Archived entries for Art
Thrift by Judith Seng are a series of brilliantly colored logs that can be used as stools, tables, or pretty much anything. The logs are sanded, polished & hand lacquered to a high gloss finish at the top, and a dull natural unfinished bottom.
From the designer:
Trift explores the ideal of perfect, high-gloss surfaces by creating and destroying them within the same object. Each form and surface derives from the individual size, characteristics and gradual transformations over time of the underlying tree-log.
UK born artist James Hopkins plays with perspective in his “Vanitas” (latin for vanity) series of installations to create the image of a skull out of everyday objects. Each object is hand selected and place very specifically on a bookcase. Some of the objects are slightly altered while others remain untouched. The works might be more poetic if they were arranged in closets but they are still beautiful and powerful as they are.
Amazing suspended sculptures by Berlin based Mexican designer Damián Ortega.
“He began his career as a political cartoonist and his art has the intellectual rigor and sense of playfulness often associated with his previous occupation. He creates sculptures, installations, videos and actions inspired by a wide range of mundane objects, from golf balls and pick-axes to bricks, rubbish bins and even tortillas, all subjected to what has been described as Ortega’s characteristically ‘mischievous process of transformation and dysfunction’.”
This has to be one of the coolest projects I have ever come across. 100 Hammers is a collaborative project being run by Project M in honor of artist David McLaughlin. McLaughlin was an artist who spend his long career scavenging and collecting a huge mass of scrap metal and other materials at a cannery he bought in Maine. The collection served as the material for his sculpture as well as inspiration for hundreds of other artists.
Project M has gathered 100 second-hand hammers and is passing them along to people who can give them a life they otherwise wouldn’t have had, creating a new and unique history for each hammer. Participants can choose a hammer from the collection and are asked to create an art piece with it (in whatever form it may take, nothing is off-limits). Once the hammer has shipped, you are given one month to complete a project and are then encouraged to share it on the 100 Hammers website. The hammer is then shipped back after the one month period and is added back into the 100 Hammers library so it can continue it’s cycle of creation.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art acquired Thomas Eakins’ masterpiece, “The Gross Clinic,” in 2007 after a battle to keep the painting in Philadelphia. The museum, in association with PAFA, has been doing a thorough restoration of the work since, trying to removed the damage caused by years of pour treatment and misguided restoration attempts. The piece will be unveiled at the museum in it’s final home in the coming months.
The museum has written a series of articles following the painting through history and the current restoration process. Its definitely and interesting read, be sure to follow the links at the bottom of each article to read the full series. Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic
Long Live Analog is the studio name of artist and designer Chad Kouri. In an age where we rely on our computers to accomplish everything, Chad has decided to focus his work on the long forgotten art of collage. His work has appeared in both huge magazines, and smaller art ‘zines, at home in both and reminding us that “by hand” is just as good (if not better) than “with code”.
EVOL, a Berlin based street artist, uses paste ups to turn ordinary street furniture into extraordinary miniature buildings. When his work is viewed in the context of the street it almost blends into the banal atmosphere of most urban landscapes. You have to get down on the level of the work to appreciate its detail. The electrical boxes, wall, planters, all transform into mini worlds within ours.
Jim Denevan’s beach art is breathtaking. He draws on a scale never seen before, carefully distressing the top layer of sand to leave his mark. What is particularly interesting about his work is that it only lives on in the memories and pictures of those lucky enough to see them in person, wind and tide wash the drawings away as quickly as they were drawn, lasting for only days.