Tag Archives: art

Book Surgery

22 Mar

I’m totally blown away by these intricately beautiful works by Brian Dettmer, a Chicago-born, Atlanta-based artist. Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, he dissects one page at a time, not relocating or implanting anything from inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, and dictionaries, only removing pieces.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” Dettmer explains.

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Paper Pygmys

15 Mar

Reminiscent of Audrey’s paper pets, I recently came across these recycled paper pygmy owls created by artist Courtney Cerruti. She describes her owls as such: “Unlike other animals that use camouflage to blend into their environment, this species of owl (the Glaucidium Crypsis) has the unique capability to change its  appearance to that of its artificial surroundings.”

I also like artist Aimee Baldwin‘s Northern Saw Whet Owl, whose body is made of paper clay and foam and whose feathers are made of hand-cut crepe paper.

For everyone who likes the idea of animals as room decor, but aren’t into murder, these birds are for you!

Dress Me Up In Paper

23 Jan

I’d never have to worry about getting lost again if I was wearing a lovely dress made of maps!

Elisabeth Lecourt is the woman behind these brilliant paper creations. She is a French artist who lives and works in London. These dresses aren’t actually designed to be worn, but I can dream…

Postcards from Babylon

23 Dec

I cannot wait to get my hands on Babylon: Surreal Babies, the published collection of postcards collected by James Birch. These postcards were a favourite (and an inspiration for Surrealists and Dadaists). These weird and wonderful postcards feature babies in bizarre settings like hatching from eggs, boiling in cauldrons and all sorts! vi@ Creative Review

Kowa Kawaii

21 Dec

If you’re able, go see the Yoshitomo Nara exhibit at the Asia Society before it closes on January 2. Nara is a culty neo-pop artist from Japan, whose work exemplifies the Japanese concept of kowa kawaii, or “creepy cuteness”. The show is a retrospective of his entire career, from the 1980’s to today. Many of his images are well-known so I was especially interested to see some of his pen-on-paper drawings and sketches.

Y

17 Nov

One of my favourite installations at LABoral is Carsten Höller’s Y. Made with 960 lightbulbs it draws you into the installation. As you walk through Y, the lights flicker at different speeds creating a little bit of a play with the perspective of time. This combined with the mirrors create multiple reflections, making this installation a real experience.

Blind Light

10 Nov

I love Yochai Matos‘ light installations, in particular the one that resemble blinds from the 80s like The Sunset. The Same Amount of Sunlight As We Receive on Earth, reminds me of Moon Play. Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty damn cool.

On a slightly different vein is I’m Not Gonna Live Forever. I like it. It’s bright.