Gabriel Barredo’s meticulous mixed-media sculptures and installations are made using found objects. The artist’s pieces are at times created to move, their writhing interworkings appearing both organic and mechanical in nature. Works like “Madamadam” (top), startle even in their stillness.
Collective Poncili Creacion combines puppetry, performance, and sculpture for odd, vibrant shows across the globe. The group, led by identical twins Pablo and Efrain Del Hierro, describes itself as facilitating “interactions between the fields of Objects and Reality.” In each of their projects, they refer to the wearable creatures and interactive sculptures they build as “objects.”
With his signature “Ohlala” character, Reen Barrera creates both mixed-media paintings and windable toys. The figure moves between cutesy and menacing iterations, appearing both hardened and crudely decorated. In the moving wooden sculptures, the deceptively simple actions show ingenuity from the artist.
Taiichiro Yoshida’s animal sculptures are crafted using classical hot metalworking techniques and encrusted with touches of flora and fauna. His recent works continue this thread with engrossing renditions of creatures from across the globe, each carrying grace at both a distance and close inspection.
Mary O’Malley‘s recent ceramic work appears as a dining set salvaged from wreckage scattered along the seafloor. In her current show at Arch Enemy Arts, “A Seat at the Table,” her work is presented as a full-room installation in which a dining service is set. At the artist’s hands, porcelain, glaze, and gold become a convincing display of the organic overtaking high-class artifacts.
Evren Erol’s mixed-media sculptures appear to exist in states of change, dissipating or entering into life. Blending acrylic painting on polyester and wood, the artist is able to convey figures that are seemingly liquid in nature. And while cerebral in concept, the work’s most striking quality is how visceral that transformation appears.