Zadok Ben-David, a London-based artist, chose a direct title for his latest body of work: “All the people that I saw but never met.” Yet, when you see the crowd of sculptures amassed by the artist, the work takes on a metaphysical quality. Each of the individuals, created from painted stainless steel and perspex boxes, represents a distinct personality and a new, potential relationship that never was.
The Greater Denton Arts Council is expanding its call for entries for the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition to now include international artists, thanks to a partnership with the NEA. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. The 2017 juror will be JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Submit your work online by September 30. Learn more at dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft
Dr. Propolus is the moniker of Austrian-Moroccan illustrator and filmmaker Ilias Walchshofer, who is based in Berlin. The artist takes found fashion spread and celebrity photography and adds flourishes of humor and intricate accessories with his signature black and white linework. Whether adding woodland animals, extra clothing, or something mythical in nature, these additions often change the entire tone of each original piece.
Greg “Craola” Simkins
The 41st volume of Hi-Fructose arrives in October on store shelves! Pre-order the issue here. This issue’s special 16-page glossy insert showcases cover artist, Greg “Craola” Simkins. Vol.41 features include the art of soft sculptures of John Casey, the gigantic drawings of Sergio Barrale, the cinematic photography of Gregory Crewdson, the sculptures of Crystal Morey, the other-worldly paintings of Smithe, the installations of Crystal Wagner, the dream-like paintings of Shang Chengxiang, and the beautiful sculptures of Gosia. Plus, multi-page reviews on Marion Pecks‘s career-spanning monograph, and a book review on the pin-hole photography of Bethany De Dorest.
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Daniel Ludwig’s classically rendered nude figures appear to be derived from both a world of idealized beauty and one that is rife with human drama. Though beautiful, his paintings are filled with tension, as the subjects often appear in conflict with each other and their surroundings. In an artist statement, Ludwig writes that his recent work reflects “a yearning for classic beauty [which] coexists with struggle and chaos.”
Wilfrid Wood, the East London-based sculptor, crafts absorbing, occasionally hilarious faces and figures from paper mache, plasticine, and polymer clay. Whether it’s Mark Zuckerberg, 2016 Olympians, or less public figures, there’s both humanity and vulnerability in Wood’s work. Since the end of the satirical television show “Spitting Image,” on which Wood worked to help craft the heads in the puppet program, the artist has worked as a freelance sculptor.