Category: sculpture


Houston (Matt Clark)

The very enigmatic multi-media artist Houston (the artist’s pseudonym doubled as the name of his gallery in Seattle, WA) has some fairly iconic imagery under his belt. This installation was the album cover of Modest Mouse’s 2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News, and utilizes one of Houston’s favorite symbols: the arrow. Elsewhere thrown hatchets drip paint, or an airgun is repeatedly shot into a surface to create “constellations”. Click through this semi-anonymous (real name Matt Clark) artist’s work here: www.wehaveaproblem.com

Sukhi Barber

“Excell” (2010): Sukhi Barber (born in England in 1971) is a sculptor whose primary medium is that malleable metal, bronze. After art school, Barber travelled to India, where her aesthetic and outlook toward image-making were forever changed. She spent twelve years in Nepal studying Buddhist philosophy and experimenting with her craft. In this sculpture (which measures about 12 inches tall), positive energy radiates from the play between the bronze and the negative space. See more of her work here: http://sukhibarber.com

Xooang Choi

Xooang Choi (born 1975 in Seoul, South Korea) is fascinated with the human body and the abuses it endures. He sculpts incredibly realistic figures from polymer clay, then applies layers of paints in a way that imitates skin – the viewer is astonished to see wrinkles, veins and blood vessels on his light-skinned, despondent and dejected subjects. The piece above is more abstract than most of his others, a haunting wingspan of detached hands that could take flight. See more of this provocative artist’s work here (NSFW): http://www.lookinart.net/2011/04/xooang-choi.html

Jaehyo Lee

Korean sculptor Jaehyo Lee (b. 1965) creates ingenious forms using both nature and steel, playing with the idea of dualities, appearing both hard and soft. Some of these sculptures are biomorphic (a nonrepresentational form or pattern that resembles a living organism in shape or appearance) while others are truly functional, like this chaise lounge made from pine tree. The material is meticulously shaped and sanded, bringing forth a contrast between the rough and smooth. See more from this playful artist here: http://www.albemarlegallery.com/artists/lee-jaehyo

Isaac Cordal

“Follow the Leader” (2010): Perched on window sills or reaching through metal grates, the tiny cement figures of Brussels-based sculptor and street artist Isaac Cordal inhabit grimy urban spaces. Cordal’s critique of modern industrialization and subsequent alienation from nature is both understated and humorous. Here, defeated corporate drones file into a puddle as though committing suicide, although in other sculptures these suits float on oily puddles in miniature life preservers – a pointed jab at the twisted ideology behind big-business and their artful dodging of accountability. See more of his Cement Eclipses here: http://www.isaac.alg-a.org/

Andy Ralph

“Lawn Chairs” (2010): San Diego sculptor Andy Ralph has an affection for household objects and seeks to bring them to life by playing with their conventional structures, materials and measurements. Ladders, trash cans, rulers and lawn chairs – once relegated to dank garages – gleam with new anthropomorphic purpose. Ralph’s fascination with turning traditional items into avant-garde sculpture suggests that art is all around us, just waiting to be unleashed. See more of this artist’s work here: http://www.andyralph.com/

Dawn Ng

“I Fly Like Paper Get High Like Planes”: This unrestrained paper-plane explosion was created in 2009 by New York-based multimedia artist Dawn Ng. With a background in commercial art, Ng proves to be a versatile gem, whose guerilla exhibitions and carefully executed installations convey playful attitudes toward art-making (she documents a 2008 foray into food sculpture entitled “Dawn Don’t Play With Your Food” on her website). According to the artist’s statement, her work is “reflective of an urge to hijack, subvert and toy with the obvious to surprise people with the truth.” Here, paper planes (ranging from the size of her palm to the size of her body) represent a powerful nostalgic pull for Ng, who negotiates her double nationality (American and Singaporean) with the idea of flying home – inundating the viewer with a barrage of planes bursting from a single window. See more here: http://www.dawn-ng.com/

Kate MacDowell

“Entangled” (2010): Kate MacDowell is an American artist who sculpts porcelain figures – drawing out the translucent qualities of the medium in skeletal cross-sections of animals, ghostly open hands waiting for deliverance, and flowers lit by incandescent lights. Her work deals with the human effects and abuses upon nature, carving out a lyrical and lost world that references mythology, fairy tales and parables from around the world (before becoming an artist, MacDowell studied Literature). Browse more small renderings of death at her portfolio here: http://www.katemacdowell.com/portfolio.html

Bednij

I wish I knew more about the artist known as Bednij, but the truth is that my online translation of his Russian livejournal into English has been almost fruitless (how do I read into his statement “I respect rich, satisfied and thick”?)… No matter. His work is a visual playground of contrast and shadow, experiments in black and white and digital manipulation. Many of his pieces incorporate nothing more than burnt matchsticks on shapes: I adore the simplicity of Bednij’s art-making sensibilities. Enjoy more on his journal: http://bednij.livejournal.com/