That’s basically a 3D image of artist Joshua Harker’s head you’re looking at, artistically rendered of course. The series is aptly called “21st Century Self-Portrait” which came into being thanks to Joshua’s creativity, 3D printing, and 21st century medical imaging equipment. Joshua is considered as visionary and one of the pioneers in 3D printed art and sculpture. It has taken him nearly two decades to get to where he is now. One might think that 3D printing has rendered handmade sculptures obsolete, but creating art calls for mastery of technique, perfect execution, and boundless creativity. Anyone can push a button, but Joshua can recreate his own head, yours too if you’re interested. Go ahead, google him up and head over to his online shop.
Joey Iurato is a New Jersey-based artist who is the man responsible for various tiny wooden figures casually posing in public. A turtle-riding toddler, a couple of strumming guitar players, and a few graffiti makers caught in the act – these are but a few of Joe’s creations you might stumble upon in Manhattan. In an Interview with Brooklyn Street Art, he said: “The subjects vary, but they’re all very personal – they sort of tell the story of my life in stages. From break dancing to skateboarding to rock climbing to becoming a father, all of these things have helped define my character.” He also added: “My art is nothing more than the exploration and documentation of personal experiences. It is the questions I have, the conclusions drawn, and the love, disgust, joy, and sadness I feel. I paint what I know or what I wish to understand.”
Alana Jones-Mann is Brooklyn-based baker who specializes in combining actual candy with eye candy. She has her very own blog which showcases her considerable talents in baking. Alana describes herself as: ‘a self-taught baker, with an intense passion for crafting, designing, and styling’. She earns her living in New York as an event planner, and as such, meticulously plans everything down to the smallest detail. Alana believes that personal touches can make any occasion unforgettable, which is probably what led her to create a series of mouth-watering desserts featuring prickly cacti and other succulents. Daunting though the spines may be, I bet each of those cupcakes taste heavenly.
Miguel’s Chevalier turned the whole floor of the former Sacre Coeur church into an interactive light display. ‘Magic Carpets’, as his installation is called, mimics cellular biology as the colored squares and swirls divide, multiply, merge, and mingle in time to Michel Redolfi’s music. The display was made in collaboration with Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret, Voxels Productions, and Casablanca French Institut Software. One blog describes it as “an organic world combined with a digital one that perpetually replenishes itself”. Miguel is currently based in France.
Sipho Mabona folded his first paper airplane when he was five years old, and he hasn’t stopped folding paper since. Having run out of paper plane models to fold, he turned his attention to nature and managed to create schools of koi, rhinos, tigers, bears, grasshoppers, and one gigantic paper elephant. The elephant is made out of one whole square piece of paper measuring 15 meters on each side. It took Sipho a month to develop a pattern for the elephant. The sculpture is more than three meters tall and took nearly a dozen people a month to complete. The project was, incredibly, funded by the net-based crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Sipho’s white elephant is currently on display in a museum in Switzerland.
Aryz is a globe trotting Spanish street artist usually found hundreds of feet off the ground, turning empty walls into works of art. Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) is regarded as one of the top street artists in the world. He began his love affair with street art when he was a teenager, spray painting graffiti on unsuspecting walls. The style and composition of his work slowly evolved over the years into what it is today. Muted, earth-toned colors and bones are recurring motifs in his work. He said: “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I don’t really want to play with bright colors. It would be too much.”
Jan Mráz is an up and coming tattoo artist whose designs are slowly becoming a sensation over the internet. He produces striking images by combining watercolor-like impressions, sharp lines, and pointillistic shading. He currently work over at Bobek Tattoo, a rather popular ink parlor in Prague. Jan’s designs have been ingrained in people’s calves, arms, hands, backs, thighs, and in many other anatomical parts than I care to mention. If you’re looking for an imaginative and colorful design with which to decorate your skin, look no further than Jan’s portfolio.
Jennifer Maestre has always been fascinated by the paradox posed by sea urchins. The beauty of its spines and the clear warning of danger that they represent. Each of Jennifer’s sea urchin-inspired sculptures took hours of painstaking work. She takes hundreds of pencils, cuts them to size, sharpens one end of each bit, and drills a hole right through them to make a bead. She then stitches them all together mainly using a peyote stitch. She said: “Sometimes one sculpture will inspire the next, or maybe I’ll make a mistake, and that will send me off in a new direction… I experimented with other pointy things and techniques, and finally hit on turning pencils into beads and sewing them together. Using this combination of technique and materials allows me to retain all the qualities that I want in my work, with the potential for more variety of form.”
Jess Riva Cooper obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She also has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts specializing in Ceramics from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. As a Canadian Jew of eastern European descent, she loves to integrate the foundation myths of Yiddish folklore into her sculptures. She said: “I study the foundation myths of the Golem and Dybbuk spirits in Yiddish folklore and reinterpret these traditional stories through a female lens. In my sculptures, the world sprouts plant matter. Color and form burst forth from quiet gardens and bring chaos to ordered spaces. Nature reclaims its place by creeping over structures. Wild floral growth subverts past states, creating the preternatural from this transformation…By introducing anthropomorphic forms into my installation environments, I am able to depict the extremes of embodied human experience. Sculpting the figure, this most familiar of forms, allows me to illustrate the physical and emotional vulnerability of the individual in day-to-day existence.”
Hikaru Cho is an extremely talented Japanese painter who loves to fool people with her hyperrealistic paintings. To give you an idea of Cho’s mimicking prowess, that eggplant up there can actually be cracked to make an omelet. She has also disguised a tomato as an orange and made a very credible cucumber out of a banana. Cho has also experimented with hyperrealistic body painting with great results. Her work has already been used by several Japanese brands for their products. It’s rather hard to believe that this talented young artist is only nineteen years old.