Gregory Raymond Halili was born and raised in the lush and tropical country of the Philippines. His family moved to the USA in the late 80s when he was in his teens. Gregory earned his B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. One of his most recent series feature skulls delicately carved into gold and black-lipped mother of pearl shells. Mother of pearl is also known as nacre. It is the inner shell layer of most molluscs and it’s what the outer layer of pearls are made of. Gregory hand bases his carvings on an anatomically correct moel and changed the proportion according to the size of the shell he’s carving. He is currently based in New Jersey.
John Lopez is a bronze sculptor from South Dakota who created these life-sized animal sculptures with an attitude. John’s artistic vision gave life to this hodgepodge of scrap metal. He has built a triceratops, a Texas longhorn, a deer head, a bear, a stately bison, and quite a few horses. He has a plow-horse (complete with plow and plowman), a prancing steed, and a rodeo horse. He got his raw materials from farming implements, musical instruments, and sports equipment. He said during an interview: “My favorite part about these pieces is the texture, I just start grabbin’ stuff from the pile and welding it, in and if you weld enough of the same thing on over and over it creates this really cool texture that I’ve never seen in these kinds of pieces before. And I think that’s what draws people in.””
Rogan Brown describes his latest series Outbreak as an exploration of the microbiological sublime. The series took him four months to make as each interconnected paper sculpture was painstakingly cut by hand. Although based on the microbes, cells, pathogens, and neurons; Outbreak is a re-imagined version of these microscopic entities. Rogan said: “I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings, these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.”
I’m pretty sure Dr. Hanibel Lecter will be pretty delighted by these sinful desserts by BlackChocolateCo. Handmade from the finest Belgian chocolate, these life-sized, anatomically correct skulls are a fitting choice for the doctor’s table. They even come in different flavors: dark chocolate, caramel chocolate, milk chocolate, and chilli chocolate. BlackChocolateCo is a UK-based chocolatier who has successfully combined their passion for art with a predilection for chocolates. These edible works of art has a rather impressive shelf life as long as it’s kept in a cool, dry area. They can be used as a centerpiece and will definite be a talking point in any dinner/event. All skulls are made to order and takes up to ten days to create.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual festival held in Sussex to celebrate iconic car models. Sculptor Gerry Judah is the perennial picked to erect a sculpture in honor of the event. He has created sculptures for Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Renault, and Ford. His huge structures are always the central attraction of the annual event. One of his sculptures is a 60-ton behemoth featuring a winding, knot shaped road where six classic Lotus cars are cheekily defying the laws of physics.
Ren Ri is a Beijing-based beekeeper and artist. An odd combination to be sure, but Ren’s crossover from beekeeper to artist works. His creations are bee-based as well as bee-built. Ren is the one responsible for the concept, while the bees are responsible for the structure. His first bee-inspired series was entitled Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry which was a collection of maps rendered in beeswax. With its success, Ren decided to create a sequel. Yuansu II is a collection of five three-dimensional glass beehives where the bees have created an otherworldly structure inside.
These smokey bottles are the creations of artist Jim Dingilian. Coating the insides of the bottles with soot is the easy part, brushing it away with tools set on dowels is the hand-cramping part, recognizing smoke/soot as a medium is simply a stroke of genius. His art has been described as “dripping with a sense of suburban decay” but I rather like it. The scene inside the bottles changes with every twist. Using ‘found’ objects like old bottles is a deliberate move by the artist. He said: “When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”
Dietmar Voorwold’s is an outstanding German artist behind these intricately placed rock circles. All of his work are done with materials he finds on site, mainly different colored rocks and leaves. None of his work are made to last for more than a few days and all that are eventually left of them are pictures and memories. Looking at his work is actually kinda soothing, which is probably what he had in mind when he created them. He said: “It is just for the moment. This is a very therapeutic aspect of my way of creating art.” Dietmar is currently based in Scotland.
Benjamin Affagard is not another graffiti artist. His work is strictly small scale and couldn’t even be classified as street art. A first glance at his work might leave the viewer unimpressed, but a closer look will reveal that the graffiti is actually part of a small, realistic, handmade diorama. The scenes, inspired by real life locations, are meticulously recreated with all sorts of things like wood,cardboard, acrylic paint, potato bags,and plastic straws. Benjamin sends the miniature walls/storefronts to various graffiti artists for them to paint giving the finished product an authentic feel.
Takahiro Iwasaki is the artist behind these industrial landscapes made with bits of fluff, grit and bristles. The sculpture up there is part of his “Out of Disorder” series – sculptures featuring miniature industrial landscapes made out of human hair, toothbrush bristles, used cloth fibers, lint, and actual dust. The sculptures resemble urban land leveled by an air raid, form the base of the Kawasaki series. Takahiro, based in Hiroshima, Japan currently has his work displayed at the Kawasaki City Museum as part of the Open Museum Project.