Caddisfly larvae are anything but cute. They wriggle around in river bottoms making cozy cocoons twigs, pebbles, and sediment. Artist Hubert Duprat had a brain wave immediately after learning of the caddisfly larvae habit. What if the critters were surrounded by nothing but gold and precious stones? He hen proceeded to do just that. He took a bunch of caddisfly larvae and raised them in aquariums with nothing but gold flakes, pearls, and other precious stones. The resulting cocoons are tiny and fragile gold sculptures held together with silk. If you didn’t know the real creatures of these bejeweled masterpieces, you’d have thought they were made by a master jeweler.
Sorry to disappoint you but Nadeem Haidary’s Paper Razors are fictional products that playfully challenge the notion that paper cuts are evil. Also, disposable razors are not really disposable. Nadeem turned the concept of an ordinary paper cut into something useful. His imaginary product comes in four different colors: red, gray, black, and white. It even has its own clever packaging and logo. He said: “I think of design as applied experimentation. To prototype ideas, build things, visit a foreign land, to be curious about everything is to set yourself up for the possibility of discovering new solutions.”
Paul Joseph Stankard is the brilliant artist behind these floral glass paperweights. He is a pioneer of the studio-glass movement and considered by many as the father of modern glass paperweights. He started out as a glassblower, creating specialized glass instruments for chemical laboratories. He made glass paperweights on the side to support his growing family. His expertise as a artist was first recognized by Reese Palley (an internationally respected art dealer) who saw his work at a craft display in Atlantic City. The rest, as they say, is history. His work is currently on display at more than sixty museums all over the world. He said: “I am interested in integrating mysticism with botanical realism, giving the glass organic credibility. Through the work, I reference the continuum of nature, by portraying and exploring the mysteries of seeds, fertility and decay. The work celebrates the primal beauty of nature on an intimate level.”
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.”