Stone Yoga – Delicately Balanced Rock Sculptures by Michael Grab

By on November 21, 2014, in Sculpture

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Michael Grab is not a magician, he’s just really, really good at what he does. Michael is an artist who loves to balance rocks on top of each other. One might be tempted to think it’s merely an inane past time but through the years, Micheal’s work has gotten more and more complex. He started balancing rocks in the summer of 2008 while exploring Boulder Creek in Colorado. As he was doing so, he discovered that rock balancing was a very effective meditative medium as well as a creative outlet.He said: “Simple curiosity has evolved into a prolific creative passion, and daily meditative practice. I quickly noticed the unique effect that my creations had on myself and others, often inspiring a sense of magic and peace; a sense that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.”

All of Michael’s installations were created using nothing more than rocks, time, and patience. He doesn’t use glue and the sculptures are fairly stable once set up. Admittedly, a strong wind could collapse the whole structure, but as long as no outside force influences them, they’ll stay in one piece. What makes his sculptures unique is their fairly impossible configurations. He’s even able to make arches between two rocks, something even a mason is hard put to achieve without mortar.

Michael tries to find the ‘natural tripod’ of every rock. It’s the three indentations that act as contact points and stabilize the rock as it rests on top of another. According to him, if you pay enough attention to the rocks, you might even hear and or feel the small ‘click’ as the contact points settle into place. The illusion of weightlessness in his work is achieved as two rocks barely touch and yet manage to support each other.

In an interview, he added: “Bottom Line… it’s a fun way to relax, release stress, play, create… learn… all while challenging my skills and dabbling with countless possibilities”

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Liquid Glass – Sculptures by Ben Young

By on November 20, 2014, in Sculpture

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Ben Young is a young, self-taught artist currently based in Sydney. He is the artist behind these realistic looking concrete and glass sculptures. Ben was born in New Zealand and raised in Maihi Beach. His proximity to the ocean while growing up has profoundly affected his inclinations as an artist. His day job is building boats, his hobby is surfing, and his passion is creating these awesome glass sculptures  entirely by hand. Each piece is made up of concrete and layers upon layers of painstakingly hand-carved glass. According to him, the planning phase takes just as much, if not more, work than the crafting.

First, he has to work out how to turn his ideas into something tangible by sketching them out. He makes a whole ton of sketches before even thinking of making the first cut. Ben has to take into consideration the play of light on the layers of glass to achieve the almost surreal fell of his work. He said: “I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished product. Sometimes my start point changes dramatically as shapes can be limited – I can’t create any internal right angles – so I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.”

Ben uses only the best materials for his work. and since glass doesn’t cut the same way twice, each of his pieces is truly one-of-a-kind. He added: “I love watching the two dimensional shapes evolve into three-dimensional creations and the different way the light plays inside the glass. I love the liquid qualities the glass brings with it. It enables me to play with lighting and watch the glass react.”

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Awesome Do-It-Yourself 3D Paper Animals by Wolfram Kampffmeyer

By on November 18, 2014, in Sculpture

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Wolfram Kampffmeyer is a talented German artist who is the creative force behind these awesome three dimensional paper sculptures. The animals come in soft pastel colors and look like badly rendered computer generated images. What’s mind-blowing is that they’re not. They’re real, tangible, hand-made sculptures made out of paper. Their resemblance to computer rendered models is intentional. Apparently, Wolfram studies computer animation. Tired of looking at a flat screen all day at his 3D virtual models, he made them come to life. He said: “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands. It was difficult working with virtual models all the time and never being able to really touch them!

After rooting around the internet, he found a program that lets him transform his virtual 3D animal models into real 3D paper models. Not too long afterwards, PAPERWOLF was born. It’s Wolfram’s online Etsy shop that sells do-it-yourself paper craft kits. It started with his Big Five series composed of a Lion, a Buffalo, a Rhino, a Elephant, and a Leopard. After a while, the series spread out and Wolfram started creating entire ecosystems with his 3D paper animals. Pretty soon, the animals started coming out of the walls.

I want to make the Paper WOLF, a big sculpture half coming out of the wall. And I’m working on a bee and a fish. A Snake and an Owl are finished as prototypes, but not yet published. And I have too many ideas in my head and too little time to make them all…” – Wolfram Kampffmeyer

Wolfram is careful not to make his models too big and unwieldy. Too many polygons in a model and it will take too long to make, too small, and it’ll be too difficult to shape. Thus far, he has managed to find a happy medium where his animals can be assembled in a reasonable amount of time and still retain a certain amount of liveliness.

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Unique Sand Art by Andrew Clemens

By on November 16, 2014, in Sculpture

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Andrew Clemens is an Iowa-born artist who died 120 years ago. That’s a small sample of his work above, and no, it’s not Photoshop. The images inside the glass was created by carefully pouring colored sand into the glass in layers. Spill some the wrong way and you’ll have to pour out the whole thing and start from scratch. At the age of five, Andrew suffered from a bout of encephalitis which left him completely deaf and mute. He started his sandpainting career when he was thirteen. He would collect naturally colored sand during his summer vacation and carefully separate them into different colored piles. He would then pour them into used medicine bottles using hickory sticks and fishhooks.

