Michael Johansson’s art would appeal to those afflicted with OCD. Luggage of the same hue arranged in a perfect cube appeals to a disorganized traveler like me, but it’s not only luggage that falls prey to Michael’s symmetric prowess. He does kitchenware, electrical gadgets, garden tools, and appliances too. Clearly, he spent a lot of time playing Tetris as a boy. Michael lives and works in Sweden.
Jessica Drenk is a South Carolina-based artist whose unique, nature-inspired sculptures are made from an altogether ubiquitous material. Wooden pencils. She stuck hundreds of pencils together using wood glue and artistically cut and shaped them to vaguely resemble driftwood, stalactites, stalagmites, and shells. She said: “By transforming familiar objects into nature-inspired forms and patterns, I examine how we classify the world around us. Manufactured goods appear as natural objects, something functional becomes something decorative, a simple material is complex, and the commonplace becomes unique.”
Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann is the wacky pair behind the art studio Zim&Zou. For their series “The Eternal Jungle”, they’ve created a jungle’s worth of extremely colorful animals out of leftover bits and pieces of leather. And not just any leather, Hermès leather.There’s a parrot, a toucan, a chameleon, and; ironically enough, a monkey which looks suspiciously like the emblem of another famous handbag. They’ve also made detailed food, camera, and train sculptures out of paper.
Paper has long been a favorite medium of artists. Eric Standley, an aspiring modernist, created extremely detailed, three-dimensional, miniature stained glass windows using multiple layers of laser cut paper. His works are inspired by Gothic and Islamic architecture. Eric received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and his M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Michihiro Matsuoka’s sculptures are made primarily of industrial resin and resin clay. The springs, nuts, bolts, and other bits and pieces of worn-out machinery give his hybrid animals their signature steampunk look. They’re given an acrylic finish which mimics a chipped and battered look. Some of Michihiro’s steampunk animals have movable parts. His work has had twenty-five exhibitions throughout Japan. He lives and works in Ichinomiya-shi, Aichi, Japan.
Anamorphic sculpture itself resembles abstract art, but when reflected against a cylindrical surface, it reveals a remarkably detailed image. Creating this effect is by no means a mean feat. Jonty first scans the object, distorts it using 3d software, and created a mold out of steel, copper, resin, or perspex. But even with the help of computers, it takes an artists eye to hammer out the finer details of the sculpture. Jonty Hurwitz was born in Johannesburg in 1969. He now lives and works in London.
Eyal Gever uses his very own 3D physical simulation technology ti create stunning installations, digital prints, and sculptures. He has more than 18 years’ worth of experience with 3D software technologies and server/web-based products. He is a visionary in the hi-tech industry and has garnered numerous awards for his innovation in multimedia design and technology. Since 2010, Eyal has focused primarily on his art. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He said: “I create sculptures based on sublime moments. These are moments that fill a person with amazement, awe, terror, astonishment, and silence. They are also moments of pure beauty.”
Chris Maynard is more than just slightly feather-obsessed. He is a Washington-based artist who carves tiny birds out of different kinds of feathers. He uses the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses handed down from his family. He said: “My work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.”
What looks like an unwashed pair of underwear is actually a wood carving by Mary Leu. Her laundry list of carvings also include: a filthy pair of socks, a lacy bra, a brown hand towel, a pair of gardening gloves, and a remarkably detailed handbag complete with wooden zippers. Leu’s attention to the finest details in her life-sized carvings sets her work head and shoulders above the competition. It takes her anywhere between tree months to a year to complete a single piece. Leu also owns and operates her very own Fine Carving Gallery.
Perceptual psychology is a form of evaluation used for psychological patients. An example of this is the Rorschach test (the one with the inkblots). Tim Noble and Sue Webster took this a step further with their shadow sculptures. They’ve always played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and give them meaning. They took bits of rubbish, scrap metal, and even stuffed animals to create a sculpture which throws human-shaped shadows. Oddly enough, some of their work are self portraits.