Working with stained glass is not something that one can do without practice. After a year of apprenticing under veteran glass masters, San Francisco based artist Victor Solomon got to master this delicate craft himself. He has always been a big basketball fan, so it felt only natural that he turn his skills onto basketball backboards, which he transforms into works of art. Each backboard in his series titled “Literally Balling” is ornamented with luxurious materials and gems, including the net and rim.
Pop Surrealist Mark Ryden (Hi-Fructose Vol. 18) has long incorporated alchemy and numerology in his fairytale-like world, filled with symbols and strange letters. The Los Angeles based artist once said that if he hadn’t pursued art, his next choice would have been math or science. For his upcoming exhibition “Dodecahedron”, opening December 10th at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, Ryden looked to geometry for inspiration. His exhibition is so named after the “dodecahedron”, a 12-sided geometric shape of perfect symmetry and mystery.
There’s something oddly beautiful about the work of Kansas based artist Jamie Bates Slone. Her vibrant sculptures are teaming with diseased growths and discolorations, and the effect is simultaneously fascinating and horrifying. Slone can relate to the physical and emotional impact that disease brings. “Through conjured memory, I revisit my family’s history with illness and premature death. These memories are flooded with emotion and anxiety that I use as the base of my sculptural work,” she says.
Philadelphia based artist Jeremy Hush draws us into a secret world in his dark and dense fairytale-like images. He once said that mysteries lie in a hole in the ground or under a rock, and this is where we find his characters. Covered here on our blog, his earth toned works give us a glimpse of the hidden landscape in our own backyard, bustling with tiny imaginary creatures based on real animals and insects. For his upcoming exhibition at Last Rites Gallery in New York, “An Exchanging Glance”, he invites us to change our perspective, and see things through his characters’ eyes.
Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori has a special fascination for swimming creatures. His resin paintings of goldfish that appear to be swimming in water have captivated people for years, garnering over 3million Youtube views, bringing him to exhibit in galleries and museums all over the world. Fukahori is not an artist that takes the easy route to realize his vision. Each piece, meticulously painted from living goldfish in his studio, takes months to complete. Although he admits that his process of painting and layering resin is tedious work, nothing beats the accomplishment of seeing his subjects come to life. The goldfish that he paints are special- they are both a representation of himself, and also his metaphor for human existence.
One look at artist Sophie Ryder’s hybrid animal sculptures and you’ll be whisked away into some mystical world. “I sculpt characters and beings- the dogs, the hares, the minotaurs… are all characters beyond animal form. I am not interested in making a replica,” she has said. The charming and remote cottage where she makes her work, featured here, is not far off from the fantasy that it creates. Ryder’s studio is located in the countryside of Colin Valley in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, England, a beautiful but isolated place that rarely sees visitors. On November 20th, she will open her cottage up to the public for a rare showing of her works, including sculpture, plaster works, drawings, among other pieces.