December 18, 2008 A pond of fermenting tea with fungal lily pads The lacto-fermentation of cabbage wasn’t the only kind of microbial art and design going down in St. Etienne at last month’s biennial. Michel Blazy created a most beautiful live installation of Givernyesque pools of living kombucha colonies. For those not yet in the know, kombucha is a fermented tea, that folks east of Caucasus can’t get enough of.
Greek artist Vally Nomidou creates these delicate life-size sculptures of women and girls using paper and cardboard. Via the exhibition page: Paper, Nomidou’s dominant material, now becomes a key component in her creative process, inextricably linked to painful and systematic research on the technical level, as well as on that of aesthetic integration. The artist respects her material and, although it is cheap and vulnerable, she does not “adulterate” it by using other materials. Moreover, she does not use it as a shell, an encasing to cover a necessary inner structure by providing a fake, idealised skin. Nomidou builds and shapes her works from the inside out solely using paper and paperboard.
A 15 ans, il détestait se salir les doigts et rêvait de dessins animés chez Walt Disney. Mais quelque génie malicieux échappé des studios et de la lampe d’Aladin s’est subrepticement chargé de lui révéler les secrètes lueurs irradiées au plus obscur de la pierre. Entré à l’Académie Charpentier, en 2 e année de cours de modelage, Louis Thomas-d’Hoste s’attaque à un plâtre qui durcit trop vite. La lutte est inégale ; la chose résiste opiniâtrement. « Grâce à Dieu, je l’ai ratée ! » confie-t-il.
Salt Sculptures: 12 Stunning Artworks by Motoi Yamamoto Article by Steph , filed under Sculpture & Craft in the Art category. To many people around the world, salt is just a substance that makes food taste better. But to the Japanese, it’s deeply symbolic, an indispensable part of death rituals that imparts purification of the body and soul.
http://youtu.be/eE26y-r63vY, track by Danny Dive Thru I am very pleased to finally publish this new project I’ve been working on the last couple months (def. not a Speed Project ;) It was premiered last week at my solo show opening ‘Reply All’ at [DAM] Berlin . If you are in town drop by, check out the show and make your own mask!
Colossal has seen its fair share of commendable book and paper work the last few weeks, but this was too good to pass up. UK-based artist Kyle Kirkpatrick constructs these wonderfully tiny dioramas using the topographies of carved books. Via the artist: My practice is primarily concerned with the notion of the imagined landscape.
100 Grotesquely Surreal Sculptures - From Morbid to Sardonic These Sculptures are Unsettling (CLUSTER)There is something about the macabre, the strange and the sardonic that intrigues people; the grotesquely surreal sculptures featured here demonstrate this. Perhaps such dark themes play to a person's sense of curiosity, beckoning them to explore the unknown. Perhaps this artwork offers a reprieve (even if unsettling) from humdrum everyday life by challenging common notions of aesthetics and propriety. In any case, it is hard to deny that these works effectively capture the themes, subjects and moods they seek to depict.
First: watch the video. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer.