Archive for SCULPTURE

Turning over a new leaf – or two

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on March 15, 2012 by echostains

It’s about time we had some more unusual art on here.  A while ago I posted about  artist Willard WiganWillard Wigan sculpture who micro sculptures can only be viewed through a microscope (tiny worlds between heartbeats)  I contrasted the micro art with the work of Hyperrealist sculptor Ron Meuck whose gigantic realistic sculptures have a unerving quality about them.

A new art form has been emerging from China over the last few years.  The process called leaf carving, involves careful precision, as the artist scrapes the outer layers of the leaf, exposing an almost transparent surface. The leaf veins are left intact to give stability to the sculpture.

The leaves preferred by artists are from the Chinar tree, which is native to India, China and Pakistan.  The leaves are considered to have ‘lucky’ qualities and resemble maple leaves and are best suited for sculpting owing to the distribution of their veins.

Each carving can take months of careful work.  But once finished, preserved and framed, the finished art should last decades.

From minute leaf sculpture to these 3D leaf sculptures.  the news may be a couple of years old, but it’s news to me:-)  Apparently a mystery artist  left leaf sculptures along the water of Leith, Edinburgh in the autumn of 2010. One of the figures was dressed in green wellies,and a flat cap.  Next to it,  two charming leaf children clung to the railings.

The Leith river seems to have provided inspiration for Anthony Gormley too.  You would think that  life-sized cast iron  figures would last a little longer than leaf ones, but two of Gormley’s six figures apparently fell victim to the Scottish and were pushed over by heavy tide.

Art officials have insisted that the figures were ‘designed to be tipped over’  Art lovers thought the sculptures had been stolen. 

Leith locals had taken the sculptures to their hearts, donning them with bikinis, Y-fronts and even a MacDonald’s uniform!

 

 

Leaf sculpture video from hldx9 with thanks

Willard Wigan sculpture image from here

Ron Mueck image from here

Leaf sculpture at Leif image from here

Anthony Gormley’s river sculpture images from here

Tomorrows Party – Dame Barbara Hepworth

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , on January 9, 2011 by echostains

 

Dame Barbara Hepworth

Tomorrow is the birthday of British sculptress Dame Barbara Hepworth b.1903 – 1975 –   I shouldn’t really call Hepworth a sculptress – as she believed in equality of the sexes, especially in the arts.  I am putting this post on today because it’s a week since I posted – and I don’t want to get into bad habits already.  As well as having a horrific flu virus which I’m still trying to shake off, I have been busy planning a very loosely based itinerary of the way the posts shall go and that in itself has taken some time.  Of course, whether I stick strictly to this shall have to be seen……  watch this space (there might even be something in it from time to time).  Now, that is just a joke 😀  Just call it flu delirium 🙂

Barbara Hepworth is very famous for piercing her sculptures.  She pierced her first  form in 1931, the year she gave birth to her first child, ( though Henry Moore got all the credit for being the first to pierce the form in 1932.)  Another characteristic of Hepworth’s work are strings or wires which are stretched over the pierced part of the form.  I have written quite a bit  about Hepworth over the past couple of years:-

Happy Birthday Barbara Hepworth!

A Cornish garden of hidden delights – the Barbara Hepworth Museum Cornwall

To celebrate her birthday this year I am running another poetry competition over on Bookstains.  Just click the image below for details of how to enter this unusual challenge 🙂

 original image from here  Adam Woolfitt here, others from   here and here

Poll: -Who do you LOVE?

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, ART VIDEOS, POLLS, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by echostains

 I’ve now completed 622 posts!  In all those posts I have never yet tried the poll application out.  That is about to be remedied!  Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I have featured some rather unusual artists.  But which artist have you enjoyed the most?  These aren’t really famous artists (like Freud, Hirst etc).  they are artists who have chosen either unusual media to present their art or just have an unusual way of looking at the world.  As with most things in life – Art is subjective and everyone has their own personal taste. This poll is just for fun and just because some artists may not receive any or many votes – it doesn’t mean that their art is undermined.  It just means that not many people are reading this or voting:)

Please feel free to make leave a comment about why you like the art of one particular artist:)

 I’ll start with half a dozen artists, but I will create some more of these polls if this one  is successful!

