Category: Sculpture

ArtStreet Stone: Turning Stone Statues Into Stone Cold Foxes

And here I thought Photoshop was just for fixing zits… That’s right, artists Léo Caillard and Alexis Persani didn’t actually sneak into the Louvre and carefully style these centuries-old statues. I’ll let you in on a little secret: Caillard came up with the concept, photographed the statues themselves, then dressed his friends in the outifts you see below, and posed them to look just like our friends in stone have been standing for all these years. That’s where Alexis Persani provides his magical retouching skills to take Caillard’s models out and carefully “dress” the classics in the latest casual menswear. The result: Street Stone. It was about time these guys had a little wardrobe intervention, am I right?

ArtPattern Play: the Art of Rachel Kaye

 

 Introducing San Francisco-based artist, Rachel Kaye!
 
Pictured above and below are two of Rachel’s geometric glitter sculptures. Rachel gathers inspiration from fashion designers and textile design, inventing rhythmic patterns that completely colonize her 2D and 3D surfaces.
 
Her glitter sculptures are so wildly surfaced that upon first glance you may not notice the carefully constructed silhouettes of the irregular columns. Beautiful!
 

ArtKinetic Jewelry by Dukno Yoon

 
Originally from Seoul, Korea, metalsmith Dukno Yoon currently lives and works in the U.S., creating his elegant kinetic rings and sculptures. With a mix of fabricated metal and natural feathers, the mechanical actions triggered by a simple flick of the wrist (or finger) offer a wonderful and mesmerizing lightness. 

 
 

 
 
(photos courtesy of duknoyoon.com)

ArtGuy Laramée’s Book Carvings

 
Silly me, all these years I’ve been reading books!
 



 
Over the past 30 years, Guy Laramée‘s resume has accumulated all of this: stage writing, stage directing, contemporary music writing, musical instrument design and building, singing, video, scenography, sculpture, installation, painting and literature. Dayam. So I guess sculpture + literature = awesome book carvings. Works for me. Though, I do have a particular affinity for book mutilation.
 




 
Though the artist’s statement is all about “the erosion of cultures” and “project(ing) us into this thick Cloud of Unknowing”, I like to think of it more as, “Oh the places you’ll go!” when you crack open a book. But erosion is nice too….
 






 
(Images courtesy of DeMilkedGuy Laramee)

ArtOff the Wall: Art by Shawn Smith

 
Do not adjust your screen; you are seeing this just right. Why, it’s just the work of Shawn Smith, the Texas based sculptor!
 
Using everyday imagery trapped inside a pixelated view, Smith works as a human 3-D modeling system. By meticulously putting together small blocks of ink-stained wood, the fragmented images are full of movement and a computerized sense of life.
 

 
  The close-up on “Schrodinger’s Hat” (2009) is absolutely incredible. At only 22″ tall, you can imagine how tiny these little blocks are!
 
 
This fox is one of my favorite pieces by Smith; the wide range of tones are so perfectly placed that the image seems to flatten into 2D.
 
A close-up of “Everett” (2008) reveals a network of color that is bewildering, but absolutely wonderful.
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