Recently in Shenzhen, China, Thomas Canto installed a reflective sculpture on top of a private building entitled Gravitational Inertia Infinity. The piece is the first in a new series of works that the French artist plans to explore in the coming months and continues his play with depth, geometry and illusion. Mirroring some of the star-like installations he has created indoors, Canto is taking his work full circle by heading outdoors back to the urban environment, hoping to start a dialogue between nature, human and architecture.
Throughout art history, sculptors have experimented with an eclectic range of mediums. While cast bronze, carved wood, and fired clay have made lasting impressions, no material has captivated quite like marble.
Prevalent in ancient and contemporary art alike, marble artworks have a prominent place in many major art movements and are among some of the most famous sculptures in the world. Here, we trace the evolution of the enduring art form, showcasing the historic prevalence of the practice and proving its timeless popularity.
British contemporary sculptor Martin Debenham creates stainless steel wire sculptures inspired by fantasy and nature. Working with a malleable material that has endless potential, the self-taught artist’s growing collection of wire art features impressive structures rendered from intricate twists, bends, and expert welding.
Appearing as though they’re three-dimensional line drawings, most of Debenham’s metal masterpieces are made for outdoor display. When placed into natural environments, they seem to evoke mythical narratives as they glimmer in the sunlight. For example, in one piece, a wire-sculpted mermaid sits on a rock by a lily pond, positioned as though she’s contemplating going for a swim. Each strand of wire is sculpted into curves that follow the form of the female body, then flow into a long mermaid tail.
Artist Song Kang imagines tiny microcosms in stone. In her series aptly-titled “Carved in Stone,” she fuses architectural structures onto and into “rocks” (using materials such as reed, plaster, foam, and paper mache). The bridges, stonework, and intricate wooden Cathedral-style windows follow the curves and forms of the rocks themselves and appear distorted in their…
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The Dark Art Emporium welcomes you to the dark side… join them March 10, 2018 from 7-10pm for the opening of The Shape of things to Come.
In a world where things seem to go bump in the night, and the macabre slithers beyond every murky crook and nanny, the insidious art of darkness prevails in The Shape of Things to Come, the new exhibition of Erick De La Vega & Krystopher Sapp. Can you hear them whispering and calling out to you, taunting and intriguing? As these nocturnal disturbances loom with twisted narratives and eerie emotion, help The Dark Art Emporium celebrate this wonderfully eerie new collection of work. To view additional artwork and purchase your favorite pieces, please visit the gallery’s online shop.
Currently in Hong Kong, Mark Ryden (interviewed) has a striking new sculptural piece on view in the foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Entitled Dodecahedron–Quintessence 132, the twelve-faced piece features icons, figures, and symbols on each side including the all-seeing eye that the Lowbrow artist is known for. Ryden further explains – “Quintessence 132 is a sculptural piece that continues my interest in the Dodecahedron. I have been numbering my paintings and sculptures since my first major solo exhibition in 1998. This is number 132. On this piece, I have included an array of icons, figures, and symbols on each of the pentagonal panels that form the solid. These symbols are dominated by the all seeing eye, the gateway to the soul. The eye is a motif which reoccurs in my work. In Whipped Cream, the ballet spectacle, for which I recently designed sets and costumes, this eye again appears, presiding from a central spot above the show.” Check his instagram for more in depth look at the piece.