Johan Scherft is a very talented artist whose extaordinary talent in sculpture and drawing gained him admittance to the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. There, he perfected his technique in both disciplines. He’s now a master of his mediums and has created numerous life-like paper sculptures of boats, animals, dinosaurs, and birds. These days, Johan is aided by a computer program in creating a blueprint for his sculptures. The rest – painting the details, coloring, and gluing the whole thing together – he does entirely by hand. The sculpture may take up to months to complete. He even has a solar-powered hummingbird!
Tom Eckert is a traditional woodcarvers whose pieces are incredibly detailed to the point of being realistic. Tom uses traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate, and paint his pieces. He likes working with linden, basswood, and limewood. Apparently, these types of wood carve well, very stable, and easy to paint. He paints his sculptures with waterborne lacquer applied with spray guns and brushes. He said: “Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. ”
Hong Kong recently hosted the prestigious Art Basel art fair. The fair is basically an international arena where works by gifted, but relatively unknown artists are highlighted. Among those whose work stood out is Jakarta-based sculptor Ichwan Noor. His piece is a bright yellow, 1953 Volkswagen Beetle cunningly crafted into a perfect sphere. . Ichwan has also exhibited internationally, such as in Bologna, Italy with “Pleasure of Chaos” (2010) and Art Stage Singapore (2010). His proficiency in various techniques needed to make large-scale, three-dimensional art works has earned him the nickname “The Maker” from other artists.
Kazuki Yamamoto is a 26-year-old Japanese barista who has taken the art of latte foam design into the next level. Gone are the days when customers are happy with a simple, flat design on their morning latte. Kazuki’s designs are not only well-detailed, they’re also in 3D. Some of the critters even spill over into other cups like that foam kitty up there eagerly reaching for the oblivious goldfish in the other cup. His art, by its very nature, is temporary and only low-resolution photos like the one above are what remains of his sculptures. He currently works at Cafe10g in Osaka, Japan, but he dreams of owning his own café one day.
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Zhang Xiangxi has turned old TVs into an impressive work of art. His series “Chinese Perspective” gives us glimpses of the artist’s life. He creates extremely detailed dioramas of scenes from his life inside the old television sets. Zhang has replicated his parent’s sitting room, the workers’ dormitory he once lived in, his work space in Guangzhou, and the interior of a train. Everything was perfectly scaled down: chairs, tables, suitcases, and even bits of rubbish.His work is so realistic that a look at his work will make you think the TV was turned on. He said: “I like to closely observe daily life and work out how to make things.”
Cerkahegyzo is a Hungarian artist whose delicate pencil sculptures have recently been making the rounds on the web. Time, patience, sandpaper, needles, and razor blades are all the tools he needs to make these seemingly impossible sculptures. He admits that his work was inspired by Dalton Ghetti, the original pencil carver. He has even paid him homage by with similar carvings of a heart, linked chains, and a screw.
Mary O’Malley makes delicate china cups, pots, and saucers decorated with authentic-looking sea creatures. Her tea things look like they were salvaged from long-forgotten shipwreck. Mary calls the series “Bottom Feeders”. She said: “I’m never exactly sure how anything’s going to turn out… In the end, one type of beauty is enhanced by complementing its foil, resulting in two completely different aesthetics existing harmoniously as one piece… The dance that results from trying to find a balance between what we can control and what we cannot is where I believe true beauty lies.” Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since then, she has moved to a barn in the south shore of Long Island, New York where she practices her craft.
Jayson Fann’s spirit nests are scattered throughout California to support the Big Sur Spirit Garden’s numerous art and culture activites. It takes nearly a thousand man hours to complete each one. Jayson starts by judiciously pruning Eucalyptus trees of any extraneous branches. He can use other types of wood too, but Eucalyptus branches are best since they are durable as well as flexible. Creating a seemingly organic sculpure is a challenge Jayson overcomes with the help of a few, well-hidden counter sunk screws. A sturdy base and an access ladder is built separately. The whole thing is then assembled on site. As a final touch, a woven mat is added to the interior.
The lobby of the Virginia Museum of Natural History sports a rather adorable meat-eating dinosaur. Said dinosaur is a balloon replica of an Acrocanthosaurus. It’s a study in contrast to the actual skeleton of the dinosaur standing right next to it. The sculpture was put together by Airigami, a New York based art studio specializing in gigantic balloon sculptures. The core team was headed by Larry Moss and composed of Marsh Gallagher, TJ Michael, Phil Cosmos and Dee Cosmos. It took the artists of Airigami four days to complete the 20-foot structure. They also had the help of the museum staff and a gaggle of delighted elementary students. The sculpture will stay in the museum lobby for as long as it lasts.
Felipe Luchi is an award-winning creative director whose clients include big names such as Nissan, Nokia, Visa, Experia, Akatu, and Go Outside Magazine. Each of his ads are as brilliantly conceptualized as they are well-executed. One of my favorites is his ad campaign for Go Outside Magazine where an iPhone, a mouse, and an alarm clock were turned into prisons. It is a perfect illustration of how technology has imprisoned us, each in his own little world. Felipe lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil.