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.”
Alexandre Salles is an illustrator who specializes in airbrushing, animation, digital paintings, scientific illustration, and sculpture. He has a Bachelor in Arts degree with specialization in design and has worked as a professional illustrator since 1991. He is also known as “axlsalles” on the web. Alexandre is a big fan of comic and video games and it shows in his work. He has made a lot of impressive caricatures and portraits of Batman, Wolverine, and The Joker. He works and lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Fabien Merelle graduated from the Beaux-Arts. He is also a former resident of the prestigious Casa Vélasquez in Madrid. ‘Pentateuque’ is part of the 2013 Art Stage Singapore exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands. It’s a lighthearted attempt to translate the maxim ‘to have the weight on one’s shoulders’ into a sculpture. Fabien loves using whimsy, humor, and storytelling to direct the spirit of his pieces. The man in pajamas found in most of Fabien’s work is actually a sort of self-portrait. a man who lives in his dreams out to wear appropriate garb after all.
Jonathan Latiano’s installation “Points of Contention” is an explosion of what appears to be crystalline growth from the wooden floorboards of a gallery in the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. It’s actually made from plastic, PVC pipes, and styrofoam. Its his way of calling into question the continued production of synthetic polymers, resins, and plastics versus the long-term impact on the environment. Jonathan was born and raised amongst the rural hills of Bucks County, Pennsylvania graduated from the Moravian College in Bethlehem with a degree in Studio Art.
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.
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.
Patrick Dougherty’s latest installment to his ‘Stickwork’ series is a large-scale installation made entirely of willow wands. It sits in Melbourne’s Federation Square and can be entered and engaged with by the public. Patrick took into account the architecture of the nearby Flinders street station and St. Paul’s cathedral when he made his sculpture. He used nothing but a pair of gloves, a pair of scissors, and more than ten tons of willow wands. The sculpture “Ballroom” is open to the public until early 2013.
Carnival in Venice
Brigid Marlin was born in Washington, D.C.1936. She studied painting and sculpture in Dublin, Paris and New York. In 1966 she went to Vienna to learn the ‘Mische’ technique, a process of painting which was the secret method of the Italian Renaissance painters, and revived after painstaking research by Professor Ernst Fuchs. In 2010 she took up sculpture, studying with Derek Haworth, a pupil of Henry Moore at his Atelier in Radlett.
She has exhibited in one-man and group shows all over the world. Her illustrations and paintings are in many collections among them are; Ex-President Richard Nixonís estate, Ann Oestreicher, Virginia H Rogers, J. Erdelac of General Motors, Mrs Stanley Kubrick, Lady Arran. Museums which represent her work include; the National Portrait Gallery, the House of Lords, London, Bush House, London (the home of the BBC.), the National Museum of American Illustrators, New York, and the Centre de Cultura de Barcelona, Spain.
Shintaro Ohata is a Japanese artist who flawlessly merges two-dimensional art with 3d by placing sculptures in front of his paintings. His innate talent of perfectly capturing light. Looking at his work, one might incorrectly assume that there is a hidden light source somewhere in his installation.When asked about the unique sculpture and painting combination he said: “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”.
No one wants to be caught in an awkward moment but Heikki Leis has so vividly captured the inconsequential moments of our everyday lives in his series “Everyday Reflections“. In this revealing series, people are caught making themselves presentable for the day. The whole gamut of early morning hygienic practices run from the awkward (head shaving), to the painful (eyebrow plucking), to the downright embarrassing (zit popping). It takes a great deal of artistic talent to make drawings so realistic that at first glance, you would think they were merely digitally altered photos. I guess it helps that Heikki also does a bit of sculpture and photography at the side. He has been a freelance artist since 2000 and a lot of his drawings are for sale as originals or digital prints.