the imagination of Gubin (1953) has the shape of a very rare caterpillar that feeds on trash, fattens at every city block it passes, and, after having digested, expels elaborate abstract sculptures. Miniature worlds of wood, paper and acrylic that resemble pulsing cities or the remains of animals that have exploded in the digestive tract of an imaginary slithering creature. Everything from Queens to Manhattan is an enormous goldmine of material for artist Mikhail Gubin, who breathes new life into parts of furniture, abandoned toys and other trash by reassembling the pieces and decorating them with paint and chisel. Ukraine-born naturalized American Gubin is no new name in the world of art.
And if memories became objects? Small portable homes, like snail shells in which to take refuge when the winter comes? Jewelry designer Francis Willemstijn creates them using her past like a color palette. After having been inspired by her ancestors from the 17th century and her childhood memories in her two previous series, this latest one sees Francis putting together a collection of brooches called "Making Home", formed by fragments of materials found in the house and garden where the designer used to live. Her pieces charged with history are intended as a bridge between present and past, innovation and tradition, life and death. Photos via willemstijn.com
Coup de projecteur aujourd’hui sur l’artiste Coréen Kim Myeongbeom, né à Séoul.
The Toaster is exactly that – a huge rendition of a toaster made entirely out of, yes, you guessed it, toast!