As his skill progressed, his designs started getting more complicated. Andrew started adding names. Perhaps the names of those who commissioned the piece. The next thing he did was to write short phrases with the medium. When he’d mastered that, he started creating realistic looking portraits of flowers, animals, presidents, and locomotives. Just to show off, he did some of them upside down. The tops (bottoms?) of the bottles were then stoppered and carefully sealed with wax. My favorite one show a gentleman riding a horse. Look at the detail of that thing. He even managed to paint grass, bridles, and fur using sand!

A few of Andrew’s more intricate designs took more than a year to complete. What makes his work unique is that he used no adhesive in his work, trusting instead to gravity and pressure to hold the design together. In his day, his work sold for around $5-$7 each. And because no one has ever managed to replicate Andrew’s level of skill, the few surviving samples of his work are worth tens of thousands of dollars today.

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Solar Paintings by Jordan Mang-osan

By on November 14, 2014, in Sculpture

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Remember when you were a kid and you used to go out on a sunny day with a magnifying glass in hand to burn your way into whatever was available (ants, dried leaves, the ends of you sister’s pigtails)? Well, Filipino artist Jordan Mang-osan has turned the destructive power of the childhood past time into a work of art. Jordan is an award-winning artist who is a pioneer in solar drawing. He uses a magnifying glass to burn his drawings into slabs of wood. His solar drawings has been drawing the attention of the art community for quite some time now. As a member of the indigenous Igorot people in the Philippines, the nature of his work is mostly drawn upon the culture, history and environment of his native Cordilleras region.

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Stony Secrets – Installations by Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl

By on November 11, 2014, in Sculpture

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These harmonious stone installations are the work of Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl. Andreas is the one who works with the stones. He has been handling them for the past twenty years. Tha fact that he grew up near a stone quarry probably had something to do with his affinity for stones. Naomi, on the other hand, grew up in the prairies of Saskatchewan. She has always held a deep and abiding fascination with art and archaeology. Together, this creative duo manage to create harmonious and intricate installations made of nothing but rocks. In an interview, Naomi said: “Our partnership allows not just our own consciousness to expand and raise but the consciousness of us all through our creative expression in our pieces and our beautiful connection to the natural world.”

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Fascinating Glass Sculptures by Dale Chihuly

By on November 7, 2014, in Sculpture Dale Chihuly Seattle Garden Center 2012 014 Fascinating Glass Sculptures by Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is the artist behind these unique and colorful glass sculptures. He studied interior design at the University of Washington. It was then that he was introduced into glass making. After graduating in 1965, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in the first ever glass program in the country. He went to work in a glass factory in Venice after receiving his Fulbright Fellowship. It was there that he honed his glass-making skills. These days, he is one of the pioneers of avant-garde glass sculpture in the world. Bis pieces are spread out in over 200 museum collections worldwide.

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Intricate Laser-cut Wood Sculptures by Martin Tomsky

By on November 5, 2014, in Sculpture

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Martin Tomsky is a very gifted freelance graphic artist and illustrator. Both of these talents translate well when applied to the art of wood carving. Martin’s creations range from tiny wooden pendants to ambitious, custom-made jobs that cost thousands of dollars. Each of his pieces are made of layers of precision-cut wood of different shades of brown; from honey colored shade to a warm, amber, to a deep ebony black. Martin’s work sells almost as fast as he can make them.

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Quilled – Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

By on October 30, 2014, in Sculpture

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Qiulling paper involves rolling and bending strips of paper and gluing their sides to a paper surface to create a design. Moscow-born artist Yulia Brodskaya has taken quilled paper art to the next level with an explosion of color and detail. She first worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. She made a switch to three-dimensional paper artwork and hasn’t looked back since. Her growing list of prestigious clients include Starbucks, Hermés, Godiva, and The New York Times Magazine. Her pieces are much sought after by private collectors and galleries across the world.

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Extraordinary Leaf Art by Omid Asadi

By on October 20, 2014, in Sculpture

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Paper cut-outs seem to be in vogue these days. Artist Omid Asadi chose a very different medium to cut-up. Omid workds with fallen leaves and turns them into small pieces of biodegradable fine art. He uses a very sharp craft knife and a needle to achieve his goal of turning dried up old leaves into gallery pieces. He uses mainly maple leaves as they are plentiful in his area. Originally from Iran, he is now currently based in Manchester, United Kingdom.He said: “I believe that we look at many things everyday, but don’t SEE them. I always try to create pieces with a message, not just beautiful art. Some of these messages or ideas come from my world view, poems, stories, global problems and philosophy.”

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