If you are unfamiliar with the art of these artists just click on the images of their work to read the posts I have done about them.

Kathy Waggoner 'The Taster'

Berlinde de Bruyckere sculpture

Zena Holloway underwater artist

Lui Bolin is somewhere in this image

Emma Hack camouflage artist making people look like paintingsProjected art - watch the short movie to see the happening

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Projected art - watch the short movie to see the happening

Art makes a Point

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on August 13, 2010 by echostains

 

such precision!

A while ago I featured the miniscule art by Micro sculptor Willard Wigan who sculpts within the eye of a needle (‘Tiny worlds between heartbeats’ post).  Brazilian artist Dalton Ghetti sculpts using the lead of a pencil as his media.  The artist is already a carpenter in his own right, but for his micro sculpture he uses some more unusual tools, including a sewing needle and razor blade.

How does he do this?

Some of the sculptures have taken years and a lot of patience owing to the fragile nature of the graphite media.  But as you can imagine a lot of them break whilst he is working on them.  This must be so frustrating and disheartening for the artist, yet still he carries on.  What dedication and what great sculpture!

I LOVE this one

 

More about him and more pics here

See the artists alphabet carvings here

The house that wasn’t there

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART VIDEOS, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on August 11, 2010 by echostains

Abandoned houses have always struck me as rather sad.   Houses that are half torn down – even sadder, as if the inner secret life has been exposed to the elements and all eyes.  To see the layers of wallpaper ripped and torn, each surface revealing a past time, a past birthday and celebration in the house’s history, then to see the building in it’s final death throes is quite disturbing to me.

Sculptor Rachel Whiteread  (b. London UK 1963) is famous for her exploration of the negative space surrounding objects. In 1993 she won the Turner Prize for her exhibit ‘House’, a concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian terrace house: the negative space.  The house was the last standing in the street and has since been demolished.    ‘House caused a lot of controversy at the time and attracted lots of media attention.  Whiteread explains how she felt about the piece and some of the problems she encountered.

video from illuminationstv Thanks!

The Battle for Trafalgar begins (fourth plinth)

Posted in ART, DESIGN, exhibitions, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , on July 20, 2010 by echostains

Yonka Shonibare's Nelson ship

As I wrote previously in this post, Yinka Shonbare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle occupies the fourth plinth at moment in Trafalgar Square London UK.  Six other artist have been shortlisted and shall battle it out for the prestigious fourth plinth place when Shonibare has vacated it.  Who shall be the victor?

Katherina Fritsch

Among the artist are British artists Hew Locke and Brian Griffiths.  They shall compete against duos Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.  Katherina Fritsch and Mariele Neudecker have also made proposals.

I wrote a post featuring Fritsch’s work a while ago (seen here).  The other artists work, I am unfamiliar with but the people shall decide whose work shall go up in time for the  2012 Olympics.  miniature versions of the aforementioned artist’s work shall be displayed in the crypt of nearby St Martin’s in the field church and all shall be a sculpture!  Read all about this exciting prospect here!

Boneshaker Brian Griffiths

One of the artists (Brian Griffiths) has been described as a’ junk shop Viking’ which sounds eclectic and quirky enough to peak my interest.  Here’s some of his work at the Saatchi Gallery.

Dust to Dust sculpture Hew Locke

Edinburgh born artist Hew Locke’s work looks pretty interesting.  Read a short description of the all the artist work here

Hew Locke work here and in this gallery.  Fritsch image from here Shonibare image from here

Cheesy Art

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on June 18, 2010 by echostains

Theres quite a few artists that work with dairy products like butter and cheese.  this piece of art was created for the Great British Cheese Festival in Cardiff.  The sculpture is of Cardiff Castle and this time-lapse video shows how it was done.  I suppose the cheese must have to be kept at a certain temperature to make it workable.

The sculpture by the way is made of Welsh cheese of course and I should imagine the cows in the background are Welsh also….. though it’s hard to make it out 🙂

Video by BritishCheeseFest