Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Camphor wood sculptures show a wide variety of wondrous human abnormalities. From a nine headed school girl to a 20 something young man with his skeletal structure resting outside his skin, kanemaki combines surreal imagery and painstakingly precise carving to bring his figures to life.
Much to my surprise (and slight disappointment) Crufts is decidedly pleasant. I half expected to capture malicious owners that looked fully like their pets. But the impression is of a prosaic middle-England gathering of weekend enthusiasts. The dog owners are friendly and, dare I say it, normal. Although they trim their dogs’ heads into perfect spheres and their tails into cascades of pure silk they couldn’t be more down to earth. They remind me of Sunday gardeners who trim their hedges into the shape of leaping dolphins and then go inside to watch Antiques Roadshow on TV. The vast halls, despite being full of thousands of different breeds are strangely quiet and more surprising than this – almost turd-free. The merchandising stalls, which sit around the perimeter of the space and sell marginally tasteless doggy-tat (buy two bottles of ‘Urine-off’ and receive a free 100% fish-based dog chew) are harmless enough. And amongst this the dogs themselves seem to be willing, as if they too have read the convention guide and know they must wait their turn to appear on the green carpet.
Mexican artist David Sauceda creates highly detailed illustrations. Primarily using ink and paper, he constructs his compositions from innumerable finely controlled lines. His portraits pictured here, literally depict the inside and outside of a person. The series is titled Membrane, referring to the outer body as opposed to an inner psychology. On this idea of a membrane Sauceda states:
“This project explores the concept of identity as a membrane, intangible and invisible, outside the physical body, being the filter of information between the environment and the individual’s psychological self. The membrane is in a constant state of change and adaptability, leading to the development of an identity.” [via]
Artist Corey Corcoran forgoes paper or canvas for a less traditional medium. He carefully etches his work into mushrooms, artist conk mushroom to be exact. Corcoran’s etchings are intricately detailed and lightly engraved into the underside of the mushroom. His work seems to be caught in the middle of an engrossing narrative, a story unfolding. Also, Corcoran doesn’t forget the natural character of his medium when determining the content of each piece. The mushrooms are populated with carefully depicted plant life, insects, animals, and even people.
Simon Monk lives and works in London. He has an ongoing body of work entitled Secret Identity that consists of various action figures painted with oils exactly to scale. Depicting these figures within a plastic confine allows for a reflection on consumerism and commodification. These encapsulated mythic heroes are simultaneously honored and belittled.
Happy Holidays to all! Don’t forget that we’re still having our massive 50% off sale on all books, magazines, shirts, and accessories on the B/D shop from now until January 2nd 2013. Just use DISCOUNT CODE: CREATIVE50 during check out and give the gift of creativity and artistic expression this holiday season!
Trudy Benson and Russell Tyler are a married, power-painting couple. I first found out about Trudy maybe 3 years ago. My friend friend showed me her work via the internet and I was very impressed. A couple months after that I went to New York and got to check out her show at Freight + Volume and was blown away. Recently I got in touch with Trudy to see if I could come visit her studio- I took the opportunity to check out her work and as well as Russell’s.
Aether & Hemera’s ‘Voyage’ installation consists of three hundred floating ‘paper boats’, encasing coloured dynamic LED lights that come alive at night in the Middle Dock.
The etymon of the word ‘voyage’ comes from Latin ’viāticum’, which means ’provision for travelling’, and the aim of the artwork is to allow viewers to travel and sail with absolute freedom to all the places they care to imagine.Colourful paper boats’ on the water invites everyone to make a transition from reality to imagination, reliving childhood memories and embracing our freedom; blurring the lines between the real and hyper-real, ‘Voyage’ invites the thoughts of the visitors to cross the borders of their imagination.
Voyage installation is designed to be an interactive experience; people can engage with it and impact on the behaviour of the lights from their mobile phone. (via)