Paul Rousso is an American sculptor who makes big bucks, literally. He uses heat infusion on plexiglass to create blown up replicas of crumpled money. Each replica can reach up to 4 feet by 5 feet. Paul also does blown up replicas of other currencies as well as magazine pages and candy wrappers. He has also worked as the art director and freelance illustrator for Revlon, Bloomingdale’s. Nast, Clairol, and Condé. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles, Miami , New Orleans, Atlanta, and Charlotte.
Takahiro Iwasaki is a Japanese srtist whose sculptures are in every danger of being stepped on. His small, colorful, and delicately-made constructs are usually found on floors amidst haphazardly strewn towels. You might need magnifying glass to truly appreciate Takahiro’s work. His topographical maps carved out of electrical tape are my personal favorites. They’re accurate right down to the ravines, buildings, and peirs found on a real topographical map. His work has beed displayed at galleries around the world. Recently, he had a collection of his works on display at the 7th Asia Pasific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland.
Barbara Franc’s latest collection of sculptures is all about colorful tropical birds whose haitat are slowly dwindling due to deforestation. As tribute to them, her sculpturea are made antirely of reclaimed materials like old food tins. She said: “I have always been fascinated by the shapes and sculptural forms of animals, they present a never-ending source of inspiration to me. I try to capture a feeling of their movement and presence in my sculpture. For this I use wire and other materials in a way that suggests drawing in three dimensions. This allows me greater freedom to add changes whenever I want during the construction to keep the feeling fluid and to reflect the diversity of movement and form. I increasingly use recycled and discarded materials as I enjoy the challenge of transforming something with a past history into something new and exciting.”
Maskull Lasserre is a is a singularly talented wood carver currently based in Montreal. He was born in Canada in 1978 and spent a bit of his childhood in South Africa. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art and Philosophy as well as a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture. His latest series “Fable” feature macabre carvings of animals, skeletons, and even a hangman’s noose cleverly incorporated right into everyday wooden furniture. He said: “When the remnants of life are imposed on an object, and that’s true especially with the carving work that I do, it infers a past history or a previous life that had been lived, so again where people see my work as macabre, I often see it as hopeful, as the remnants of a life. Despite the fact that the life has ended, at least that life had a beginning and middle as well, so often by imparting these bodily elements to inanimate objects it reclaims or reanimates them in a virtual way.”
“Burnout” is a collection of gigantic matchsticks with burned-out human heads. Pieces of the matchstick men are strewn all over the floor or framed in their very own matchbox coffin. The exhibit is the work of German artist Wolfgang Stiller. It was displayed at the Python Gallery at Zurcich from March 8 until April 20, 2013. The pieces are a reference to overworked (and most likely underpaid) employees.
Marta Klonowska’s sculptures may look adorable, but you wouldn’t want to pet them. They’re made from thousands of carefully arranged pieces of broken glass. Her collection include hounds, hares, deer, and foxes; all posing as if in a hunt. These glittering, life-sized glass animals are based on animals found in baroque and romantic paintings. Her creations are often displayed right next to paintings by Francisco de Goya or Peter Paul Rubens.
Mu Boyan was born in the Shangdong province of China. In 1997, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in Fine Arts. He obtained her Master’s degree in 1995 from the same university. His work has extensively been exhibited throughout the world. One of his more recent work tackles the touchy subject of obesity by featuring an adorable, but undeniably fat Sumo wrestler. Fat is fat, but there are two ways of looking at it. While an excess of adipose tissue may be unattractive to Westerners, in the East, it’s a sign of decadent wealth. After all, only people who can afford to be fat are those who can afford to eat more food than they absolutely have to.
Ken To made his first bonsai wire tree as a Christmas present for his wife. Poor material and craftsmanship notwithstanding, his loving wife was thoroughly impressed with the concept. He spent the next three years improving his wire-bending skills. In 2010, he made his wife a second bonsai wire tree for Valentine’s which was infinitely better than the first. After finding the perfect wire as well as inspiration in Kevin Iris’s work, Ken became an unstoppable bonsai wire tree – making machine. Ken believes that the only way to get better is through perpetual practice. He now has a LOT of miniature wire bonsai trees, some of which are for sale.
For reasons known only to herself, Singaporean artist calls this series: “Your Love Is Like A Chunk of Gold”. She has somehow managed to turn an ordinary, everyday object into something alien. The sculptures are still recognizably pieces of bread, but the multicolored crystal growths on them will make anyone look twice. The second look will probably turn into a long, hard stare while the viewer figures out how gems, or possibly Kryptonite, could be made to grow on bread. Sookon describes herself as a ‘teen slacker with delusions of grandeur’. According to her, art took away the slack and augmented the delusions.
Bonsai is one of the oldest artforms in Japan. Artist Makoto Azuma has taken it a step further by combining the elements of the bonsai with aquascaping. His latest work “Water and Bonsai” is a completely submerged bonsai made of waterlogged branches and creatively attached pieces of java moss. The whole thing is set-up in a tank complete with filter, LED lighting, and C02 diffuser.