A dizzying array of laser-cut mirrors make up Miyazaki Saya and Shirane Masakazu’s dazzling “Wink Space” installation — a giant, walk-in kaleidoscope built inside of a shipping container. While the pair is not the first do a mirrored kaleidoscope installation, their piece stands out because of the complexity of its form. Dozens of mirrors were cut into triangular shapes to form the multifaceted, cave-like structure. Miyazaki and Shirane created the piece for last year’s Kobe Biennale, where artists were challenged to use shipping containers to create artworks that are mobile and, though site-specific, not confined to a geographical location.
Pablo Picasso once said, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” And while art has evolved dramatically, the classic fundamental of anatomy remains the same. Czech sculptor Monika Horčicová creates ornate installations with polyester resin skeletons as her medium. Some might call her work morbid, others a beautiful reimagining and application of the human form. Her technique requires a keen understanding of anatomy before she can manipulate it- and her work is not just an abstraction. She’s walking a line between natural construction and purely artistic expression. Take a look after the jump!
Angela Lergo’s sculptures employ mannequin-like characters in a way that’s not quite realistic. Almost, but not quite. The figures, which the artist sculpts from resin, epoxy, wax and a wide variety of other materials, are somewhat unnerving. Encountering one evokes the slightly-off feeling of being in the presence of an artificial surrogate for a human presence. But without any specific visual cues that might connect them to a specific culture, time or place, the figures are vague enough to be relatable. It’s easy to imagine oneself in their place when viewing the work. Lergo fashions these doll-like characters in surreal environments that employ neon lighting, mirrors and glowing props. Often, we encounter them in moments of solace. The light sources within the sculptures imply a spiritual presence, something lingering beyond the material world.
Swiss artists Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi join forces for a variety of interdisciplinary art projects as NEVERCREW. The duo is known for their large scaled murals and public art initiatives that share common grounds with not only graffiti, but illustration and graphic design as well. Their integrative style explores the relationship between public space, the artwork and the viewer — the strong interaction among the elements creates a balanced whole.
Tara Donovan’s sculptures look like they may have been built by an insect colony with a hive mind. One can imagine thousands of tiny creatures each carrying index cards or acrylic threads, dropping them to form a sculpture growing from a gallery floor. That is to say, Donovan’s work process is highly repetitious, stacking, gluing and sculpting mundane materials until they begin to take on new, organic forms. Several of the artist’s latest large-scale sculptures are currently on display in a dual exhibition at Pace Gallery’s Menlo Park, CA and New York City art spaces.
Ryan Heshka’s Mean Girls aren’t just a stuck-up clique of catty ladies. His upcoming show, “Mean Girls Club” at Wieden + Kennedy Gallery in Portland, chronicles the felonious exploits of a group of femme fatales with diabolical schemes and improbable hourglass figures. A departure from how he usually presents his work, “Mean Girls Club” will merge Heshka’s years of experience in animation, design and fine art. Though he is primarily known as a painter, this show is focused on a multi-media installation: an immersive recreation of the Mean Girls’ clubhouse that will feature peepshow-like openings that reveal 8mm stop-motion animations, faux-human taxidermy sculptures, sound elements and typographical and silk-screened visuals.